Archive | July 2011

Only 12 days to go

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Adam meeting Cherry - our blind horse

All the horses and ponies are well and been enjoying the Summer weather.  Well, its only 12 days to go before the Horse Whisperer event on Saturday 6th August!  Adam Shereston, internationally renowed Horse Whisperer whose Clinic is now based in Spain, came to Pablo’s for the first time last year, and supports the Sanctuary by offering his time for free to raise much needed funds to be keep the Sanctuary going.  During August Adam is also holding events at the Northcotes Heavy Horse Centre, Lincolnshire, The Thoroughbreed Rehabilitation Centre in Lancashire and the Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Sanctuary in Liverpool, and we are very honoured that Adam chooses to give his support to Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary as well.  Tickets are on sale now at only £7.50, but if you mention The Melton Times, or 103 The Eye when ordering your tickets you can purchase them for only £5.00.  A great day is planned with Adam starting his demonstrations at 10.00am through to 5.00pm, also on the day will be a sale of ladies nearly new clothes, Pablo’s new and nearly-new equine stall, a raffle with great prizes to be won and an auction for a day with Adam.  For tickets, please contact either Rachel on 01664 820278 or Carole on07745-628684.

Our beautiful yard cat, Lacey is still missing and everyone is very worried about her welfare.  Please if you have any information on Lacey please get in touch.

Adam working with Jack

Unfortunately, over the past few weeks there has been alot of  burglaries to farms and livery yards in the area.  Pablo’s has been donated a large supply of security equipment including alarms and CCTV cameras and these have been installed on the yard, which will ensure the safety of the horses and ponies.  The person who generous donationed the equipment would like to remain anonymous, but thank you so much.

As we have had such a little amount of rain over the past few months, this has meant that the grass has not grown in the paddocks so hay is having to be provided on a daily basis.  Sam, who is part of our volunteer Fix It Team, told his mum, Sue, who then promptly emptied her penny jar which amounted to £7.  Sue, made the donation £7 in all pennies and tuppences and this will be put towards the funds needed for the Winter Hay bill.  As every penny matters at Pablos’s if you have a penny jar and would like to donate the contents – it’s not a problem being all in change – it would be really appreciated.

This week’s big Pablo’s thank yous start with Gayle, Rachel and Margaret who joined Carole to help raise funds in Melton Mowbray for a street collection on Saturday 23rd July.   A fantastic £249.69 was generously given by the kind people of Melton Mowbray in town that day and we can assure you that 100% of monies raised are spent on the welfare of the horses and ponies.  We’d also like to give a special thank you to Carole’s 5 year old grandson Jenson for coming into town for a while and giving his support!

Adam working with Icarus

Also this week, two of our teenage volunteers Jolanda and Jenny completed a sponsored bike ride around Rutland water and raised an incredible £213.  Jolanda and Jenny told nobody on the yard that they were doing this as they wanted it to be a big surprise – and it was!!  Jolanda and Jenny volunteer their time at the weekends to help care for the horses and ponies and a huge thank you to them both – you’re stars!

A final thank you this week to Jackie for removing all the rubbish bags and taking them back to her livery yard and putting them in the skip there, and also to Angie and her daughter, who are one of Jester previous owners, for supporting the Sanctuary by bringing bags of “Happy Hoof” food and helping out on the yard by doing the poo-picking.


Otto’s big day

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Otto getting advice from his friend Gizzie

Otto at the half way point

Otto at one of his rest points

Otto at home with his fundraising event completed

All the horses and ponies are well and we are pleased to announce that Otto’s sponsored walk was a complete success – despite the wet weather.

Otto started his event at 1.00pm on Saturday 16th July (after getting tips from his best pal Gizzie) in Melton.  The 20-mile walk was around many villages and public footpaths in the countryside and included a visit to the yard in Long Clawson.  Otto really enjoyed this walk and in particular when at the end, crowds came out to wish him well after hearing about his adventure on 103 The Eye radio station!

Otto and his owner Ruth arrived home safe and sound and so far £140.00 has been raised.

Well done Otto and Ruth!

Wendy held” Pablo’s new and used equine equipment stall” at the Five-Ways show today at Waltham which raised £65.00 (and it did not rain!!)   Thank you to the Five-Ways committee and members for their support, and also everyone who donated the items and of course all those people who made purchases to help the horses and ponies at Pablos.   The next stall will be on 6th August at our Horse Whisperer Day and then on the following day on Sunday 7th August at the Soar Valley Riding Club show in Quorn.  Donations of good quality items are always needed, so if you can help please get in touch.

Freeway lunching with friend

Look out for Pablo’s volunteers on Saturday 23rd July in Melton Mowbray for the fundraising street collection.  If you see any of the volunteers please pop over and say hello and any spare change you can give will be really appreciated. Again 100% of all the monies raised on the day go directly to the care and welfare of the horses and ponies.

