August 2020 Update

Hello all our fabulous equine lovers. It has been a very busy couple of months at the Sanctuary and we wanted to update you on what has been going on.  To promote a private sanctuary on Koh Samui which many people did not even know existed, has been both challenging and rewarding. We began by making a facebook page, then we developed a Winners Enclosure Subscription site which could cover the costs of running the sanctuary when you and your fabulous friends subscribe monthly for 500bht. But opportunities have knocked on the stable door and we have been taking them at every turn.
Firstly we have given a home to a rescued stallion pony, Kai, who came to us in a very sorry state, having been alone for 15 years, malnourished and injured. If you have been following our page you will have seen some of the problems we have faced by rescuing this pony but also the improvement in his health. We knew that another stallion would be a challenge but how could we say no?  Kai is quite a character,  a very loving, remarkably strong pony, and his health has greatly improved with a special diet and medical care. .It has been so rewarding to follow this very neglected pony make friends, attempt to flirt with the beautiful Sandy and begin to socialise with a spring in his step. Kai knows that he has found a safe home and has been very brave with being treated for his wounds.
However boys will be boys and Kai, Happy and Sioux, all being stallions had become quite a handful. All three are very naughty and very interested in the only Mare that we have,Sandy, who, it has to be said can be a bit of a flirt. As a result we have had a few horrible injuries as a result of the stallions, trying to get to her.  All three were fighting for attention, becoming quite aggressive towards each other and getting caught on fencing.
The addition of another stallion caused a few injuries with many of the boys kicking out and getting injured….Joey couldn’t stretch his back leg and we were very concerned for him, and Fullmoon, who is usually a bit of a bully got bitten by Kai……
As a result we decided that in order to keep the ponies safe we had to do solve two problems.
Firstly we did some fundraising for castrating Sioux and Kai  and provide Sandy with the operation she desperately needed to fix her vagina. This was a phenomenal achievement and we raised enough money along with Robs Dogs to bring 6 vets from the mainland over for 4 days to perform not only the operations, but also investigate Joey who had sustained an injury which we thought has been caused by kicking and trapping a nerve. This joint venture also meant that over 50 dogs and cats were sterilized with Robs Dogs……
The operations went well under the supervision Head vet Mo Fai and her team of final year student vets. All all have recovered from their ordeal. The balance of hormones has made the boys calm down – pony dynamics and keeping harmony can be very challenging work. The vets were also able to bring 13 bags of Maxwin horse food which has been a massive boost.
Secondly we had to rethink the enclosure fencing and bought some that was pony and dog proof for both enclosures.We have had to buy specific medicines in order to dress injuries and prevent infections which has proved to be very expensive. The new fencing, the operations and separate enclosures should ensure no further serious injuries. The community helped massively with putting up these new fences and donating their time, money and workers to get it done.
Kai has enjoyed his first taste of freedom, now recovered and has made friends with Fullmoon, both have been playing in the same enclosure together.
Phoenix is in good form, his fly mask protects some infection to his face which he gets at certain times in this jungle environment and Sioux and Chalai are still gadding about eating as much as they can.
Happy, our oldest resident has recovered from deaths door and seems to have found a new lease of life…. this pony, a personal favourite, now thinks he is half his age and loves his new home which is nearer to the other ponies. His eyes have been healing up, thanks to antibiotic treatment and new flymask and he gets a real glint in them every time Sandy comes out for her food. He is so funny and such a joy to see him happy and free from facial injuries.
The manure pile has been accessed by some keen gardeners, and through promoting the Sanctuary within the Community here we have made awesome connections with people who are involved in other charities. One of the most exciting links that we have made has been via Adam Preston and  RotaryforAutism. They came to collect some manure, made a donation to the Sanctuary and then we talked about the possibility of some children with Autism coming on a regular basis to pet and groom the ponies – to make loving bonds and enjoy the environment.

The second massive connection has been made via Sisters on Samui who were asking for manure for their community sustainable gardening projects to help the local people here, particularly those who have no work at all and are stuck here from Myan Mar, to grow their own vegetables.  Sawan Maa were delighted to donate a truck load for them and they got it to where it needed to go just before the heavens opened. We are very grateful to SOS who donated a whopping 16,000 bht to cover the hay bill for August, feeding these ponies is costly and during these times it is so great to be able to reach out to others in the Community and to form beneficial relationships.

 All being said we are getting there, one step at a time. Our new and very brilliant volunteer Jennifer Walker has been an absolute gift from the Universe, not only in being an experienced horse woman but also extremely knowledgable in caring for horses in a similar tropical environment.
Meet Jennifer
 Work is always ongoing,keeping the ponies feet thrush free in tropical rains is a daily task, money is always hard to find, the physical load on such a small team is hard but to see these wonderful characters, interact is our reward.
Thankyou our equine loving friends for all of your support – onwards and upwards

 

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