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NEWS - November 2011

New Arrivals

Henrietta, Hazel, Hortense and Hepzibah the Hebrideans have been with us for four weeks now. They were part of a Wildlife Trust scheme to graze the landscape to keep the herbage in its natural state however they were no longer an attraction to visitors and in the words of a spokesperson “we had no use for them” so you can guess what was coming next. Happily a lady who volunteers at the Trust and who had been at the Knitting Festival earlier in the year contacted the Sanctuary and instead of going to the abattoir the four Girls came here. They live with Snowdrop and her chums and have certainly made themselves at home breaking into Molly and Archie the pigs paddock on a regular basis. Fortunately Archie and Molly don’t mind.

Sadie And Her Foal Samson Find Sanctuary At Last

Sadie and Timmy

Having been bred in Manchester, sold and brought from there as a pet for a child, Sadie who was purportedly bred for “trotting” was harnessed to a rig and due to the carelessness of the driver ended upside down in the ditch. No one realised that she was pregnant at this time. The child lost interest in her and the owner declared that he was going to sell her on, then she gave birth to Samson so the owner decided to still sell Sadie and Samson at only a few months old would be left on his own. Janet stepped in and bought these two placid, nice natured horses from her own funds. Both will eventually be re-homed to experienced owners who will not sell them on and it appears that Sadie has already found such a home locally. As Janet knew that is was highly unlikely for them both to be sold together Samson has been happily chummed up with Mr Bean and Timmy. They spend most of their day playing in their paddock. Timmy and Mr Bean have been returned to the Sanctuary from carer Liz, who looks kindly after them on our behalf, until her grazing grows back to normal having suffered from this year’s lack of rain here.

Samson and Mr Bean

A Very Sad And Peaceful Goodbye

Mr V was eased out of this world by the vet yesterday his condition having started to deteriorate. He was sat with Janet chewing on a biscuit as he passed away from us. He is greatly missed, his faith and patience in us all over the last few weeks and his bright eyes especially at biscuit and porridge times will still be in the barn for some time to come. His purple bandage rummaging around the top paddock in the sunshine with Mr V inside it will be a memory to treasure. Goodbye old lad, thank you for coming to the Sanctuary.


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