If you follow my Facebook page or have receive the latest newsletter, you will already know that I am supporting a charity auction hosted by the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary on the 27th and 28th of October.
The voucher I’ve donated is worth £150 towards a future photography session with me. I’m not sure yet what the starting bid is, but it’s a great opportunity to potentially get a bid accepted that is much lower than that, saving lots of money on the voucher.
You will be able to bid on the Remus Facebook page from 9 am on Saturday. The money will be paid directly to the charity after the auction.
Like so many smaller animal related charities across the country, Remus is fighting for financial survival and it's been particularly tough this year. I'm so happy to be able to help in a small part by offering this photography voucher. I realise though, that ut might seem a little odd that I choose to support Remus, who are located in Essex, a long way from my home in Leicestershire. In fact, I haven't been able to visit their facilities yet, although I hope to be able to do so some day in the future. However, following Remus, they stand out to me as a sanctuary that pursues very principles of holistic horsecare and enriched lives for the animals at the sanctuary, similar to my own vision of living with horses.
By the way, the voucher does not have to be used towards an equine session, bit may be used for any session, including commercial photography, with the exception of mini sessions.
Today, Remus announced that over £800 worth in prizes had been donated! I’ve had a look through the other auction lots and wanted to use this space to share a shortlist of five which caught my eye.
One year worth of worm eggs counts worth £40 (donated by Efecs Ltd)
I’m a big fan of selective worming. Unfortunately, regular worming means that worms are becoming resistant to the medicine. Furthermore, the chemicals can have an impact on your horse’s sensitive gut. I’m so happy that we have recently moved Vanity to a yard that practices selective worming as I can now get a sample of her poop tested with a service like Efecs and only need to worm when necessary.
Actually, now that I’m thinking about it: Please don’t bid on this one, as I may want t grab it myself… 😉
Sparkle Pony are donating a portrait, feature in one of their amazing graphics or name plate for your horse’s stable
I just love the Sparkle Pony! Their cute but scientifically backed graphics make clicker training and positive reinforcement of equine behaviour seem simple and absolutely doable for kids and adults alike. I’m still fairly new to clicker training myself. My Vanity has never been the most energetic horse – and sometimes still isn’t – but we have made so much progress since I have been following a largely positive reinforcement-based training plan in our groundwork. It just makes more sense to here, it’s as if we finally speak the same language.
A £25 gift voucher from Eqco
The company Eqco are known for their bright and bold horse and pet wear. If you still need fashionable bandages as an accessory for your next equine photography session, this voucher might come in handy!
A Bigg comfort browband (worth up £35)
These sparkling browbands are definitely an eye catcher. Unfortunately, I believe they would not go well with a western bridle.
A mystery prize donated by SW Hand Forged
I learnt that SW Hand Forged are contributing to the auction this morning and it has not been revealed yet what their auction lot will include. Actually, I don’t really care as all their work is beautiful, but I am secretly hoping it will be one of their key-hanging and note-taking boards. Or maybe this bottle holder!
Is this ironic as I really believe in keeping horses barefoot whenever possible and ideally would prefer for Vanity to never be shod? I guess it doesn’t matter as these shoes aren’t actually on horses…
These aside there are a lot of other lovely items and vouchers up for grabs that might also be an opportunity to get the Christmas gifts sorted early! I recommend you pencil the 27th of October, 9 am into your diaries to check out all the auction lots over on Remus’ Facebook page.