Volunteers to the rescue at pony sanctuary

A BAND of local volunteers at Frodsham came together to walk nine rescue ponies more than two miles to a new location after winter weather left their home a muddy bog.
The Spirit of the Herd Sanctuary is home to 20-plus unwanted and uncared for ponies and horses. Wholly reliant on volunteers, the sanctuary provides rehabilitation so that they can find new loving homes.
The sanctuary put out a plea for urgent supplies needed to maintain the land used for the sanctuary and develop more suitable shelters. Equipment and materials needed include gravel, wooden planks, girders and sleepers as well as plywood and plasterboard, roofing felt, fencing panels and posts.
Val Kear, who first opened a sanctuary 20 years ago, dedicates everything she has to protecting and nurturing the horses.
She said: “The volunteers showed incredible community spirit with many lovely people rallying together to move our miniature ponies to more suitable grazing fields.
“As well as a safe home for our ponies, the sanctuary aims to provide opportunities for children, young people and adults to learn more about care and welfare of horses in a calm and supportive environment.
“It is wonderful to see both people and horses from all walks of life to grow in confidence and strength. Our volunteers are an amazing group of people and I thank them and others who support us from the bottom of my heart.”
Anyone who would like to support the sanctuary, or follow the antics of volunteers and horses, like them on Facebook “Spirit of the herd pony sanctuary” or email spiritoftheherd53@gmail.com

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