Tuesday, 22 May 2018

May Calendar + Update


Somewhat later than we usually post our calendar photos, those of you with your P4P calendars will have had the lovely picture of Topsy and Star one your walls for May.  These two older girls teamed up last year after Star came back from conservation grazing and they love hanging out together.  It's a bit tricky at the moment as Star is a much more efficient eater than Topsy and, even with the snow, Star came through the winter with more weight than I'd like.  Topsy needs the extra calories and grasses so for the moment we have to compromise and they are in the same field but separated by a fence - Wolfie is with Star. 

There has been so much work to catch up on.  We're so grateful that the long awaited sunshine has arrived and stayed with us.  The mud has dried up so we've managed to roll the fields.  We had a nightmare with the electric fencing not working as it should be (with Frodo taking full opportunity to display his electric fence bulldozing skills)... This turned out to be a very obscure problem where some stock fencing in an adjoining field had been replaced and had been re-fitted touching part of a switch - that shorted it out the whole circuit - it took a good few hours to narrow that one down!

Faye's been working on more assignments and case studies, and we received a letter from Michael Gove MP commending us for our excellent work regarding the ponies on Bodmin Moor which has been very much appreciated by Defra...so that's an achievement...will write more about that in our next newsletter.


Munchie's coat is very shiny already!  Just a bit of winter coat left to shed

Topsy's got lots of grass to work her way through!
Wolfie earlier this month
 
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Friday, 4 May 2018

Goodbye Breeze



It is with great sadness that I have to pay tribute to Breeze who had to be put to sleep on Tuesday afternoon.

Breeze was one of the original P4P herd ponies - a youngster who had no mum with him but was part of the large herd of ponies to be rescued.  Cilla says they called him the "Muddy lookalike" - 2 similar looking young ponies who had sadly lost their Mum's at some point.   

Breeze had structural issues from before the time P4P knew him.  He wasn't frightened of people because he hadn't had anything bad happen to him, he was just unhandled.  His structural issues meant he would never be suitable as a riding pony but he could be a companion. He was on loan near Chulmleigh for a long time where he was part of the family.  When he couldn't stay there any longer he came to Ted and Jenny for a period before he started his career as one of our best conservation grazers.  He was brilliant because he was usually the most handleable pony we had on a site and so he could be caught up and led to a handling area and the other ponies would follow him.  I have so many lovely photos of him - such a proud pony who certainly loved his food.  He was also very sociable, and reassuring to other ponies.

As my previous blog explained, he became ill early in April - he was poisoned by something which he ingested - we may never be able to establish precisely what the original toxin was.  He had been responding so well to the support we'd been giving him.  We'd been journeying to West Devon and back nearly every day on top of doing the yard work.  His health declined and so we decided to bring him and Wolfie back home whilst he was still well enough to travel.  Once back and on our different pastures we saw improvement each day and we really thought we'd turned a corner with so many changes for the positive.  Unfortunately on Tuesday his health crashed - he was so poorly.  Our lovely vet came out and ran more blood tests - sadly Breeze's condition was not recoverable.  Liver and kidneys had been supported OK, there was no temperature/infection but the toxin wasn't beatable.  He'd fought so hard, and so had we with him, but you can only work with as much as nature and the body is able to give you...and this time we lost the battle.  

The vet and I were able to give him a very peaceful and dignified end.  No more pain now...

...The loses are never easy to bear.

Thank you so much to Margaret, Paul, Bill Lomas, Vanessa, Catherine Edwards and our lovely vet.

We're now making sure that Wolfie is OK and seeing whether he is in need of any special health support.  I know the loan family who had them as conservation grazers will miss them very much.

Run Free lovely Mr Breeze...  















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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Mr Breeze On The Mend


We've had a very busy time as Mr Breeze has been quite poorly and needed lots of special help and attention - so this meant visits to West Devon as well as looking after the ponies at the yard - making for some very long days...but all worth it as he's well on the mend now. 

