Firstly, I feel I have to introduce myself, to give you an idea of how I came to find out about the wonderful Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary! My name is Rosie, I live in Rugby, I’m currently 16 and I’m planning on doing Veterinary Science at University! For those who don’t know, Veterinary Science is an extremely hard course to get on to, high grades are needed, and a lot of animal related work experience is very much important to even be considered. I came across Pablo’s whilst searching on the internet for places to do this work experience! I was touched by the information on the site, the loving descriptions of the horses, the stories of fundraisers, just the whole general feel of the place, the dedication put towards it! I emailed, and received a swift reply, saying I was welcome to come down; to say I was excited would be an understatement!
On my first day of volunteering at Pablo’s, I was overwhelmed by the kindness of the people there, from offering me hot drinks every break, to making sure I was alright doing whatever jobs needed doing! The horses were so relaxed, so in tune with their routine, it felt extremely special to be part of the team that provided that stability for them. Each Saturday I have been to Pablo’s, the more special the place has become to me! The more horses I have grown fond of, and the more I have realised, how there really are some special people in this world! Some wonderful people who do everything for others, I feel privileged to be at Pablo’s alongside them!
Pablo’s has given me so much in the little time I have belonged to its community! My confidence has increased dramatically, which makes me feel so good about myself, better than I ever have before! Then of course, Pablo’s has given me some very valuable experience, which will not only help with my future career, but has made me realise how much I really do love horses, and how much I really want to replicate the community, the dedication and the focus Pablo’s has in my future. Also, Pablo’s has given me many different life skills, I can now knock a nail in straight, thanks to Chris and Gerri who have shown me when I stay behind to help them with maintenance work! I never knew, just volunteering at a horse sanctuary on Saturdays for a month or two would give me so much, and I can’t explain how it feels to be included and my help appreciated, I really want to do all I can to help!
Unfortunately, I do live in Rugby, an hour’s drive from Pablo’s. This means, now I have started my A-levels at school, I can only come one Saturday every month. I really want to say, anyone who can spare even an hour or two in their week, anyone who can donate anything, however small it is to Pablo’s, it is appreciated so much, and you will feel so wonderful for giving your time to them! The sanctuary is filled with amazing people and gorgeous horses, Jack or Westie for example, who I must say, have to be my current favourites (don’t tell the others!!!). I am so proud to be involved in such a community and I would encourage anyone to come down and volunteer! Ring Carole up and say you’re interested in volunteering! If you don’t like using a phone, like me, then email! Rob is ever so kind, and ever so quick with responding! I can’t put into words how much Pablo’s means to me, it has given me so much in so little time, and if I do succeed with my future career, then I would be more than happy to provide Pablo’s with free Veterinary care! They really do deserve it!