Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Writing for Charity: HorseWorld Updates

Animal updates, published by HorseWorld, Oct 2008 - Feb 2009.


Name: Apache

Year of Birth: 1986

Arrived at HorseWorld in: 2003

Favourite food: Apache likes to make sure her breath is nice and fresh and likes mints more than anything.

Overview
Apache has been busy entertaining the crowds at presentations and being the centre of attention. She enjoys all the cuddles showered on her from visitors.

Training
Since Apache arrived at HorseWorld, she has disliked her legs, belly and chest being touched, as they were very sensitive. These areas have been desensitised and now we can groom her properly with no discomfort to either Apache, or the grooms she used to nip! Apache’s clicker training has continued, and she is learning lots of new tricks to show her fans.

Treatments
Apache’s hooves are being looked after by a barefoot trimmer who makes sure her feet are balanced and comfortable without wearing traditional metal shoes.

Special Occasions
Apache celebrated her birthday with her friends here at HorseWorld, who spoiled her with cuddles and mints. She’s also been enjoying her clicker training between showing off at presentations.

Friends
Apache has found a new friend in Berry and the pair roam around the field like old women! She also likes spending time with Jodie, but she still has a soft spot for her friend Sunny.

Likes and Dislikes:
Apache likes: food and playing with her three best friends, Jodie, Berry and Sunny.
Apache dislikes: being told what to do, which can sometimes make training a challenge!




Name: Cowslip, Benjamin Bathmat & Bluebell.

Year of Birth: March 2005

Arrived at HorseWorld in: October 2005

Favourite food: Pony nuts in their food toys.

Overview
Cowslip, Ben and Bluebell were all very busy over the Christmas period, when they joined forces with Eeyore and raised lots of money at the carol service.

Training
Cowslip has been reacting fantastically to her clicker training and dazzles the crowds with her new tricks at presentations. She loves to show off and impress onlookers. Ben and Bluebell are quite happy to watch her hog the limelight whilst they snack on pony nuts!

Treatments
Ben had a skin irritation at the end of the summer, which he saw a vet for. It has cleared up now and we have three very healthy donkeys!

Special Occasions
Cowslip, Ben and Bluebell enjoyed helping out at the carol service, where they strutted their stuff donning hats and tinsel whilst amazing the crowds. Cowslip thought it a perfect opportunity to flaunt her latest clicker training. Visitors to the Donkey Den adored the Christmas atmosphere created by the donkeys.

Friends
The three donkeys live with seven others in the Donkey Den, although Ben gets to stay with the four older donkeys at night so that he gets extra hay to build up his condition.

Likes and Dislikes:
The three donkeys like: Interactive feeding time, when they can play with their special food toys to get pony nuts from them.
They dislike: Cold wet weather as donkeys are not waterproof!



Name: Eeyore

Year of Birth: Approx 25 years old

Arrived at HorseWorld in: 1995

Favourite food: Ginger biscuits and polos.

Overview
Eeyore came out of retirement in December and made a special appearance in a carol service at church, where he met lots of new people and enjoyed all the attention he got.

Training
At 25, Eeyore is stuck in his ways, but the prospect of new fresh grass gets him scouting around and burning off those biscuits!

Treatments
Even donkeys can’t escape the dentist and Eeyore had to have his biannual check up in December, which he faced with the courage most of us wish we had! Eeyore has recently been troubled by one of his front feet, which we suspect may be infected. He is being treated by the vet and our grooms are making sure he’s not too uncomfortable.

Special Occasions
Eeyore helped raise money at the carol service by getting into the Christmas spirit and sporting a rather fetching hat with lashings of tinsel.

Friends
Eeyore enjoys nothing more than sharing polos with his best friends Dinky and Ben in the Donkey Den.

Likes and Dislikes:
Eeyore likes: food!
Eeyore dislikes: bad weather and winter, as well as being away from Dinky – they are inseparable.



Name: Garth

Year of Birth: 1963

Arrived at HorseWorld in: 1975

Favourite food: Ginger Biscuits and Guinness.

Overview
Garth has had a difficult few months; maintaining his condition and appetite has been a bit of a struggle, but the grooms have discovered that adding Guinness to his feed helps, much to Garth’s delight!

Training
We have been training him to eat all of his food by adding Guinness and soaked ginger biscuits.

Treatments
Garth has been visited by the vet to make sure his lack of appetite wasn’t a symptom of illness. The dentist also removed some of Garth’s remaining teeth which were making eating difficult for him.

Special Occasions
One of the Visitor Centre’s grooms, Lin Horwood, has known Garth for thirty years, and is counted amongst his best friends. When she returned to the Centre after some time off, Garth perked up considerably.

Friends
Garth is still completely inseparable from Rosie.

Likes and Dislikes:
Garth likes: Guinness and ginger biscuits and his best friends, Lin and Rosie.
Garth dislikes: Being unwell, although we hope that the fresh, nutritious spring grass will help him improve.



Name: Gracie May

Year of Birth: 1995

Arrived at HorseWorld in: 2001

Favourite food: Haylage and the occasional polo.

Overview
Gracie has been taking part in our presentations, where she behaves very well. She has been developing her repertoire of tricks to impress spectators and earn polos. She enjoys bossing around her two buddies Seth and Samuel.

Training
We have been training Gracie to stop dragging us along with her when she walks to and from the field – our grooms don’t always share her enthusiasm! She is also being clicker trained so she can put on a show at presentations; she has learned to play football, follow a target and is now moving on to bowing.

