It's been a fairly quiet February at the sanctuary, well apart from the weather that is, which has been anything but quiet... or even decisive. In between the (what seems like permanent) storms, we've had beautiful sunshine, and snow and hail too. I think I'm going to have to start wearing those wellies like you humans do, instead of playing with them. We've had plenty of days staying cosy in our stables. I think you humans call them duvet days. I'm not even sure what a duvet is but it sounds nice to me.
There's been a bit of movement with herds and some friends heading to their forever homes and some returning. Daisy has joined the herd and has been leading the others astray. She clearly listened to all my advice about how to cause the most uproar. Proud donk moment here! Speaking of mischief, Alfie is still vying (unsuccessfully) for my crown. I'm not known as the Prince of Mischief for nothing you know!
Wallace has settled in well with the 'big' horses herd. Snowy is progressing well with his training and he and Kizzy have both had some bodywork therapy recently. We've also had our regular trainer Hannah Weston working with Ned on picking his feet up and had some ideas to make Raff less scared on the leadrope. Tatting, who is at one of our volunteer's homes, is being treated for ulcers. I believe these are really painful for horses. Get better soon Tatting! Sadly, Dusty has come back after not getting along with the other horses in his field.
Ellie-Mae has settled well in her new home and is enjoying being out with other horses after spending the last 15 years on her own. Timmy is soon going to be leaving for his forever home, and Nosey and Sandy were the first to check out our new field shelter. They should soon be heading to the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon once they've had a final vet check. We'll miss them all.
Can you offer Piper a forever home? He's a three-quarter Welsh Section D. He's rising 4 and currently standing at 14hh. He's very affectionate, friendly and trainable. He needs a home where there is previous experience of training young and green horses so he can continue his education. He's got lots of potential but just needs someone that can help grow his confidence and be socialised with other horses, ideally living out. If you think you can give Piper a home, please contact Hope Pastures on 07939 198519 or email email@example.com
Looking for things to do at Easter with the foals?
We'll be running our popular Pony Days during the Easter school holidays. The day is spent learning how to care for ponies under expert supervision and includes activities such as leading and grooming the ponies, feeding and mucking out, as well as quizzes, games and pony puzzles. The emphasis is on fun and on building confidence and skills. It's a £30 donation per child and the session runs from 10am to 3pm. See www.hopepastures.org/pony-days for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
There's also a chance for some 'hands-on' time brushing a pony (for little hands and grown ups if you wish!) at our Pony Pampering day. For more information see www.hopepastures.org/meet-the-ponies/
CHARITY PIG RACE - Saturday 18th April - 6.30pm - 10pm, Bardsey Village Hall
A race-evening with a difference. Run with toy, battery-operated pigs, this is an evening of good old-fashioned fun.
Try to beat the bookies on the night by predicting which 'in-form' pig will win... or even buy your own pig(s) - winning ‘owners’ receive prizes!
The course opens at 6.30pm for pre-race drinks. First race 7pm.
Tickets for the evening are £10 per person (£5 per child), including entry to the ‘course’, supper and a whole lot of fun. Racing pigs are £3 each (and no livery fees!)
This is a really important fundraiser for Hope Pastures, so please come along and support us!