Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Catch up


If truth be known I've been putting off writing this blog post, June was taken up with the sudden and catastrophic onset of illness in our very first rescue pony Murphy.

 At just 9 years old, his 9th birthday was on 31st May, Murphy, for no apparent reason, suffered a rectal prolapse which eventually proved to be inoperable and he was PTS on 27th June.


I'm not going to go into details, most of you will know them from Twitter anyway, but we received poor advice from the original vet who came out to see Murph which at the time gave us hope of saving him. We raised the money with the help of many caring people which was spent on unnecessary treatment that we eventually discovered, via a consultation with another vet from a different practice, was never and could never have helped. 

We're devastated. 


Since Murphy's death Eggsy has been acting up again, his broken a few fence posts escaping his paddock and even causing (minor) injury to one of the other horses. Eggsy needs gelding but with the current heatwave and lacking stabling that's not really a safe option for him at the moment. Too many flies around to have the open wounds that castration leave which in a worse case scenario could lead to infection and fly strike. 

Our forage crisis continues, we're still being supplied the half usual weight bales at the big bale price, thus doubling our forage costs, I'm told it will be another 6 weeks before this year's cut is ready to sell. In addition to that the heatwave & drought has finished off the grass so no grazing to help reduce costs now. 


So not a very cheery catch up I'm afraid. Hopefully next time we'll have happier news.

Eggsy is due a visit from the farrier this Friday 13th, (hope that's not a bad omen!),  if anyone would like to sponsor his trim we'd be most grateful. 



About Eggsy:

Eggsy is a rescue pony he was abandoned and left to starve by his owners as a foal. His care is funded by donations.

You can read the story of his abandonment here: About Eggsy Pony

Would you like to help Eggsy? 

Eggsy has a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for his care, we'd be really grateful if you'd go take a look, share it far and wide via your social media and of course if you can spare some money please donate.

Help Raise Abandoned Foal Eggsy ~ GoFundMe

Thank you, Eggsy and I really appreciate it x


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

How we're coping with our forage crisis ~ an update on feeding rescue pony Eggsy


We're hugely grateful to those that rallied to help pay for Eggsy's feed when the 2018 hay shortage effectively doubled our costs. This post is to update you on how we're coping.

Firstly huge thanks to all who donated to buy forage for Eggsy, you gave us the breathing space we needed to come up with a plan. Finding twice as much money to pay for forage just wasn't about to happen anytime soon, we wouldn't have a GoFundMe for Eggsy if it was that simple, and the price, or in our case size of bales, isn't going to change until the 2018 crop is ready if then, we all desperately need a good hay harvest this year. So what to do?

Well there are a number of different feeds that can be used as forage replacers, mostly they aren't economically viable and of course you have to be very careful when it comes to changing an equines feed. However there was one type of feed that we've always fed that is very economical ~ sugar beet pulp, and this can be used to replace up to a third of forage. It's often used as a forage replacer for old horses with dental issues as it has to be soaked and that makes it nice and soft to eat. 



But if we were to increase the quantities of beet as used in our usual feeding regime which includes alfalfa, oats etc we'd be increasing costs even more. So we took a look at good old fashioned bran. Now as some of you will know it was once common practice to give hard working horses a bran mash once a week but that has fallen out of favour for a number of reasons that I won't go into here. Suffice it to say that bran isn't that great when fed by itself but mix it with soaked sugar beet pulp and you have a feed that's nutritionally sound, a feed that horses love, that's economical and can be used to replace part of their forage ration.



So that's what we're doing, as well as the usual hard feeds we're giving extra feeds of beet and bran to slightly reduce the amount of forage we have to feed. This has reduced costs a little, not a huge amount as obviously we have to buy extra beet and the bran but it is a little cheaper. In addition there's some grazing, sadly not enough but Eggsy is getting some daily grass now which also means that we don't have to feed quite as much hay / haylage as we did earlier in the year.



To sum things up, we've managed to reduce our reliance on expensive forage slightly, it's still costing more than ever before but we're hoping that a good harvest will eventually see prices falling back to affordable levels. In the meantime it's still a financial struggle just not quite so scary as it was about a month ago. 

Thanks are owed to Philomena, Diane and an anonymous supporter for their recent contributions to Eggsy's hay drive. 


