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.
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.
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.
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