A big thank you this week goes to Graham Wassall from Global Safety, a friend of the Sanctuary for many years, having being stuck for  transport Graham arranged for collection of bales of hay, and delivered them to the yard at Long Clawson.  Thank you Graham for your continued support

Thank you to our new volunteer Jackie (aka Mystery Lady) who has been taking tack home and spending hours cleaning it ready for sale on “Pablo’s new and used equine stall”.  Jackie does such a fantastic job when she works her magic, nobody can work out how she does it as it comes back looking brand new and smelling wonderful!!

A big Pablo’s thank to Sue and Steve, whose son Sam is part of our “Fix It” team, for donating 8 tins of masonery paint this week, to help with the makeover of the stables.  This week the third stable makeover has been completed and is looking really smart – only 4 more stables to go, and then there the corridors, kitchen, toilet ……….. the rug room is nearly complete and should be ready by next weekend and we can’t wait to show you the photos.

Adam with Jack

Tickets for the Horse Whisperer are still on sale, so get yours early for a concessionary rate, with under 14s free being accompanied by an adult or guardian. This a great opportunity to see Adam in action working with horses and ponies with issues. Also on the day stalls, demonstrations and food and drink (thank you to Swithland Water, in Swithland for their very kind donation of bottled water to sell on the day) so make sure you put the date in your diary – not long now!

Also if you would like to put in a pre-bid for the auction of “The Horse Whisperer for a day” to work with you and your horse to sort out any problems, big or small. This is a great opportunity, so if you are unable to attend on the day to bid, just put in a pre-bid or to arrange a telephone bid on the day, just get in touch with Carole who will take your instructions. Make sure you don’t miss out!!


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Can you help find Lacey?

We’re pleased to report that all the horses and ponies are very well this week, and are still relaxing in their paddocks enjoying this lovely weather.  However, this week the stable cat, Lacey has gone missing and everyone is very concerned about her welfare.  Lacey came on to the yard at Long Clawson approx 2 years ago, when a cat sanctuary contacted Carole about a little female cat who had been rehomed 3 times but was always returned as she did not like being inside a house and could not settle, and it was felt Lacey maybe more suited to a outside-lifestyle.  Lacey settled in really well at the yard, became a fantastic rat-catcher and developed into a really friendly sociable cat who enjoyed the attention of the volunteers.  Lacey never ventured far from the barn or yard, so it is completely out of character for her to go missing.  All the volunteers have looked high and low for her on the yard and surrounding areas, an appeal has gone out on The Eye radio station, a poster campaign, and vets and the RSPCA have been contacted.  It is thought Lacey might have been hit by a car and taken to vets or possibly picked up as she’s so friendly.  Everybody is very worried for Lacey’s welfare, so please have a look out for Lacey and get in touch if you have information.

Cas and Bayler - always together

We are very pleased to report this week that a fantastic foster home has been found for Cas and Bayler.  Sally at Bunny on the Hill, Nottinghamshire is now the foster-carer for these two delightful ponies who came to the Sanctuary a few months ago, as their very caring owner was no longer able to look after them for a variety of reasons.  Cas and Bayler were both a pleasure to look after on the yard and we are pleased to report that both Cas and Bayler have settled into their new home, and are being spoilt rotten by Sally.  Not only has Cas and Bayler’s new home have beautiful facilities, it is also closer to Nottingham so that Cas and Bayler’s previous owner will find making visits to them alot easier.

A hugh Pablos thank you this week goes to Dr Gallop, from the local GP surgery, who generously donated and delivered 30+ bales of hay this week.  This has been a real help as due to the current dry spell it has meant the grass has not been growing and hay has needed to be supplied to the horses and ponies on a daily basis.  Dr Gallop, you’re a star.

May in the sunshine

We can now reveal the name of the mystery lady who donates the bags of food!  It’s Jackie from Mountsorrel, who visited the yard today donating more food, bits of electrical fencing, some equine items for Wendy to sell on her stall and if that wasn’t enough, Jackie spent a couple of hours helping out with the horses and ponies.  Thank you Jackie, you’re a real treasure.

Don’t forget to sponsor “Otto” on his sponsored walk to take place next weekend.  Otto has been in training for the event for many months now and is looking forward to his big day (accompanied by his mega-fit owner Ruth).  You can support Otto by popping into The Melton Times Office in Melton, and fill in Otto’s sponsorship form.  So if you can, please support Otto in his quest to support other animals who are in need of sanctuary.

Also look out for Wendy on Sunday 17th July with Pablo’s new and nearly-new equine tack stall (from 9.30am to approx 3pm) at Five-Ways Riding Club, Croxton Gallops, Waltham on the Wolds, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Off the A607. Donations of stock are always welcome, and as always 100% of the funds raised are spent on the horses and ponies welfare.

