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WHS took in six rescue ponies all the way from Somerset. They were owned by a man who kept around a hundred ponies in appalling conditions. He was taken to court and banned from keeping animals for life but Hope Rescue in Somerset still had a very difficult time getting him to pass over ownership. Many of the ponies were in such poor condition that they had to be euthanasied. Many other rescue yards around the country have taken a few ponies.
When the ponies arrived at the end of July 2014 they were completely wild, having never been handled. The staff at WHS have worked with the ponies to gain their trust and they are now easy to handle. Three of the six rescue ponies gave birth to foals. The first to arrive was Samson in the early hours of the morning on the 8th April 2015 then at 2.30am on the 9th April Ossie arrived followed by Mae once again in the early hours of the morning on 10th April.
Mae, Daphne, Melodie and Samson are still awaiting their forever homes.
Delilah and Samson.
Dorothy and Ossie
Maggie and Mae
All the new foals and the six original ponies are doing very well. Sadie had an operation to remove a malignant sarcoid but recovered and is now doing very well. Sadie, Maggie and Dorothy are now being ridden and are on loan and Delilah and Ossie now have lovely new homes. Daphne and Melodie have now been backed and are doing well with their training. Daphne, Melodie Samson and Mae are still avaliable for rehoming to forever homes. If you feel you could offer a home to these ponies please contact Diane Barclay-Bernard on 01580 831266.
Ossie and Mae
White Horse Stables is a Pets at Home Hastings store nominated #VIPClub charity this means that whenever a customer of that store selects White Horse Stables - Horse Rescue as their charity they'll raise lifelines for us, which can help us buy food, bedding and anything else we need to keep the horses in our care healthy and happy.
If your already a member and want to select us as your charity or would like to join the VIP Club then visit the Pets at Home website here.
Don’t forget to select White Horse Stables - Horse Rescue as your nominated charity!
If you are unable or do not wish to ride but miss or want regular contact with a horse then WHS's new Cuddle Livery is just the thing for you. We have a number of horses who are not suitable to be ridden due to being too young, too old or for health reasons but would still benefit greatly from a one to one relationship with a sponsor.
The sponsorship involves a contract usually for 1 year and a monthly payment in return for which you would be free to visit your horse as often as you wish and become involved in their care. Most of our rescues love being groomed and it is a great way to build a bond with your horse.
If you are interested please phone Diane on 01580 831266 for details of horses available and the cost of Cuddle Livery sponsorship.
Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery.
Our project recieved £8,839 from the Trust to provide 10 free spaces for disadvantaged children to learn to ride. The project will be run over the period of a year and will start with the basics of learning to ride and include grooming, mucking out, care of tack, feeding and other subjects. The sessions will be run by a qualified instructor with assistants to ensure each child's safety.
Support Adoption for Pets has very generously given White Horse Stables a grant of £5,000 towards vet bills. The routine vet bills for vaccinations, dental work, minor ailments and injuries mount up very quickly. The cost of treatment for more major problems which are often unexpected and can be very expensive. This level of support makes such a diffence to the charity.
Update: The children have been having fun with riding and learning stable management tasks such as plaiting their pony ready for a show. A couple of the children have decided riding was not for them but their places have been quickly taken by other keen to be involved in the project. We will be taking a break over the summer holidays and will resume the course again in September.