Re-homed January 2013
Dolly is an elderly horse who has been through many, many homes in her life. She was suffering with Arthritis and had the usual signs of ageing which mean that a horse needs extra care and feeding.
She had been rescued from slaughter by a caring young lady who after a couple of years realised that Dolly needed more than what she could afford to provide. This included regular dental treatments and painkillers for her joints, warm rugs and special feed. Older horses need the extra care which also costs more and it takes a dedicated owner to provide all their needs. The owner had done an amazing job of rescuing Dolly and done her best to provide for her but eventually resorted to advertising her free to a good home because of the cost of keeping her. This is always a worry because unscrupulous dealers can sweet talk people in giving their horses to them and then they can be passed around, often ending up in the wrong hands. We couldn’t see this happen to sweet old Dolly and decided to step in and offer her a safe life.
We had Dolly for almost a year and she gained weight and condition. We had her teeth rasped and she got lots of warm rugs in her horsey wardrobe.
We knew that Dolly would be lucky to find a home as older horses are often overlooked. But luck was on Dollys side as a kind lady contacted us who needed an old, quiet mare to keep her younger rescue pony company. He was lonely and a mare would be perfect to mother him and teach him how to be a well behaved pony.
The home was already checked and approved by a larger national horse charity already, and because the pony was desperate for a friend Dolly was whisked away to her forever home within a few days. She settled in immediately and the young pony immediately took to her. It is a picturesque home where all the animals are cherished, including Dolly who is now happily retired in her last home of many.
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The dude with the crazy forelock. Well-behaved, the opposite of his mane
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.
We always need these in stock.
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.