About Eggsy:

Eggsy is a rescue pony he was abandoned and left to starve by his owners as a foal. His care is funded by donations.



You can read the story of his abandonment here: About Eggsy Pony

Would you like to help Eggsy? 

Eggsy has a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for his care, we'd be really grateful if you'd go take a look, share it far and wide via your social media and of course if you can spare some money please donate.

Help Raise Abandoned Foal Eggsy ~ GoFundMe

Thank you, Eggsy and I really appreciate it x





Monday, 7 May 2018

Eggsy writes his first review



Eggsy's friend and benefactor @NurseMoreland  visited last weekend, it was bitterly cold and we were deep in mud. A week later and the weather is similar to her first visit last year ~ what a difference a week makes!

Anyway, Nurse Moreland arrived with lots of goodies and as Miss Darcey Puffle Dog wrote a review about her gift Eggsy has decided that he should too:

Carrots ~ so fresh and crunchy #nomnomnom

Apples ~ Delicious and so juicy, the juice ran down my chinny chin chin.

Extra Strong Mints ~ Perfect for after dinner  (or before dinner, or just for dinner!)


Thank you Philo, Dick and "the Kids" for taking a detour to visit us and for your kindness and generosity. Hope the weather is going to be kinder next time you visit.

About Eggsy:

Eggsy is a rescue pony he was abandoned and left to starve by his owners as a foal. His care is funded by donations.

Would you like to help Eggsy? 

Eggsy has a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for his care, we'd be really grateful if you'd go take a look, share it far and wide via your social media and of course if you can spare some money please donate.

Help Raise Abandoned Foal Eggsy ~ GoFundMe

Thank you, Eggsy and I really appreciate it x




Sunday, 22 April 2018

Hay shortage 2018 doubling Eggsy's feed costs


Beginning to feel like all we talk about here on Eggsy's blog is hay, haylage, but, there's a nationwide forage shortage at the moment. The high rainfall during late summer and autumn of last year prevented additional cuts of hay / haylage / silage which has resulted in less available forage, that, and a higher demand for forage, again due to wet weather conditions, has sent the price soaring.



What a shock we had with our latest forage delivery, the bales were less than half the weight of our usual supplies effectively doubling the cost.



As we don't have enough pasture to supply all of Eggsy and his equine friends nutritional needs we have to feed forage all year round so this has come as a devastating blow to us. Imagine if you went to do your weekly food shop and found that everything had doubled in price. This is likely to last for several months until the new 2018 hay is ready, if there is a good crop the prices will hopefully fall again, if not then it will remain high. 

At the moment I don't know how / if we can ride this out, as you know we couldn't afford to finance Eggsy ourselves and depend upon donations to cover the cost of his care. We have had the most wonderful support offered these past few days with huge thanks being owed to:

Elizabeth, Christine, Norma, Lisa, Susan, Sally, Nancy, Amina, Pernille, Eleonore and several Eggsy friends who prefer to remain anonymous.

But can we sustain this during the coming months? What's to be done if we can't? Those are the questions giving me sleepless nights at the moment!


About Eggsy:

Eggsy is a rescue pony he was abandoned and left to starve by his owners as a foal. His care is funded by donations.



You can read the story of his abandonment here: About Eggsy Pony

Would you like to help Eggsy? 

Eggsy has a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for his care, we'd be really grateful if you'd go take a look, share it far and wide via your social media and of course if you can spare some money please donate.

Help Raise Abandoned Foal Eggsy ~ GoFundMe

Thank you, Eggsy and I really appreciate it x




Monday, 9 April 2018

Too wet a winter


It's been difficult to think of anything to blog about other than the abject misery of mud caused by the seemingly never ending precipitation in one form or another. It's heartbreaking seeing your animals in such conditions knowing that there's little you can do to make life more comfortable for them than to keep their bellies full. At the moment there doesn't seem to be any light on the horizon with another mainly wet week forecast. If this is what we're facing with climate change British horse owners are going to have to learn new ways of management.

Times are going to be tough even when the weather improves, there's a forage shortage now meaning rising prices (if you can find any to buy), fields will need repair as will fencing. Some of our fence posts are rotting in the water logged conditions.

See why I haven't wanted to blog? I really don't want to moan & whine all the time!

