Archive | August 2011

An Amazing Day with Dr Ray

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all enjoying your Bank Holiday weekend and it was lovely to see those that were able to join us for such an enjoyable day on Sunday with Dr Ray Smith, Equine/Human back, muscle and joint specialist who held a Taster Clinic at Pablo’s main yard in Long Clawson starting at 10.00am.

Dr Ray demonstrating with Winston

As ever, our volunteers arrived early to help with the yard duties and preparations for the day. Dr Ray started with giving a demonstration with Icarus, on how to achieve a better understand and awareness of your own movements to achieve maximum communication with your horse and also how to make your horse more relaxed so that they can become more responsive to your signals. After the demonstration Dr Ray got a volunteer from the crowd to work with Icarus and great results were seen.

After a short break, Dr Ray went over how to check your saddle for its correct fitting and issues that can arise from an ill-fitting saddle. Next Dr Ray demonstrated on our Winston on how to assess your horse’s poll, spine and advice on general health and what to check for when buying a horse. After a while, a cold wind started up so it was decided to go into the barn and Cherry became the demonstration horse, which for those of you who have had the pleasure of meeting Cherry, will know that Cherry absolutely loved the extra attention. Dr Ray demonstrated on Cherry on how to assess legs, air-way, shoulder muscles and the correct way to take a horse’s temperature.

After lunch, it was time for the human side of things and Dr Ray gave demonstrations on healing techniques and how good energy can be used which everyone found absolutely amazing. Dr Ray then finished the Taster Clinic with assessing a volunteer who had pulled a muscle in her back (painful!) and gave massage and healing. A HUGE thank you to Dr Ray for such an enjoyable and informative day, and for giving his time to help raise funds for Pablo’s. Dr Ray is a true friend of Pablo’s and will be running workshops in the future.

Ezra

On Friday we had a little scare with one of our ponies Ezra who is kept off-site. On the evening visit to check and feed the horses Ezra was found laying down in the hedge of his field in the pouring rain. The vet was called out and gave Ezra an injection of Fenadine and Buscapan (anti-spasmodic) and Ezra was then able to get up and taken to a sheltered part of the field and given a deep bed of straw and then rugged up to keep him warm. The vet returned to check on Ezra a few hours later and Andrea and Rob (Ezra’s carers) stayed with Ezra until 11.00pm. On arriving at the field on Saturday morning we were so pleased to see Ezra up and eating grass, and after another visit by the vet, Ezra thankfully was given the OK.

Little Jerry also got a visit from the vet this week; he was playing with Freeway and caught a kick to his shoulder. Little Jerry was prescribed Metacam and a week’s rest and we are pleased to report that Little Jerry is OK now.

It’s always nice to receive a thank you and this week was especially nice because we received a lovely hand-made card from Paula, a lady with Down Syndrome who comes on Mondays to help with horses, with her support worker from Pathway. Paula is such a beautiful lady and always works really hard when cleaning out a stable and gets so much enjoyment being around the horses and ponies. Please check out her card on the Stories and Tributes page. Also Paula was due to help with the street collection in Melton Mowbray on 23rd July but was unable to help on the day due to family visits, so Paula did a family collection of her own and raised £10 for the Sanctuary. Thank you Paula.

Polly with the Farrier

A date for your diary is Saturday 29th October at 2.00pm at R&R Country, Waltham Lane, Thorpe Arnold in Melton Mowbray. We hope you can join us on a Pablo’s BIG WAGGIN ‘N’ WALKIN’ sponsored walk / sponsored dog walk to raise funds to help Pablo’s get through the Winter months. The walk is open to everyone and you don’t need a dog to join in! If you have a dog, or can borrow one, on the day you can enter your dog in a photographic competition to win a full-photo shoot and every dog will receive a fantastic Doggie Goodie Bag containing lots of gifts and food for participating in the walk. Registration is free and please call Carole or Rachel on 01664 820278 for your sponsorship form. R&R County are supporting the event.  Secure and CCTV’d car parking is available whilst you are participating on the walk.

