Archive | September 2011

Pixie and Dixie

Hi Everyone


This week Pablo’s welcomed 2 new arrivals – in the form of 2 new feral cats to the yard!    The cats are a sister and brother called Pixie and Dixie and are around 1 year old.  Both of the little ones are black and white, and have come from the charity Rock Cats Home in Grantham. Dawn, one of our long-standing volunteers provided the donation for the cats and they are currently being kept inside the barn to get used to their new home, before they are let outside.  It is hard to find homes for feral cats, however these make ideal stable cats as they are fantastic rat-catchers and enjoy their independence on the yard, whilst having a permanent home with all necessary care provided.

Gayle and Rachel with "Guess the name of the pony" game

All the horses and ponies are well and enjoying the last of the summer sun.  This week we welcomed new volunteers, Camille, Clare and Kathy and say a welcome back to volunteer Alex who has returned from his long holidays.  Other volunteers, Gayle and Rachel have been at the Final of the Vale View EC Arena Eventing Challenge 2011, Nottingham Road, Old Dalby, Leicestershire, which was being televised by Horse and Country TV.  A fundraising stall with a great game of Guess The Name Of The Pony with prizes of Pimms and Harvey Bristol Sherry was held.  For those of you who attended the event, the pony’s name was Puff-Ball and the horse’s name was Silver and congratulations to both of the winners.  A fantastic £80 was raised and as always 100% of this will be spent on the welfare of the horses and ponies.  A big thank you to Julie and Mark Hyslop at Vale View for their support.

Meanwhile, our volunteer Fix-It team were busy this weekend as work started on a special Winter field shelter for Freeway.  Freeway doesn’t always get on well with other horses and ponies, instead preferring human company, so this Winter he will need his own special quarters.  Knowing our fantastic “Fix-It’ team only a 5-star accommodation for Freeway will do!

Silver and Lady with volunteers Jodie and Kathy

To raise much need funds for the Winter feed bill – a few dates for your diary .  On Thursday 20th October a Fun Quiz Night is to be held at the Noel’s Arms, Melton Mowbray starting at 8.30pm.  The brilliant local Quiz Master – Paul Jaggard will be hosting the quiz with great prizes on offer.  Also on 18th November a Music Night is to be held at the Rugby Club in Melton Mowbray.  A fantastic opportunity to see the band “Revolution” with 3 of the best known and talented musicians playing a wide selection of songs from Beatles to Small Faces.  Also on the night a raffle and disco into the small hours.  At only £5 on the door a great night out.

Also don’t forget to register for the 5km Sponsored Walk / Dog Walk on Saturday 29th October, starting a 2.00pm at RandR Country Superstore, Thorpe Arnold in Melton Mowbray.  Please see the tab for more information and you can download the registration form from there as well.

Unfortunately the Sanctuary is full at the moment, as whilst we really do appreciate the current climate which is resulting in a large amount of unwanted horses and ponies, and that this is anticipated to continue over the coming Winter months, please be aware the Sanctuary is completely full.  Also due to the high increase in costs for hay and feed this is having an impact on the Sanctuary and therefore Pablo’s is unable to offer places.  Pablo’s so wishes it has the resources to help every pony and horse, but our sincere apologies that we are not able to.

Next week there will be no update due to holidays, but remember to tune-in the week after for a double epidsode of news!

Have a good week.



Hi Everyone

Tika and Phoebe enjoying their hack together

This week Pablo’s has been contacted by Faye from a rescue centre in Dartmoor.  Faye has managed to acquire a herd of 40 foals that have come from the Bodmin Moor which were due to be sold at the local horse sales.  Unfortunately due to the present financial climate and situation regarding volumes of unwanted Dartmoor foals at present, the future of these foals are to be sold for meat and at the moment foals are fetching approx £7 each.  Faye is on a quest seeking help to save these foals and has contacted every horse charity / sanctuary in England, Scotland and Wales to ask if they could each take a foal, and Faye will provide the transport to their new homes.  Pablo’s has offered to take  four (2 male and 2 female) foals which will be around 6 months old, and it is planned to find good foster homes for them.  If you are interested in offering one of these foals a home please get in touch with Carole, but please note the foals will only be rehomed to very experienced homes and Pablo’s very strict criteria on rehoming will have to be met.  If you would still like to help in another way, donations of  hay and food for the foals would be, as always, really appreciated.