"Don't let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don't whine. You can be brought low, that's OK, but don't be reduced by them. Just say, "That's life." Maya Angelou

Anyway Eggsy & I have much to be grateful for, your help spreading his story and your financial assistance which has been an absolute godsend with the rising price of forage. I honestly don't know how we'd manage without you.

We have some overdue thank you's for Christine, Philo, Nancy, Norma, Emily, Elizabeth and our anonymous friends it's your generosity that has got Eggsy through these last few weeks. 

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." Maya Angelou


About Eggsy:

Eggsy is a rescue pony he was abandoned and left to starve by his owners as a foal. His care is funded by donations.

Would you like to help Eggsy? 

Eggsy has a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for his care, we'd be really grateful if you'd go take a look, share it far and wide via your social media and of course if you can spare some money please donate.

Help Raise Abandoned Foal Eggsy ~ GoFundMe

Thank you, Eggsy and I really appreciate it x 






Saturday, 10 February 2018

Why rescue pony Eggsy needs more forage



I've been going on for months now about needing to feed more forage, "central heating for horses", during the winter months so considering how cold it is out there today I thought I should probably explain why.

Basically horses maintain their core body temperature via the heat produced during the digestion process of long stemmed forage ~ hay / haylage. This heat is produced as the forage is fermented by microbes in the gut. 

Each individual horse requires a certain amount of food a day, approximately 2% of their body weight, to maintain weight, condition and body warmth. As the weather gets colder a certain point is reached, the lower critical temperature (LCT) which varies depending on the temperatures horses are used to living in, when they will start to use more energy to maintain body temperature. If that energy is not provided by food they will lose weight and condition whilst the body tries to keep warm.  

Therefore when it gets cold horses need to be fed more forage or they are going to lose weight, the colder it gets the more weight they will lose. When it gets really, really cold with wind, rain, snow etc the need for more forage can actually double, (you can get more detailed information in this article here), which of course means that feed costs would double too.



This is the coldest winter Eggsy has experienced so far and he is eating loads more than usual, typically forage prices have risen and with people still recovering from Christmas expenditure donations are down, so right now any help via a donation or purchase from Eggsy's shop would be greatly appreciated. 




A big thank you to Norfolk Bea and Philomena who have already donated this month.

About Eggsy:

Eggsy is a rescue pony he was abandoned and left to starve by his owners as a foal. His care is funded by donations.

Would you like to help Eggsy? 

Eggsy has a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for his care, we'd be really grateful if you'd go take a look, share it far and wide via your social media and of course if you can spare some money please donate.

Help Raise Abandoned Foal Eggsy ~ GoFundMe

Thank you, Eggsy and I really appreciate it x 





Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Eggsy's January


So here we are the last day of January 2018 and what a month it has been!


It's mostly been about weather some days have been so cold that the ice on the water has been re-freezing as soon as it's been cleared. So cold that I've been wearing two coats. 


So cold that lots of extra feed has been given.


Other days it's been so warm that I've been working in a t shirt, although those days they have been few and far between. But mostly it's been rain, rain and more rain with some of the highest rainfall in years.


The land is saturated, our track down to the horses is impassable in a vehicle, I had to be towed out back in December,  which means I have to carry all their forage, hard feed and water down to them by hand. Can't even use a barrow in this mud. Walking in mud is exhausting, carrying heavy feed stuffs and containers of water is exhausting. 

I'm really rather tired. 

Eggsy and friends are weathering the weather with their usual cheerful demeanor's. Always delighted to see the arrival of more food and what a lot of food they're getting though. So Eggsy and I are even more grateful than usual, if that's possible, for the help purchasing feed via your donations

Thank you Elizabeth and our anonymous friend for your January donations they have helped keep Eggsy warm this month, forage being central heating for horses. 

It's hailing now, great big lumps of ice falling from the sky - more "central heating" required! 

About Eggsy:

Eggsy is a rescue pony he was abandoned and left to starve by his owners as a foal. His care is funded by donations.

Would you like to help Eggsy? 

Eggsy has a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for his care, we'd be really grateful if you'd go take a look, share it far and wide via your social media and of course if you can spare some money please donate.

Help Raise Abandoned Foal Eggsy ~ GoFundMe

Thank you, Eggsy and I really appreciate it x