During the week Pablo’s was pleased to receive Mobility Horslyx at a reduced price. Mobility Horslyx contains MSM, Glucosamine and Omega Oils to support healthy joint function, whilst also containing a complete vitamin, mineral and trace element package to balance any deficiencies in the forage and grazing. The benefit of using the Horslyx products on our ‘old timers’ is that the nutrients in Horslyx are supplied through licking the product; we know that we are supplying them with all the nutrients they need and are helping to support their joints at the same time.  And the horses absolutely LOVE IT!

Also it’s that time of year again when all gardeners are thinking about preparing for the Winter season – so don’t forget that Pablo’s has plenty of great well-rotted manure available for a small donation!  Bags are normally available and please note it’s DIY on filling your bags.

Enjoy your week.

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A date for your diary

Ray demonstrating with Freeway

Hi Everyone

Well, we are pleased to report that all the horses and ponies are well at the Sanctuary and enjoying this good spell of weather that we are having. Today (Sunday) saw Adam Shereston, Horse Whisperer, back at the yard to help bring on Christina and Little Gerry by working with them all day, and also teaching some of the volunteers how to use their body language to communicate with horses. Adam will also be at the yard another day this week (thank you Adam), and you’ll be able to read all about the progress Christina and Little Gerry are making next week.

Also next week, on Sunday 28th August Dr Ray Smith, Equine/Human back, muscle and joint specialist is to hold a Taster Clinic at Pablo’s main yard in Long Clawson from 10.00am – 5.00pm.  Dr Ray will be holding Workshops in the future, and all funds raised from these events will be donated to Pablo’s.

On the day you’ll discover how to check your saddle for its correct fitting – and issues that can arise from an ill-fitting saddle, how to assess your horse’s poll, legs, heart, renal system, spine and advice on general health, learn exercises to keep your horse supple and free-moving including massage techniques and understanding and awareness of your own movements to achieve maximum communication with your horse and how to make your horse relaxed so that they become more responsive to your signals.  Also there will be demonstrations on rider fitness and flexibility, assessment of back problems associated with riders, exercises for the rider’s back, hip, leg, shoulders and arms, and exercises to help a rider learn to relax and/or build confidence in the saddle.  Admission is at the gate on the day, at only £3.00, with children 14 years and under free (with accompanying adult or guardian) – make sure to put this date in your diary!!!

On the day Dr Ray is offering a limited number of exclusive 1:1 sessions to check your horse’s back and saddle. For more information on this unique opportunity with Dr Ray please contact Carole on 07745 628684.

Cas and Bayler at their new home, with Sally and son

For all the regular readers, you will know that a fantastic foster home was found for Cas and Bayler.   Sally at Bunny on the Hill, Nottinghamshire became the foster-carer for these two delightful ponies in mid-July 2011.   Cas and Bayler were both a pleasure to look after on the yard and are pleased to report that both Cas and Bayler have settled into their new home, and are being spoilt rotten and loved to bits 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.

Also this week we are pleased to report that Pablo’s was able to help re-home a horse in need.  A call was made to Carole from Roseanne from Stoke on Trent who, due to a change in financial circumstances, could no longer look after her horse, Manny.  Manny, a lovely Thoroughbred in his 20s, was unable to be sold, but luckily for Manny, a lady called Kate from Sleaford called Pablo’s enquiring about a companion pony for her horse.  After taking up references and once a home visit had taken place, Kate was able to offer Manny a wonderful new home and it was arranged for Manny to arrive in the week.  Manny is now safely in his new home and has settled in very well, and Kate is thrilled to have such a lovely sweet-natured horse and we wish Kate and Manny all the very best for their future together.

