Arrived July 2012
We found Albert chained to a spiked metal fence with his legs very badly tangled up in the chain, and when we went to help him he was so terrified that he panicked & attempted to jump the fence, almost impaling himself. He kept on becoming entangled again and again and although he eventually let us help him, we were really concerned at how he would survive through the night being always tangled up. As well as his dangerous situation Albert was also no more than 10 weeks old and had no food or water. He was desperately hungry and thirsty and had clearly been taken off his mum far too early for reasons unknown. We suspect it was because he is a Colt. Males are of practically no value to dealers as they cost to be castrated and if kept as stallions are prone to fighting and can become difficult to handle in the wrong hands. Heartless breeders commonly take young colts from their mums so that they can be put into foal again as soon as possible in the hope that the next foal may be a female.We made arrangements to admit Albert and he came to Hope Pastures the very next morning. He was terrified and confused, just stood in the corner of his stable trembling.
For 4 days Albert had us very worried because he didn’t know how to eat hard feed, he just wanted his mum’s milk. We bought a bottle and some milk replacer but Albert wasn’t interested. We looked for a surrogate mare but couldn’t find one, and tried all kinds of things to tempt little Albert to eat.
Finally, after days of waiting Albert decided to try a little feed and began to nibble little bits at a time. We added in Milk powder with a vitamin pellet and grass nuts soaked in warm water, we even tried Honey and Apple Juice and Peppermint Cordial! Anything to get his much needed vitamins and nutrients into his tummy to support a growing foal. From then on Albert’s appetite picked up and he was soon eating well. He became happy to be handled by people and we managed to de-louse and worm him.
He became well loved and fussed by many staff and Volunteers. As he grew bigger Albert made friends with another foal, Piper and they loved to run and play together. He then met Asher another young rescue, and the three of them had a happy summer together growing and relaxing at Hope Pastures. When the time came for Asher to go to his forever home, Piper and Albert went to a foster home to grow a little more before being castrated.
When they came back, Piper was a well developed pony who had really grown, and was castrated and soon found a wonderful new home. But Albert is a very slow developer due to being without his mum from an early age, so despite waiting such a long time Albert was nowhere near ready to be gelded and it wasn’t until he was 18 months old that he was finally ready.
Albert was re-homed in 2013 but unfortunately had to come back in Summer of 2014 when his new owners lost some of their land. Since Albert has been back he has spent his time looking after our field of young colts, he is well established as their herd leader and enjoys being the boss!
Albert was re-homed again in April 2015 and we have received this feedback from his family:
“Bertie has settled in really well and feels like he has always been part of the family. He has had a really positive influence on our other two horses who had struggled after we lost our arab.
Bertie goes out on walks around the village with our cob and loves his trips out.
We have continued his clicker training and he loves standing on the brush box, food bowl, or anything else he can find. He has even climbed up the steps on the mounting block and looks a very proud little boy. Everybody who meets him loves him, he has such a gentle nature and loves a bit of fuss and attention. We got our arena built in July and it’s now full of his toys that he has learned to pick up or push around. His favourite toy is a ball that is nearly as tall as him, he loves pushing it with his nose or kicking it with his feet.
We are so pleased we have given him a home, he is such a cutie and settled in brilliantly with our other horses!”
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Our most inquisitive (AKA nosey!) donk
The one-horse job-creation scheme, always rolling in mud
Terrified when he came to the sanctuary, now growing in confidence
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Flies are a real bother for all ponies and donkeys.
Ponies need their feet trimming every 4-6 weeks.
Quality haynets with extra-small holes
Makes hair more pliable for easier grooming
Integrated, multi-modality method of equine massage.
Non invasive holistic technique.
Gives optimum levels of vits, mins and amino acids for our ponies.
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Low in sugar, our ponies eat this every day as part of their dinner.
Essential annually for every pony to keep them healthy.
Not nice to talk about, but essential.