Archive | April 2013

Spring in the air

Dixie playing in the sun

Dixie playing in the sun

Hi everyone

All the horses and ponies are well this week.

Following an appeal for help with the 2 Dartmoor ponies, Dizzy and Dodger, we are pleased to report that a lovely lady called Diana has volunteered her time to help out.  Diana sees the ponies on a regular basis and they are coming along very well, we are still looking for a suitable foster home for them both.

Dixie still playing!

Dixie still playing!

We would like to appeal to anyone who could help out with the use of a horse-trailer, as the sanctuary does not have any horse transport.  We need to move horses and ponies around grazing areas at all times of the year,  if anyone owns a horse-trailer or horse-box and  is able to help out it would really be appreciated.  We sometimes have offers of donations of hay, but only if we can collect, so if anyone can help please get in touch with Carole.

Cherry

Cherry

Wendy, Jenny and John at Oakham Vetinary Open Day

Wendy, Jenny and John at Oakham Veterinary Hospital Open Day

A big thank you to Oakham Veterinary Hospital for letting us have a stall at their Open Day on Saturday 27th April.  An amazing £100 was raised, thank you to volunteers, Wendy, John and Jenny for holding the stall. Also volunteer Wendy raised £141 with the Equine New and Nearly New stall.

Also a big thank you to Amelia from Woodhouse Eaves for her kind donation of 50 bales of hay and to Jane and Joan for holding a stall at their local show in the village hall which raised £50.

We would also like to give a huge thank you to everyone for their kind donations and well-wishes that all help to keep us going.

Have a good week

Morrison’s Marathon

General and some of his friends back in their field

General and some of his friends back in their field

Hi Everyone

All the horses and ponies are well and have been enjoying the lovely sunny weather over this week.  All have had their rugs removed and just love to feel the sun on their backs.  All the horses and ponies are in their Summer paddocks, enjoying being back on grass.  Unfortunately, due to the bad weather the grass hasn’t grown as it should, so they are still being fed hay.  If anyone can help with donating some hay, please get in touch.

Karen and Rachel - 2 of the many volunteers at Morrisons this week

Karen and Rachel – 2 of the many volunteers at Morrisons this week

This week,  our volunteers held a store collection at Morrison’s Supermarket at Thorpe End in Melton Mowbray, starting on Monday right through to Sunday.   An amazing £450 was donated by their super customers, along with many well wishes for the horses and ponies.  We would like to give a HUGH thank you to the following volunteers for giving their time freely and working in shifts so that each day was covered:  Jade, Jen, Lynda, Mandy, Amanda, Karen, Brenda, Lois, John and Rachel, and of course Chester the Bear.  Also a gigantic thank you to Morrisons for so generously letting us into their store for the whole week and their super-special customers for their very kind donations.

Chester the fundraising bear

Chester the fundraising bear

This weekend saw Little Jerry come back to the main yard after his stay in his foster home, and Little Jerry could be seen playing happily this morning with Frankie and Freddie in their paddock.  Frankie and Freddie are still looking for a foster home, someone with a lot of experience with handling young ponies, as these two have the makings of two beautiful ponies.  If you are interested, please get in touch with Carole.

Daisy next to Cherry

Daisy next to Cherry

Next weekend on Saturday 27th April from 11.00am til 4.00pm.  Pablos will be holding a fundraising stall at the Oakham Veterinary Hospital Open Day. Oakham Veterinary Hospital is a leading equine and small animal hospital in the East Midlands. The open day will offer you the opportunity to see behind the scenes in both departments and see what goes into the day to day running of the hospital. There will be displays and events throughout the day along with food and drink and activites for all the family.  For more information see www.oakhamvethospital.co.uk/news/open-day-2013

Have a good week

 

Spring is finally here

Lilly one day old

Lilly one day old

Hi everyone

All the horses and ponies are well.   This week finally saw all the horses and ponies return to their Summer paddocks, as the dry weather looks like it’s finally here (maybe?).  The horses and ponies all got very excited about going back on to their fields, with most of them having a good gallop around, with a few bucks here and there.  Even our oldies suddenly found their youth and started leaping around (although will properly pay for that later!), and enjoying sunshine on their backs.

This week saw Lily, the first foal born at the Sanctuary, celebrate her 1st birthday.  As some of the regular reader may be aware, Lily’s mother Arian was given sanctuary as her owner could no longer look after her, and Arian was heavily pregnant as well.  A few months later, Lily was born during the night.   A year has gone by so fast, and as you can see from the photos how Lily has grown!!

Lily one year old

Lily one year old

We welcomed two new arrivals this week, a chestnut Shetland pony called Annie and her 11 month old foal called Mo.  A kind lady rescued them from a flooded field last year and they were both then put on our waiting list.  After a long wait, they had moved up to the top of the waiting list and finally were able to have sanctuary here.  Both are the most sweetest ponies, are settling in well and are very inquisitive!

Arian today

Arian today

We would still like to appeal for anyone who could help out in the Ashfordby area, with the care of our the 2 Dartmoor rescue ponies.  If you are able to help with their care and be able to spend some time handling them, please could you get in touch.

This week, our volunteers will be holding a store collection at Morrison’s Supermarket at Thorpe End in Melton Mowbray, starting on Monday through to Sunday.  So if you are shopping at Morrison’s please pop over and say hello to our volunteers, and any spare change would be really appreciated.  All our volunteers donate their time at no expense to the charity and 100% of the money donated is spent on the welfare of the horses and ponies.
Horses and ponies enjoying being back in their paddocks

Horses and ponies enjoying being back in their paddocks

Have a good week.

A bit warmer?

Hi Everyone

Well, we finally saw some dry sunny weather over the weekend, which was enjoyed by the horses and the volunteers.  On 1st April, some of the horses and ponies moved onto their Summer quarters if their fields were suitable for them, unfortunately some will have to wait a few more days until their field is dried out a bit more!  We would like to say a huge sincere thank you to everyone that has given donations and hay over the past few weeks, for their kindness and as this has really helped us get through this tough time of year.

We would like to appeal for anyone who could help out in the Ashfordby area, with the care of our the 2 Dartmoor rescue ponies.  If you are able to help with their care and be able to spend some time handling them, please could you get in touch.

Also we would like to appeal for a local experienced horse whisperer who could help with our rescue welfare cases which were brought to us from the Police.   Handling for  young Freddie, Frankie and Henry to help them get over their trauma from their previous experiences so that they can go on to suitable foster homes and enjoy a full and loving life that every equine should have.  If you can help, please get in touch.

We would like to thank volunteers John and Kirsty for holding a fundraising stall on MeltonMowbray market on Saturday, and with the delicious home-made cakes from Jade an amazing £173 was raised. Also a big thank you to Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation for their help and support.

Volunteer Wendy sold some saddles that had been donated which raised £200.   Also, on Sunday Wendy took the New and Nearly New Equine Stall Today to Soar Valley Riding Club and an fantastic £180 was raised. A huge thank you to the committee and all of SVRC members for their continued support. A huge thank you for the donation from the liveries at Swithland Spring Water, Hall Farm, Swithland of £48.50, plus Karen who donated half her winnings on the Grand National of £10. Thank you to all for thinking of Pablos, everything is appreciated.

Have a good week.