This week we were able to welcome two pupils from The Mount School, in Melton Mowbray to the yard.  Both the lads (16 years old and 22 years old), along with their support workers, spent the day on Friday with the horses and helping out with duties on the yard.  They both enjoyed themselves so much, that they want to come to be with the horses and ponies every Friday, and hopefully, with the help of their support workers this can be a regular occurrence for them.  We would also just like to take this opportunity of again thanking Mars UK for funding the fully comprehensive insurance, which covers disabled children and adults to visit the yard to spend time with the horses and ponies, and be able to share in the enjoyment and healing properties that horses provide.

This week a HUGE thank you to Kate Cree for the donation of £200 from the funds raised at the “Forever Faye Hose Charity Music and Beer Festival”  held on Saturday 6th August at Hose Village Hall. The funds raised on the day were split between Pablos Horse Sanctuary and Dove Cottage Hospice.

And finally this week, an appeal from one of our long-standing supporter, Pam from Grantham, asks if anyone would like to sign an online petition to save the cats in Zion Wildlife Gardens in Northland, New Zealand.   In mid July the park was placed into receivership.  The lives of these cats and the only wildlife park in Northland New Zealand are now at serious risk.  An online petition to  New Zealand Parliment and Local Councils asking to seriously consider helping Zion Wildlife Gardens by helping to facilitate it to become a public zoological facility for everyone to enjoy.  Residents at the park are 36 cat species including lions, tigers, a leopard, cheetahs and servals.   If you would like to help with the petition please visit  www.petitiononline.com/SaveZion/petition.html or for more information please visit facebook on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-the-Big-Cats-at-Zion-Wildlife-Gardens/198944020165209.

Have a good week.

Dr Ray is coming to Pablos

Tommy and his dedicated carer Shanty

Hi Everyone

We are very sad to report that one of our oldest and special ponies, Tommy has passed over and gone to horsey heaven, and feel he’ll be such an asset up there. Tommy was in his mid-forties when he came to Pablo’s along with his companions, Shanty, Marmite and Bambi, which was approximately 3 years ago. His owner, loved them all dearly but due to a change in her circumstances she could no longer care for them properly. Tommy had lived with his companion Shanty (a lovely mare) for over 20 years and Shanty had become his devoted carer as well as his companion. Tommy was a gentle, affectionate and cheeky Shetland pony, and had gained a special place in all of the volunteer’s hearts. It was Tommy’s heart that failed him at the end and he passed over peacefully with his life-long companion Shanty by his side. Shanty has been very brave since Tommy’s passing and now takes care of Bambi and Marmite (sometimes whether they want to be cared for or not!!). We miss you Tommy – Bless you.

Ray demonstrating back exercises

We are pleased to announce that Dr Ray Smith, Equine/Human back, muscle and joint specialist is to hold a Taster Clinic at Pablo’s main yard in Long Clawson on Sunday 28th August 2011 from 10.00am – 5.00pm. On the day you’ll discover how to check your saddle for its correct fitting – and issues that can arise from an ill-fitting saddle, how to assess your horse’s poll, legs, heart, renal system, spine and advice on general health, learn exercises to keep your horse supple and free-moving including massage techniques and understanding and awareness of your own movements to achieve maximum communication with your horse and how to make your horse relaxed so that they become more responsive to your signals. Also there will be demonstrations on rider fitness and flexibility, assessment of back problems associated with riders, exercises for the rider’s back, hip, leg, shoulders and arms, and exercises to help a rider learn to relax and/or build confidence in the saddle. Admission is at the gate on the day, at only £3.00, with children 14 years and under free (with accompanying adult or guardian) – make sure to put this date in your diary!!!

An ill-fitting saddle causes many problems for your horse. On the day Dr Ray is offering a limited number of exclusive 1:1 sessions to check your horse’s back and saddle. For more information on this unique opportunity with Dr Ray please contact Carole on 07745 628684.

