Goodness, this young man is on the most interesting journey with us.  When he came to Mane Chance, he had almost no social skills and he simply had no idea how to behave with other horses.  He was clumsy, had no personal space at all and always seemed to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It’s true to say that it took us a while to integrate him with the rest of the herd and some of them showed more patience than others in accepting him and his foibles.  However, slowly, slowly, it happened and now all eight of our Shetlands are together in one herd.  Rocky found his own rock in Daisy, who took a maternal role with him and seemed to put up with more than most; but even the others now are more tolerant.  Grimbo, the leader of the Shetland herd, was the most difficult for Rocky to charm as Grimbo was taking his protective role very seriously, but again, that relationship is improving all the time.

It’s likely that Rocky will always be the bottom of the pecking order in our group (alongside Teddy) and sometimes it’s a little sad to see him pushed off a hay net or standing alone, but this is all very natural behaviour in a herd and he has to learn.  Learning he is and it’s lovely to see him grow – in maturity as well as confidence – we are in no mind to rush him.  The herd environment is such a brilliant way of teaching him all he needs to know and he is finding it easier over time!

We are not leaving it all to the other Shetlands to bring Rocky on – we are doing our bit too!  He is now able to participate in group activities, joining the others for a walk around site as we can now trust him to behave and follow instruction.  He is also enjoying being groomed and fussed and almost seems to understand that the younger children are also new to this interaction and that they are learning together – it’s very sweet.

How to sponsor Rocky

As a big thank you for your sponsorship you will get to share in Rocky’s life at Mane Chance. So along with a sponsorship certificate signed by Jenny Seagrove, you will be kept fully up to date on Rocky.

Basic Sponsorship
Becoming a Basic Sponsor costs just £2 per month and you’ll receive:

  • A sponsorship certificate.
  • A colour photo of Rocky.
  • Regular e-updates about Rocky.
  • A birthday card.
  • An opportunity to visit Rocky on allocated days.

Enhanced Sponsorship
Becoming an Enhanced Sponsor costs just £5 per month and you’ll receive:

  • All Basic Sponsorship items
  • Free admission to the MCS open day to visit Rocky and all the other Mane Chance horses.
  • A Mane Chance calendar.
  • Packet of greetings cards featuring a picture of Rocky.

Junior Basic Sponsors (for sponsors aged 16 years and under)
Becoming a Junior Basic Sponsor costs just £2 per month and you’ll receive:

  • A sponsorship certificate.
  • A colour photo of Rocky.
  • Regular e-updates about Rocky.
  • A birthday card
  • An opportunity to visit Rocky on allocated days.

Junior Enhanced Sponsors (for sponsors aged 16 years and under)
Becoming a Junior Enhanced Sponsor costs just £5 per month and you’ll receive:

  • A small cuddly horse soft toy.
  • All Junior Basic Sponsorship items
  • Free admission to the MCS open day to visit Rocky and all the other Mane Chance horses.
  • A Mane Chance calendar.



 

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All updates about your sponsor horse will be sent electronically. If you would rather receive updates by post, please select the option below
For more details about sponsorship please email us at sponsorahorse@manechancesanctuary.org


 

Sponsorship Form

Please take the time to fill in the form below and select which form of sponsorship you would like to apply for.

 

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