Mother’s Day Gift Idea for a Socially Distanced World

For Mothering Sunday 2021, Remus Horse Sanctuary are offering to include a Mother’s Day card with hand-written personalised message within their sponsorship packages this year, to assist those unable to get out and shop or visit the Post Office during the current lockdown.

This year, Mother’s Day will fall on Sunday 14 March. Under current lockdown rules, non-essential shops such as card and gift shops, restaurants and pubs will remain shut. Indoor socialising will still be banned and people will still be advised to stay at home.

The team at Remus Horse Sanctuary are always looking for creative and imaginative ways to boost fundraising for the charity and the idea of adding a greetings card within the sponsorship package is highly relevant right now. Furthermore, funding continues to be problematic during 2021 and fundraising even more important than normal.

The sponsorship gift packages are popular at the Sanctuary all year round and offer a unique and different type of gift. Once lockdown rules are relaxed later in the year, the Sanctuary will be able to re-open to the public, and sponsors and recipients will be able to visit and meet their animals.

Details of the animals available for sponsorship and dates of all events are shared on the charity’s website at www.remussanctuary.org. To ensure delivery of the pack and greetings card for Mother’s Day, orders should be placed with first class post no later than 12 noon on Thursday 11 March. If orders are placed after this time or on Friday, a voucher can be emailed.

Sue Burton, Founder of the Sanctuary, said: “We find that horses such as the blind mares Holly and Grace and their two youngsters are particularly popular as Mother’s Day gifts due to their own particular stories, and orphans such as Dante and Charlie.”

For further information, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

Autumn Update

We and the animals at Remus have thoroughly enjoyed our Open Days this year – and its desperately unfortunate that we’ve had to cancel our last Open Day of the 2017 Season due to the wet ground. Our animals are all doing very well and have been pleased to meet many of their Sponsors over the Summer. We are so grateful to everyone who sponsors our animals and directly help make a difference to the lives of these animals, and we thought you’d like to know how they’re all getting on!

APOLLO is best friends still with Clyde. Also friends with new horse Justin who is having a lot of trouble with his knee which has been quite swollen for some time now due to arthritic changes.

BERT GOAT is always cheeky and loves playing with Sid. We have managed to control his skin condition much better this year so he has been so much more comfortable.

BLOSSOM & AMBER love moving to their day field and eating all the grass and laying under their favourite tree for shade.

BORIS always appears at food time and eats so much food!! Less of a bully now.

BRACKEN loves playing with Jess and enjoys going out in the fields with the other horses.

CANDY is doing very well and is walking so much better since the laminitis flare-ups have been stopped by her special shoes and laminitic specific management.

CHARLIE 1 loves coming in for his breakfast and, despite being one of the oldest and smallest horses here, is always running around being the boss!

CHARLIE 2 enjoys playing with all his Shetland friends and still loves Dante.

CLYDE loves his life with Apollo and has been very accepting of Justin and allowed him to join him and Apollo.

COCO is still eating well and loves her herbs, especially cleavers. She loves to go out on the grass and enjoy her day.

COCO & WILLIAM remain inseparable, they love going out with all the other donkeys.

DAISY SHEEP has had a good year. She is always the first out to get to the food.

Remus DanteDANTE remains best friends with Charlie 2. It’s hard to believe he is the same pony that came in so desperately sick and close to death.

DAVEY loves Harvey and they have become the very best of friends.

DICKIE is very cheeky and always tries to get to the food!

DOLLY 1 is in love with Justin. She screams for him if he moves out of her sight. Sometimes when she goes out in the morning if Justin is out of sight in the field shelter she gets frantic searching for him!

DOLLY 2 is always at the gate asking for food. Has really settled in now and enjoys her life here.

DOLLY SHEEP still gives staff the runaround and won’t be caught!!

dylanDYLAN loves his food and the problem he had with his foot has now improved.

FOUR SHETLANDS (and Marmite) are all very healthy and often you can see them having a good gallop round the fields.

