01052014 Case ID 0005 Zara Month 1 Complete
Now into Week 6 and Looking Really Good

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    Monday 7th July 2014

Week 6 of Zara's life in safety, her rehabilitation is progressing in leaps and bounds.    Excellant news indeed!

Monday
Panic stations… I got moved to a new stable today…so did Summer. It was ok in a way we just got moved in the same barn but a change always makes me worry. I don’t handle change well and this probably means there is something about to happen. Gabriel came in today and assessed me again and was happy with my development I let him touch my face and I nuzzled in for a while and enjoyed it but why have I been moved? Summer seems calm so maybe I should just not worry…..oh easier said than done.

Tuesday
A new horse came today. She went into my old stable. Her name is Maggie and she went into Isolation….she is not a rescue horse like me and Summer….she has an owner but is still isolated like we were. Summer told her it would be ok and she would get out soon. Its 21 days and lots of care and attention will be paid to her so I did try to reassure her too. Then I got taken out past the little field for my walk I started to get a bit anxious as passing my entire familiar places and did not know what to do. I know, I will head back to the stable that’s just what I will do. The lady who was leading me scratched my neck and reassured me and I forgot all about turning back. Then it was wonderful I was put into this amazing huge field with room to run and play and graze and everything a horse could want in life. Summer came too so the 2 of us had a great time exploring and saying hi to the ponies in the next field. We have made loads of new friends it’s such a sense of wellbeing. Thank you to everyone who has helped by donating money for us…without you we would not be here at Horse Rescue Scotland. Please do continue to donate if you can manage just a little thank you.

Wednesday
We went back to the field again today it is so wonderful. The field we are in is on a hill so I really exercised without realising I was doing a work out. I am feeling full of energy and I can roll and run and play so it’s just perfect. The Chairman of Horse Rescue Scotland came up to see me today and he was so pleased. He also looked a bit worried because we have cost the Charity a lot of money so we need lots of kind people to give a little to help pay for our rehab so if you have a spare £1 or more please send it in that would be fantastic thank you.

Thursday
My angel Gabriel the assessor came in today. Today I let him feel a little bit down my shoulder but not my leg not yet. I am getting there but not quite leg time for me no suree. The place was a magnificent day today at the riding school….the children and ponies went on a Treasure hunt. They were all laughing and happy with their treasure collected in their back packs. They did really well and the ponies had fun too. What a great place this is. I love being here.

Friday
I went out to the field again today….I can’t help it I am still fussing about getting there. I am not quite sure why but the lady who takes me is very patient. I always have Summer for company so life is good….why do I worry so much??? Hmmm.

Saturday
Summer and I went into the little field today and it was great because we could see everything that was going on. I think it was because Summer needed to make sure her shoes were a good fit for her. I’m ok with that because the wee field lets everyone see how well we are doing with all their great help and support. It’s a lovely wee field. Summer and I have put on a lot of weight and if I do say so we do look really good now. Sorry of that is vain x

Sunday
The Equine Behaviour Consultants came in for a long while and worked with me. She spends more time me thank with Summer. We play the game where she is massaging my shoulder, touching my face and then I let her touch the top of my leg. How good was that? At walk time I was acting a bit strong being led so Summer told me to chill out because she really wanted to go our walk today. 3 leaders later and I finally came with Summer, I can be so strong when I want to….not too sure why I was so concerned and nervous today.. Then to my surprise I went into the big field but it was not just me and Summer there was Sparkie, Topper and Crosbie in there too. This was amazing, meeting friends, talking about old stuff and new stuff. They are great guys…did not bother us at all bit interested in our story. It’s great to be here….thank you Horse Rescue Scotland xxxxxxx

   Monday 30th June 2014

Week 5 of Zara's happy life at Horse Haven Riding School for her rehabilitation.  How well have things progressed - read on below.

Diary of a Rescued Horse Week 5: Zara

Monday
Ah, the lovely quiet day. The lady groom came in and gently groomed me giving me a nice rub all over. I like that. Lots of people seem to want to come down and say hello to us so it is nice that we can see a few more people and other horses and ponies when we are out our walks. There seems to be other horses and ponies in stables during the day and others out in fields. I think we may be at a riding school where we live now.

