Saturday, 2 May 2015

Pony Challenges...

We travelled down to Cornwall yesterday to visit this little pony - sadly another victim of the efforts of a very well known national "animal welfare" organisation..  Apparently it was chased by a group of male employees for 4 hours before they shot it with a tranquilliser gun - taking 5 dart shots to eventually knock her out.  Once they'd trimmed her feet, removed the ear tags, and done her teeth, they turned her out in a 2 acre field (with no stables or pen facilities) with a headcollar on and lunge line still attached!   The whole episode has left the pony even more traumatised than before they started!  The pony managed to get rid of the lunge line herself and the headcollar is now half on, half off...the welfare organisation's only advice now is to shoot it!  We've been told that since their visit the pony now tries to "kill" any men who enter the field - she is just so fearful.  The owner has asked if we can help - there are no stables onsite where the pony's been put so we're trying to come up with a plan to help...it's so frustrating because this isn't the first time we've been asked for help to pick up the pieces - the organisation fails to see the damage they are causing.  They aren't prepared to admit that they are not skilled enough to deal with wild and traumatised ponies...in the meantime they are causing more damage to these ponies than they'll probably ever realise.  The pony was suspicious of people before...and then all its fears were realised all over again, and now it doesn't want to come near people at all!

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Friday, 1 May 2015

May's Photo


May's photo is of handsome Gypsy Dan when he was a stallion in the herd field.  Look at his super mane and tail!  Dan has always been one of the more frightened ponies - him and Apache used to wind each other up with their high fear levels bouncing off each other when people were in close proximity.  Dan has come on so well - Cilla commented a long time ago that "With some of the traumatised ponies there has come a point in their rehabilitation where they no longer seem like unpredictable wild animals.  One day I would look at one and think ‘you’re just a little pony, aren’t you?’  With Apache and Gypsy Dan, that hasn’t happened yet.  They both retain a mystique, as if they hold something back.  They can’t bring themselves, yet, to let go and be ‘just little ponies’".  I think we can say that Dan has progressed to that level now - he only trusts people that he knows, but he's come a very long way...and even has his first ever rosette which he won in March!

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Lulu Finds A New Home

Lulu has been out on loan in North Devon for 5 years at a lovely home where she's had lots of fun learning to do lots of things - she's become a great children's riding pony and has turned out to be a star at clear round show jumping.  Her fosterer Heather contacted us recently to say that Lulu needed to find a new home as she had no regular riders and work to keep her in shape.  Lulu's very much loved there and they are very sad to see her go...the kids who had been riding her have moved on...so could we find somewhere just right for Lulu...?



...Just before Christmas one of Lulu's previous fosterers, Tracey, had been in touch to find out how she was doing....so on hearing that Lulu was becoming available for loan again we contacted Tracey and her family and they jumped at the chance to have Lulu back again.  Harriet, who was 3 years old the last time they had Lulu is now 12 years old and is very excited at the prospect of having Lulu back again.  All the home checks and references are complete so Lulu should be moving at the weekend.  How wonderful that Lulu has such a dedicated fan club!

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Pony Adventures


Arthur and Frodo had an adventure out with Faie and Peter today along the country lanes...with some stops for cow parsley munching of course!  We had an email this week to say that our insurers have decided not to cover pet rescues any more so we need to find another company before our policy expires.  We really hope it won't impact on the youngsters coming, and the ponies taking part in the parade at St John's Fayre as so many companies prevent this from happening now...a bit of a worry at the moment but we're trying to find a like for like replacement!  We're continuing our pony training for St John's Fayre as normal - today with flag waving, majorette batons, and Faie's stiltwalking!




Thank you to Graham for his donation of £20 for the ponies this week!





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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Dan's First Rosette!

Today Charlie was able to capture this shot of Dan in the sunshine - an opportunity for Dan to show off his first ever rosette that he won in his Horse Agility competition last month.  He looks rather proud I think :0)


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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Taunton Craft And Holistic Fayre

Big thanks to Catherine, Victoria, Charlie and Jenny for looking after the yard and the ponies this weekend...having them supporting us at the main base enabled Margaret and Faye to go to Taunton for our first ever stall at the Taunton Craft and Holistic Fayre...


...We met lots of lovely people who were very supportive of our work - we really enjoyed the weekend!  Thank you to everyone who bought items from our stall or made donations...altogether we raised £245.50 for the ponies.  Great team effort everyone!

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Thank You!



Thank you very much everyone for your cards and gifts today...and the wonderful pony themed birthday cake - both beautiful and delicious!!

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

4 Days To Go...

Just 4 days to go until our first big fundraising event for this year - it's the first time for us at this event...and it's a whole weekend...we're really looking forward to it!  It's a beautiful venue and we hope to raise lots of money on our fundraising stall for the ponies!

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Friday, 10 April 2015

Rolling Again

With the weather having been so nice again, the last two days have been all about getting the fields rolled - and this time neither Faye nor Ted got the tractors stuck so we scored 100% success there!!

Just a couple of gateways that aren't quite passable yet but otherwise the fields look much smarter and are much easier to walk across.

The ponies were quite excited after the rolling was finished...as they can go even faster with their running about, playing adventures!

Frodo was the last in!
The field's looking very smart!


We need to say thank you to Travis Perkins in Tiverton for giving us free delivery on our pea gravel delivery last week...and thank you to Ann who very kindly sent the ponies a donation as an Easter present - we really appreciate that!







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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter Everyone!

We've been really enjoying the nice weather that's arrived for Easter!  This morning we welcomed our visitors Thea and Mary, who were kind enough to bring lots of delicious apples for the ponies, items for our stalls and a donation from the Dunster Meditation group - thank you ladies!  


This afternoon we moved over half a tonne of pea gravel to top up our reserves around the yard...we managed to get it all moved in one go so there were Easter eggs to reward the efforts of our workers!

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