Daisy was the first horse ever rescued by our founder Susie in 2005. She was an ex showjumper and found herself unwanted through no fault of her own.
She is a wise, caring and fair leader to her herd and regularly supports all the horses and humans that she comes in to contact with. She is a beautiful healer and teacher to us all.
In 2018 Daisy had a horrific accident and the injury went through her back leg right through to the bone. After our vet assisted with the emergency we then followed up with herbal medicine, biochemistry, homeopathy, zoopharmacognosy and daily Reiki healing.
We converted one of our field shelters into a private hospital room so that daisy could stay with her herd and receive love and support as well as keeping the wound clean and allowing her to be in a safe space.
With the combination of all these things she has miraculously made a beautiful recovery and is now back leading her herd and being the magnificent soul she is.
Bobby is possibly the most extreme case of mental health issues we have ever come across in a horse. He was incredibly unhappy being used as a riding school horse for several days a week or being kept tethered on a chain when not working. He would regularly escape and seek solace in a local livery yard where our founder Susie was working at the time. It was obvious from his behaviour and body language that he was in despair and mentally unwell. After a series of escaping episodes, rearing and kicking out at humans and generally being classed as dangerous Susie agreed to take him to the Sanctuary to help him heal. It has been an incredibly emotional journey helping Bobby heal. He is a big boy who has had to learn that he will always be surrounded with kindness, love and understanding and has to also respect us humans and the importance of boundaries. This is where the mixture of kindness, love, reiki healing and natural horsemanship has been a life changing combination. He now is a very happy pony who loves the freedom to play with his friends and loves his human friends too. Food is a joy to Bobby and we continually remind him to not tread on our feet in the rush for carrots!!
Bailey came to us in 2008, initially bred for greatness within the horseriding world but by the age of 3 it was evident his bone structure wouldn’t allow him ever to be ridden. We stepped to secure is fate of a loving long term home where Bailey’s healing would be an ongoing priority. Bailey has enjoyed massages, chiropractor visits, cranial sacral therapy, bowen, reiki healing, biochemistry and daily supplementation to keep him as comfortable as possible and help him heal. Interestingly Bailey seems to be a natural healer and is always drawn to people who need help and comfort with any issue, either breathing into their physical pain or resting his head on their shoulder and lovingly reassuring that life will get better. We always assumed we were healing him but it turns out he was healing us all along.
Oscar came to us after becoming homeless. His lovely human mum did Natural Horsemanship and loved him dearly but after financial difficulties she could no longer afford to keep him. Oscar is a very sensitive boy who could react to anything including loud noises to raised voices. She was therefore concerned that he would not be able to cope being in the traditional horse world and wanted a long-term home for him where Natural Horsemanship, kindness and love were a priority. After taking Oscar on and showering him with love and respect his character started to evolve and we refer to him as being “posh” and a Gentle – man”. We loved it when he became best friends with Bobby the Cob from Dudley as these two opposites developed an incredible loving friendship and bond that will never to broken.
Pearl came to us after becoming very aggressive to her human that had her. When our founder Susie visited her and the family it was discovered that she had lived on her own for many years without any horse company and then she was sent to a horse “Boot camp” to remedy her behavioural issues but returned more aggressive than before. On that day Pearl charged at Susie to tell her to keep away but instantly this was met with an understanding of her being frightened and alone. The day Pearl arrived at the Sanctuary against her horse trainers wishes we popped her in the field next door to Daisy’s herd. Then later we opened the gate and magically observed Pearl standing there in amazement as eight horses cantered gently around the field forming a circle of love around her. It was Billy who then walked up to her, looked her in the eye and communicated. They both nodded their heads and whinnied, and Pearl walked into the circle and they all ran around the field together playing and celebrating a new member of the herd arriving. Over the years the horses and humans at the Sanctuary have helped Pearl with her fear and anxiety and we are happy to say she is now a much happier and fulfilled pony who is no longer alone. She has her family.
Our handsome boy Chester came to us through our old farrier who had to retire due to serious health conditions. His beloved horse had been out on loan and after having accidents and illnesses he needed a forever home to retire to. When we first met Chester, we could see the various physical scars on his body and knew he would need a lot of love and healing to help him which we were more than happy to give. Chester is one of the kindest horses we have at the sanctuary. He is respectful, loving, funny, kind, supportive and we believe he is a great healing horse. He has helped many humans whilst being at the Sanctuary with his healing ways including our Trustee Kate who experienced profound healing from Chester as they shared an intimate interaction with both witnessing and acknowledging each other’s scars and how far they had both come on their journeys.