Tuesday
My Angel Gabriel came in today for more training. I am getting fitter now and have more strength which is good. My pelvis seems to be levelling up too. I went a lovely walk and settled for the night. This evening was very exciting. Remember we have heard lots of children enjoying themselves while we have been here. Well, tonight there was a big event and the children who were only age 5 – 9 put on a show for their relatives. It was a great show, the audience loved it clapping and saying how wonderful the children were doing. The Volunteers from Horse Rescue Scotland were invited and Horse Haven Riding School made an appeal for us as their chosen charity. The relatives and friends who came to the show for the children donated some money to help us which was so very kind and I would like to thank you all so much. Every little helps. Thank you to the HRS volunteers who gave up their time for us.

Wednesday
 I have realised I love to get a good massage on my back. Just behind my shoulder, yes right there and a good old deep rub. I can’t wait to get a grooming partner again that will just do the trick. Until then the lovely people who come in and groom me are doing a great job. The Show for the children age 10 – 14 took place this evening and again Horse Haven Riding School nominated Horse Rescue Scotland as their chosen Charity. The relatives were very generous and it was a great fund raiser. Thank you. Maybe we have enough money raised to fund some shoes for Summer she really needs them. Thank you again. To all the HRS volunteers too who gave up their time, thank you.

Thursday
I went a lovely walk again today, My Angel Gabriel assessed that I am doing well walking and socialising with people and horses. I am so pleased with myself. I do believe I have relaxed a lot and it has a lot to do with being in a routine I can understand. That takes the stress away for me which is all good.

Friday
Each time I go my walk I seem to be able to get a little further around the yard where I live. It all looks so lovely. The path we walk on is nice and level so I am finding thus quite enjoyable. There are lots of things to see and it is nice to watch all the horses and ponies playing in the fields. I do hope that will be me again soon, playing like a spring chicken in the field.

Saturday
The assessor My Angel Gabriel assessed some new areas today. Because I have been getting my head collar on every day I am no longer stressing about that. There’s a big change. Thank goodness. What was I all worked up about? Silly mare lol. Summer…do you know if anyone has taken up the option to adopt us yet? I do hope so. It’s only from as little as £5 per month which I hope some people can afford. That would be a great help if a few people did that.

Sunday
My Angel Gabriel visited today to assess me. To my absolute delight my walk today in the beautiful Scottish sunshine developed into a completely unexpected luxury. We went a bit further than we had gone before. I was enjoying seeing new sights and sounds then I saw a tiny grass paddock and we went into the paddock. I was let off my lead rope and I could not believe how wonderful it felt to be free and feel alive and well. I had a good investigation of the field, and then I ran about for a bit playing rearing and bucking, tail swishing in the air. I got down and rolled got up ran about playing some more then got down and rolled again. Summer was doing similar things so I just decided to eat and enjoy my new found freedom. We met lots of new people and ponies that day who all seemed pretty impressed with us. Then I noticed the lady who had collected us was standing with Lainey and her daughter Abby and was filming us so we went right up to them and smiled to say thank you. Have you seen the video on You Tube? You should take a look because all your wonderful donations have produced the results you see in the video and we thank you very much and hope you continue to donate to #Zara #Summer xx

   Monday 23rd June 2014

Week 4 of Summers Life at Horse Haven, Just How has she come on - Read on to see how well the treattment has been

Diary of a Rescued Horse  Week 4: Zara

Monday
Just when I get familiar and comfortable with the routine it all changed today.    Oh no what’s happening….can anyone tell me?   Summer do you have any idea?   Oh ok I don’t need to worry the Vet has reported some really good news. Phew, that’s a relief.   My screening for Strangles has come back clear so that means one less thing to worry about. That seemed like a long week waiting to hear that news. Then more change, gosh I’m freaking out a bit, it’s all so much change.  Bio hazard signs are being taken down and barriers are being removed outside where I stay in my stable. I seem to be off of isolation.  That’s good isn’t it?    Really, can anyone let me know what will happen next? Just so I know.   What’s really nice is that my top door of my stable is left open now and I can pop my head round to see Summer whenever I need reassurance.   I like that.   Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your donations….you know who you are….it’s you who have made all of this possible for me and Summer, thank you.   If you have not managed a donation yet, I know you are meaning to do it, please remember to do it today when you are reading this you could txt in some money to help us on our next part of the journey. That would be really lovely to help #Zara #Summer use the txt line to donate. It’s on the Horse Rescue Scotland Charity website.