Treatments
Gracie was visited by the dentist recently, when she had to be sedated; not because she was scared, but because she is so tall that the dentist is unable to reach her teeth when she is standing!

Special Occasions
Gracie enjoyed being the centre of attention during half term, when she did lots of presentations to her many fans.

Friends
Seth and Samuel, the two other heavy horses, are still Gracie’s best friends.

Likes and Dislikes:
Gracie likes: putting Seth and Samuel in their places!
Gracie dislikes: being led behind Seth or Samuel – Gracie always has to be first!



Name: Nazia

Year of Birth: 1994

Arrived at HorseWorld in: 2003

Favourite food: Most things, but carrots and polos are her favourite.

Overview
Nazia moved to Keynes Farm for a week’s holiday in January, but has had to stay there because the horses in the fields developed a respiratory infection. None of them could be moved as the infection is contagious, so they have remained there whilst receiving treatment.

Training
Nazia’s physiotherapy and prolonged rest at Keynes Farm mean that she isn’t as fit as she was. She has been getting back into shape with our grooms and will drop all those extra pounds in no time!

Treatments
Nazia’s physiotherapist saw her in October and has advised that due to poor conformation she needs to keep her muscles toned. Some good exercise should get her muscles and fitness sorted out!

Special Occasions
Nazia’a cart was turned into Santa’s sleigh by our maintenance team for Christmas, which she impressed the crowds with at the carol service. A few bells and tinsel got Nazia right into the spirit. Santa’s reindeer had better watch out!

Friends
Iris is still Nazia’s best friend; the pair get up to all sorts of antics together.

Likes and Dislikes:
Nazia likes: showing off her cart driving skills.
Nazia dislikes: being told to diet.



Name: Pickle Lily

Date of Birth: 17th July 2007

Arrived at HorseWorld on: 17th July 2007

Favourite food: Pickles loves getting pony nuts out of her toy.

Overview:
Pickles is approaching the terrible twos, although no one would know as she is so gentle and well behaved. The last six months have been very busy for her with the training from the grooms and playing with her dad and friends.

Training
All of Pickles’s basic handling training has been completed and she is happy to be led, to have her feet picked out and to be groomed. The next goal for Pickles is to get used to the dentist – something most of us still haven’t conquered!

Treatments
Just like us, Pickles needs regular dental check ups and Pickles’s is due soon. This can be a stressful experience for animals and people alike, so we will have to be very gentle with her.

Special Occasions
Pickles is calm enough to make appearances at lots of our presentations. She helps educate our visitors about donkeys and caring for them properly, which is very important. She behaves very well and adores being the centre of attention; no one can resist such a pretty young donkey!

Friends
Pickles lives in the Donkey Den with nine other donkeys, including her mum and dad, Patty and Benjamin Bathmat.

Likes and Dislikes:
Pickles likes: playing with her dad; they often spend hours galloping around the field together and they even play football!
Pickles dislikes: walking over the drains in the yard, but she is gradually getting braver.



Name: Popeye

Year of Birth: 1997

Arrived at HorseWorld in: 2004

Favourite food: Anything edible, and is not in the least bit fussy, although apples and carrots take priority!

Overview
Popeye has enjoyed the last six months at the Visitor Centre, where he has continued his training as a riding pony. He participates in presentations, where he can be the centre of attention and he also joins in the 12:00 feeding, which he looks forward to as he can play with his food ball.

Training
Since Popeye had his right eye removed, he has been finding it difficult to work on his right rein, so he has been doing a great deal of long reining to help him work on both reins. This is assisting his training to achieve his goal of becoming a riding pony.

Treatments
Earlier in the year, Popeye had a bout of feather mites which made his legs itchy, but this was quickly treated and he is now mite free. He also had his annual flu and tetanus shots to keep him healthy.

Special Occasions
Popeye has been taking turns with other ponies to rest in the welfare department and have a break from his life in the limelight!

Friends
Along with his old friend Jasper, Popeye likes to spend time with Burdock and Morag, as well as his new friends at the welfare department, where they relax together.

Likes and Dislikes:
Popeye likes: going for hacks around the countryside and getting nice and muddy although the grooms aren’t so keen on cleaning him after!
Popeye dislikes: being separated from his friends and having to wait until last to be fed, resulting in causing a racket by kicking his door!



Name: Portia

Year of Birth: 1996

Arrived at HorseWorld in: 2000

Favourite food: Portia seems to have developed a liking for slightly healthier food than usual, and likes bananas, pears and breakfast cereal. She hasn’t given up the raw eggs though and often finds the eggs laid by the chickens before we do if we’re not quick enough.

Overview
Portia enjoys a morning walk around the yard before we open so that she can see what the grooms are up to and scout around for eggs and food before anyone else gets there.

Training
Portia’s clicker training means that she can now find a ball under a bucket as well as knowing to pick up and a pass a cup. She has learned to pick up her feet when asked. She also plays with her treat ball to get food from it.

Treatments
Portia has had her feet trimmed, thanks to her clicker training; she has never liked having her feet picked up.

Special Occasions
During the winter months when the Visitor Centre was closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Portia has been able to roam the place as she likes, picking up bits of food along the way.

Friends
Portia’s paddock-mates have left HorseWorld, so she now has the luxury of being the only pig in the Visitor Centre. This is much more to her liking, as she used to live in a third floor flat and was never socialised properly.

Likes and Dislikes:
Portia likes: being able to wander around where she likes and rummaging through the straw beds whilst the grooms are mucking out.
Portia dislikes: the goats who bully her, but she tolerates them well.

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