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.
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.
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.
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.