Newfoundland ponies get new barn for Change Islands sanctuary
Newfoundland ponies on Change Islands moved house this weekend, as the Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary opened its new barn.
The new barn was made possible with donations, an online contest and government funding.
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"It means everything. It's all I wanted, so I look forward to a very bright future," she said.
"Thank you … from the bottom of my heart, thank you."
LeDrew said there were problems with the old barn that made it difficult to care for the ponies at the sanctuary, but the new red building will better accommodate the animals.
"It was good, it served its purpose for the day. We just never had no running water like I got now, no bathroom, we had a well — both barns had a well," she said.
"We used to have to bring the water in buckets. I didn't mind that and I didn't really mind bringing it in the winter, except there was times we had to shovel a lot of snow off the wells."
Now, LeDrew is hoping the new barn will mean a boost for the sanctuary — and the Newfoundland pony population, as well.
"The ponies bring in tourists and the ponies needed a new home and we need a better facility to breed and bring the numbers up," she said.
The new red barn houses 10 Newfoundland ponies. LeDrew said she hopes the extra space will allow for breeding to start next summer.