GRACE enjoys her Shiatsu sessions and loves having the time spent with her. She copes very well with her blindness and loves her new outdoor area.

HARVEY still loves his cuddles but really doesn’t like having his medication!! He loves anything that is edible and will bring things to us for attention.

HOLLY loves the company of people and loves her new outdoor area.

HOVIS remains very cheeky and very nosey!!

JESS is a great escape artist and can be very stubborn but that’s the mule in her!!

JET has been on long-term antibiotics but is feeling much better now.

JOEY still loves to play fight with Blue. It’s lovely to see them together in the field.

Remus LaceyLACEY still loves wandering the yard and the fields doing as she wants when she wants!!

MALIBU is getting on very well but is starting to get very stiff in her front legs.

MARCUS has been very healthy and enjoys his days out with his Shetland friends.

MINSTRAL enjoys being in her grass field and enjoying the nice weather.

MINTY still tries to pinch Scotty’s feed!!

NAPOLEON GOAT The entertainer continues to be cheeky, especially on Open Days!!

PEANUT loves playing with the wheel barrow when staff are clearing dung from the fields.

PEPPER demands when she wants her bed changed and when she wants feeding – she is a girl who knows what she wants and when!!

Remus PippaPIPPA is still the boss in her paddock. The lump in her neck is still there and sadly our vets cannot remove it because of where it is but she’s happy and enjoying herself.

PIPPIN & IVY are just so sweet and are always together and love being with each other.

ROWAN adores her baby despite how big she has become and won’t leave her side. Sheer devotion!

SCOTTY loves to pull faces at Minty and try to scare him off!

SID GOAT loves playing with the staff – but he can be very rough and often terrorises them!!!

SMOKEY enjoys coming in for his food!! He has been very healthy this year.

SPARKEY has had a good summer and is still that little pony who stands in the barn whinnying to anyone walking by.

STIX remains a cheeky and naughty ball of mischief!

TED loves his dinner and is always the first in!!

THOMAS won’t leave Toffee’s side but also loves Blax over the fence.

TOFFEE loves Thomas and won’t leave his side but she too is friendly with Blax over the fence.

Tony GoatTONY GOAT still loves meeting people and being made a fuss of.

TOSCA has had a lot of laminitis issues with his feet and now wears special shoes to try to help him.

WESLEY & SPENCER still love being the naughty boys of the field and love Hovis.

WILLOW is as adoring of her mum as mum is of her.

WINSTON is one of the naughty characters in the field and enjoys his life!

Once again, thank you for all your help and support! If you’d like to sponsor an animal, visit our webpage to find out more.

There is, as ever, much going on at Remus, from caring for and nursing the animals and keeping the fields and buildings in good repair, to all the fundraising work that goes on behind the scenes. If you would like to volunteer, you can find out more and complete the relevant application form here.

There is a terrible horse crisis in the country and we work hard trying to help and rescue as many as possible of those poor horses, ponies and donkeys caught up in the crisis.  There are thousands struggling out there and we are doing as much as we can to help as many as we can.

You can donate to Remus to help with our rescue efforts here.

Feel The Love

Feel the love this Valentine’s Day with Remus Horse Sanctuary and receive a special Valentine’s badge with all new Sponsorship Orders this month!

Sponsor an animal as a gift for your loved one this Valentine’s and you’ll receive a free valentine’s day badge… at no extra cost.

Our Sponsorship Programme is an extremely vital part of our fundraising efforts – you will be contributing directly to the upkeep of the animals we rescue and re-home, to ensure they live out the rest of their days relaxed, happy, loved and nurtured, free from disease and well-fed.  And, by helping to care for the animals we have already saved, you will also be helping us to go on and save more.

You can sponsor one of our animals for just £25 a year, by ordering online right now.  Alternatively, if you prefer, you can sponsor one of our animals for as little as £2 per month, payable by Standing Order. Just download and complete the form and either post it or scan it back to us by email, with your choice of animal.

You can choose your animal to sponsor, order and pay for your Sponsorship online via our Online Shop or download the form and post to us at: Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, Little Farm, Buttsbury, Near Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NZ.

