A HORSE trainer who has been growing his hair for 18 months has had his head shaved to raise money for research into a disease which is killing horses.
Gavin Inott, a horse trainer and riding instructor at Fox Meadow Equestrian, of Cow Hill Lane, Fradley, decided to contribute to The Equine Grass Sickness Fund, a charity dedicated to understanding and fighting the disease which paralyses a horse’s digestive system, and in 95 per cent of cases, proves fatal.
“The aim is to raise money to develop a vaccine,” said the 36-year-old who started growing his hair in August 2012.
However, he has now said goodbye to a full head of hair and been shorn of his thick, curly locks by hairdresser Oliver Silk.
Gavin said that his hair became ‘a bit annoying’ as it kept hitting him in the face.
“I’ll need a new riding hat as mine has stretched,” he added.
So far Gavin has raised £900 against a target of £1,500.
He said: “We will be holding charity events, including a football match, at Fox Meadow Equestrian to raise more money for the fund.
“We would like to thank everyone who has made a donation and Oliver Silk at Silks Hair for his support.
“Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure.
“Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to my charity.”
The Equine Grass Sickness Fund is the only registered charity raising funds specifically for research into grass sickness, a disease which kills many horses and ponies in Britain each year.
It finances projects aimed at finding the cause of the disease and offers advice and support to owners of affected animals.
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/gavinhair