Archive | November 2011

A lovely new home for two

Hi Everyone

Icarus in his winter coat

All the horses and ponies are well, and Willow and Shanty are still an item this week.  Shanty has decided that Willow needs her nurturing and  therefore needs to be “looked after”, and this is regardless of whether Willow wants looking after or not!  Shanty has now decided that she does not want to go into her stable at night, but to stay outside with Willow instead (just the two of them together).  However, they do make a very sweet pair together.

We are extremely pleased to report that  on Wednesday Blossom and Westie arrived safely at their new foster home to be cared for by our long-standing volunteer Jodie.  Jodie reports that they have both settled in very well and are socialising with the other horses and ponies in the adjoining fields.  Everyone is so thrilled that Jodie has been able to foster both of them, and know that they will be very well looked after with her, and Jodie is still volunteering her time to help at the yard on a Sunday.

A big thank you to our volunteer (and part of the Fix It Team), Alex, who held his 65th Birthday party at the weekend and instead of presents Alex asked for donations for Pablos.  A fantastic £335 was raised and it has been reported that it was a good party night.  Also thank you to our car-booting fundraising volunteers Ken and Ann Johnson, from Earl Shilton who raised £44.43 from holding two car boot sales, and £30.31 from their collecting tin which they took to their local Auction house. A thank you to Firecracker Saddlery for purchasing some saddles from Pablo’s new and nearly-new equine stall and for their advice to Wendy.  You’re all stars.

Little Gerry and Christina Scarlet

A thank you to Kim and her daughter from Cedar Farm Stables, for their kind donation of their horse’s equipment and tack, as sadly their horse has passed away.  Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Sadly, one of Pablo’s supporters and animal lover, Jock McJannet has passed away and his widow Dot, arranged for donations to Pablos instead of flowers at Jock’s funeral, which amounted to £360.  Thank you to Dot and Jock.

It’s that time of year when your garden is asking for well-rotted manure for its Christmas present, and Pablos has the perfect well-rotted manure.  For only a small donation you can come and collect as many bags as you like – go on you know your garden will love you for it!!!  Please give Carole a call to arrange a convenient time for collection.

Remember, if you are going to the Victorian Christmas Fair in Melton Mowbray‘s town centre this coming Sunday 4th December, please pop over and try your luck on Pablos Tombola stall.  All funds raised will be spent on the horses and ponies welfare, and on the Winter feed bill.

Have a good week

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Winter’s on its way

Jester

Hi Everyone

Well, it’s been a quiet week with all the horses and ponies being well. Willow is fully recovered from his fall a few weeks ago and is still in General’s paddock, however Willow has now teamed up with Shanty and they are very much the pair! Lady is also absolutely fine after her fall last week, and we are pleased to report that there has been no more slips and falls!

As regular readers will know, a couple of weeks ago Freeway had been diagnosed with seborrhoeic dermatitis and was prescribed Malaseb Shampoo by the vet. Freeway’s dermatitis areas are being shampooed regularly and the shampoo is working wonders, with Freeway’s dermatitis clearing up very nicely.

The fundraising music night was held on Friday 18th November at the Rugby Club, Burton Road in Melton Mowbray with the fantastic local group “Revolver”. Although an enjoyable evening was had by all that attended, unfortunately the date coincided with Children In Need Day, and the turnout was quite low on the night, however £75 was raised which will go towards the Winter feed bill.

Our fantastic volunteer, Wendy held Pablo’s new and nearly-new equine stall at Canaan Farm Equestrian Centre, Costock on Saturday which raised £187. A big thank you to Hayley Sankey and family, and all of their clients for their support. Wendy will be back at Canaan Farm Equestrian Centre’s Open Show on Sunday 18th December, and also will be at Riverside Riding Centre, Asfordby on Saturday 10th December from 9.30 – 12.00.

