It is with great sadness that we bring the news of the loss of the lovely Bob Harwood, Husband of our Trustee and Trainer Sue Harwood and very proud Dad to Lucy Harwood, who he saw graduate earlier this month. As you can see from the photo, he really was proud as punch.

Since we moved here to Thornton Hough in January, Bob has really enjoyed coming here 2 or 3 times a week, passing his time filling haynets for us and enjoying a good chat with the volunteers about their holiday holiday plans, he very much enjoyed a trip to Gordale on his way home to collect plants for his gardens.

Bob was a genuine gentleman, with time for everyone and will be sadly missed, whilst he had ongoing medical problems, nothing that would suggest he would be taken so soon and having only been here on Sunday he passed unexpectedly, but peacefully in his sleep over Monday evening, it’s been a massive shock for us all, but none more so than for Sue and Lucy.

All our love and thoughts are with Sue, Lucy and the family at this very sad time.

Sleep well Bob, you really will will be missed xxxx

A warm welcome to our patron, Heather Moffett

received_10153745452307960We are very proud and privileged to announce that the very inspiring Heather Moffett has very kindly agreed to be our Charity Patron, just like us Heather believes in putting the horses physical and mental wellbeing above all else and so is a perfect match with ourselves and our aims.

Lush Rewards

We are ecstatic to announce that this week we have been awarded a grant from the amazing people of Lush, towards replacing our barbed wire and electric fences we inherited, with lovely pony safe post and rail fences.

This will be an ongoing project until all paddocks are pony safe, and divided into smaller paddocks to ensure the ponies welfare is met. Our ponies have different health issues, the main concern is to prevent them getting laminitis. Laminitis can be brought on from too much rich grass, therefore ponies susceptible will be on a bare minimum grass paddock. But with our current electric fencing, they will walk through to get the longer grass. Post and rail fencing will ensure the ponies stay where they are supposed to be.  

Lush are real ambassadors of animals rights and welfare and on numerous occasions have assisted us by allowing us to fundraise in their Liverpool store, they have really come up trumps for us this time and we can’t wait to see the finished project.

We Welcome New Trustee Sue

SueWe are very pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Harwood as a TRUSTEE and as our CHARITY SECRETARY.

Here’s what she has to say ……

I have been involved with horses since a very young age, much longer than I care to admit to. I currently have 5 of my own, including a pregnant mare, so 6 as of next year. I have competed in driving events (driving trials, private driving, pleasure driving), have trained horses to drive and taught people too. I have competed in ridden events, including ridden and in-hand showing, dressage, and endurance (though only the pleasure ride, not the serious stuff!). I have backed and brought on youngsters, and retrained difficult horses, both of which I love doing. I trained as an Equine Bodyworker many years ago, and this was how I met Amy and Horse Sense, as I volunteered to treat the horses on a regular basis.

I have also trained as a saddle fitter, as many of the issues I found in my clients were caused by ill-fitting or badly made saddles. I also trained with Heather Mofffet as an Enlightened Equitation trainer, teaching classical dressage, and I specialise in adult beginners (or those returning after a time away from horses), and in riders with confidence issues. I am using all of these skills at Horse Sense, as the Bodywork helps our rescued horses, and we also re-train them to improve their chances of finding a new home.

Several ponies are being trained to drive, and also started as riding horses. We have now also started Agility classes, and I am involved with a regular series of training events too.

I would recommend volunteering to anyone who has even a little free time: the horses are so responsive it is a joy to work with them, the volunteers are a great bunch of people, and there is so much to be involved in. I have gone from an occasional day volunteering to doing several days a week, and enjoy every day.