Our Horses

This Page is Felix | Gypsy and Tonto | Rico | Merc | Irish | Topaz | Waylon | Lawson | Brodie
Page Two is Perdon | Linka and Lilly | Moose | Big Ben | Devon | Honner | Cobber and Digger | Tex

Page Three is Rebel | Kokoda | Beriah | Phoenix | Mae-Lee | Lakota | Ike

Page Four is Omar | Matilda | Red and Lilly | Bella





FELIX Thoroughbred RESCUED

Even though Calan Horse Sanctuary on the 16/2/2018 was stretched to the limit we opened our hearts and offered another horse a place to dwell.
Within the first ten minutes he was here we were so glad this risky decision was made. What a beautiful big powerful soft horse he is and Felix and I commenced to work together from that time on.
He has a lovely sharing nature and within one day he realized that there was a horse here who gave the impression of needing protection and comfort, Felix has stayed by Matilda's side ever since and she loves him.
We are so pleased to be involved in two living creatures finding their "Soul Mate" and from then on to have a rich purpose in life.
We again make this public promise that every effort will be made to give our new equine companion a life he deserves.




Gypsy and Tonto

Many find our sanctuary a very special place. Human and horse alike have come upon these grounds under unusual circumstances, often by chance and just when there is nowhere else to turn. It happens as if the wind carried both their sorrow and prayers to our front gates when the conditions were right and we were able to receive them. They come from all over, to rest their heads, heal their hearts or pass on to a more peaceful place, free from suffering, having in their last moments, known there were those who cared about and loved them without condition. That was the sad and true story of Linka and Lillie, two little Shetland ponies we had prepared a special and comfortable place for, and who led a wretched life, crippled from lack of proper care of their hooves which grew like skis, and had to be humanely euthanized in February 2015, on the property which they had originally resided. We are fortunate however, that our sanctuary has luckily become a dream for two other little ponies, Shetlands, named Gypsy and Tonto, our newest arrivals. Here is their story as told by their previous owners:
"We moved from the city to a hobby farm about 6 years ago and Gypsy and Tonto lived on the property. The previous owners were not able to take them with them and their fate was uncertain, so we committed to keeping them. Our son has loved the experience of caring for the ponies. We are now having to spend more time away from the property due to educational and family commitments. We felt it was not fair to Gypsy and Tonto to not be given adequate time and attention. So we made the difficult decision to find a new home for them. We did not want to give them away to anyone or sell them, as we had concerns about whether they would be looked after and treated well by any new owners. We were so thankful to find Calan Horse Sanctuary. The horses there are so well cared for with plenty of space, love and attention. We will dearly miss Gypsy and Tonto and hope to visit them occasionally at their new home.Thank you so much Alan and the Calan Horse Sanctuary."
Joe Rapanaro





When Rico arrived at our property, he was terribly under-weight; no doubt the shocking condition of his teeth would have contributed to this. His shoed hooves were in terrible condition. With the removal of the shoes and consistent trimming plus having to fit boots to his hind feet in dry seasons to discourage the wearing away of his toes because of dragging his feet, we have noticed a marked improvement. Initially caring for his hooves was a lethal experience, but now a shear pleasure as he quietly stands with no halter or lead rope. Over time, with much patience Rico has become a soft gentle horse and much loved by us all.




Mercury Pilot his racing name, was born in 1986 in Tasmania. He later became a competition horse under the name of Buchepulls. For nine years the previous owner had the pleasure of this handsome horse and looked after him in a fine way. A good all rounder and had a very busy life, but became a little naughty during competitions. It is thought he may have had a period during his earlier life of experiencing a time of extreme hunger, explaining why today he lives for his food.

Time has started to catch up with this lovely twenty six year old horse, showing signs of wear and tear, but we do our utmost to keep him well and happy. Mornings are a wonderful time with Merc, great company for any human to start the day with. One cannot help but admire him.




This large, powerful animal was originally found under a tree. His body was literally a bag of bones with cuts and scratches from head to tail because each time he lowered his head to eat or drink he would fall over. He had Ryegrass Mycotoxin Staggers and because of this terrible affliction he could not close his mouth. His hooves were in terrible condition with seedy toe, excessive separation, quarter and toe cracks from the coronet down with large flares and the list goes on. His mane resembled a well worn door mat and he was riddled with worms.
The dentist was visibly moved when he first treated Irish. He found a deep groove down each side of his mouth caused by years of neglect. Eating would have been a very painful endeavour. If the rescue had not commenced at this time it was clear he would not have lasted more than two weeks. He was a very lonely horse with no self-esteem and naturally conveyed a dislike to humans. It has taken three years to bring this beautiful creature back to the horse he once must have been. Irish is now a friendly soft horse who truly enjoys life, a life he deserves. His presence is a joyful experience.




