Barnaby came to us in June 2019, aged 11, having been with one family all his life. Unfortunately, his owners, who had a business with several animals that they took to events and parties, had a change in circumstances, were closing the company and needed to find all of them a new home. Mane Chance became the only lifeline for Barnaby as the family had run out of options, funds were dwindling rapidly and the date of their own relocation to France had passed. So, we stepped in to help.
Initially Barnaby was a little shy and nervous following his move and our priority was to spend lots of 1-2-1 time with him to reassure him that he could relax at Mane Chance and trust not only us, but the rest of the Shetland herd as well. Over the next few months, his personality started to blossom and we were able to see the gentle and sensitive pony that he is. He began to engage more and more and started to work alongside our community team in welcoming visitors to the Sanctuary. He learnt that our community engagement is slightly different to what he had experienced before – for a start we join him in the fields and he stays amongst his pals! He is obviously enjoying it and his gentle nature is quickly establishing him as a firm favourite with our visitors - we look forward to working with him for many years to come and are thrilled that he is part of our team!
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