We have very exciting news that we are thrilled to share with you today. You may remember last year that the Sanctuary was to take an additional direction. We have been working very hard these last few months to establish this and today we have the confirmation and funding in place to announce 'Apple Tree Yard' under the umbrella of 'Shires Holt Horse Sanctuary'. We are opening a facility set in over 120 acres near Wadebridge for people suffering with mental health problems and learning disabilities, for children, young people and the wiser. With many mental heath centre closures a lot of people are left with no where to turn. With long waiting lists and affordability also a consideration, we must ensure that facilities are available to everyone. We must dispel the stigma and fear of judgement as these issues can hit any of us at some point in our lives, also having a detrimental impact on the extended family. We are a charity run centre and rely solely on public funding making it possible to offer a free of charge service to those who need support. We are opening in the summer 2017 and will be in need of volunteers and fundraisers so if you feel you can help in anyway or have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Together we can give people the tools they require to live a comfortable fulfilling life, and not suffer alone. Please do take a look at our website. www.appletreeyard.org
Do take a look at our "Loan Page" at www.shiresholt.com, horses available for re-homing. If you are interested in considering taking in one of our lovely fellows please do get in touch for more info or to arrange a visit..
Contact us at Shires Holt on 07908 586688 or 07984 002561, do email us on email@example.com..
The first 3 months:
Our new truck has really settled in.!! More to say we have really settled in with our new truck on loan to us from Roger Young Isuzu and Isuzu.. Winter being our busiest time, with much feeding and movements as the weather conditions change, she has not stood still for a single day.. With slow off-road work, towing trailers (slow work again to keep our horses and ponies calm and safe), water delivery to locations without supply it is incredible to see the D-Maz is returning a constant 36 miles to the gallon.
OVER VIEW: The Isuzu replaces our 2003 L200, so it is very fair to say it is a very different vehicle although it's brief was to the same work.. The huge difference we have noted is fuel consumption.. Our L200 at best achieved 25 miles to the gallon, dropping to 15 miles per gallon when towing. At a constant 36 miles per gallon this has given us a considerable saving on fuel. It has reduced our fuel bill by HALF..
COMFORT: When we first jumped in, certainly lovely to be in a new vehicle, the major difference we noted was how spacious the cabin is.. For rear passengers, they no longer have to put their knees under their chin.! 2 weeks later I drove the L200 again! I was shocked by how hard the ride was, and how heavy the controls were, particularly the clutch.. Certainly we noticed we were travelling about so much more comfortably that we had much more energy to deal with our works..
STORAGE: Never an item to get excited about, but when you are working on a daily basis you quickly find your cab filling up with paperwork, frequent used tools, coffee cups, personal safety equipment, and of course if you can somewhere for a first aid kit.. You will be shocked by how well Isuzu have considered this issue.. A month in, now three months, these practical storage solutions have meant that all our essentials are at our finger tips, and not a single fuel receipt or invoice has gone missing..
TOWING: 6 speed manual with twin turbos... Towing is smooth and effortless. With Traction control as well, towing feral and inexperienced travellers has been a pleasure as we can completely concentrate on ensuring we give our equines a very smooth ride. The 4WD system is again effortless to engage, in high range not requiring the vehicle to be stationary and so on slippery hills can be instantly engaged to maintain traction, making the towing experience stress free.
LOAD CARRYING: With a larger butt we have found we easily load 15 to 20 bales of hay, with good anchorage points we safely accommodate our 1000 litre IBC tank for water delivery, with space for our transfer pump and other equipment..
OFF-ROADING: Equipped with road/mud tyres during these winter months the D-Maz hasn't let us down once.. With good ground clearance we have navigated rocky moorland feeding with ease even as the ground conditions have moved to water-logged with this latest wet period.
COMPETITION TIME.! We are offering a lucky winner a table for 2 at the delightful and extremely popular 'The Old Inn' at St Breward for a meal of your choice on Mothering Sunday 26th March at 7.30pm, we will also have a beautiful bunch of flowers on arrival to our winner so all you have to do is be there. This would make a wonderful gift to any mum but it is open to all.
TO ENTER: simply go to facebook like our page 'Shires Holt Horse Sanctuary' and share the post on your timeline, perhaps mentioning who this prize will be for or on twitter follow and retweet.. Click on Redford to enter;
We will pull a name from the hat on Tuesday the 21st March, giving you plenty of time to decide what to wear.! Remember to like & share our page to enter. T&C, drinks not included, meal to the value of £60.00. Spring is in the air and Redford wishes everyone the best of luck......
Urgent Donation Appeal. As you are all probably aware we suffered a lot of storm Doris damage. We have been working non-stop moving horses to temporary locations, and also repairing as much damage as we can with what resources we have available. Unfortunately a lot of fencing is irreparable so we need to raise funds urgently. We have 2000 metres to replace and at £2 per metre we need to raise £4000. Please if you could donate even £1 we will move towards our target. If you are unable to donate please do share the post so we can spread the word further. If you have any spare fencing you could donate as we can put the fencing up ourselves. We have taken in a further 5 horses in the last month, with your help we will not have to turn any horses in need away.
Please do click on the picture to donate.. Thank you..
World Book Day is the perfect time to announce Shires Holt Book Shop.. We receive hundreds of wonderful books donated by our kind supporters.. You can find our shop on our Shires Holt Website, we have listed just some of our books however over the next few days we will be listing many, many more.. We have every book imaginable so please do keep checking back to see if anything catches your eye.. We will be offering free delivery on any order £20.00 or above.. If there is a particular book you are looking for, please do get in touch as we have a whole library to add.. 100% of the money made from book sales goes to the Sanctuary.. At Shires Holt we rely completely on donations from the public, and we truly believe that is our job to actively work towards gaining funding also, so we do hope you enjoy our little shop..
We have unfortunately experienced Storm Damage today.. We have a considerable amount of fencing down and 2 horse field shelters are completely destroyed.! We have been out all day trying to repair fencing whilst making sure everyone gets their haylage and we will be doing the same tomorrow.. We will need to replace the shelters in due course as they give the ponies respite from this harsh weather.. Most importantly all the horses are safe and well.. Keep safe all you folks working also outside in storm Doris.!
FABULOUS NEWS TO SHARE.. Cornwall's most popular magazine ' Cornwall Today' has kindly included us in the March edition out on sale now.. A wonderful full page article about the work we do for our horses and ponies.. We would like to give a huge thank you to our friend Sue Handford for a wonderful article who also works tirelessly assisting us & also to Cornwall Today for a beautiful page.. We are very proud..
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