Tuesday
I feel a need to celebrate, would you like to join me in the good news?   I learned to day that my worm count is ZERO which is meteoric because it was over 800 at the beginning of May which made me feel very sick indeed.   What’s really nice is I feel I have put on a nice amount of weight too and I had a new photo taken to show my weight improvement.  Have you seen the before and after shots? I’m sure that will encourage people to donate and give people confidence that their money is going to a great cause (#Zara #Summer) and having a positive impact on my health.   We do seem to live in an outcomes based society. I felt quite confident for a change when the Vet and my Angel Gabriel came to visit today.   The Assessor Gabriel gave me some paste and I felt really relaxed again.  I wonder if that paste cost a lot of money, probably, I need to do more to raise funds because it really helps me relax.   Maybe if you have already donated yourself you could show the picture to friends and relatives you are close to and they may wish to donate a little too, that would be a great boost to our funds, thank you. Then the vet came and I was inoculated with a flu & tetanus jag. It was ok, I am feeling relaxed and just want to eat and sleep now.

Wednesday
The Equine Behaviour Consultant came to play our usual game of head collar and treats I have got quite good with that so I was feeling ok until something different happened. Another nice lady was in with Summer putting a head collar on her too. Then our lead ropes went on and our stable doors were opened both at the same time.   What’s going on?   Here I go again, stomach churning fretting and worrying.  Oh no….the last time I saw the other lady we moved from our old yard to here, I don’t want to leave,   I love it here. Are we going back now we are a bit better?   Where am I going?  What’s happening to me and to Summer? What if they have spent all the Charity money on us already and we have no more funding left? Please donate for us if you can so we can stay here, please.  Any amount will surely help. Thank you. So, we went for a walk together, it was lovely. The sun was shining and it was delightful to explore our surroundings. It was amazing to see and smell all the different sights and aromas at our stables where we live now at Horse Rescue Scotland.   There was a lovely tidy pony barn with stables for ponies. I think it may be the ones we have heard when we were on isolation. There was an indoor riding arena used for all those fun lessons with children and adults.  There was a beautiful courtyard of stables which looked quite posh and a serene environment for horses where the sun bleached in via the archway to the stables. There was a large horse barn full of stables for the horses I have called out to in the recent past and they have called back. It all looked so lovely. I don’t want to leave, please. Then, thank goodness, after we had a lovely walk we went back to our stables and settled down again.  Oh thank goodness, relief, we are staying here for now. I hope for a while more too. The lady who walked across Scotland to raise funds for Horse Rescue Scotland Charity was in grooming Summer, how lovely.  Summer was great letting her brush her, I ‘m not so good with that idea so I hope she does not want to groom me too.  I would love to give back to the lady but I’m a bit nervous so I don’t think she would enjoy me jumping away. I do hope she does not think I am ungrateful for all she has done for me and Summer. I will let her groom me soon….but not today…I am overwhelmed with all that has happened today, so sorry about that. Then the lady came and just said “We love you” to me and my heart melted. What a kind lady. I love you right back xx she told me her name is Lainey and her mum and daughter love reading my diary which was a lovely thing to let me know.   So Hi to Lainey’s mum and daughter, love from Zara xx “Summer, are you there, oh yes I see you. I am ok with people meeting me but not the grooming thing so yes let’s organise something about people visiting to raise funds for our keep.   I will be ok with that if you let them groom you. Do you think people will donate? I do hope so. Could they book an appointment to meet us? Would that be a good idea?”

Thursday
We went a lovely walk again today, I like these walks.   The fresh air, sunshine and seeing all the sights. We got the chance to meet some of the horses today. Ringo was most interested in us and Zac too. They were very handsome specimens of horses if I do say so. They were working and seemed happy. The riders were cooing over seeing us too.  That was a nice feeling. There were some children about and they were kind to us and their mum gave us some treats which I liked very much. All this love and attention and no one ever ask us for anything. In my dinner there was some paste. I think I heard it was wormer paste. I wonder if we will get out into a field soon. That would be amazing. Worm free, worm free, I sang to the others just so they knew I would see them soon.