Very chuffed that veterinary test results confirmed my iridology findings...and the wonderfulness of self selection avoided the use of very invasive veterinary options.  It's great to see him improving each day.


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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

April Is Here

We hope everyone enjoyed their Easter holiday!  April has arrived and I'm very envious of our calendar photo for this month - a nice spring day with sunny, dry weather and the roller had been at work!  It's so far from being anything like that here at the moment...in fact it's difficult to believe we'll get the ground dried up enough to even consider rolling this month...but we'll keep our fingers crossed!!

We'd like to say thank you to everyone for sharing our Jeremy post on social media - we really appreciate that.

Thank you too to everyone who remembered to use Easyfundraising when purchasing their Christmas presents - your total has just been paid and you raised an amazing £69.28 for the ponies!  Well done everyone!  If you'd like to sign up to raise the ponies free donations whilst you shop please visit: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/people4ponies

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Jeremy Still Missing






It's a sad anniversary today because it's a year ago today that we have our last memories of Jeremy the pony - it remains so incomprehensible that a pony can disappear without a single trace.

And he's not just in our thoughts at P4P - he was a beloved family pony.  He had been helping a family so much through their ups and downs with their continuing battle against cancer - they are all so brave and it's so unfair - they have had to deal with so much already and then the loss of Jeremy as well - he is a member of their family.  Moving him to live with our other ponies on a conservation site was meant to be a paradise where his family could come and see him whenever they wanted...and yet what seemed like a perfect idea turned into a nightmare.  Not knowing what happened to him is the hardest thing of all.

I'll repost his info below in the hope that someone might have some information regarding him:

Jeremy the pony has disappeared without trace from the Morwenstow/Welcombe area on the Cornwall/Devon border. He was last seen on the evening of Saturday 25th March 2017. He is missing, possibly stolen. The whole area has been searched over and over again and there is absolutely no sign of him anywhere. Please help us to find Jeremy - he is an Exmoor X, bay gelding, approx. 12hh. 

 There is a "Help Find Jeremy" page on Facebook dedicated to finding him.

You can contact us at People4ponies on 07968 071179, or by email at: people4ponies@yahoo.co.uk  or Devon and Cornwall Police by calling 101, and quoting crime reference number CR022583/17





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Monday, 19 March 2018

Mini Beast From The East - Day 2!

Brace yourselves for an overload of photos of ponies in the snow!  I've taken so many photos today we have enough to keep us going for years for calendar photos!  





The girls' field with their tracks + nose shovelling in the snow




Topsy looks so beautiful in the snow - and very much Devon pink in colour!  A very wise old girl she knows exactly what to do to find grass in the snow. She came into the barn today and allowed me to remove all the massive snowballs from her fetlocks and tail.  Meanwhile...in the main pony field a snow drift was causing quite an excitement...as was Star!   

Looking very handsome!
What's this?
Testing the drift...
Right...just plough through it!
Nose to nose
Looking even more handsome!



Frodo decides to plough into the drift!
Arthur investigates whilst Frodo wades in the drift.

Spot Arthur!  The best place to roll seems to be in the drift itself!

Very snowy!
Munchie nose ploughing!

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

The "Mini Beast From The East" Strikes!


We woke up to snow already on the ground this morning...by late morning snow started falling and became heavy for the duration of the afternoon - this photo of Rocky shows just how snowy it's been!  As always, they don't have to stay out in the snow, they can get into the barn or stable, but they are happy to stay out in it all.


Star and Topsy were definitely pleased to have their extra feeds - this time the snow was forming snowballs on their tails and fetlocks.



This morning it wasn't quite so snowy so they all enjoyed a trip out into the fields.  Munchie and Frodo rolled and did their best at doing "snow angels"!  I'm not sure the marks were very angel-like but they enjoyed themselves!



 It's a bit of a contrast to yesterday when Muddy came to visit!  It was getting increasingly colder but no real snow - he rode out in his headcollar yesterday and came to see Frodo and Munchie.

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