Wendy selling at the Car Boot Sale

A few BIG thank yous this week to Jo, our Reiki volunteer, for her donation of £20, to Sue Gowan for her kind donation of £50 and Gill Epton and family for their kind donation of £50, and to John. A Stevenson Ltd for their gift of bags of shavings for bedding. Also to our volunteers, Chris and Wendy for holding a car boot sale today at Melton Mowbray Market and raising £130, well done and the next car boot sale they will be holding is on Sunday 11th September.

Also BIG thank yous to Christine Batham, Betty Jackson, Ann McLennam, Audrey Hawksworth for holding their Annual Plant Sale which raised £100, and to Meggie and her little brother, Will for raising £34.27 from selling their bikes, holding a cookie / sweet sale, washing cars, doing jobs around their house and donating their pocket money.  You’re all such stars!!

Meggie and Will selling homemade cookies etc at the bottom of their drive

Fantastic Day

Hi Everyone

Adam starting with Lotte

Well what a fantastic day we had on Saturday at the Horse Whisperer event with Adam Shereston.  The day started with all the volunteers arriving very early on the yard either to help with daily stable duties or setting up for the event.  Wendy and Jackie set out the new and nearly-new equine items stall and also the second-hand clothes sale, with help from other volunteers, Jean and her friends provided the catering with fantastic sandwiches and drinks to keep everyone fuelled throughout the day, and who can forget that a raffle with great prizes to win was on offer!  The stage was set for a great day!

Adam riding Lotte

Lotte, the first horse, arrived at 10.30am ready for Adam. Lotte is a 17 year old, 16hh Hanoverian Cross Thoroughbred, owned by Sarah from Ab Kettleby, and when taken on hacks on her own Lotte gets very spooked and can start to buck.  Lotte has been owned by Sarah for approximately 2 years and came as a retired companion horse for light hacking.  Adam started by removing all Lotte’s tack and then by using his body language and reading Lotte’s expressions, he synced up with her, taking care of where she went in the menage; guiding her left and right, working towards connecting up, Adam started to gain Lotte’s trust.  The next step was to put Lotte on a line and guide her directions and transitions.  During this time it became apparent that Lotte became disconnected from Adam during trot.  Adam worked more with Lotte as she needed to be totally mentally connected to trust Adam’s decisions.  Adam then mounted Lotte and worked with her demonstrating how to get in time with Lotte’s feet.  Adam explained that as Lotte, in her youth, had been a competition horse in both dressage and X-country she had done alot of ground work and over-time had learnt to become disconnected by switching off and performing automatically to her rider, Lotte was visually there but mentally she was elsewhere. Apparently, this is quite common and was the reason why, when Lotte was taken out on her own for a hack she didn’t feel connected to Sarah and therefore felt alone which made her anxious and Lotte expressed this fear by bucking and rearing.   Adam gave Sarah advice on how to help Lotte to start to feel connected to her by learning to recognise how and when Lotte mentally switches on and off and how to become a good passenger when Lotte is calm, in order to gain her confidence.

We’d like to give a big thank you to Sarah for bringing Lotte and we wish her and Lotte the very best in the future.

Adam working with Gracey

The next horse was Gracey, who is a 9 year old Irish Sports mare standing at 15.2hh.  Gracey was owned by Dawn from Baron in Fabis, Nottinghamshire who had Gracey from a yearling and had anxiety issues which resulted in Gracey displaying “bucking bronco” behaviour when being ridden.  Unfortunately, after 5 minutes of Adam starting work with Gracey, the rain started and then came down torrentially for about 30 minutes (ah…England in the Summer time…it’s a wonder we don’t all have webbed feet and a bill!).  Adam  continued on working with Gracey through the rain, again by explaining how he uses his body language and by studying Gracey’s expressions he can take care of where she went in the menage  by guiding her left and right, when she should turn and at what speed to do it, in order to gain Gracey’s trust.     Gracey was put on a line and worked again by guiding her directions and through the transitions of stand, walk and trot, once this was complete, Adam then added the saddle.  Adam explained that he felt that Gracey was a very intelligent, complex horse with a strong-will and he would need more time, in order to make the connection fully and help Gracey progress.  Adam then offered Dawn advice on how to work with Gracey in the future.

