Updates on life at Bluebirdbliss…

Thanks to generous donations and help from volunteers, we’ve been able to plough on with projects down at the Bluebirdbliss healing haven. David Schofield wins an award for for hammering away at the cement stuck on some concrete bricks for over two hours before cycling all the way back home to Knowle after us. The bricks were kindly given to us by the lovely Jenny along with some bathstone with my trusty little Nissan helped us move to the yard. Erika Jones, Sarah and Louise Roberts have all been helping with occasional bring in and turn out shifts so that Sheena and I have had the occasional much needed day off and has also meant that we’ve managed to focus more on training, development and healthcare for the horses.

Sadly our horse Vixen has a sore foot caused originally by an abscess and the horrendously wet British weather and the ponies came to us with mites so we’re working to get on top of these problems whilst getting them out and about and seeing the world – Shamrock pictured above demonstrates finding her sweet spot and I’ve written separately about progress with our horse Rosie thanks to help from the lovely Rowena Hicks who taught me all about the Trust Technique.

We’ve also been able to share the space with dog walkers looking for somewhere dog free to let them off the lead, introduce them safely to horses and for a space to practice agility which apart from fun to watch for humans, has also massively entertained the horses!

Our imminently urgent projects are building stables in the barn for which we need kick boards and wood, putting the track system in for the horses turnout field for which we need caravan/car batteries and eventually equipment for a solar powered system along with quite a bit of pea gravel, haynets and covering the costs of the rescue ponies’ passports next week (£40 each). So far your money has bought them three months worth of bedding, hay, special shampoo for de-licing and de-mites, diatomaceous earth and calming herbs, lots of carrots and a host of other bits and bobs.

I am also immensely grateful to those who have helped us get our holistic livery yard and healing centre off the ground and remind anyone who hasn’t yet that if you are considering it, you can donate via this link