Friday
Todays walk was lovely and we got to eat some grass too.   Because I had been enjoying my stable food and hay so much I had forgotten all about grass and how lush it is and tastes great. Then I remembered that it was probably the grass at my old place where I would have picked up worms.  I am now worm free and don’t want to get them back again.  Oh what a dilemma…to eat the grass….or not?   Summer was munching away so I thought…a little cannot hurt…I put my head down and enjoyed the familiar sensation as the grass slid down my throat. It was as smooth as silk. I looked up and saw everything was ok so put my head tenderly back down for another wee nibble, it was equally perfect. Grass is amazingly good, cleanses the palate. Back to my stable please, I feel safe there, back please, thank you.

Saturday
The assessor My Angel Gabriel assessed some new areas today. I like him so I was quite happy to let him work with me.  I also let him show another person who grooms me how best to put my head collar on without upsetting me. The groom was amazed because I did not protest. Apparently I have been quite rude and turning my back on the groom when he tries. I just find I panic. I am so sorry about that. I will try to be calm next time the groom is in.  He takes really good care of me so I do not mean to upset him. I think Gabriel was secretly pleased I made him look expert in front of the groom. Everyone here makes me feel loved at Horse Rescue Scotland Charity. Never asking anything of me ever, they are just loving me and taking good care of me. My walk today allowed me to meet lots of new horse and pony friends. It will be good to meet them in the field one day.

Sunday
The Equine Behaviour Consultant took me my walk today. We had a lovely walk and played games outside because it was a lovely day.  As the time passed there was lots to see and do and all of a sudden I realised I was not anxious to get back to my stable.  In fact I was being quite inquisitive poking my nose into buckets and looking into buildings to see who and what was there. That’s a bit like the old me….I must be feeling better. What a dramatic change in such a short time. I feel great.  Thank you everyone at Horse Rescue Scotland and all the supporters who donated too, thank you xx

   Monday 16th June 2014

Another week has flown past in Zara's new life.   How do you think she is adapting to the whole new experience, then read on.....

Diary of a Rescued Horse Week 3: Zara

Monday
This is a lovely life…..eating lovely food, drinking fresh water and loads of hay on demand. It’s almost a dream come true. I still feel a little shy about putting a head collar on but I do let some of the people who visit put it on. Not everyone…just some people. The Equine Behaviour Consultant is ok for head collar and the Assessor (my Angel Gabriel) as well as some of the grooms….maybe soon it will all be ok.

Tuesday
Oh no, here I go again, worried about the why! The Vet visited today, he gave me a paste which made me feel very mellow, sleepy almost. With the paste I did not mind the Vet and my Angel Gabriel being in with me in my stable. The Vet wanted to take some blood for testing and a sample of my dung. I wonder what that means. Then I heard them say screening for Strangles and worm count I realised this is quite serious. Still better to know I suppose…..still sleepy so just going to relax and wait to hear results. Thank you to everyone who has donated to Horse Rescue Scotland to pay for the tests that will make me well very, very soon, thank you.

Wednesday
I wonder if the results are in yet?  No I have heard nothing. I had a lovely visit from the Equine Behaviour Consultant and we played the head collar game. I like the game and the treats. Then we played touching my neck and my back and I got treats for allowing that too….but ooh not too much don’t go too far back…no likey….sorry.

Thursday
I hope you agree with our idea. Summer and I had an idea we could be “Adopted” by people who love horses and are kind to raise money for our Charity Horse Rescue Scotland. If we got a lot of people loving us enough to sponsor us we could raise quite a bit of money to help pay for our feed, vet, farriery and stables. That would be amazing. I think we may have a good idea here and I love to be helpful, so here goes….would you like to Adopt me for as little as £5 per month? Please visit wwwhorserescuescotland.co.uk and let us know who you are, thank you xx

Friday
Still waiting but no results from the vet yet. I do hope they are ok. If I need more tests that will mean more money is needed and I feel a bit better so I hope the results are good. I don’t want to burden anyone and I know the Horse Rescue Scotland Charity is using all their money to make me feel better (and Summer too). If you have any spare funds please donate to help #Zara and #Summer thank you so much. I know a lot of people have been very interested in our story so even if only a few of you can manage we understand.

