Another month in the manic life of your favourite mule (me, obviously!) You’ll be pleased to note that I’ve managed to take some time out and put together these Musings so you know what’s been going on at the sanctuary. I have to say, I hope you’re as pleased as I am with the more considered and thoughtful look Emma has managed to capture in my photograph this month.
Last week, Dusty and Oscar went off to their forever homes. Both are very lucky ponies who have really landed on their hooves with adopted families who adore them.
Oscar is unlikely to ever be a ridden pony, due to damage done to his pelvis as a foal, but he’s found a home as a companion to Ollie and he gets along really well with him! Ollie lived alone for a while after his mate passed away, so he’s very pleased to have another pony friend. Oscar was so determined to be a good companion to Ollie that he decided that the electric fence put in while they were introduced wasn’t needed – he broke through and stood next to Ollie, where he has remained ever since!
Dusty has gone to be a pet pony and companion to a horse called Alfie. He was very brave going on his first ever lorry ride! And as you can see, he’s made himself right at home.
This is great news, but Elsie, Revel, Buttercup, Merlin, Rafael, Brontie, Conker, Eeyore, Jester, Flint , Domino, Pearl, Diamond, Daisy , Bernie and Joey are all still looking for their forever homes, so please let the humans know if you have space in your stables (and your heart!) for one of them.
Readers of these Musings will know that I like to be out in my field, munching away on my grass and I’m not that bothered about being in a stable. I’m re-considering this, though, as I’ve seen some very interesting thing around the stables recently – hay balls and fruit kebabs look like they need testing by me before anyone else should have them!! I’m not sure WHAT the humans think they’re doing giving them to Freddie and Oscar.
Coco has a nasty lump on his leg, called a sarcoid. This is being treated by the humans and one of the vets from the Parkhill Vets herd came out to freeze it. Coco was VERY, VERY brave – I wouldn’t fancy that at all. He said it didn’t really hurt and he was happy to have it done as the lump is annoying and attracts flies. I am secretly rather impressed. I hope I don’t get one of those lumps on my magnificent body – Coco’s looks a right mess just now. The humans are making sure it’s kept as clean as possible, though, to avoid infection.
Talking of Coco, I thought I’d add this pic to show how well we donks are getting on. Coco‘s out of sight here, but Conker, Eeyore, Banjo and I (or at least my donkey half) are having a great time together. We’re such good friends I’m even letting them eat my grass without complaining too much.
Cloud has been out on lots of visits this month, with trips to school fairs, Pets at Home and even to Leeds Rhino’s Family Day – I think you can guess who he supports. He likes to chill out when he gets home by flattening my dinner.
Gypsy, Freddie, Bernie, Joey and Elsie all suffer from something called Sweet-Itch. This means they’re very sensitive to midge bites and if they get bitten they can sometimes scratch all their hair, mane and tail off.
A company called Aromesse have given the humans treatments of Aroma-Pre-itch and Aromaitch for them and they have herbal treatment from Global Herbs. If anyone would like to help these guys with a donation for this, please let the humans know.
Bernie is particularly nervous after having a traumatic start in life. The humans aren’t sure what happened to make him so afraid, but even standing close to him makes him very anxious. This makes getting treatment on him very challenging, sothe humans have worked out a special treatment plan for his Sweet-Itch, using lots of strategies to try to limit his itchiness and soreness:
- Firstly, he and his friend Joey are stabled at dawn and dusk, when midges are most prevalent.
- They’re fed Global Herbs Skratch supplement to help them from the inside.
- The humans apply the Aromesse Sweet-Itch products on to the areas that Bernie will allow them to daily.
- They’re clicker training Bernie to let them touch him and bit by bit they’re gaining his trust.
Bessie on arrival at Hope Pastures
Bobby and Bessie at Richmond Equestrian Centre
You all voted Bessie as the Top Equine Rescue in a recent national competition, run by Horsemart. She got 64% of the votes (more than double any other rescue!) Even I’m proud of her achievement.
As well as recognition for how far she’s come, she’s won rugs and goodies for me and my friends.
Literally hundreds of dogs at the Dog Show
Two weeks ago I knew something was up, as I and all my friends were moved to the (small and relatively grass-free) field on the other side of the walkway. How right I was. The humans then proceeded to fill MY field, and the one next to us, with big flapping things, then they let herds of other humans in, as well as an un-countable number of dogs. My, oh my, the sanctuary was busy. It was fun as well, though, as we got lots of strokes – I was busy all day spreading my attention around all my adoring humans. Our normal humans say this raised over £5,100 – that’s amazing, it’ll buy me an awful lot of pony nuts and hay!
Coco’s Stable – I hope he doesn’t need it!
The Humans’ Summer feeding and activities area (!)
The big white flapping thing is back in the hard area where the humans usually leave their metal boxes and when I went to check on my stable last, I noticed Coco’s stable has a big red horse in it again. I suspect this means we’ll have herds of humans visiting us again over the next few weeks. Not to worry – I’ll make sure I’m available for them to see.
It looks like next month’s Musing could be quite exciting! Love Muffin xx