NEWS - February 2010
Christian Welcomes His New Friend
Christian, the rescued Welsh Mountain foal, who has been with us a couple of months, has a new friend his own age. A few weeks back Janet received an email as part of a national appeal asking for homes for 33 Welsh ponies who, not having sold at market, had been abandoned in the sale yard. So, Bridget who runs a horse rescue in Wales put out a national appeal for homes.
Janet chose a young and small foal as a companion for Christian and Connor, as he has now been named, arrived here a couple of weeks back. At first he was pretty terrified of anything on two legs as his only contact with people had been extremely traumatic. But he played happily with Christian and Charlie, one of our oldest horses standing at 18 hands, took them both under his hoof and literally under his tummy when it was raining.
Connor is now much more confident and settled with us and will eat his food when we are in the stable with him. No photos yet but there will be some when his trust and confidence in us has developed further. So watch this space.
Stand Off in the Feed Shed
Two months ago we were asked to take on a family of 5 young feral cats as their rescuer was unable to home them. Seeing as our ferals are now rather long in the tooth and not quite as quick to keep on top of the mice and rats in the feed shed we agreed to have them. For the first 6 weeks they had their own area in the shed and were kept in – to stop them from wandering off – and Janet is now at the point where she can stroke all but the ginger one. They now have their freedom but return to their beds each evening. The ginger one, who we have named Tiger, has teemed up with Tom, his hero, and the two of them go off to dispute territory with the two Siamese across the lane. One day last week Janet met Beatrice our large Alsatian dog and Tilly the-none-too-small Basset backing out of the feed shed door. Inside the door was Tiger, now about 10 months old, a hissing, spitting kitten. Not even Tilly was going to argue with him!
Mootoo, who is now 18 years old, has his own special paddock next door to the ponies with lots of extra food and natural supplements to keep him in good condition throughout the winter months. As you can see he is most certainly contented with this arrangement and looks very well.
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