Indy the Clydesdale horse arrived at the sanctuary on the 31st August 2015. Indy is 24 years old and stands 15.1 hands high. She was settled into a paddock on her own for a few days before meeting ponies Bonnie and Louise a few days later. She loves a long brush and a carrot or two and walks well with humans although she does have a little arthritis.
Indy’s owner could no longer give her the attention she needed with work, family and three young children. A forever home is what her owner was looking for without fear of Indy being used for breeding as she is a fine example of a Clydesdale. It was an emotional day when her owner said goodbye.
Wildfire was a beautiful gelded pinto pony that came to the sanctuary in July 2009. Wildfire came to the sanctuary with his paddock companion Molly as their human owners seperated. When Wildfire arrived he was already 21 years old. Wildfire was the paddock boss and was known for his pushy ways of getting a pat and keeping the other ponies in order.
He was good with the farrier and vets but was prone to flatulence at inappropriate times which always gave those around him a good laugh.
Wildfire passed away on the 15th June 2015 at the age of 27. He went peacefully with the help of the vet whilst laying in Jacqui’s arms.
36 years of age
The only member of Big Ears that is an agistment is beautiful Crackers. He is 36 years old and living his golden years with us. His mum visits regularly and finances his 3 special meals a day. Crackers is pictured here with a dear Big Ears friend – Jake.
Crackers passed away on 18 April 2010 from a stroke. He is remembered as a gentle boy with a very big heart.
Pixie the pony came to live at the Sanctuary with her sister Sunny about 3 years ago. Pixie’s human was quite elderly and into her 90’s and unfortunately had to surrender her ponies as she could no longer care for them as she needed to. Pixie’s human wanted her to live out her days with Sunny and that is exactly what she is doing at Big Ears.
Pixie is a sweet and inquisitive girl and sometimes a bit unsure of humans. She has the most beautiful and wild mane.
Ponies are a high maintenance animal especially around spring time when the risk of them ‘foundering’ is high. ‘Foundering is a painful condition in the hoof that can leave many ponies lame. It comes about from eating the fresh spring grass which is full of carbohydrates and sugars – the enemy of every pony. This is why you will see many ponies in barren paddocks in spring ‘diet paddocks’ as they are known, to help prevent this painful condition.
Pixie is lucky that she has not yet foundered whilst in our care but it can happen so easily and we always have to be vigilant which is also why the ponies have regular hoof care.