The sight of 40 horses and ponies prancing around the fields snorting and stamping like 2-year-olds is quite a sight, the fact that most of them are in their dotage is cause for concern, and when you see a pig strolling through the field you know you have to act quickly. Grabbing some French bread from the back of the car I slowly lead the pig into a shed and closed the door. Although it did take some time for everyone to calm down everything returned to normal when the owner came to pick up miss piggy.
Miss Piggy’s second visit was a little more difficult as she was unimpressed with the bread and shed idea and I was forced to forfeit my newly baked apricot tart to get her confined. Miss Piggy had yet again caused havoc as several fences were broken
By the third visit I was being outwitted by the dreaded pig. As normal she gambolled down through the field towards me, but this time it was different. she looked at me smiled, and said “SHOWTIME” you could see how funny she thought this new game would be as she skipped off into the yard to terrorise the horses. Women of a certain age should not be running across fields in pursuit of a theatrical ham in the full light of day! Two hours later I had put so many ropes and chains around her, she looked like she had been gift-wrapped. With the help of a friend we hauled Piggy up into the back of the lorry and closed the door. Little did we know, worse was to follow.
Yesterday morning whilst drinking my "wake up"coffee, my neighbour phoned to say, a group of our ponies were out in the farmer's field near to the main road. As I hurried out across the courtyard, I could see that the front 5 bar gate was on the ground and electric fence wire was strewn across the fields. 7 ponies were waiting on the drive, but, when I tried to entice them back to the yard, they turned and ran back towards the main road. It was a good half an hour before I had managed to get them all contained and then I realised, some of the big horses had also gone missing. The yard gates were closed but the gate to the tractor house was open, this route would normally be impassable to anything other than the agile wild pony. I followed the trail of destruction and to my horror, found one of our horses lying flat out underneath the John Deere tractor. Luckily for me, it was Vicki, one of our older cob mares and not one of the thoroughbreds. Although Vicki was on a slight slope and despite my heaving and straining I was unable to move her, Vickie had enough sense to know I was trying to help her and stayed perfectly still until I had worked out what to do next. I desperately needed help, but scrolling through my phone looking for someone local with a bit of muscle, returned nothing as everyone was absent or still in bed at this unsociable hour. So once again I turned to my little Chinese tractor to get us out of trouble, hooking Vickie’s rug to a line I gently pulled her out from under the John Deere. This clever little horse waited until I unhooked her and asked her to get up. She was a bit wobbly but on her feet and after a few minutes she regained her balance and walked calmly out into the field as if nothing had happened
My name is Peter, I am a cob Breton and I weigh around 1000kilos I live at a refuge in France and I love eating. This is my friend Domino, he doesn’t eat much, but he is very good at destroying fences and breaking into the food store. Along with our other 70 rescue equine companions, we are eating our refuge out of house and home. The owner of the refuge knows we understand what she says, and she has given us an ultimatum, diet or work. For us equine the idea of diet puts shivers down our withers and we really don’t want to go out to work. So I have taken it upon myself to contact you. With the help of Spenser, our computer savvy rescue cats who hangs out on the computer all day we hope to interest you in helping us pay a bill or two. Our vets bill (over 2000€) is still outstanding and we will need to keep our vet happy, so he will come to help us when we need him.
Can you help us fundraise Please? You can make a donation via pay pal on our donations page or transfer into our bank account (xontact us for details) forward this ask to all your animal loving friends, run a fundraising event for us or anything else you can think of that may help us
We love it here and we would like our refuge to continue helping other equine without the worry of financial hardship. You can visit the refuge at any time during summer, rent our holiday home. Or see us on the internet
We thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope you enjoy youe visit
WE ARE ALL HERE BECAUSE NOBODY WANTED TO TAKE US ON WITH OUR HOST OF ISSUES.
HARRY,THOROUHBRED RACEHORSE WHO BROKE HIS HIP,
DECEADO, ANDALUCIAN WITH A BROKEN NECK.
ARCHIE ANGLO ARAB WITH A BRIKEN STIFLE
SPEEDY, SELLE FRANCAIS WITH WOBLERS SYNDROME
A HEARD OF OAPs, AND LAMANITIC PONIES,, TO MENTION JUST A FEW.
AS FOR ME, I HAVE ALWAYS HAD BAD FEET, I HAVE TRIED SHOES AND BOOTS OF MANY DIFFERENT DESIGNS BUT THEY NEVER REALLY WORK SO I AM ABLE TO PLOD THE FIELDS WITH A RIDER TIME TO TIME AS LONG AS MY FARRIER SAIS SO.
SOME OF US GO TO FOSTER HOMES AS COMPAMIONS, BUT MOST OF US CANT FIND FOSTER HOMES SO WE WILL STAY AT THE REFUGE FOR LIFE.
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