Monday, 12 June 2017

Eggsy has a visitor

Last week's National Best Friend Day coincided with a UK general election and amongst all the excitement this blog post didn't get published so we'll make up for it now:



Eggsy has lots of friends online, we follow one another on Twitter (you'll find Eggsy @eggsypony if you're on Twitter and would like to follow him). We retweet one another, which really helps the story of Eggsy's abandonment get out to the world, and we sometimes get to chat to one another. 

But, we don't usually get the opportunity to meet in person. All that changed the other week when one of Eggsy's  long term friends and supporters @NurseMorland  was able to pop in and see him.


If there's one thing Eggsy's equine friend Boo has taught him it's not to be backward in coming forward when a human visits. 


Why? Because they may come bearing treats!

Lots of yummy treats ~ apples, carrots and extra strong mints, thank you Philomena.

@NurseMorland proved to be such a popular visitor that when she popped back to see Eggsy on her return journey, 


although caught napping,



 he quickly responded with a "Hello" 
(and "a what have you got for me?")

Thank you Philomena for a lovely visit and 
your continued support for Eggsy.

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




Thursday, 25 May 2017

3500 Followers for Abandoned Foal Eggsy on Twitter


We're thrilled to announce that Eggsy now has 3,500 Twitter followers @eggsypony 

That's 3,500 people who have potentially heard his story and now know of the plight of many abandoned equines here in the UK. We hope that by raising public awareness more of these horses can be saved.

Thank you everyone for following Eggsy your support is very much appreciated.

While we're here on the blog we'd also like to thank those who have recently donated towards Eggsy's care, it's your continued support that allows us to keep going. 

Thank you Elizabeth Love, Philomena Moreland, Karen Gimson, Yvonne Gibbons, Sarah Mirawolski, Louise Taggart, Christine King and to our anonymous friend.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

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


Thursday, 18 May 2017

5 things about Eggsy as a foal


1. Eggsy is a Gypsy pony, his mother gave birth to him whilst tethered a practice that goes against equine welfare tethering recommendations which state that:

" Very young, old, sick, pregnant or nursing equines should not be tethered (eg. not under 1 year, not in last 3rd of pregnancy, not with foals at foot."

2. We don't know who Eggsy's mother was but we have actually met his sire, a beautiful black and white stallion named Bobby.

3. Eggsy suffers from upward fixation of the patella, locking stifles. It was quite severe when he was first rescued, he actually dragged his hind legs behind him, fortunately it's getting better as he gets older and stronger.

4. The person who purchased Eggsy and subsequently abandoned him, chose him before he was weaned, she paid for him in installments and we're told that she visited him frequently, played with him making a "right old fuss of him". The breeder thought he'd got a good home for this foal.

5. Eggsy spent a few days living in a kitchen.

His owners had arranged for their ponies to go into temporary livery while they moved house, a horse lorry turned up at their home and everyone believed that the ponies had gone into livery. Not all of them had, for some reason they had decided that Eggsy wasn't moving with them. No one really knows for sure what happened to Eggsy between the time of their ponies going into livery and him being found abandoned but horse dung in the kitchen provides a pretty good clue!

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, 15 May 2017

A day in the life of rescue pony Eggsy


Okay I'll be honest and admit that I'm not that great at 
getting up in the mornings
but


my BFF Boo and I always make an effort to be waiting 
at the gate when our humans arrive.

Because that way 


we can make sure we get the first pile of haylage.

While we're all busy munching the humans fill up our water buckets, water being essential not only for drinking 
but for washing messy muzzles !


Eventually they bring us what we've all been waiting patiently for, well Boo isn't always patient 
sometimes he shouts at them to hurry up,


proper breakfast ~ nomnom.

After breakfast we mostly go back to munching haylage,


We might shoot the breeze a little with friends,


do a little bird watching, 


or


play awhile.

Then it's time for 



lunch ~ nomnom.

The afternoons are pretty much the same as the mornings, 
though sometimes


I get to go for a walk. 
They say I'm supposed to be learning my manners but I know really I'm just supposed to be eating the grass.

After my grazing er walking expedition I might have 



a little roll before


dinner ~ nomnom.

Then we spend most of the evening munching on haylage before it's time to get some


ZZZZZZZZ

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, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Eggsy hopes everyone is having a lovely Easter weekend 


with lots of extra carrots for equines and chocolate for humans!


Having spent weeks deciding what to wear when the big day arrived Eggsy discovered that he'd lost his Easter bonnet.


Fortunately after an extensive search he found it just in the nick of time to


wish you all a very 
Happy Easter.

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, 1 March 2017

Worming Eggsy the rescue pony



Winter de-worming against encysted small redworm is an essential part of horsekeeping, in their encysted state small red worms do not show up in a worm count. An over burden can cause damage to the intestinal wall which will prevent the absorption of nutrients and can cause diarrhoea. Plus a large number of small worms emerging from their cysts all at the same time can cause a horse to colic. 



