Hasn’t the weather been wonderful?! Not only are we all enjoying it, but all the horses and ponies are enjoying the recent sunny weather, many of them taking the opportunity to have a relaxing lie down and do a spot of sunbathing. It’s only a few days to go before they are all back in their paddocks on Friday 1st April, and we’re sure they are all doing a mental count-down. All the horse are losing their winter coats at the moment so the volunteers are frantically brushing them to help them get rid of all that hair – see our two Duke of Edinburgh girls in action with a very happy Freeway!
A big thank you to The Ministry of Defense Hospital Unit, based at the New Peterborough Hospital in Peterborough who came down to the yard on Thursday 24th March to help out for the day. Around 12 nurses and medics arrived and helped by clearing around one third of the straw on Silver’s yard, painting rails and brushing all the horses and ponies. A great day was had by all and some of the nurses and medics have since gone on deployment to Afghanistan and we hope and pray, that all come home safe and sound.
This week our marvellous Fix-It Team are repairing the gate on to Westie and Blossom’s field which will help with access to the fields and we have an action shot for you!! Two men and a hole!
The car boot sale held on Sunday 20th March at the Melton Market raised £112.00 from the house-hold items and £60.00 from the new and nearly new equine items. A big thank you to Wendy, Sue, Bev and Rachel for holding the two stalls and all the funds raised will be spent on the horses and ponies welfare.
There have been a lot of equine items which have been kindly donated to the Sanctuary, both new and nearly new items. However, these items are very valuable to us, as we can sell them to raise funds which allows us to help the horses in other ways. If you would like to know what we have in stock, please contact Wendy on 07831 453504 (please note no message service) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Wendy will see if she can help. Currently we have all types of rugs to fit all sizes, travel boots, numblas, saddles, bridles and overreach boots – so please contact Wendy and see if you can bag yourself a great deal and help the horses and ponies at Pablo’s into the bargain.
This week, we’d like to say a big Pablo’s thank you to Pat from Grantham, who has been a keen supporter of the Sanctuary over a number of years now and in 2009 she even went so far as to organise a celebrity auction for Pablo’s. Recently Pat saved all her 20p, 10p and 5p in smartie containers and has raised £80.00. A huge thank you to Pat for her continuous support!
We are very pleased to announce that Fern Mae’s Traditional Sweet Shop, at 8 Market Place, Melton Mowbray, are holding an Easter Egg raffle, with quite possibly the largest Easter Egg this volunteer has ever seen, it must stand over 2 feet high!!!! That’s a lot of chocolate for all those choccy holics out there (me included!!!!!). The egg will be raffled on Pablo’s behalf….so if you’re passing, pop in, top on your choccies and sweeties and buy a raffle ticket (as always proceeds go to the horses and ponies).
Unfortunately, the Tesco store collection in Loughborough, which was arranged for last Friday, 25th March, was cancelled by Tesco Head Office, due to a new policy, which came into effect between the time of us securing the booking, and the actual date it was due to occur. However, Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary has been invited to apply again, for which we are all very grateful, so, hopefully we can have a date in the second half of this year.
A reminder for your diary – “Psychic Night” with Bob Perris, Spiritual Medium and Healer, will be held on Thursday, 28th April, at the ‘Noel’s Arms’, in Melton Mowbray. Doors open at 8.00pm, with only £5.00 on the door, or to ensure your place you can purchase a ticket from the Noel’s Arms on sale next week. Everyone is very welcome and a good night is most definitely predicted!
Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary have always welcomed people living with, or recovering from, illness. The individuals who come along to the charity, seem to draw a great deal from being with the horses and ponies; helping animals, has proven to aid with reducing stress levels, and brings a great sense of mental well-being. It remains Pablo’s great pleasure to offer assistance in this regard, so if you need further information, to see if we can help, please contact Carole for more information, whether you are an individual or another charity, we’d love to hear from you.
For those of you who were wondering about young love on the yard….Bella and Magnum are still an item – even the handsome Freeway could not come between the loved-up couple!
We are sad to announce, that at the moment, we are at maximum capacity, and cannot take any more horses into the Sanctuary, without risking the welfare of the other 65 horses on the yard.
See you all next week. Enjoy the weather! Let’s hope the sun keeps on shining! Fingers crossed.