The Pyschic Evening on Thursday 7th July at  The Royal British Legion, Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray with Bob Perris, Spiritual Medium and Healer raised £150.00.  Thank you to Bob and everyone who turned out for the event.  We’d also like to thank the Royal British Legion for setting up the sound equipment on the night, and also to Christine at The Eye radio station for their support and also for their support given to Pablos over the many years.

We are very pleased to announce that the “Forever Faye Hose Charity Music and Beer Festival” to be held on Saturday 6th August at Hose Village Hall are to donate funds raised on the day between Pablos Horse Sanctuary and Dove Cottage Hospice.  On the day there is music for all ages with art and craft activities and the festival starts at 12.00 noon to 11.00pm with refreshments and a bar available.  Entry is only £5.00, with concessions at £2.50.  For enquires please call Kate on 07910 189833 or email

And finally, tickets for the Horse Whisperer are still on sale.  For a limited time these are available at only £5.00 if you mention “The Eye” or “Melton Times” on purchase.  So you can start your day at Pablos with the horse whisperer, then party on after at the Forever Faye Hose Charity Music and Beer Festival.  Wow what a great day!

All’s “Will” that ends well

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All the horses and ponies are very well and this week it looks like Summer is back with us.  All the volunteers have been working hard, and “Project Rug Room” has started to be painted (great weather for paint drying!) by Chris and the new shelving  has been installed by Gerry, with Chris quickly getting her brush and giving it a lick of wood preserve.  Once all the painting has been completed, then the rugs can move back in.  A great job has being done so far.

Will (left) and his field companion Subaltern

This week, volunteers Russ and Alex have been preparing the second stable for it’s makeover, and Russ has started hovering up all the old cobwebs in the barn as well,  this enabled Chris to start on the painting of the walls in the stable this weekend.  Thank you Chris, Gerry, Russ and Alex for doing such a great job!!!

Just over a year ago, one of our ponies Will was moved to a foster home to be cared for by Emma at Waltham.  Emma has sent a photo of Will today, and his field companion Subaltern who is a 22 year old ex-army horse.  Emma reports that Will has settled in fabulously well and is a very fit and well pony. Will is ridden by Emma, and he also takes kids on rides as well, who absolutely adore him.  We are so pleased that Will has such a lovely home where he is very much loved.  Will came to Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary as an emergency case when a lady phoned us after her daughter was struck with financial problems and Will was brought to us literally off the street.

Cherry with Jo this week

As most of you know Cherry is the pony in care of the Sanctuary who is blind.  However, not only is Cherry such a special, kind and gentle pony (with such a character) and very popular with all the volunteers, she is also able to be lunged every week.  Our volunteer Jo lunges Cherry during the week and volunteers Jodie and Rachel lunge Cherry at the weekend.  Here is a photo of Cherry being lunged by Jo, which was taken by Victoria Warren this week.  Cherry really enjoys her time being lunged and sessions always start by walking Cherry around the menage, then a little free time for high spirits, then down to work with stand, walk and trot on the lunge rein.

DON’T FORGET THIS THURSDAY – The Psychic Evening with Bob Perris, Spiritual Healer, being held at the British Legion in Melton Mowbray. The British Legion have excellent disabled facilities and the doors open at 7.30pm, with the show starting at 8.00pm. Entrance is only £5.00 on the door. A raffle will also be held on the night with great prizes to be won and you could win a one-to-one reading with Bob.  So come on down, have a great evening and as always 100% of the funds raised on the night go towards the welfare of the horses and ponies.

Can you sponsor Otto?  If you would like to support Otto in his sponsored 20-mile walk for Pablo’s on Saturday 16th July,  a sponsorship form is held at The Melton Times Office, in Melton. So please pop in and sponsor Otto.

A big thank you to Sally from Bagforce in Harby for donating 6 bags of horse food this week.  Sally you’re a star.  Also a huge thank you to a very kind lady whose name is unknown who generous donated a bag of Fast Fibre and Hifi Senior food, after looking at our Wish List on this site.  This lady also has donated bags of food in the past, so thank you and please get in touch and we can thank you in person here.

Adam with Blossom last year

Tickets for the Horse Whisperer are still on sale, so get yours early for a concessionary rate, or on the day at £10.00, with under 14s free being accompanied by an adult or guardian.  Also if you would like to put in a pre-bid for the auction of “The Horse Whisperer for a day” to work with you and your horse to sort out any problems, big or small.  This is a great opportunity, so if you are unable to attend on the day to bid, just put in a pre-bid or to arrange a telephone bid on the day, just get in touch with Carole who will take your instructions.  Make sure you don’t miss out!!

Have a good week.