A very lucky Winston had a visit from Equine Dental Specialist Dr Paul yesterday. While our HSVP vets have done the majority of our dentals we appreciate Dr Paul’s expertise for the complex cases. The importance of good dental care can not be understated!
We were thrilled when Fiona Dearing (Remote Coach) joined the HSES Board and even more excited that she is now basing her training at Horse Shepherd Park.
We try very hard to get it ‘right’ with rehoming our horses and matching rider/companion needs carefully so Fiona provides us training and on going coaching options in addition to those already provided by Chris Giles!
One Horse Rescue – Two Great trainers!
HSES Trainers Challenge – we are very excited to announce our May Winter Fundraiser. We are always searching for ways to cover our costs and at a recent Board meeting – we discussed a number of novel fundraising ideas and the first to launch is our “Trainers Challenge”.
Both resident Trainers Chris Giles and Fiona Dearing have generously donated their time and experience to train a Standardbred to saddle with all proceeds from their sales to be donated to the charity.
So please meet Rhiana and Flicka. Both mares have finished racing and have little commercial value after proving too slow on the track.
Rhiana is a rising 4 yr old dark Brown Mare and Flicka is a rising 8yr old Bay Mare.
Over the coming weeks, we will provide updates, photos, and training tips from Chris and Fiona.
The trainers have until August to train these mares for the HSES challenge which will include flatwork test, a small jump, and a Bushman’s trail ride challenge. After which they will be available to meet.
HSES Jet, News, Rio and Little Grey and Marley are just 5 of the horses going through their paces at our Adoption day on Sunday noon until 3.30pm. We will be posting a roster of times for each horse shortly. Every horse is a ‘rescue’ and adopting allows us to focus on others in need. Also a fantastic opportunity to adopt a horse educated or retrained by Chris Giles.
HSES Babe and Elvis had a wonderful afternoon playing in the sun. Both old boys are lucky enough to have kind sponsors which enable them to live out their lives safe and secure at HSES. Sponsorship details can be found on our website. Horses sponsored are selected as they have little to no chance of finding homes – largely age and medical issues.
We have been busy preparing horses for Sunday’s Adoption day – we hope to see you there!
Winston update – Vet checked – heart beat 41, temp still up at 39.1 however stomach noise back to normal. Currently enjoying the sun with his best friend Ritchie.
Last night we moved Ritchie and Winston to the hayshed beside the house so we could easily monitor him during the night and where it was quieter than the busy stable block. Ritchie thought he had landed in heaven! We are thrilled he has responded to the treatment however the vet will be here shortly to check him over again and reassess. We will never allow him to suffer but Winston has a will to live like no other horse we’ve met and we are confident he will tell us when he’s ready.
Our beautiful old boy Winston laid down today unwell. Tonight he is standing in a stable with his best friend Ritchie beside him. Vet checked and we are thinking a virus, Winnie is now medicated and comfortable. However, at his fabulous age of forty we know time is precious now.
Little Hugo Boss and Ed Sheeran are progressing well with their lessons with Fiona. Typical little guys have no fear over the seesaw and through the snake pit! Both boys will be available to meet at our adoption day. They are familiar with living with big horses – and would make super little companion ponies.
Happy Horses birthday!
Today, many breeds have comprehensive studbooks with brands that allow owners to catalogue and trace their horses breeding and date of birth… But this was not always the case! The universal horse’s birthdate, August 1, was brought in to standardise horse ages in thoroughbred racing when record-keeping practices weren’t so flash!
In modern times, it’s a handy day of celebration for horses and there are lots of horses, ponies and donkeys at HSES!! Although often our actual birthday is not known, we will be getting extra treats and scratches today.