We have thirty horses and ponies in our care.
Tizer is a 39 year old retired riding school horse and has been at the sanctuary about 10 years. He has a very complex personality. He threatens to bite and kick out at anyone walking past him if he doesn’t want attention. Other times he is very sweet and loving. Tizer is like Marmite: you love him or hate him. Luckily for him he is really loved at the sanctuary and when our volunteers are giving him attention, you can see he secretly loves it.
Daisy is a very elderly Shetland pony. She came for a holiday many years ago and her owners never came back for her despite phone calls etc. Carol realised they really didn’t want Daisy,when she saw them in a local supermarket after being told they were too ill to get out and they hot footed it away before she could get to speak to them. Daisy is a very old pony now (over 40), she takes herself in and our of the field without a head collar and she is very smart. We have to take extra care of her in order to keep her safe and happy in her old age.
Sonny is Carol’s horse. He has been at the sanctuary since 1996. Sonny can be a clown, a leader or a frightened child. His past still comes back to haunt him after all these years. He is very sensitive and likes to keep his routine. He is totally blind now and Carol and Sonny have such a close bond that she occasionally rides him which takes a massive amount of trust between horse and rider. Sonny instigated this himself because he was broken hearted every time Carol rode one of the other horses when she always rode him. One day after watching a video about a blind horse and his rider Carol thought “I have that special bond with Sonny too! Why not give it a go?” and it was amazing how Sonny didn’t seem to be blind once she was on him. Amazing!
Scrumpy was born at the sanctuary. She was Truly’s foal. Scrumpy is a good natured, excitable, girly mare. When she was weaned from Truly, Sonny started looking out for her and they are to this day close friends. We call him her uncle. Scrumpy has never known anything bad happen to her, so has not been scared in anyway, which is obvious to see when we are teaching her new things
Bess, another piebald, has been at the sanctuary twice. She had a stay for a few months when she was three; we worked hard to get her manageable, only to have her owner sell her to a dealer. The money was more important to her than poor Bess. This caused huge upset at the sanctuary as we knew how vulnerable she was. A couple of months later a friend noticed her for sale in a magazine. In the picture which was with the advert she looked frightened and so a group of volunteers made the journey to where she was and listened to a pack of lies about what she had achieved etc.. When they had finished, we told them who we were and negotiated a far more realistic price and took her home again to the sanctuary. She had been so mistreated when they tried to break her that we had to leave it a year before starting her training again.
Kes is a retired riding school horse. He has been at the sanctuary seven years. Kes came in as he had injuries to his legs from repeated jumping. He has a lovely personality and can be very excitable.
Jack is an extremely nervous horse who was left in the care of the sanctuary as he was not home-able due to his dangerous behaviour. He has been here for many years now and with careful handling he is much more manageable
Rodney is a chestnut hackney trotter. He is very close friends with Jack; in fact they are inseparable They are both highly strung horses and like being spooked by things together!
Azrah was an unwanted foal and came to our sanctuary with an almighty chip on his shoulder. He can be very aggressive with other horses and, if the mood takes him, he can be aggressive with people. Thankfully the aggression has mellowed a little over the years and he now shares a field with Kes.
Honey has been at the sanctuary for many years. She suffers from COPD, which if not managed can make her very ill and breathless. Honey is a very old lady now, but is keeping pretty well.
Buddy is everyone’s friend. He has been at the sanctuary since 1995 and has many horse friends around him. Buddy came from a livestock market as a yearling. He has heavily feathered legs and a heavy mane and tail. We call him our hippy.
Sky is a large Shetland, brimming with personality. She came to live at the sanctuary because her owner died and she has a condition called laminitus: this is managed at the sanctuary, so that she stays well.
Tags is a very cheeky black Shetland, who has been at the sanctuary for 20 years. He loves chewing the buttons and zips on your coat
Toby came in with his life long friend Glee just over 5 years ago. Sadly Glee had to be put to sleep on the 25th April 2012 and Toby found that very hard. Their elderly owner had a stroke and couldn’t have them anymore. Toby is a tiny Shetland and he is full of cheek. Toby loves to potter around the sanctuary with the Banner his young Shetland friend and Maddie and Chocolate our newest ponies
Abbey is a 16.2 thoroughbred mare. She spent her early life as a race horse and then became a brood mare. Abbey has a few health problems and has a history of being difficult to handle like many thoroughbreds. She was going to be put down so we decided to give her a go at the sanctuary. Abbey has been a really good girl since she has lived at the sanctuary. We believe she was just misunderstood through no fault of her own.
Peggy is a younger horse, she came to us in 2013 and was born on the 17th August 2012. Peggy travelled over from Kerry in Ireland. The home she went to didn’t work out after just 5 days, and so she came to us. Peggy’s old owner still stays in touch which is really nice
Maddie and her foal Chocolate are our latest two ponies. Maddie is also Banner’s mum; when she arrived, she recognized Banner immediately and a happy reunion took place!
So there we have the 21 sanctuary horses and ponies…
The 22nd is a pony lives with us as his owner isn’t able to care for him herself, he is a nice chap and very easy going