Well it’s finally here, the clocks have gone forward and we’ve had a wonderful sunny weekend – what a great way to start the British Summer time! We are pleased to report that all the horses and ponies are well, and still loosing their Winter coats which is keeping all the volunteers busy trying to keep up with all the grooming needed. All rugs have been removed, with the exception of a couple of the very old horses which still need the extra bit of warmth at the moment. Everyone is looking forward to next weekend, when all the horses and ponies will be moving into their Summer quarters, for some this means going back into their paddocks, and for others it means being moved out of the barn into the outside pens. This is an exciting time and one of the main events at the yard and next week we’ll be able to bring you photos of the big event.
The two new ponies which were given sanctuary after being abandoned in village in South Leicestershire, now have been named. They are Frankie and Freddie! They are settling in well and being handled by volunteers, both Frankie and Freddie need to be gelded and once this has been done, they will be placed with our volunteer Andrea to be cared for. Andrea is a longstanding volunteer who is very experienced with horses and will be able to provide them both with the care and expertise needed to bring them both on.
Thank you this week to volunteer Russ who spent Wednesday giving the kitchen a good Spring clean and clear out and doing such a superb job! Also to Roger for checking and mending all the electric fences this week, so they are now all ready for the horses returning to the paddocks next weekend.
We would like to thank the 3 new volunteers, Lynda, Mandy and Jenny, who are all local ladies who came to help out at the main yard this week. Lynda not only donated £90 for hay but also signed up to the Standing Order scheme and got a few of her friends to donate regularly through the scheme too, and donated equine items for Pablos new and nearly new equine stall! It is always wonderful to see new volunteers, and they are always very welcome and needed, but as Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary is completely run by volunteers, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers – the Sanctuary could not run without you, and your hard work really is appreciated – you’re all stars!!!
You may remember that in mid-February the Knoulton Girl Guides performed the pantomime “Cinderella” for their families and friends. On the night they also held a raffle with all the proceeds raised to be donated to the care of the horses and ponies at Pablos. We are pleased to report that they raised and have presented a cheque for an amazing £151, and all the Girl Guides are coming down to the main yard on the evening of 26th April to meet some of the animals that they have helped.
Now Summer is officially on its way, don’t forget about your garden. We have the most beautiful well-rotted manure which has been bagged up (in feedbags) for collection, and all for just a small donation. Your plants and roses will love you for it!
Have a good weekend