Saturday
Busy, busy place as usual.  Fun, frolic’s and laughter. I like listening to the weekend people and horses/ponies.   It makes me smile and relax a bit because everyone here seems so happy. Good times ahead for me I hope. I wonder if I can join in soon?

Sunday
I had a lovely visit from the Equine Behaviour Consultant and we played the head collar game. Then I noticed that her hand disappeared and I got really worried and backed away trying to get out of the head collar quick as a flash. I wondered where the hand had gone and what would happen next. Then I found out….silly me ….I got a treat of linseed pellet. Where is all this worry coming from I wonder.  I settled down and played a little better. I suppose I need to trust the people here they seem lovely.

   Saturday 7th June 2014

Another week has flown past in the life of Zara.   Therefore lets see what she has to say from her diary

Monday
I’m just getting into the swing of things here, relaxing, eating and drinking. Then things change again……changes makes me nervous. My rug was taken off today which was quite nice and left off. I wonder what will happen next? I got quite stressed about this for a wee while then the same thing happened next door in Summer’s stable so I settled down to eat my hay again.


The man came in, this time with a score sheet. I had my “Assessment and Condition scoring” completed. He checked me all over. He took my height, weight, behaviour, attitude and much much more.   My score must not have been very good because I do not really want to play with humans at the moment or want them to touch me at my hind quarters. I have put on weight but I am still underweight as well as uneven at my pelvis so I am absolutely sure I got a low score. I don’t like getting a low score for anything . I heard I was a 2. That’s not good at all. There I go; all worried again…..more hay I think…..yes that will get my score up.

I will need to send out an appeal to all you lovely horse lovers to send in some money to help feed me up.   Then at lunch a bucket appeared, ooh apples & carrots & some lovely Alpha A and Conditioning cubes. That should help a lot and they taste amazing, thank you so much. Tummy very happy.   Oh no, worried again, I bet that feed costs a lot of money and I do need lots and lots to get my conditioning score up. Hmmm, I will get a plan together with Summer and we can send our an all Horse Lovers appeal for food, that’s just what I will do.

Tuesday
So many questions, life is good here, but so many questions about why I am here and what is going to happen next. I got the answer to 1 question I had today but it’s not a good answer and made me very sad. I learned that my owner has Cancer and has been in hospital getting chemotherapy treatment. That was why he was not able to come to see me for such a while, he has been really sick and that’s why I got sick too. He still is really sick from what I heard. That’s such a devastating illness for him. I’m sure it has turned his life upside down and back to front.


So it’s a great thing that Horse Rescue Scotland collected me and brought me here, thank goodness that happened. I don’t know how much longer I would have survived if that had not happened.   I hope he gets better I would love that for him. I may have my own worries but his burden is much greater so no more about me for today. Today is dedicated to him and thoughts of him getting a full recovery. If I could get a message to him it would say…” Love from Zara to you, I know you will be thinking of your horses….we are ok, please don’t worry about us and concentrate on getting better. We are in good hands here. Take care” xxx

Wednesday
The man came today who assesses me. It was a good visit and he was very thorough checking me for signs of good health and signs of poor health. I’m sure my new feed is helping a lot. I am really enjoying getting my feed buckets twice a day they are just perfect and so satisfying, thank you. The hay is plentiful and there is always clean water. It may sound silly but I am so grateful for this I cannot find the right words to say thank you, so,” thank you, thank you, thank you” from the bottom of my heart.


Then I tasted Linseed Pellets, delicious. It was the Equine Behaviour Consultant who gave me some. She is so sweet. She visited for the first time today. She wanted to touch my head and my face but I turned and backed away. I was curious though because she just stood there quietly and did not get bothered at my reluctance at all. In the end I gave in and turned back round. More linseed pellets, lovely. So, I let her touch my face for 3 seconds….more linseed pellets…just amazing, love it. Eventually I trusted her for 10 seconds at my face but that was enough for me and by all accounts she was happy with that too. What a lovely day, very relaxed.

The man who came to collect me from my old yard came to see me today and this time he brought his daughter. They were really nice to me and just smiled and chatted from a distance. I think he might come every week to see me, how nice is that?

