As promised, while our just giving page is still active we’re posting regular updates on where your money goes, so here is your next installment!
Grace is a 6 year old female miniature Shetland pony. Grace came in to the rescue as her previous owner purchased her for breeding, but for one reason or another Grace would not take and as she was now considered “surplus to requirements” she came in to the rescue.
As we do with all new animals, Grace had a full MOT from the vet where it was discovered that she had a condition call a “slipping stifle”, which is where the knee cap flicks out of place. Luckily for Grace, this can be controlled by keeping her fit and making sure she doesn’t get too podgy!
During her assessment period, living in a field was having a huge impact on her condition: the lack of exercise was causing the muscles around her joint to become lax, making the joint even more unstable. Her initial check-up also flagged up her terrible teeth! Miniature Shetlands are known for having dental issues as they have a small head but relatively large teeth, causing overcrowding and making it difficult for her to eat. Grace has awful overcrowding in the front and she has two loose teeth at the back (also sadly common with Miniature Shetlands). Grace now requires dental check-ups every 6 months to make sure that she has no sharp edges and that she has no infection around the wobbly teeth. Her check-ups and dental work costs around £150 every time they are done, but they’re vital to keeping her healthy.
If you’ve never seen it then horse dentistry can be really surprising! It still always amazes me that they’re not bothered by having an electric tooth-file in their mouth! As you can see in this video: nobody is holding grace, she is mildly sedated but standing well by herself!
Video of Grace having her teeth filed
Horses’ teeth are vital to their well-being; cats and dogs can manage really well without teeth but horses really can’t. Horses’ teeth are very different to ours and really hard to fix if allowed to get bad, this short video explains how a horse’s mouth works and the importance of dental care.
Video explaining how horse teeth work
Unfortunately for Grace, we were really worried about her re-homing prospects and after a discussion we decided that Grace would become a permanent resident at the rescue. Luckily, I’m a New Forest Commoner (which means that I can graze my ponies on the New Forest) and roaming the forest is the perfect environment for both of her conditions: because of the large area she has to wander and the natural diet she keeps fits as a fiddle, the perfect weight and the rough forage helps to keep her teeth properly worn.
Your support directly helps to keep Grace healthy and happy! The funds you donate pay for vital dental work and for the farrier to make sure her feet stay in good condition so she is able to power-walk around the forest and keep her little legs muscled up!
Thank you! If you would like to donate to help us with Grace and all the other animals then please click on the Support Grace link below!
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Betty, Hetty, Hatty and Doris where rescued by All Animal Rescue on their way to an intensive battery farming unit. These ladies were victims of an up and coming tend in schools to do the “Living egg project” Click here for more information on what the “living egg project is”
These girls had been hatched and brought up and loved by young children, only to be discarded to a life of hell when they were no longer of use! I’m all up for showing our children where our food comes from, but teaching them that animals can just be discarded when they are no longer wanted is not what we should be educating!
These lovely ladies will now stay in the rescue as permanent residents, they are so friendly and cheeky that they are perfect for taking to talks and educating people on how to care for animals and to show them what the rescue does.
Lard came in to the rescue 5 years ago from a breeder, sadly all of her babies she was producing were still born, so she was now surplus to requirements. Due to being white with red eyes nobody wanted to adopt her, so she is now a permanent resident, she is now 8 years old.
Dave is only 2 and is a permanent resident, as he absolutely hates to be handled and no matter how hard we have tried he screams until you put him down! in light of this we felt he was not suitable for re-homing and will live out his days with us.
Mervyn came in to the rescue as a unclaimed stray. Mervyn is a very social rabbit who is amazing with all rabbits he is a old boy now with a estimated age of 10 years, we kept Mervyn as a permanent resident as he was brilliant at looking after all of the rescue rabbits when they came in and showing them that there is nothing to be scared of. Mervyn became a part of the team at all animal rescue.
Nibbles came in to the rescue this year as a unwanted childs pet. Nibbles is a escape artist who loves to dig!! Nibbles is a permanent resident for this reason! She is also turning out to be a bit like Mervyn and has been fab at looking after rabbits and guinea pigs that have not had the best start! Recently she has also taken to being body guard to the guinea pigs and if any local cats come in to the garden she is the first to chase them off!!
Sheena came in to the rescue from a well meaning owner. Due to the economy horses are far to cheap to buy! Sheena was brought at the sales 3 years ago for £50, she had run the New forest all her life and was not well handled, unfortunately her owner did not realise how hard it would be to break her to ride for their children! Sadly this stressed both parties out, Sheena did not want to know and it showed. Her owner made the hard decision to ask for help. At the age of 18 she is too old to re-home so she has now been paired up with Scarlet and she too will live her days out on the Forest.
I must say Sheena was certainly happy to be back roaming the forest, she walked off with a glow!
Merlin is currently a poorly boy and under the care of the brilliant specialist vets at Liphook equine referrals. When Merlin came to us he was obese and although his foster mum got him down to a brilliant 212kg, sadly the damage to his feet had already been done, (Obesity in horses is devastating to their feet, horses are unable to lie down for long periods of time, as there body weight will crush there internal organs, so long periods of bed rest are not a option, as you can imagine any problem with the feet can be life threatening).
The specialist team at Liphook have worked out a plan for Merlin and we all have our fingers crossed that this will help heal his little feet, so he can have a chance at a pain free happy life. We will keep you posted on his progress.
Merlin came in from a gentleman who brought him to break to drive, sadly when Merlin did not do what he wanted he became quite rough with him. Merlin is a very stubborn character so when your rough with him, he is rough back! As you can imagine by the time we got involved owner and pony were at war!
On arrival in to the rescue we noticed that there was something not quite right, after a thorough check up from the vet poor Merlin was diagnosed with Cushings disease! His foster mum Annie has to keep him on a very strict regime of diet, exercise and medicine. Sadly at Christmas this year he foundered due to his Cushings, his foster parents Annie and Mark nursed him day and night and managed to get him to pull through.
As you can see Merlin would not be a suitable candidate for adoption due to his condition and expensive mediation.
Sadly we lost our lovely Scarlet just before Christmas. She was the grand old age of 29!
Since she came to us 10 years ago, she had a couple of months of stress getting her better, she was sent to Monty Roberts who failed to tame her and she famously kicked him in the face!!
After that we decided this girl deserved her freedom, as we are New Forest Commoners and she was indeed a New Forest Pony we released her to live a life of freedom, only being bothered once a year on the annual round up, for a much needed health check and wormer.
Scarlet only ever took a treat out of my hand once and I never stroked her, but she would often follow us around on a forest dog walk and she was a much loved favorite by the older herd of ponies who she hung around with and by locals who lived on her part of the forest, so was often let in to lawn mow lawns and given the odd treat!
Scarlet’s passport name was Sorrow and when she arrived with us she was so depressed it suited her, but after 6 months and till her dying day it could not have been further from the truth, she was a happy little soul and we will miss her dearly.
Balthazar is one of the rescues permanent residents, he was part of a herd of 100 that were taken from the hills in Wales and sold at auction for meat, thankfully for the ponies the meat man did not turn up to collect them, so a massive rescue was undertaken to get these guys in to rescue! Rescues from across the country came together to offer spaces, we took four stallions, three have been rehabilitated and re-homed. Sadly Balthazar has problems with his feet and is very nervous with people he does not know so it was decided that he would stay with us. For most of the year he lives out on the forest with his pals, but comes home regularly for feet trims and feeding!!