A big thank you to Gayle, our fundraising volunteer, who held a stall on Melton Market on Saturday and raised a wonderful £104, the money raised from Gayle and Wendy will go towards paying off some of the Summer feed bills, which are still outstanding. If anyone could help by donating any hay for the horses and ponies over the Winter period, it really would be appreciated.

Also a big thank you to Sue Ruscillo for donating some fantastic Tombola prizes, so if you will be at the Victorian Christmas Fair please pop over and say hello to our volunteers and see if you can win some of these fantastic prizes on Pablo’s Tombola!

And one final big thank you to Graham Wassell from Global Safety, a long-standing supporter and good friend of Pablo’s for his donation of £300. Graham’s donation will be put towards the veterinary bill which has escalated again due to Silver and Ezra’s veterinary care, which now stands at approx £1000.

Have a good week.

A present from Pedigree Petfoods

Hi everyone

Lady

All the horses and ponies are well, and with all this mild weather and rain this week, the horses and ponies have all been enjoying themselves rolling around in the mud.  Apart from them all looking very pleased with themselves, it’s going to be a big job brushing the mud off before they can have their Winter rugs put on!  Willow’s hock is recovering well from his fall last week, but unfortunately on Saturday, Lady  (a beautiful 15.2hh chestnut mare who is 30-years old) who came to Pablo’s in November 2010, slipped on the yard and fell over.  Lady was really shaken by her fall, so she was stabled overnight.  This morning Lady was looking over her stable-door wanting to join her companions, so when back in her paddock she happily cantered off down the field absolutely fine.

Ezra

We are very sorry to report this week, the sad passing of Ezra.  Ezra was a very striking looking horse who was extremely sociable and inquisitive.  Ezra was approx 21 years old, and in the care of Pablo’s for the past 4 years.  Unfortunately his previous hip injury started to flare-up, and after many visits from the vet, on the vet’s recommendation Ezra was put gently to sleep.

Ezra came from a loving home, but developed a hip injury and could not be ridden, so came to live at Pablo’s.  Ezra loved people, was very laid back, quickly won people’s affections and had a habit of licking anything he took a fancy too!!  We like to say a big thank you to Andrea and Rob who looked after Ezra so well during his time with us, he will be truly missed, in particular by Andrea and Rob, who loved him dearly.  It was a pleasure to have known and cared for Ezra in his last years.

The team from Pedigree Petfoods

On Monday 7th November a team of 15 from Pedigree Petfoods spent the day at Pablo’s to help out with yard maintenance. Last week, an early Christmas present arrived from Pedigree Petfoods consisting of new menage rails, gates, sheep hurdles, tools and a new hay ring-feeder, in readiness for the volunteers arrival. All day the team of 15 worked really hard and repaired two sides of the menage, fixed guttering to the stables at the back and repaired fencing. A huge thank you to Pedigree Petfoods for their kind gifts, and to everyone who came on the day, and to volunteer Gerry Bell who is took a day’s annual holiday to supervise.

One side of the repaired fencing

On Saturday 19th November, Cheryl is holding a charity and craft stall in aid of Pablos at Ashlockton Christmas Fair. Doors open at 10.00am til 4.00pm at Ashlockton Village Hall, so please pop over and say hello to Cheryl, get some early Christmas present bargains and help the horses and ponies at Pablo’s at the same time.  Also this coming Saturday, one of our long-standing fund-raising volunteers, Gayle will be holding a stall on Melton Mowbray’s market in the town centre, so again please pop over and say hello to Gayle.

A big thank you this week to Jackie who raised £40 from selling tack and also to Ken and Anne Johnson from Earl Shilton, who held two car boot sales and raised a fantastic £50.21 – well done – you’re all stars.

Side two of the repaired fence

On 4th Decemeber The Victoria Christmas Fair is being held in Melton Mowbray, Pablo’s is holding a tombola stall which has always been a good fundraising event.  If you have any unwanted  gifts, that would  make ideal tombola prizes please get in touch with Carole.

