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 






Friday, 12 January 2018

Eggsy's Thank You Letters


Dear Bronwyn, Elizabeth, Christine, Helen, Philomena, Tina, Nancy, Diane, Pernille and Anonymous friends,

Thank you ever so much for my Christmas and Birthday monies which have been spent wisely on lots of lovely forage, hard feed, carrots and mints.

I've had a lovely time eating all my goodies.

Sending you all best wishes for a wonderful 2018.

Love from 
Eggsy Pony x

Also thank you to everyone who has bought something from my shop, your purchase has helped to feed me and enabled us to send 10% of proceeds to Bodmin Moorland Pony Rehabilitation to help with their vet bills

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 




Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy 3rd Birthday Eggsy Pony


January 1st and as we don't actually know Eggsy's real date of birth he shares the "official" Thoroughbred birthday of his field mate Boo.

3 today!

It's going to be a busy year Eggsy, lots more lessons on how to conduct oneself in public and when the weather improves there's the little matter of  castration to arrange. But for now enjoy the sunshine & the birthday carrots x 


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, 31 December 2017

A look at Eggsy's year ~ 2017



2017 kicked off with Eggsy's 2nd (official) birthday, we don't actually know his real date of birth so he gets to celebrate with the Thoroughbreds on 1st January 



In February we made long term plans for educating Eggsy



March and time to sort out those encysted small redworm an essential part of horse care   


Easter 2017 was in April 




May & we took a look at a day in the life of a rescue pony 



Eggsy had a visitor in June 



July was a difficult month what with Houdini Eggsy & the theft of our vehicle which was thankfully recovered 



August saw the adventures of destructor pony!



Incredibly September passed without a single photograph of Eggsy being taken we made up for it in October though when we managed to get some adorable pics of him literally lying in his breakfast! 


November saw the launch of Eggsy's fundraising blog shop 


and then it was Christmas !

31st December,
Old Year's Night, 
New Year's Eve 
and we present a random selection of Eggsy photographs grabbed from each month without thinking too much about the choice ~ so nice to look back on 2017.

We do something similar each year so if you'd like you can see Eggsy's 
2016 by clicking here
and
2015 by clicking here

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.


Thank you, Eggsy and I really appreciate it x

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Boxing Day ~ The feast day of St Stephen


December 26th the day after Christmas, we in the UK know it as Boxing Day others the feast of St Stephen, patron Saint of horses. In recent years it's become almost synonymous with the post Christmas sales but it wasn't always like that.

It was once the day when alms boxes were emptied and gifts of money, collected throughout the year, distributed amongst the poorer folk of the community. 

St Stephen's day was a day when one helped those less fortunate than oneself, remember the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas?


Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even,

How he and his page gathered fuel & food to give a poor man warmth and a feast?

Ye who now shall bless the poor, shall yourself find blessing.

Wouldn't it be a little bit marvellous to help some horses on this day, St Stephen's Day, the patron saint of horses day? Especially as this year it also happens to fall on a #CharityTuesday.

So we'll be sending our donation from sales in Eggsy Pony Shop over to Bodmin Moorland Pony Rehabilitation to help toward their horrendous vet bills following an outbreak of strangles. You probably have your own favourite horse rescue who would be very grateful for a little financial assistance at this time of year when feed costs soar. 

Let's make it a new Boxing Day tradition to give to the horses!

 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



Monday, 25 December 2017

Have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas



"This Christmas:

Mend a quarrel.
Seek out a forgotten friend.
Write a love letter.
Share some treasure.
Give a soft answer.
Encourage youth.
Keep a promise.
Find the time.
Forgive an enemy.
Listen.
Apologize if you were wrong.
Think first of someone else.
Be kind and gentle.
Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.
Express your gratitude.
Gladden the heart of a child.
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.
Speak your love. Speak it again.
Speak it still once again. "
                                                           Anonymous

Merry Christmas everyone xx

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.


Thank you, Eggsy and I really appreciate it x