Rest in peace our gentle friend.


It must be mentioned his last owner never mistreated him, but information has trickled through to me that he has had a real tough life, and the comments to me when they knew I was caring for him were “Is he still alive?”. We found to our dismay that he has eleven loose teeth. Thanks to skillful dentistry and daily mulching of his hay Topaz can now eat in a reasonable manner. With much time caring for him this dear horse has improved. Visitors all seem to feel empathy for him because time has taken a terrible toll on him. The amazing thing is the past has not affected his lovely heart. Like all horses at C.H.S we love him and go out of our way to make his twilight years enjoyable. We renamed him Topaz, because he is a real gem.

On the 26th February 2015 Calan Horse Sanctuary was faced with the situation we always knew would one day eventuate. Sadly, that day came.
Our much loved twenty- seven-year-old Topaz, had been struggling for sometime; our Vet informed us that his kidneys were shutting down and in- spite of our every effort to boost his diet and give his body  every chance, all was to no avail. We found him down on the morning of the 26th in pain. The Vet was two hours away, so as the founder of the Sanctuary, I was required to step-up and help him leave us as peacefully as possible. With my son and two of my loyal helpers, we then respectfully laid him at rest.

I find it impossible to let his passing go without expressing our ‘heart feelings’ for this delightful equine friend. For five years I had the privilege and pleasure of caring for him. His life prior to coming to C.H.S. can be seen in the above profile and I have heard he had been outstanding under the saddle in his ‘hey day’ with a number of successes, yet he seemed to have drawn the short straw during the majority of his life. When he finally joined us, I was to discover an amazing, gentle creature. He never bit, kicked or caused damage. When approaching him with his rug he always stopped and quietly waited for it to be fitted and it was possible for us to trim his hooves with no halter and lead rope. Unlike some of our equine family, he had no qualms in sharing his water trough and when a new horse joined us at C.H.S., Topaz was always the first to befriend the new arrival and would stay close until they acclimatized to their new surroundings.

We are behoved to say, ‘If humans had given Topaz the same respect he showed, he might still be out there grazing with his ‘friends’.   Rest in peace our gentle friend.



There is no indication that he has been mistreated in the past, he just ran out of road, he had no where to go. It became very obvious from the start he was extremely hand shy, and it took many hours of our patience to get him to the stage that human hands are okay. This is a classic case of the wise natural horseman idea to “always work under the brace” He has been labeled by a few concerned (concerned for us) people that he had a attitude problem. This was not our observation and as we have slowly got to know each other, he has been given the nickname ”Mr. Perfect”.

Waylon is a real asset and sets a fine example of how to work within the pecking order and a much loved horse at C.H.S.



Lawson was abandoned by his owner in a paddock for two years. He came to the attention of a local pensioner who gave him hay and fresh water and teamed him up with a companion horse named Mother. Had this kind gentleman not come to Lawson’s aid, he would certainly not be here today. During those two years it took its toll on his teeth, hooves and in a minor way his well being. At C.H.S. we have been able to give him excellent dental care and provide to daily mulch his hay.

Even with six monthly dental work his teeth never will be totally sound. His hooves are trimmed consistently and show marked improvement. Time is what he needs. Also Lawson had a very nasty sore near his tail that took special treatment to heal it.

Visitors to the sanctuary are often heard to say “what a beautiful horse”. We would like to add, that Lawson is a soft, gentle, yes true beautiful horse who enjoys the love and care we extend to him every day.


BRODIE…Welsh Pony…Retired.

Brodie was truly loved by his previous owner who thought the world of this cute little fella, but I have got to be honest in a couple of areas he fell through the cracks. At our first meeting it was obvious he was suffering from a severe case of founder in all four hooves. His frogs were basically non existent and movement was extremely painful for him. This brave little pony endured fortnightly trims until he could move more freely with less pain. His hoof care continues with healing and freedom in mind.

Brodie also had dental problems and at his first dental appointment it was discovered he had two massive ulcers, one on each side of his mouth and eating would have been a painful experience for him. They have of course healed, with eating now a joy. We have given him the nickname “the chaff cutter” because he chews, grinds and swallows his food as never before.

It would be possible to fill a whole page about this adorable brave little pony. But I will conclude by saying as I watch him trot out in the morning with the guys, he thinks he alone is in charge of the herd and I ain’t got the heart to tell him otherwise.





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