DON’T FORGET……the music night this Friday 18th November at the Rugby Club, Burton Road in Melton Mowbray with the fantastic local group “Revolver”. The night starts at 8.00pm til late, with disco and raffle and at only £5 entrance on the door, and with under 14′s free this will be a great family night out.  Hopefully see you there.

Have a good week

General Increases His Army

Hi everybody

Willow with General (behind)

The horses and ponies are well with the elderly and thoroughbreds having been rugged up ready for the Winter weather. On Saturday night, as it was Bonfire Night with the fireworks, Carole spent the evening with the ponies in the field at Thorpe Arnold. This year the ponies were given a recommended herbal remedy which is designed to keep horses and ponies calm when fireworks are being let off and we are pleased to report that the ponies did remain calm and their were no incidents. However, during the week Willow was playing in this field when he slipped on the mud, knocked his hock and fell down. As Willow lives with “creaky joints” he was not able to get up as he had hurt his hock, and needed help to do this. Once Willow was up he was moved onto the yard and it was decided for him to join the ponies in General’s field. Willow is now fine but is totally smitten with General and is inseparable from him, following General around everywhere so he will stay in General’s care for the time being. Also this week Freeway has been diagnosed with seborrhoeic dermatitis and has been prescribed Malaseb Shampoo by the vet, so hopefully this will clear up his dermatitis quickly.

Dixie in the straw

This week saw the welcomed arrival of two new feral cats from The Rock Cats Home in Grantham, which are employed as official rat-catchers on the yard at Long Clawson.  Sadly, the new cat Pixie had to be put to sleep due to the discovery of stomach tumours, however Dixie has settled in very well, enjoys the attention and fuss of the volunteers and is an excellent rat-catcher (caught five last week).

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, at Sutton Bonnington has been in touch and arrangements have been made for Veterinary Students, along with their Lecturer to visit the yard at Long Clawson. On the visits they will be looking at some of the horses and ponies who are very elderly or have managed health issues in order to study them and volunteer their services. Also student who are studying equine dentistry will be able to help out with the horses and ponies and we look forward to welcoming the Veterinary Students and their Lecturer.

Chanelle all rugged up

On Monday 7th November a team of 10 from Pedigree Petfoods are spending the day at Pablo’s to help out with yard maintenance. Earlier in the week, an exciting delivery arrived from Pedigree Petfoods consisting of new menage rails, gates, sheep hurdles, tools and a new hay ring-feeder, in readiness for the volunteers arrival tomorrow. A huge thank you to Pedigree Petfoods for their kind gifts, it is really appreciated, and to Gerry Bell who is taking an day’s annual holiday to supervise the visit tomorrow. Tune in next week to see how they got on.

Wendy and Laura at Riverside Equestrian Centre

A huge thank you this week to Carrie Cumberland from Cedar Farm Stables, Church Lane, Cossall Village, Nottinghamshire, NG16 2RA who held a Charity Dressage Competition in aid of Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary on Saturday 15th October and raised a fantastic £460. Also the Village Shop in Long Clawson, which is under new management, as they collected £19.20 in the collection tin on the counter, and of course thank you to all those kind people in Long Clawson for their donations. A huge thank you to Wendy for holding Pablo’s New and Nearly-New Equine stall at Riverside Equestrian Centre in Asfordby and raised £115.00 and a thank you to Rebecca (the owner) and all of the customers for their support. Next Saturday (12th November) Wendy is holding a stall on Melton Market, so if you are in Melton that day please pop over and say hello to Wendy and have a browse on the stall. Wendy will also be at Canaan Farm Equestrian Centre, Loughborough Road, Costock on Saturday 19th November from 9.00am with the New and Nearly-New Equine stall.

And don’t forget the music night on Friday 18th November at the Rugby Club, Burton Road in Melton Mowbray with the fantastic local group “Revolver”. The night starts at 8.00pm til late, with disco and raffle and at only £5 entrance on the door, and with under 14’s free this will be a great family night out.

Have a good week