Meet the ponies
MontyMonty the 16 year old New Forest pony first came to the sanctuary as a youngster, having been ridden too young by his previous owners.
Once he was older and had been re-trained, Monty became a lovely, safe hacking pony. Monty has been out on loan twice but tends to be difficult to handle, so now remains at the sanctuary with his friends.
PaddyPaddy is a four year old small gypsy cob who came from a lady who had rehomed him. Paddy is very sweet, gentle and calm, with a really willing attitude. He has a lot of admirers! Paddy is slowly getting used to all of the things he will need to know once he is ridden.
ReggieReggie is a little long-term resident pony who is about 14 or 15 years old. Reggie used to have severe food aggression and would attack people, but has improved a lot; nowadays he is very relaxed and will often lie down next to people! Reggie is very friendly but prefers being one-on-one with a person, rather than with large groups.
RomeoRomeo is a 10 year old gypsy cob who was handed over by his previous owner. She had rescued him and he was nervous of new people and situations. Romeo has a strong fear of the farrier due to being kicked and hit by one in the past, so requires sedation to have his feet done. He is currently being clicker trained to build new positive experiences about having his feet trimmed.
SimbaSimba came to us about six years ago, as his owner no longer had time for him. Simba was extremely fat when he arrived and today we joke that he looks like a Friesian-Holstein cow! Despite his appearance, he is probably a Shetland x gypsy cob. Simba has never been ridden and lives with our retirement herd. He has a wonderful cheeky character and often acts the clown.
StormStorm has had quite a few homes. He has a scar on his hind leg from when he had got his leg trapped in a cattle grid as a youngster. His last home was very good to him but when he was professionally backed, he kept bucking, throwing the trainer off. He came to us for rehabilitation as his owner didn’t have the time required. He now lets Val's six year old granddaughter ride on him at walk on the lead rein.
TillyTilly is a three year old gypsy cob who came to the sanctuary as a yearling. Tilly is generally very sweet, but she definitely has a cheeky side!
Tilly can get overwhelmed easily and sometimes become defensive, but she is improving. Tilly is learning about being handled and getting used to all the things she will eventually encounter when she starts to be ridden.