Zebra Products Ltd keep the girls warm

Bucas rugsBusy day on Friday for the girls, with a visit in hospital from the lovely Sophie Harrison of Zebra Products Ltd, the UK’s distributor of Bucas products who have donated 2 full wardrobes of superior quality rugs for both girls, as worn by the amazing Valegro, Thank you very very much, they look very smart.

After a very sad farewell to the girls amazing Vet Andrea Kashani who is sadly moving to another Equine Hospital and will be so so missed, the girls were allowed to come home and it was nice to see them recognise it as home with a chorus of whinnies as they pulled up out side. They will have another worming treatment at home next week but are well over the worst.

I have included the next picture by way of stressing just how important worming CORRECTLY is. This picture was what came from Toos, any old wormer just wont cut it, if you are unsure about worming please ask your vet or even us, if we don’t know the answer we will get the answer for you, please don’t allow ponies to suffer in silence through lack of knowledge.


Blue’s and Too’s go into Leahurst Equine Hospital

B&T Leahurst

Day 1. Both girls have been impeccably behaved all day and settled well into their lovely huge stable at Leahurst Equine Practice as you can see here they are slowly gaining weight but hopefully following this week of worm treatment we should start seeing an even more dramatic weight gain in the following weeks once the nasty parasites are all gone.

Day 2. The girls have settled very well in their holiday home at Leahurst Equine Practice and have now been taken off Antibiotics and pain relief, in fact their lovely Vet Andrea has decided they are doing so well that they should be okay without the steroids that were a provisional plan, they are however, passing huge amounts of worms so she, along with the excellent team up there will be keeping a good close eye on the girls but so far Andrea is very happy with their progress.

Day 3. Today the girls have had their dose of tape wormer, when tested they showed high levels of tape worm so we anticipated if they were going to have problems it would be today/tomorrow. 

When we visited them earlier they were both seeming a bit ‘down in the dumps’ Toos more so and when their Vet Andrea did her last check before going home she also felt they weren’t their usual selves, so she stayed late and along with the evening staff popped the girls into the hospital for a good check over which revealed that Toos’ heart rate is rather on the high side, this can be an early indication of colic so the staff are now keeping an extra close eye on her and both girls have been given steroids to support them through this latest battle. 

It could just be that its an extra hard struggle for such a poor young lady to clear all these worms and on the positive side she did get a little excited when crossing the yard to the hospital but just in case Andrea and I have had the conversation as to what action to take if Toos does colic and we have consented to any intervention required which could be anything from an ultrasound to see what the pesky worms are doing to full colic surgery to remove the worms, we hope it wont get to that stage but having a plan of action in place will save time if the worst should happen.

This is exactly why the decision was taken for the girls to go up to Leahurst for their worming treatment as we know everything they could possibly want and need is right on hand and they are in the very best place possible, if you are so inclined please say a little prayer for Toos that she is just having a little struggle and will feel much better by morning.

You will also all be delighted to know that Blues 2 part pregnancy test has come back negative so she can concentrate on just getting better herself .

Day 4. The girls are doing great and eating well. Providing everything is ok tomorrow the girls will come home. Now they have been wormed the weight should go on and we will see a huge difference over the coming weeks.

Animal Clinical Trust Wirral

We would like to thank everyone who has made a donation towards Blues and Toos vet bills, they have come in from all over the world.

Were we cant name everyone individually, we do like to name the trusts that do a fantastic job in raising much needed funds to help all animals and charities like ourselves.

Therefore, we say a huge thank you to Animal Clinical Trust based in Wirral for their kind donation of £500. This along with all donations will all go on getting the girls fit and well.

Our vet bills are our biggest outlay, so with your generous donations towards this, we can concentrate on nursing the horses so they can be in good shape when ready for their forever homes. Thank you

A huge thank you to Sainsburys Upton Shoppers

We would like to thank Sainsbury’s staff once again for their hospitality New Years Eve. And a huge thank you to everyone for donating also a massive thanks to those who helped bag pack. A real team effort and we raised a fantastic £1,004.13. At this point that cleared out vet bill and paid for hay for two weeks.

My apologies for the late post, however with Blues and Toos coming in, their care took priority.

Part of the healing process from Vet Physio Claire

As many of you know I regularly assess and treat Horse Sense Wirral’s rescue ponies when needed!

On Sunday Amy asked me to pop along and see Blues (mummy) as she was concerned about her stifle locking, she was also struggling eating her dinner/hay from the floor!

These poor girls are so poor and malnourished that there is very very little muscle tone to work with which could cause the rotation of the patella resulting in the locking! – this is something that is difficult to treat at present due to their general health and ability to exercise without becoming fatigued!

What we did work on is some soft tissue release around her poll causing her restriction in range of movement at her neck, we have also started some forelimb and hind limb rhythmic stabilisations to activate her deep stabilisation muscles.

Then to try to improve her core Amy and her volunteers will be working on some baited stretches with Blues within her comfort zone!

Both girls are lovely and Blues was a pleasure to treat! I will be seeing Blues again in a couple of weeks and I’m sure I will see a big difference!