Thursday
I heard that I am a YouTube film star! From what I know today Horse Rescue Scotland put the video up on social media of when I was collected from my old place and brought to Horse Rescue Scotland.


I hope that it was not too distressing for people to see. I know I look really bad in the film. It is the true state of my health at the time. It is probably best that people know I am a bit better now and they are looking back on it rather than seeing it on the day. That would just be a worry for anyone. I keep thanking my lucky stars that I am here now. I do not feel hungry or thirsty in the way that I was and I have a safe warm stable and my friend Summer is with me. There are lots of people helping me and I am a lucky, lucky horse.   If I could just find a way to help with the cost of my recovery I would but I cannot work or anything at the moment. I am a true charity case…..

Friday
The man who assesses me came today. I’m starting to quite enjoy these visits. I kind of want to show him how well I am doing. I believe he is my guardian angel. I think I will call him that as a term of endearment. I don’t worry at all when he visits because I know I am putting on weight and my score must be going up from the original score of 2.


Saturday
This seems to be a kind of day off for me. The place is buzzing with horses, ponies and riders all enjoying themselves. I’m looking forward to joining in with all the fun. Everyone seems keen to meet me when I am out of isolation as I can hear them all ask how I am. “I’m getting a lot better” I snicker to them in the other barn; I do hope they hear me. I call out to the ponies and horses and they have been calling back, so I have been a bit quieter this week.


Sunday
My guardian angel came again today. I wonder if he said I could get my rug off this week. If it was him it was a good call because it has been quite hot this week. It’s also lovely just to be able to have a wee scratch if I get an itch. Lol. I have a bit of a skin condition on my hind quarters so I hope the air will help make it better. If not I will probably need some medicine or cream. Hey did you see it on the video? It was not pretty at all!


Guess who also came back to work on my behaviour….yes indeed the lady with the linseed pellets. We played more games of trust and I think I did better today. She did seem pleased with me. I like the Equine Behaviour Consultant….she is very calm and reassuring. She seems to know what I am thinking even before I do.

I can’t believe that’s another week passed. I’m so appreciative that I have been given a home by Horse Rescue Scotland. I hear they are a new Charity and everyone who works in HRS are volunteers so any money they raise gets spend on me (Zara) and Summer. That’s amazing. I do hope everyone is supporting them with donations. I know money is tight for everyone but if lots of people give a small amount it will really help us get better (#Zara #Summer)

   Monday 2nd June 2014

Its been two weeks now since Mare 02052014 Case ID 0005 aka Zara was brought into our care.   A lot has happened over these two weeks and Zara has come along in great leaps and bounds.    In order to make this a little bit different, we thought that it would be nice to see what a lifestyle change has been from the Mares prospective.

Diary of a Rescued Horse Zara Week 1

Monday
Today something quite exciting happened. The people from Horse Rescue Scotland came to see me.  There was 1 man and 3 ladies. I felt very important as I could hear them all talking about me. They were looking at me all over and I felt quite self-conscious as I know I look odd at the back end and I’m a lot thinner than I should be for my height. I felt like a movie star in a way as the man was filming me. They seemed quite kind and then I saw a horse trailer. What did all this mean? I did not know why or where I was going but I thought I would go with the flow and play along. I was not really very happy where I had been living recently and I had not seen my owner for quite some time. I was feeling really hungry and thirsty and I spied 1 lovely big hay net in the trailer so I thought I would just walk on to the trailer and sample the goods. After all it was a free “all you can eat” buffet. That hay net had my name on it YUMEE

Then my friend went onto the other side of the trailer and we went on a road trip. When we stopped at the other end guess what? It was a palace. Yip, me and my friend had “arrived” there was a big fancy stable with a big comfy bed, enough crystal clear water to fill a swimming pool, and yes you guessed it….more of that lovely hay all wrapped up in a fancy hay net. All for little me.

