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Lucas - Ark Appeal 21-1

Our First Ark Appeal of the year and we are dedicating it to Lucas. He needs your help to buy his many supplements as well as his dinner.

Lucas was barely alive when he was rescued by the Sanctuary, riddled with parasitic worms, and covered from head to tail in infected sores.

He was already badly undernourished when he arrived at the knacker's yard and had such a low body weight that he had been left to die in a damp corner of the premises, barely able to stand to make the journey to the sanctuary after he was rescued. Volunteers debated whether it was kinder to have him put to sleep at the time. But Lucas wasn't done yet.

Research into his microchip revealed Lucas had been flown to the UK from America as a yearling. He must have been destined for great things, but by the time he was five, he was on the scrapheap. We are not sure what happened in between, but that was his career over. He was so undernourished that he looked like a little pony when we got him. He was very sick and we took a long time building him up slowly. When we were getting him riding again he was very anxious and we had to build up to it. We went to small shows, letting him walk around and realise there was nothing to be feared.

After rehabilitation, Lucas went on to take sixth place out of 15 in the championship class at the Balmoral Show. Now retired, he still lives at the sanctuary and has worked with individuals and groups over the past 15 years for training in caring for horses and helping nervous riders learning to ride. He is one of the gentlest horses you could meet, with an open heart that is always willing to trust and give back. We are so honored to be a part of his life.

Lucas has many, many, issues with his health; including stomach ulcers and his habit of windsucking and cribbing. Due to this, he is our most expensive resident to care for. He is on a hard feed to assist with his conditioning, but on top of that he receives multiple supplements, some to assist with his digestion, others to help with his windsucking and reduce the risks of colic.

He is an absolute star on the yard, now at 22 years old he may be one of the oldies but he still carries on like a youngster. Sometimes we look at him and imagine he is making up for those young years where he was training for the track; he always manages to make us laugh around here; he loves a little attention and always knows just what a person needs from him.

It costs the sanctuary £293.70 on average at present to feed Lucas for a month. That is £9.79 a day. Yes, he is an expensive boy.

Can you help us cover his costs? £10 will feed and supplement him for a day! £70 will cover him for a week! £140 two weeks! £300 a full month!

Help keep the animals at Crosskennan safe, well, and fed. Help keep us afloat on the Ark.

Learn more about Lucas and his fellow residents of the Sanctuary here;


Help us to help them!

Please, CLICK here to Make a Donation (PAYPAL)!

Or You can send a donation via a bank transfer to

Sort Code: 950202

Account Number: 31184288



If you want to get stuff delivered to us you can get it posted directly to Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary, 26 Crosskennan Lane, Ballynoe, Antrim, BT41 2QY

Or send us an email to to arrange a drop-off of donations!

Did you know you can send grocery deliveries to us too? Just let us know in advance, and you can do a ASDA, Tesco's, Sainsbury's Online delivery and get it dropped off at the sanctuary. We can make use of so much from your local supermarket, from fresh fruit and veg, to frozen peas and sweetcorn, fresh chicken, ham, liver, washing up powder/tablets, dish soap, bleach, disinfectant, toilet rolls, dog food, cat food, birdseed... The list could go on forever!

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