Don’t forget Horse Sense Wirral is a charity and relies on donations, recent publicity has helped with the girls vets bills…. But there is still a way to go!  Claire

A Sad Start to 2015

Blues on arrivalBLUESBlues 1TOOS

Twos on arrival


Twos 1



Shortly after 7pm New Years Day we received a call from Cheshire Police requesting assistance with 2 seemingly abandoned ponies in the Ellesmere Port area, we were shocked when we arrived at how emaciated and lethargic the 2 young fillies are and as the Police had looked into where they may have belonged and unable to trace an owner the Police and ourselves decided the best thing for these lovely girls was to remove them and place them in our care at the sanctuary, of course any owner has 7 days in which to claim their ponies back subject to an emergency livery fee and veterinary costs, providing adequate proof of ownership and on agreement from the Police Welfare officers who would have to address why these ponies are so emaciated, other wise aptly named by the Police Officers ‘Blues’ and ‘Toos’ was seen by the vet first thing the next morning and are now being nursed back to health until such time they are fit and well enough to find lovely life long homes.

2nd January 2015

The girls woke up with a nice full belly for the first time in a long time and were thoroughly examined head to toe by the lovely Andrea of Leahurst Equine Practice, Firstly they are a bit older than first thought, Blues is 3 and a half and Toos a yearling, and also we can confirm they are mother and daughter, however, as Toos has never been weaned mums tired, weak and poorly body has been trying to produce milk for her still but on examination she only had a dessert spoon worth in her which was a horrible stinking, infected yellow milk so both Mum and Baby have been placed straight on to antibiotics and bute as both seem to be sore and achy all over which goes hand in hand with malnurishment.

Both are riddled with Lice and Mum has Ringworm, Toos temperature is elevated and her pulse too but not enough to be overly concerned about. Their feet are bad enough that Toos in particular cant walk properly and her baby joints are under massive strain. Mum has very nasty sharp teeth and an upper respiratory tract infection.

Both girls score a 1.5-2 out of 10 on condition scoring and are very weak and poorly so the decision has been taken to make them comfortable and start treatment for a few days then the girls will go into the Practice to be have their wormer as the Vet has a massive concern that it may give them life threatening colic and also we can make use of the hot shower facilities on site to give them a good scrub. Neither of them are microchipped.

3rd January

Blues and Twos 24hrs

The girls have had a good day, still very down in the dumps but ever so slightly more interested in life, the wonderful Tom Clothier came to us on his way home, out of hours to sort the girls feet out. Blues weren’t too bad but Toos had clearly never been done and her frogs have been rotted away with thrush and are very sore.

The girls also had a visit from our lovely Reiki healer David Bell which they really responded well to. One of our fab dentists Lee Shakeshaft is coming to check Toos teeth are growing normally and sort out Blues mouth of razor sharp teeth on Monday so the poor girly can eat properly, they will also be having blood tests and manure samples taken on Monday to give our super vets at Leahurst a better plan to follow going forward for when the girls go in for their worm treatment. Margaret Allin will also be coming for a visit with all her Aloe Vera know how to give the girls a good, natural immune boost as a good base for all the work and effort our Vets will be putting in to get them better and when the girls are a bit stronger in a week or so our fab Physio Claire Burgess Vet Physio will be working with them to help recover the damage done mostly to little baby Toos from her bad feet and lack of nutrition. We also look forward to our next visit from our lovely Sue Harwood using her Equine Massage Therapy techniques to help them recover in both body and mind.

We may have mud and be lacking a posh yard and electric but we really do have the best team of experts around and these girls will get everything they could possibly need and want not only from us and our vollies but from these experts too who regularly go out of their way massively to help us and particularly poorly new admissions, thank you everyone so much.

4th January

Looking for breakfastWe were greeted this morning by a nosey and very playful Toos, both girls seem to have a new zest for life today and a real sparkle in their eyes now treatment is under way and 48 hours into their antibiotics and pain killers they are obviously really feeling the benefit. They have a busy day ahead tomorrow with both Vet and Dentist due but hopefully they will feel a whole lot better by tomorrow afternoon.


 5th January


Blues getting teeth doneThe girls had their teeth done today, and bloods and poo samples taken. They love their supplement feed and Blues gets grumpy if you try to take her feed bucket away before she has totally licked it clean, bless.

They are only on small amounts of hard feed for now, which we will increase slowly. As you can see from todays photos they are already looking more relaxed and brighter in themselves.

Toos chilled

Blues and Toos day 4



12th January 2015

10 days in






This is how the girls greet us every day now, they know what’s coming.They are getting stronger every day and putting weight on. Along side their hay, they are on a small hard feed that we will increase slowly which they love. Blues gets grumpy if you try to remove the bucket before she has licked the bucket clean. This picture is similar to the one taken on the 4th, you can just see the top of Blues head in the other photograph. Due to her condition she was too weak to hold her head up, now as you see they both like to watch what is going on, on the yard and their eyes are much brighter after 10 days.