As it's also tapeworm de-wormer time we chose Equest Pramox horse wormer, this is a combination wormer that contains both Moxidectin for the encysted small redworm and Praziquental which controls all three types of equine tapeworm. Equest Pramox also treats the other types of equine worms eg. strongyles and ascarids plus bots which are actually the larvae of the botfly.

You'll be pleased to know that Eggsy was an absolute gentleman about taking his wormer which is great as not all equines are!

Many thanks Bronwyn for sponsoring Eggsy's wormer.

Thanks are also due to Elizabeth Love, Christine King, Liz Kettley and our anonymous friend for their kind donations towards Eggsy's essential care.

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, 22 February 2017

Vitamins for the Rescue Pony ~ Eggsy samples Spillers Daily Balancer

If you've been following Eggsy's journey since abandonment you'll know one thing for sure about him ~ he loves his food!

 Eggsy's diet is mainly foraged based with ad-lib haylage plus his daily hard feeds but the thing with hay and haylage is that the mineral content is only as good as the soil it is grown in. If the soil is deficient in certain minerals the forage will also be deficient and as we all know the correct balance of vitamins and minerals are essential for good health. 

With this in mind we were pretty pleased when we were contacted on behalf of Spillers to see if we would be interested in trying Eggsy on one of their balancers, a sort of horsey multi vitamin / mineral supplement. Of course we said, "Yes please!"

Firstly, we had a conversation with one of Spillers in house nutritionists about Eggsy and what he was being fed. It was decided that 200grams of Spillers Daily Balancer would ensure that Eggsy was getting the essential nutrients that might possibly be missing from his forage. A few days later we took delivery of a bag of the balancer plus a bag of Spillers Happy Hoof to mix it with.



Spillers Daily Balancer is designed to balance the nutrients that are often low in pasture, hay and haylage. It contains a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, plus additional biotin for hoof health. It's the equine equivalent of human vitamin and mineral supplements, and because it doesn't cause weight gain it was to be fed in addition to Eggsy's usual meals mixed with a couple of handfuls of the Happy Hoof.



As you can all imagine, Eggsy was delighted to be getting this additional feed, his only disappointment being that 200grams + a couple of handfuls of Happy Hoof isn't very much. He would have far preferred more!



And of course we were equally delighted knowing that Eggsy was receiving all the essential nutrients he needs for his health. Thank you Spillers for providing Eggsy with his vits!


For more information on Spillers balancers please visit www.spillers-feeds.com alternatively speak to one of their knowledgeable nutritional advisers by calling Spillers Care-line on 01908 226626.    

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, 6 February 2017

What to do with Eggsy ~ the plan


It's been 19 months now since Eggsy was abandoned as a foal, chucked away by heartless owners, left to starve. 19 months since we started a GoFundMe to help with his keep as we just could not afford anymore equines but nobody else would give him a life. 

Horses, ponies, equines they're a long term commitment. 

So where do we go from here?

Well over the next few years, yes YEARS, Eggsy has lots of lessons to learn properly:



How to lead

To behave when tied up




To be a good boy for the farrier & for us when we pick out his feet

Patience whilst being groomed etc

How to load & unload into a horsebox / trailer

To be well behaved whilst having a bath

He also needs to have lots of adventures, to see new things, get used to crowds, new horses, traffic.

We'll be doing all of these things with him over the next few years and then when he is 4 years old he will be backed, very lightly then turned away until his 5 when he will begin his lessons as a ridden pony. 

So that's the plan, Eggsy's school curriculum, nothing is written in stone, there is no forced schedule, he will be taught all he needs to know as and when he is both physically and mentally developed enough to learn. 

Oh and somewhere along the line he will be gelded, we don't want anymore Gypsy stallions adding to the UK equine crisis.

Horses, ponies, equines they're a long term commitment!

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




  

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Rescue Pony say's Thank You

So yesterday was International Thank You Day
 and
we'd like to say thank you  to all of Eggsy's friends and followers
for
helping Eggsy develop from this poor half starved abandoned foal


to this happy healthy (all be it a bit muddy) 2 year old


We couldn't have got this far without all your encouragement, shares on social media and your financial assistance. Enormous thanks and gratitude, from the bottom of our hearts, to each and everyone of you.

Eggsy owes some Christmas & Birthday thank you letters to anonymous donators to his GoFundMe and to:

Carol Ritchie & her horses Lotti & Brandi

Darryl Howieson

Philomena Moreland

Elizabeth Love

Diane Salek

Norfolk Bea 

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, 1 January 2017

Happy 2nd Birthday Eggsy


Most equines are like the Queen in that they have two birthdays, an actual date they were born birthday and an official birthday of January 1st.

We don't know Eggsy's date of birth, we were told that he was sold at age 6 months to the people who went on to dump him a few weeks later. But there was some speculation as to whether or not he was over 6 months old when we found him so much so that our vet decided to passport him as a 2015 foal.

So Eggsy only get's one birthday and today's the day, January 1st, that he officially turns 2. 

Happy Birthday Eggsy!

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
 



Happy New Year



Welcome 2017

Three Hundred and Sixty-five new days, neatly parceled into weeks, months, seasons. A chunk of time, of life......
                                                                                                                           Phyllis Nicholson


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