Please, help us to help them!

Take a look at our Sponsorship Programme today!

Animal Update

At last Spring is round the corner! The very wet winter and some very cold nights have made life very difficult for us and the animals here at the Sanctuary especially with all the rain we have had, making the ground saturated, although of course the animals are still kept warm and dry and are looking forward to the Summer!

At the end of last year we had another colt left at our gate who was full of lice and worms and had been dragged from his mother so you can imagine how scared he was.  He was in isolation at first so he could be treated and checked over by the vet.  We put a mirror in his stable so that he would not feel lonely and it was so sad to see him looking at himself wondering where he was.  Thankfully he is gaining in confidence and we have called him Charlie 2; he’s out in the paddock now having fun with with his new friend Dante.

We also took in four riding school horses recently as the school had collapsed financially. There was a total of 12 horses that we found homes for and they are now all settled. Our sponsored animals are all doing very well and we are so grateful to everyone who sponsors our animals and directly help make a difference to the lives of these animals. If you sponsor an animal that is not on this list, please do drop us a line or give us a call for an update.

APOLLO had had a good winter and still likes to check on all the others.  A bit of a ‘mother’ figure, she enjoys being in the barn at night with her friends Guinness and Clyde.

BERT GOAT our vets diagnosed his bad skin condition as a skin complaint prone to pygmy goats, but with the Aloe Vera we applied last Summer he seems to have improved a lot and is happy out with his friends.

BLOSSOM & AMBER gaze around watching all the goings-on.  They still enjoy their peaceful life with plenty of sweet smelling hay and different vegetable treats!

BRACKEN is now a beautiful mare, grown from such a little skinny little foal who was quite ill at the beginning and now a strong and healthy horse who enjoys her days out with Jess (who does enjoy bossing her about!).

CHARLIE is still the smallest bossy pony in the field!  Even the big horses are a bit mindful of him and although one of the oldest, is quite fit and often you see him trotting around chasing the others.

CHARLIE 2 is was the little colt torn from his mother who arrived at our gate thin and full of lice and worms but has really improved recently and is enjoying life out with Dante. They both had similar starts in life and now are happy as can be!

COCO & WILLIAM had a good winter too, enjoying life with the other donkeys although Harvey is still in charge – they don’t seem to mind though as they all snuggle up together at night in thick beds of straw and lots of hay to eat!

DAVEY had a serious operation but he is doing really well and is fit and happy and enjoying being with Harvey, William and Coco out in the fields when the weather is not too cold for them.

DANTE What a character he has become!  Having been left at our gate, close to death, he was brought back to health with continued attention from staff and helpers to give him confidence and is now a lovely looking, spirited little pony.

DYLAN is ‘one of the gang’ now and its hard to tell him apart from the other sheep, but he is soon at the gate at dinner time so that’s when we know it’s him!

FOUR SHETLANDS (and Marmite) have all been healthy during the winter, except Oscar who had a little bout of colic, but he is now eating well and enjoying the company of all the others.  They all have their cosy little rugs on and have regular teeth checks, and feet trimming just like all the other horses at the Sanctuary.

GUINNESS  you may remember that Orchid, the oldest horse in the country and who we lost last year at the age of 52 years, was her best friend and although at first she missed her, she has now become friends with Mallie and they spend their days together.

GRACE has come on really well, has gained in confidence with everyone around her and although she is blind, she is well aware of her surroundings especially now that she and Holly have their own little paddock where they can spend their days grazing until Bracken and Jess return from their play.

HARVEY is still the donkey in charge of the others and is very healthy and happy living with the other donkeys who all seem to love him.

HOLLY had a good winter, gaining in confidence just like Grace.  They are great friends and spend the day together while Jess and Bracken go out to play.  She is very healthy, apart from being blind of course, but looks really well and no doubt looking forward to warmer weather when at last they can feel the sun on their backs!

HOVIS had a good healthy winter and is still in charge of Wesley and Spencer but they all get on really well and snuggle down together each night with lots of hay and delicious dinners.

