All the horses and ponies are well this week, and have been enjoying this lovely sunny weekend weather. Hard to image that only a few days ago we were all under a few inches of snow for a day!
We are very pleased to report that two of our ponies, Little Gerry and Christina Scarlet went to their new foster home this weekend. Little Gerry and Christina Scarlet came to the Sanctuary approximately 2 years ago. Not much was known about Little Gerry and Christina’s backgrounds only that their previous owners had purchased them 2 years ago in a bid against the meat-man at the Melton Mowbray Horse Sales. Both were then transported to a field in Melton Mowbray until their owners were given notice to remove both ponies from their rented fields. As both these ponies were undomesticated their options for a new home were very limited and were due to go back to the Melton Mowbray Horse Sales. Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary was contacted and offered them both a home and had a deadline of one week to remove them from their rented field. As both ponies were untamed it took two
attempts and hours of dedicated volunteer work to be able to load them into the horse-lorry to get them safely to the Sanctuary.
Six months later, in August 2011 Adam Shereston, the internationally renowned Horse Whisperer worked with them both over 2 days, and our volunteers have continued to work with Little Gerry and Christina Scarlet since. Click-training was used in their rehabilitation and both responded very well and trust was established. Little Gerry developed in to a very smart and sweet pony, and Christina in to a very kind, gentle and pretty mare. For those of you who attended the Open Day last August you’ll probably remember Little Jerry showed off his clicker training skills for everyone!
The long-term plan for their future was always to find a wonderful caring new owner to foster them and to live a fulfilling life, and we are pleased to report that a wonderful and experienced home has been found with Dawn, near Barrow Upon Soar. On Saturday, both ponies were calmly and successfully loaded into the trailer and had a safe journey to their new home. Dawn reports that they have settled in well and are making new friends already. We would like to thank Jay from Jays Transport for her help in ensuring the loading and delivery went stress-free and to our volunteers for all their time spent to help these two ponies over the past 2 years. We wish Dawn, Little Gerry and Christina Scarlet a wonderful live together.
One of the chickens relaxing in the sun
Volunteer Wendy held the New and Nearly New Stall at Rearsby Lodge Dressage competition in Brooksby on Sunday and raised an super £80. A big thank you to Liz Atkins, the Committee and all of the attendees for their continued support. Also this week, Wendy has raised £140 from people contacting her directly. A hugh thank you to all those for their support, for both purchase and donations.
Thank you this week to Angela for her kind donation of equine items and horse feed, and also to the customers of the village shop at Long Clawson for raising £22.20 in their collection tin and to the On The Sands Deli, in Long Clawson for raising £13.23 in their collection tin.
A fundraising event is to be held at The Saddle Club at Brooksby Melton College, The Hives Farm on Thursday 2nd May. The starting time is 10.00am and fun events such as dressage, in-hand and ridden showing, obstacle course, on foot games and a raffle will be held. Carole will be judging the “Pony the judge would like to take home with her” class! The fundraising show is open to all Brooksby students and entry forms are now available.
Have a good week.