We’d like to thank Dawn for bringing Gracey over, and wish them both the very best for the future.

Dr Ray demonstrating with Freeway on how to check the heart and breathing

Next we had Dr Ray Smith, the equine back, muscle and joint specialist, advising on back problems caused by ill-fitting saddles, and  about riders who also have back problems and how this affects their  weight distribution and impacts the horse in turn. Our Freeway , who absolutely adores being the centre of attention happily became the demonstration pony, and Dr Ray demonstrated how to assess the pony’s poll to check for problems which can result in restricted head movement which can cause the body to tense up, how to check legs for heat and swellings, how to use a stethoscope to listen to the horse’s heart and how to check their spine.  Dr Ray then demonstrated rider fitness and flexion exercises for the back, hip, leg, shoulders and arms on Dawn who volunteered as the model.

Christina and Gerry at the start

And then our ponies, Christina and Gerry were guided into the menage for Adam to work with.  Christina and Gerry came to the Sanctuary in February and are undomesticated with little trust in humans.  Adam worked with both ponies in the menage together so that they could support each other and reduce anxiety.  Adam started by asking them to move around him by changing his body movements to make them change direction to get them familiar and gain trust.  After working with them it became apparent that Christina was the dominant lead pony and this was the one to work with.  Both ponies started to reduce the space around Adam and at an appropriate moment a natural spilt occurred and Adam started to work with Christina on her own.  Working with Christina, she started to allow Adam closer to her which progressed to standing still for quite some time allowing Adam to stand very close to her.   Once Adam was close,  he spent some time with her and then he moved away instead of Christina moving off.  At the beginning of the session Christina’s mindset was that she should move herself away from this stranger, however, by the end of the session she was still a little unsure, but that it was safe to stand next to Adam, which if you know Christina, is a huge improvement.  Adam explained that Christina’s mistrust of humans was probably due to limited human interaction in her past, and in all likelihood, the human interaction she had experienced, had not been entirely positive.  While Adam was working with Christina, Gerry was quite happy to be on his own, nibbling at the grass in the next field.  The great news is that Adam is coming back to Pablos for another 2 days in August to continue working with Christina and Gerry and will be teaching volunteers about how to use their body language, and how to read a horse’s body language and expressions so that work can continue with Christina and Gerry.

Adam and Christina working together

We would like give a HUGE THANK YOU to Adam Shereston for volunteering his time to Pablo’s and for his endless patience and skill working with horses and ponies to help improve their lives, and for all the advice he provides to their owners – Adam you’re a true star and a friend of Pablo’s.  Also we’d like to give a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Dr Ray Smith, for volunteering his time and medical advice to all.  We’d also like to thank the following for the help on day:  to Jean and her friend for the superb catering, to Janette at The Noel’s Arms in Melton Mowbray for supplying accommodation for Adam and giving him one of her infamous big breakfasts, to Swithland Water for donating bottles of water and of course to all the fantastic volunteers for their continued support helping with all the preparations before, during and after the event – it couldn’t have taken place without all of your support – THANK YOU.  Over £550 in total was raised on the day, and this will all be spent on the welfare of the horses and ponies at Pablos.

We are very pleased to report that the very next day Christina showed a remarkable change; she looked “lighter”, if that makes sense?  She was content to be on her own and left Gerry completely alone (as before she was always close to Gerry, and very over protective of him, not allowing him any personal space or independence!).  Christina approached Penny and Freeway and spent a lot of time mutual grooming with them…Christina even initiated this!  Incredible!!  She also did not trot off when volunteers walked by her, she just continued to contently stand still and at one point, when Freeway came over, to ‘join’ a conversation that 3 volunteers where having (as he frequently joins volunteers conversations!) Christina followed him over and chose to join the group, again looking very relaxed whilst standing there.  A small step forward in her progress but a huge step forward for Christina to chose to do this, and we are all looking forward to seeing Adam again in a few weeks to help Christina and Gerry.