 

Tuesday
It was very early when the first man came in in the morning which was great because I had scoffed 2 large hay nets overnight, I had also drank loads of water. I had no idea how thirsty and hungry I had been. He was very nice too and he gave me fresh hay and water. I was quite unsure and nervous about everything so I did not really want anyone to put a head collar on me or touch my rug. I fidgeted and turned away when he tried to put the head collar on and would not let him do it. He cleaned out my stable and gave me a nice big fresh bed. Luxury. I let him groom me a little but not for too long then I wanted my rug back on and back to my hay net. I called out for other horses but it was only me and my friend so I settled back down to eat. He came back again at lunch and dinner time to make sure I had a full hay net and clean water. Its amazing how much I am eating and drinking. I’m a wee bit embarrassed tbh.

Later in the evening I could hear children and other ponies in the distance. I called to them and they answered back. I could hear one of the instructors chuckling and calling me and my friend the “chatty Cathy’s”. A nice lady came and tucked me up for the night making sure I had fresh water and hay.


Wednesday
The man came early again; he’s great at this stuff. Always on time just when I need a refill of water and hay. I was feeling a bit calmer today so I let him take the rug off and groom me some more. No head collar though…..not yet. That takes too much of my trust. I will get there ….but not today.

Happy to eat my hay and drink my clean water….ooh this is the life. The man made me a lovely clean bed and I find it so comfy to sleep on J He came back again at lunch with more hay and again at dinner time. There’s always food and clean water it’s like being in a horse hotel.

There seems to be plenty going on here but I just can’t see it, I can hear stuff though. There seems to be lots of different horses and ponies so it will be great to make new friends. All in good time I’m quite contented for now being pampered. I can actually feel I am beginning to chill out. The lady came again in the evening making sure I had fresh water and hay and tucked me up for the night, she is lovely.

The man who came to collect me from my old yard came to see me today. He was really nice to me and just smiled and chatted from a distance.


Thursday

I’m starting to get into the swing of things here. There is always someone to take good care of me every day in the morning, lunchtime, afternoon and evening. I get to eat lots and drink plenty. No one seems to be asking me to do anything which is lovely. I’m starting to relax and feel a bit better in myself. I don’t mind being groomed but I don’t really want my back hooves picked up so I avoid that for now and well….the head collar thingy….I guess that’s my room 101. The people keep trying but I’m just not too sure yet. My friend lets them put a head collar on her so maybe one day…..but not today….not yet.


Friday

I had 2 new visitors today other than my grooms.   The Farrier checked my hooves and has taken my measurements for when I am out of “Isolation”. He said I will have remedial corrective shoes. All new and made just for me. They will help me to walk better and level up my back end (remember I told you I was a bit embarrassed about that). That will be amazing. It’s been a while since I’ve had nice new shoes. Can’t wait. A girl always looks better in new shoes. Carrie Bradshaw look out.

The second visitor was very special. He had a bonding session with me and he had lovely fresh carrots. I felt so loved and special. He had a lot of things he wanted to look at and try with me so I was fairly happy to go along with it. Turning, back up, cuddles. I really relaxed and let my worries flow away. Guess what….I let him put a head collar on me. Yes I did. It was no biggy….after all my worries. He put it on then took it off then gave me a carrot and said I was a good girl. Yippee a milestone for me. I feel so brave and contented.  Now for more hay…..


Saturday

Wow, what a buzz…the place came alive early with children and adults all riding and having fun. I could hear them and it sounded amazing. I think there are lots of happy ponies and horses here. They must be out in fields or something because me and my friend seem to be the only ones in stables at night in our area. Ok so now I know I’m in isolation but it won’t be for too long. Only the groom came right in to see me. I had a lovely groom and massage; it was a lady that I had not seen before. I got my new hay, water and bed…just right. The lady showed me the head collar a lot but did not try to put it on I thought we were playing a game. It was quite fun.

A lady came and took my photo today, it was the lady who had collected me, I was quite inquisitive. Have you seen the photo? I think she put it on Facebook, I’m famous now lol x

 

Sunday

I got a new name today Zara J It was kind people who donated £1 per name entry to help me get better. The name was picked from a hat. It was a Committee member from Horse Rescue Scotland who selected the name from all the names that had been put in. I think I will like being a Zara. Sounds like quite a posh name to me. Thank you to everyone who has been so kind to me and given me this lovely name. Ooh and BTW I have gained weight and feel a lot better for it.

 

The place was buzzing again but the best news was my new name. Zara……Zara…..Zara…..yes I love it!