We have been receiving some wonderful letters and emails from our new loaners and we wanted to share a few with you, including this great endorsement from Debbie Percy, who is loaning our beautiful skewbald Cob gelding Ares.
Ares is a real character and we have been training him over the last couple of years as a ridden horse. His backing went well and Debbie, who lives near Exmouth, has been singing his praises. Here’s what she had to say:
“I feel so lucky to loan Ares. Having lost my confidence completely after several nasty falls from my now retired mare, I realised I really needed a horse to restore my confidence and remind me that riding was fun. After looking with no success I had pretty much given up when a friend tagged me into a post on Facebook telling me that Ares was available for loan.
“I completed the form and promptly forgot about it as I assumed he would be hugely popular. I think he was, but amazingly I got the call to ask if I would be interested in loaning him!
“On the first visit I wasn’t sure – he was a bit grumpy and nappy! Apparently he didn’t appreciate being ridden whilst the other ponies had their tea – poor chap! But by half way into the second visit and a hack out along the lanes I was already smitten.
“I also discovered that he wasn’t a grump after all, but rather a lovely friendly chap. The six visits the Sanctuary insist on for ridden horses were perfect. I had lots of time to ask so many questions and try him in many different situations – schooling indoors and outdoors, on the flat and over some poles, hacking alone and in company, and near busy traffic! I passed my home check, and completed all the paperwork and on the sixth visit I bought him home.
“He quickly settled into life on the yard and he and my horse Valdi have become firm friends – they make me laugh every day with their antics. He is such a character and at only just six, very well behaved…on the whole! We have taken things slowly, mainly hacking and a little schooling with a couple of outings to a novice XC clinic where he really didn’t put a foot wrong.
“I love him to bits. And everyone at the Mare & Foal Sanctuary were so helpful and friendly throughout the whole process, I would thoroughly recommend loaning from them.”
If you would like to share your adventures with a Sanctuary horse or pony please email firstname.lastname@example.org, including photos.
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