Wendy and Jackie on the tack stall

On Sunday 7th August, Wendy held Pablo’s new and nearly-new equine stall at Soar Valley Riding Club in Quorn and raised £110. A big thank you to the Committee and members of the Soar Valley Riding Club for their support to Pablos.

We have also some more great news as Dr Ray Smith has volunteered his time to hold a Clinic at Pablo’s yard on this August Bank holiday weekend – so put that date in your diary!  More information to follow.

Have a great week!  And watch out in case Christina comes over to see you!!!

5 days to go!!

Adam and Blossom 2010

Hi Everyone

All the horses and ponies are doing well and enjoying the summer weather.  As well as looking after all the horses and ponies, the volunteers have all been working hard with preparations for the great “Horse Whisperer” event this weekend.

We are very honoured and feel very privileged as Adam has volunteered his services and will be at Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary’s main yard in Long Clawson this Saturday.  The day starts at 10.00am and Adam will be working with ponies from the yard (Chris and Gerry) and other horses and ponies that have booked sessions to be seen by Adam throughout the day.

Many refer to Adam as a Horse Whisperer because, through his heightened sensitivity he is able to hear a horse’s whisper. This ability has enabled Adam to develop an original approach to the way in which we interact with horses. Adam’s work ethic with horses is to have good feel, intuition, balance and timing to create a partnership based on trust, respect and understanding.  On Saturday, this is a great opportunity to see Adam in action, and also working with horses and ponies with differing issues and problems.

Amazing Adam on Lilly - who refused anyone on her back

On the day, there are stalls and food available.  Wendy will be holding Pablo’s new and used equine items stall, and if you are not able to make it on Saturday, then Wendy will be at Soar Valley Riding Club at Quorn on Sunday 7th August.  There is a fabulous nearly-new designer clothing sale and raffle, and don’t forget the Auction for your chance to have Adam for a whole day to work with you and your horse!!  And remember 100% of all monies raised on the day, will be donated to Pablo’s to help continue the work the Sanctuary is doing.  So not will you have a great day – you’ll be helping the horses and ponies in care.

To pre-book your ticket please contact Rachel Hall on 01664 820278 or Carole.  Also there may be an opportunity to fit another horse session on the day, so please contact Carole for more information – don’t leave it too late!   For more information on Adam, please visit  www.adamshereston.com

Thank you this week to our marvelous volunteer Wendy, and her husband Paul,  who cleared out their loft and took the items to the Melton Mowbray Car Boot Sale on Sunday.  An incredible £154 was raised and this was all donated to Pablos.  Wendy and Paul came back from their holiday early and held the car boot sale as a surprise for Pablos.  Wendy and Paul you’re stars!

A big thank you to Alana Fishburne at Blaby District Council who runs the “Re-paint scheme”, which collects unwanted paint from the general public and companies, and stores it for distribute to charities or community projects. Our fantastic volunteers from our “Fix-It” Team, Chris contacted Alana Fishburne at Blaby District Council who generous donated  fence paint and white emulsion, which Tommy and Tony collected and this will be used for the barn redecoration project.

Also a huge thank you to Colin, known affectionally as the “wheelbarrow man” donated another two recycled wheelbarrows and wooden pallets, and MC skips in Melton Mowbray supplied a vehicle to transport the pallets to the yard, and to Bev Adams at Hoby who had her hay field cut and baled by a local farmer and sold the hay bales, Bev then donated the money from this to Pablo’s to buy hay for the horses and ponies in care here.

And finally, thanks also to everyone who has posted off their empty ink cartridges to “recyle4charity”, Pablo’s has just received a cheque for £25, please keep up the good work and keep donating your empty ink cartridges, you really can make a difference.

Hope to see you on Saturday!!!