Tika and Phoebe at home

A lovely surprise was awaiting at the Crescent Veterinary Practice in Melton Mowbray this week.  Incredibly  an anonymous donation of £1000 had been put on to Pablo’s account!  A HUGE THANK YOU to the extremely generous person who wishes to remain anonymous, their donations means so much to the Sanctuary.  Because of the nature of some of the ponies and some ponies which have special needs,  a lot of visits from the vet are required and the veterinary bill is always very high.  Pablos use The Crescent Veterinary Practice in Melton Mowbray as they have always provided exemplary care and attention to the horses and ponies over many years, and always come out at very short notice!

As some of the regular readers will know, a rescue pony called Tika has been successfully rehomed to a local family who are very experience with horses and have had the time, knowledge and patience to help Tika with her rehabilitation.  Tika settled in to her new home and very quickly bonded with her new owner Phoebe (and Tika now follows Phoebe around everywhere), who have sent some more photos of Tika.  Tika is now being ridden, in a bitless bridle, and both Phoebe and Tika enjoy their hacks together and you can see from the photos just how relaxed and well Tika is.

Tika and Phoebe

A big thank you this week to volunteers Wendy and Chris for holding a car boot sale at Melton Mowbray Market today (11th) and have raised a fantastic £115.  These funds will go towards purchasing materials for the extra shelters for the horses and ponies which are needed for this coming Winter.   Also there are a number of saddles for sale at  Pablo’s New and Secondhand Equine Stall, if you would like to know what is in stock, please contact Wendy on email:   and Wendy will see if she can help.

Don’t forget to get your registration form in for the Big 5km Sponsored Walk / Dog Walk on Saturday 29th October.  Registration for the event is free, and you can register by contacting Carole, or Rachel on 01664 820278 or download the Registration Form.  All the funds raised from the event will go toward the Winter feed bill.

Enjoy your week.

A great visit

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The Amity Project at the yard

All’s well with the horses and ponies this week and we are pleased to inform you that both Ezra and Little Gerry are now fully recovered and enjoying the rest of the sunshine.  This week, on Wednesday we welcomed a visit to the yard from the Amity Project who had raised £35 to help the horses and ponies.  Amity is a project for people with mental health needs, aged 16 plus, based in Sherwood, Nottingham.  Amity Project provides a safe and secure environment whilst delivering a wide range of activities as well as a newly introduced outreach service, supporting people in there own homes and in the community.  The members of the Amity Project, and their support workers, personally presented the collection money and had an enjoyable time meeting all the horses and ponies and helping out with the yard duties.

It’s Newsletter time again – those of you who kindly support the Sanctuary by sponsoring a horse or pony, or make a regular gift to the Sanctuary in the form of a monthly Standing Order will be receiving their Autumn newsletter shortly.  So look out for the postman this week!!!!  If you would like to sponsor a horse or pony, or are able to give a gift on a regular basis, you can find all the forms on this website to download.

Sparky and Arthur

Wanted – walkers and their dogs for the Waggin’ ‘n’ Walkin’ 5km Sponsored Walk / Dog Walk to be held on Saturday, 29th October, at 2.00pm.  All ages are welcome and you don’t even need a dog (you could bring a toy one!)!!!  Registration for the event is free, and you can register by contacting Carole, or Rachel on 01664 820278 or download the Registration Form.  All the funds raised from the event will go toward the Winter feed bill.  Hay and horse food has unfortunately seen an extremely high price increase over the past year, and this all has an impact on the Sanctuary, so it would be great to see you at the Sponsored Walk / Dog Walk as all support and  funds raised will be deeply appreciated.  The event is being supported by RandR Country Superstore and is planned to give us all a nice walk around the lovely Melton Mowbray Country Park, so a great time can be had by all – and of course all the lovely dogs that have participated will receive a great doggy goody bag with plenty of gifts and treats for them!

A BIG thank you this week to Suzanne at Waltham who supports the Sanctuary by giving regular donations and has sent a cheque for £30 as an Autumn treat for the ponies.  We would also like to give a warm welcome to two new volunteers; Sue, who comes all the way from Leicester to help out at the yard on a Saturday, and to Tara, who volunteers her time in the evenings to help look after the five ponies at Thorpe Arnold.  New volunteers are always needed and welcome, so if you would like to volunteer please contact Carole.


A date for your November diary (and it’ll soon come around!).  On Friday, 18th November we will be holding a fundraising event; a music night at the Rugby Club on Burton Road, Melton Mowbray with a great new band called “Revolver“, and of course there will be a disco.  Also, as regular readers will know every year Pablos hold a tombola stall at the Victorian Christmas Fair in Melton Mowbray, and this year the Fair will be held on Sunday, 4th December.  So we would like to appeal to you all for any unwanted gifts that will make suitable prizes for the tombola stall,  as ever all donations are appreciated and again please contact Carole.

Have a great week!