Archive | December 2010

Wishing you all a happy New Year

We are pleased to announce that we have very kindly been allowed to run the raffle at Melton’s New Year’s Eve Party again at the Market Tavern in the Cattle Market, Melton Mowbray. A great night is planned, so come and join in with the fun at tomorrow night’s celebrations. Back by popular demand are “The Platforms” who will be performing alongside a variety of acts. We have had some great raffle prizes donated this year and all the money raised from the raffle will go towards helping the horses. So please, if you see Ruth, one of our volunteers, at the Market Tavern working her way through the crowds, be sure to purchase a few tickets and good luck!!!

Many thanks to all the volunteers who came down to the Yard and helped to care for the horses on Christmas Day. This enabled all the tasks to be completed quickly and for the horses to have a Christmas treat with their feeds at lunchtime. As you can see our Daisy got really festive whilst enjoying her Christmas lunch!!

Daisy enjoying her Christmas lunch

At last the freezing temperatures have gone away and the water pipes have defrosted, so there is now running water back on the yard – hurray – no more carrying water from the brook and frozen-solid water buckets!! Just in time, as this weekend all the horses will come off the fields to spend the Winter months on the Yard which makes it the busiest time of the year for the volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to get fit, and cheaper than those Gym fees, so if you feel that you would like to come down and give a helping hand, please give Carole a call or an email, we’d love to see you there.

On behalf of all the horses and ponies at Pablo’s we would like to wish you a happy New Year and all the best for 2011.


Daisy’s back on top!


Daisy has been looked after by Pablo’s for the last 2 years, and needed sanctuary when her owner, who had acquired Daisy only one week previously, had a stroke and could no longer look after her.  Her owner had spotted Daisy when visiting a local horse sale and was persuaded to take this little pony, as her previous owner explained she could not take Daisy back home after the sale.  The only history we have on Daisy is that she had five homes in two years, and once Daisy came on to the yard it quickly became apparent that she had a lot of problems in her back and movements which cause this sweet little pony pain.

Over the years, Daisy has been seen by numerous vets, farriers and specialists and has undergone so many tests, investigations and X-rays but unfortunately, despite the various diagnoses and treatment both conventional and homeopathic, the route cause has never been found.  It was even once suggested that her symptoms were all in her mind!

On recommendation Daisy has just recently been treated by Dr Ray Smith, a local Equine Back, Muscle and Joint Specialist, who has used a combination of healing, massage and manipulation techniques, and diagnosed Daisy as having knotted muscles at the top of her hind leg which were sporadically spasming.   Dr Ray Smith has seen Daisy three times and we are very excited to announce that Daisy is now walking so much better and is a lot happier and more relaxed.  We are very hopeful that finally Daisy will have the chance to live pain-free.  We’d like to express a huge thank you to Dr Ray Smith for giving his time, free of charge, to help Daisy, it is a true Christmas present to see Daisy so well and we will keep you informed on Daisy’s remarkable progress.

A big thank you to Kirsty, her dad Chris, Wendy and Gail who helped out on the stall at the Victorian Market on 5th December.  Over £700.00 was raised on the day, which has gone towards another large order of hay for the horses.

Recently there has been a lot of new horse sponsorship forms received and we’d like to express our gratitude to Dawn for doing a great job and providing a quick turnaround to ensure everyone receives their packs in time for Christmas.  The horse sponsorship not only makes a great Christmas present, but is also a lovely Birthday present, with all the funds raised helping the horses directly.

Another appeal goes out for a hay feeder for the yard in any condition, so if anyone knows of someone who is willing to donate one, or even lend one to us, if only for the winter months.

Hay Ring Feeder Appeal - As modeled here by General and a goat!

On behalf of all the horses and ponies at Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!


The past week has seen freezing temperatures again and we wanted to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who have managed to make it up to the yard, braving the sub-zero conditions to look after all the horses. The water pipes froze so water has had to be carried physically from the brook at the bottom of the fields. It truly is bizarre to carry a bucket of water out to horses and have the water start to ice over on the way! However, despite this, all our horses are doing really well, and keeping warm and comfortable.

Snug as a Jive in a rug

We’d like to give a big thank you to the team at Kwik Fit, Melton Mowbray, who have generously supplied us with batteries, for the perimeter fences, during the extreme winter conditions.

In addition we’d like to wish all the good folks at the Melton Times, a Merry Christmas, as they have kindly supported us by running a feature on the Sanctuary (and a front page billing!), for the last three weeks running.

The new haylage store

We’re so glad that some of our volunteers have proven handy with all things joinery; take a bow, Chris, Gerry, and Tommy, who have just finished building a new haylage store, and are currently working on another field shelter in Jack’s field.

Gerry working on the field shelter in minus five temperatures

Christmas is coming

Winston in Winter

It has been a busy few months down at the sanctuary with many thanks to Chris, Gerry and Tommy for completing the winter project to sort out the drainage and resurface the yard and all in time for the bad spell of weather!!

A huge thank you to Rob who has been bringing you all the latest news each week since the website went live in February.  We are sorry to announce that Rob is unable to continue his help with the website due to a change in circumstances, however we would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best in his new job and in the future, and on behalf of all the horses and ponies a big thank you to you Rob.

The Victorian Fair held in Melton Mowbray on 5 December raised an incredible £720 for the horses.   A tombola stall was held to raise funds which was extremely busy all day and lots of people were just coming up to the stall and making donations straight into the tin! A big thank you to all those who gave their support.

A Store collection was held at Morrisons in Gamston which raised £203.00.  Thank you to Sue for all her help.

Great News!!  Adam Shereston the Horse Whisperer is coming back to Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary on  6 August 2011.  More details to follow – so remember to put that date in your diary.  A fantastic day was held this year and we are so excited that Adam has chosen to support Pablos again and will be back at the yard next year.

As Winter is upon us now, we could really do with another hay feeder (ringer) on the yard.  Any condition will do, so if you know of any that could be donated or loaned over the Winter season, please do get in touch.