A pony for $1 (update with video of Spirit running a little)
I bought a pony yesterday for $1.
The loss of Bluestar Equiculture's beloved Cupcake was the chink in my armor which allowed me to say- "Yes I will do what it takes" instead of "I am all full up"
This pony is about 15, pretty, roan, foundered, obese, and named Spirit.
He is coming from a multigeneration family crisis of a casual acquaintance that has been going on for a while. I was invited to visit this old friend last week, when she stopped by the abandoned family farm... and when I saw Spirit- well, that was the last time my mind was without him.
I was asked if I wanted to take him and my reaction was an implied, "not with a ten foot pole." But my heart broke to see him turned back out into a big field when I knew, like a forest tree falling with no one to hear it. That even if no one knew he was out there... well I knew. And it was going to eat me up.
Meanwhile here on COTH I saw the encouragement and beautiful pictures of the work done for another Cupcake... all thanks to Moos Taxidermy sticking his neck out and getting the work done to get her the help she needs.
I asked if I could take him and try to find him a home- this is genuine- I really do hope to find him a home where laminitis is understood, lots are dryish and farriers come regularly. We have 5 horses and 4 children and did not *need* another horse, especially not one with these care requirements. I hope that the fact that he is coming to a safe place today does not prevent someone like me, inspired by Cupcake or Cupcake II to open their heart to this sweet Spirit.
I worked last night to clear a space in the barn to make him a stall, and the finishing touches this morning. Later today we will go to get him.
I visited with the vet yesterday and have a great plan- a joint vet and farrier appointment scheduled for tuesday. I am thrilled that we were able to work out the x rays and farrier to happen together. I'm not happy about having to trailer him to the appointment- but if that's what it's going to take to get him the help- we bite the bullet.
I pray that the prognosis is hopeful for his feet and also will pray for a home for him. I am located in south east Indiana less than 2 hours away from Cincy, Louisville and Indy.
I will update with pictures when he gets here. I want to help without judgement, move forward, ever upward.