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While we are flat stick - others at HSES get to eat, drink and laze around! HSES Billy, HSES Hope and HSES Splodge. We are hoping to confirm our open day date shortly. ...
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Blimey said HSES Moby - "I thought I came here to retire not babysit! Although, he is very cute and he does seem to really like me!" Welcome to dear little HSES Usain - a little thb weanling that has an injury obtained as a foal that excluded him from having the potential to become a race horse. With care and time we hope he may still make a riding horse if not he will be a fantastic companion. We are thrilled the stud has given us the opportunity to provide him a future. Sorry HSES Moby no free lunch here ... ...
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This week started with 2 horses arriving home to HSES we hadn't expected would return. Always providing a place to return is the biggest challenge for all reputable horse rescues. Over time with the longevity of horses and ponies and with ever increasing numbers of rescues rehomed the probability of bounces occurring increases. It underlines the importance of building sustainable rescues to cope. If only those that owned or bred a horse could provide the same safe haven we wouldn't need rescues - but that's a pipe dream as life has its own plans and which are rarely perfect (unless you are an Instagram influencer it seems). So rescues exist and we continue to lovingly embrace the HSES herd back if they need to return. We must say though - when the "bounces" have received further education or handling while in their adopted home its a huge bonus and a great way to help horses and HSES. However when they aren't and have even gone backwards its just another drain on our resources. Covid has not been friendly on donations so look out for a fund raising challenge later this week!For those that follow that hilarious "Shite EventersGroup" - (you know who you are) we haven't yet had any Patchytwats return! It's only Tuesday and enough of the opining - yesterday we did get to welcome this little man now 'HSES Moby' to the Sanctuary. A story of suffering and survival only after a concerned neighbour intervened and arranged vet care and appropriate soft feed for a ~28 yr old pony with very few teeth. HSES Moby is the dearest little pony - at the moment he's a little bewildered. We are at times a noisy place - geese, turkeys, peacocks, big horses, little ponies, goats, sheep, alpaca, llama and more. And yes he's rugged, still a little light on and it was only 8 degrees this morning!Interestingly the Bureau of Metrology, Victoria have advised that the maximum temperature this week wont exceed 22 degrees - the last time Melbourne experienced a week of temperatures below 23 degrees during February was in 1967. So its rugs on and off here for our oldest residents as overnight temperatures dip to single digits! ...
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Galloping into the week with our stunning HSES Charlie! We are working on something pretty exciting at Horse Shepherd Park so apologies for any delays in responding. ...
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We love this English photographers work, www.facebook.com/search/top?q=daydream%20equine%20art and when combined with images from THE oldest Equine Sanctuary in the world we just had to share this post with you. ...
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