JESS is still as mischievous as ever especially knowing she is the only mule in the Sanctuary!  She and Bracken spend the days in the field running and bucking and annoying lots of the other horses but then come in at night to their mothers for a lovely dinner and deep beds of straw where they sleep getting their energy to cause more mischief the next day!

LACEY is getting older now, so she stays in a small paddock during the day where she cannot wander too far.  Last year she gashed her face badly and needed stitches and antibiotics but thankfully, with great care and attention from the staff and helpers, she recovered very well.  For an elderly pony she continues to eat well and generally enjoy life!

MARCUS had a good winter with his friends and still enjoys a gallop round the field especially on chilly mornings when he runs and bucks to keep warm!

MINSTRAL has pink skin pigments around her eyes and nose and still has sun cream applied even in Winter on sunny days.  She is still very well, and has a beautifully shiny coat which shows what good condition she is in.

PIPPA had the eye operation which thankfully was successful and she continues to be out in the fields with all the other horses.  It is so nice to see how that operation gave this horse a new life.  She is full of confidence and healthy in all respects.

PIPPIN & IVY have had a lovely winter together with all the other goats and have lovely thick beds of straw and lots of hay and delicious dinners when they come in at night.  They have some new play equipment in their outside pen which they love and have lots of fun climbing over it and sheltering under it when it rains.

PEPPER is still settled in the lovely warm office during the day and far too cold to go hunting at night!  So she stays where there is plenty of food, lots of cuddles from staff and helpers, so why bother going out…

ROWAN had a good winter with Willow, both in lovely warm rugs during the day then in at night to warm cosy stables, plenty of hay and delicious dinners.

SPARKY with the special shoes and veterinary care, the laminitis he suffers from has been managed well and he is enjoying life without too much pain.  You can always hear him whinny when someone comes by as he loves the attention from everyone!

STIX is still the cheeky little boy who likes to torment the others then run away which starts a stampede, but this is what he likes to do!

THOMAS was a bit poorly last winter, this winter he has been quite well, he is a good weight and enjoys the company of all the other horses especially his girlfriend Dolly!

TONY GOAT arrived with an awful torn mouth but after the infection was treated and cleared up, had a good winter enjoying the days with all the other goats – he had to be kept separate for some time because of his injury.

TOSCA  had a good winter and enjoyed being out in the paddock. Although he is getting on in years and his sight is deteriorating, you will see him at dinner time running up and down the fence waiting to come in.

WESLEY & SPENCER live in a stable in the barn with Hovis and you will often see them enjoying the warmth of the solarium.  They are out in the day but enjoy coming in at night to their sweet smelling hay and delicious dinners.

WILLOW lives out with her Mum and has lots of fun with the other horses.  We think she loves Qinter because that means there is lots of lovely mud to roll in while her mother watches her having fun!

Once again, thank you for all your help and support. We  look forward to seeing you at our Open Days starting in May when our sponsored animals will be looking forward to meeting you all again!

 

 

 

 

Show Some Love

Show some love this Valentine’s Day with Remus Horse Sanctuary and take advantage of our special offer!

Sponsor an animal as a gift for your loved one this Valentine’s and you’ll receive a free cuddly toy horse and valentine’s day badge… all at no extra cost.

Our Sponsorship Programme is a vital part of our fundraising efforts – you will be contributing directly to the upkeep of the animals we rescue and re-home, to ensure they live out the rest of their days relaxed, happy, loved and nurtured, free from disease and well-fed. By helping to care for the animals we have already saved, you are also helping us to go on and save more.

You can sponsor one of our animals for just £25 a year.  Alternatively, if you prefer, you can now sponsor one of our animals for as little as £2 per month, payable by Standing Order. Just download and complete the form and either post it or scan it back to us by email, with your choice of animal.

You can choose your animal to sponsor, order and pay for your Sponsorship online or download the form and post to us at: Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, Little Farm, Buttsbury, Near Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NZ.

Please, help us to help them! Take a look at our Sponsorship Programme today!

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