JOIN US ON 12th JUNE 2016 from 11am to 4pm
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project.
The aim is to get as many of the 63million people in the UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours for a few hours of community, friendship and fun.
Since it launched in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of communities – from street parties to picnics, with millions of people taking part each year.
This year The Big Lunch will be held on Sunday 12th June 2016, which is also The Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Yet another reason to come together and celebrate on the day!
Lluest Horse and Pony Trust are hosting The Big Lunch for the second year running.
We welcome everyone from the local community near and far to join us for this national event.
Please spread the word, we welcome all help anyone can offer to prepare and organise for the day.
*Everyone to bring a dish to share
*Tea and cakes available at a very reasonable cost
*Companion Dog show
*Meet some of Lluest’s rescue ponies
Fun Dog Show Classes – £2 a class Entries from 11.30am
1pm Best Puppy
1:10pm Golden oldie
1:20pm Best Rescue
1:40pm Waggiest Tail
1:50pm Best Six Legs
2:00pm Kindest eyes
2:10pm Best Child Handler
2:20pm Handsomest Dog
2:30pm Prettiest Bitch
2:40pm Best Trick
We do hope you’ll come and join the fun and please help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook and in the local area. We’d love to have a fabulous fun-filled day and raise some much needed funds for our ponies.
Once unloaded and in their warm safe comfy stables we were all surprised to discover that one of the bigger ponies was in fact a gelding and not a mare.
They have been named after the winter storms that they had to endure starving and cold out on the mountain and so we have Henry, Imogen, Gertrude and Eva. All are doing well and after an their initial vet check they were left to gain strength and settle before attempting to worm, blood test and give dental treatment.
Thursday 3rd March the rescues had a vet visit. Gertie, Imogen and Henry all had dental work carried out to ensure that their recovery and weight gain isn’t hindered by any dental issues. We are pleased that none of them had any serious dental issues although poor Gertie had a very sharp piece of tooth embedded in her gum causing a painful ulcer.
Gertie having the dental gag fitted with groom Shannon and Vet Nicola
Gertie’s blood results showed she is thankfully not in foal. We will need to carry out another set of strangles blood tests due to a grey reading. This means the ponies will be in isolation slightly longer than usual.
Imogen, Henry and Eva have all been microchipped and passports applied for.
Faecal worm egg counts have shown that they all have a significant heavy worm burden with Imogen having a very High reading of 2025 Strongyle eggs seen in her sample and Gertie being infected with Ascarids, Strongyles and Pinworm. Treatment with Panacur Guard has now begun.
We are very grateful to Horslyx for supplying the four ponies with nutritional licks to support their rehabilitation and recovery.
We thought you would like to see the moment when the “Storm” ponies were rescued from the mountain
The new rescue has attracted some media attention with an article in the South Wales Guardian and features on Heno S4C and ITV Wales.
If you are interested in seeing the interviews with our staff and featuring our ponies here at the Trust on Heno S4C and ITV Wales please follow the links below –
Interview conducted in Welsh medium at Lluest Horse and Pony Trust – https://www.facebook.com/252534428163405/videos/987952277954946/
Interview for ITV Wales – http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2016-03-03/charity-struggling-to-cope-with-abandoned-horses-in-wales/
*** Update Appeal 20/2/2016 ***
The 4 ponies abandoned on the mountain are now safe in the Trust’s care. One of the mares sadly aborted a foal over night so she has had a very rough time. We are ever so grateful for the donations towards their rescue. The mares have a long way to recovery but alongside our wonderful vets at Dyffryn Tywi Equine Clinic we will do our best. Please continue to share our posts these ponies really do need your support and donations. As mentioned in our original appeal post we are over stretched and now have every available stable occupied, we need your help not only with donations but also the offer of homes for some of our 28 resident rescues on the farm.
*** Urgent Appeal ***
19th February 2016 we took a call from our vet Lisa Durham of Dyffryn Tywi Equine Clinic to look at 4 abandoned ponies on a nearby mountain as they were due to be shot the following morning. Yard manager Dionne and groom Rhian drove to the location to find 4 very wet pitiful ponies 2 of which were very thin and weak. They seemed quite friendly despite living feral for at least 2 years and were taking carrots from their hands.
After much deliberation and soul searching nobody here at Lluest wanted to see the lives of these ponies ended, we have agreed to take them in and collect them the following morning Saturday 20th February. One of the ponies was severely emaciated and had last years foal at foot, she would need a lot of care and also appeared to have dental problems. They all needed to be passported, microchipped, wormed, de-loused, vaccinated, dental treatment and blood tested as well as fed and cared for. We have been over stretched throughout winter and are appealing if our supporters could find it in your hearts to donate towards their rescue.