Dobby Needs Your Help
Dobby has not had the best start to life. He arrived at The Hugs Foundation in April 2020 when Hugs assisted another charity in rescuing four severely neglected and abandoned young ponies from Surrey. Two of these have now been successfully rehabilitated re-homed (Dickinson and Moomin) and are living the most amazing lives. Another pony (Laurel) sadly had to be put to sleep because his injuries were so severe. That left Dobby, a two year old piebald gelding.
We don’t know what happened to Dobby before he came to Hugs but he is a very nervous little pony. He is incredibly sweet and tries really hard to be brave and trust humans. The team at Hugs have given him lots of care and love and this, along with a little patience, is starting to make a real difference as he is blossoming into a handsome, sweet and loving pony.
Unfortunately, Dobby has a skin problem which needs treatment before he can be offered for re-homing. He has sarcoids, tumour like masses, on his chest and armpits. Sarcoids are unique to horses, they look and behave as tumours but they are triggered by a virus, Bovine Papilloma Virus (BPV1/2), in susceptible horses. Sarcoids can appear in different forms. Occult sarcoids look like flat bald patches of skin, Nodular sarcoids are regular masses under the skin or in it, Verrucous sarcoids are wart like and Fibroblastic sarcoids are large and ulcerated. They can occur singly or be multiple, they can appear at a site which had been a wound and they exhibit a huge range of growth patterns. One type can change into another, a sarcoid can be quiet for a long time or grow and change rapidly. Depending on size, site and the tissue involved they can be life-threatening. Fly bites can cause sarcoids as some flies carry the virus and a horse with sarcoids can also pass them on to another horse if they are genetically susceptible to the disease.
Dobby has Nodular and Verrucous sarcoids. There is a wide range of treatments for sarcoids but our vet has recommended surgery to remove them and the operation and treatment is going to cost approximately £2,000. They must be treated for him to be fit for re-homing and to allow him to live out a happy, healthy life. If all goes well, Dobby can continue his rehabilitation at Hugs where everyone loves him for his sweet, kind nature. He is a shy little person but is maturing into a lovely, genuine pony that will hopefully be able to enjoy life as a childrens ridden pony or as companion to another horse. If you can, please help fund our appeal for Dobby, using the link below, and enable us to give him the future that he so deserves.
Hello from Hugs HQ!
On Tuesday the 22nd of December 2020 we took 3 of our amazing rescues on a community day and visited the lovely people at Total Produce (who give us lots of carrots), a couple of care homes to bring some joy and happiness, Pets at Home to say a big thank you for all their support this year, through Bodmin high street to share some Christmas spirit and finally to Bodmin Community Fire Station. What a day! All people and ponies were definitely ready for an early night but we saw so many smiles, it was great fun for all and got everyone in the Christmas spirit! Mission accomplished 🎅🎄🐴
Your nomination really counts
Ecclesiastical are donating £1,000 to 120 charities over 12 days in the run up to Christmas. £1,000 will make a big difference to the life saving work we do helping both horse welfare and human well-being plus it’ll really help towards getting us through the Cornish winter! The vote takes less than a minute of your time.
All you need to do is visit http://movementforgood.com/12days, click ‘nominate a charity now.’ You’ll need these bits of info:
Charity number 1175633.
Charity type – You can pick any of the relevant options depending on why you support us. Some may choose animals, others health etc.
The more nominations we get, the greater our chance of winning, so please spread the word to your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your time and support!
The Hugs Foundation are holding their very own online horse show!
To enter, Send in your photo to The Hugs Foundation FB page with your class number and horses name. Classes are £2 per entry (you can enter each class as many times as you like) Please send this via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org and add you class number and horses name as reference. All images will then be submitted to the judges and prizes given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Rosettes from Cornish Rosette Co.) If you win your class you will be put into the supreme champion class where the public will vote for the winner who will receive a special prize.
Check out the poster to find all the classes and entry information!
A huge thank you to all our sponsors…
- Penmellyn Equine Vets
- Taylors Park Stud
- Shane MacDonald
- Tithe Hall Farm
- Trebay Veterinary Physiotherapy
- W Richards & Son
- NB Saddlers
- F.R.Bines and Grandson
- Bloomfields Horseboxes
- Sarah Louise Equine Sports Therapy
We cant wait to see all your photos!
Keep your eyes peeled
for pictures of prizes and Rosettes
This Tuesday Hugs had its very first Veteran’s Well-Being Day. It was a trial day run in partnership with The Veterans Farm-Able Foundation to help those suffering from a variety of problems including PTSD and the challenges of transitioning from military to civilian life.
The day consisted of an introduction to Hugs, tour of the facilities, introduction to Equine Assisted Interventions and practical tasks, such as yard duties and animal care. The purpose of the trial day was to see what worked and what didn’t work, from both staff and participants points of view, to allow us to create a full project for a group of veterans to come to Hugs regularly.
The idea of the project is to enable and empower the veteran’s through working alongside the Hugs rescue ponies. The veterans will be contributing to making positive changes to the ponies lives, helping them rehabilitate and find their forever home and second chance. In turn, this will help the veterans to move on themselves, find a purpose in their own lives and build relationships once again.
• Increase general well-being
• Decrease symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety etc.
• Increase social inclusion
• Help with transition from military to civilian life
• Help find purpose and drive once more
• Help build relationships and trust with both humans and animals
• Create a support network of civilians and peers
• Recognition of coping strengths and abilities and acknowledgement and addressing of ability to adapt
Feedback from the trial day was excellent. All participants outwardly showed they were enjoying their time at Hugs and data collected showed a very clear positive increase in their mental well-being.
The next stage for Hugs, is to analyse feedback from the staff and participants and create a full project for groups of veterans from The Veterans Farm-Able Foundation to attend and hopefully secure funding to run the project. We will then look at reaching out to more veterans across Cornwall and Devon. Fingers crossed it can be organised and implemented in the near future, we all know help for veterans is very much needed.
Huge thank you to the staff at The Veterans Farm-Able Foundation and the participants for taking part. The team at Hugs are over the moon that their perseverance and passion in helping veterans well-being is becoming a reality