A friend and I did our good deed for today. She's done more than me, but we've been communicating on it all week. Lori spotted the pony tied outside on her way to work with no shelter or windbreak. The pony is too adorable -- a tiny Thelwell Shetland type, golden chestnut, blonde mane and tail, 4 socks and a blaze. He's blind in one eye, been tethered for God knows how long by an old clothesline type rope, wearing a too small (weanling) halter that left indentions in his little face. The idiots who had him tied out, took days to decide to sell him, letting him stand out in the last rain, snow and cold. I was going nuts waiting -- wanted to call a rescue, but she was of the opinion that they would sell -- had someone in the hospital, so were distracted. Anyway, we picked him up this AM -- they gave us a bag of moldy feed for him which of course is discarded. He's never been vaccinated, been dewormed a few months ago. He's overweight, feet aren't too bad, has some rain rot. Went right into the trailer and never looked back. The former owners asked if he'd have shelter --~! He is now in a small paddock on my farm without that nasty halter, trotting around and hopping over a downed tree -- soooo cute! He's talking to my horses -- most of which have never seen a small pony and are acting like morons. But, he's ok and will get alot of attention, updating on everything and shelter. They said he is "old", and he probably is a teenager. Just so glad he can enjoy some freedom. I've never had a pony -- not sure what we'll do with him, but it will have to be a permanent home with great care, either here or wherever. Gotta come up with a better name than "Pepper" which just doesn't fit. They have led kids around on him, so that's a plus. I'll post a picture soon.
Awww. Congrats! I'd love to see some pics. There's been a couple of minis and smaller ponies advertised recently for cheap or free. I've thought about picking one up, but my bank account (and possibly common sense) keeps getting in the way. :-\
I'm waiting on pictures from my 'partner in crime' --- I've misplaced my digital camera and she took some on her telephone camera. I actually thought Thelwell might be cute -- great minds think alike, no?
Bluey, yes! I should have paragraphed better. I was trying to hurry, had a lot going on, usually better about that sort of thing. As Miss Scarlett would say "how you do run on ..." which describes my post, LOL.
He is settling in somewhat. Likes the freedom of his paddock. I bedded a huge stall for tonight with two doors and a big window - although he can only see out of one door he's so tiny. He's a bit anxious about being in there, but it is going to be windy tonight and I just wanted him to have a warm place with a good bed for a change since I don't have a blanket small enough for him.
My moron horses have lost their minds over this. Hopefully, they will settle down and figure out he's one of them.
You need to call him Alf since your horses consider him a fuzzy alien!!
Now that is a good one, or ET if he has big eyes, although I think Alf will fit him best.
Before there were so many minis around, the rare time they had one in a local parade, big horses would spin and rear and do anything possible to get away from those little monsters, just in case.
That was more fun that watching the parade.
Best wishes on your good deed turning out to be a little treasure. I "rescued" a pony that was tied out on a dog cable once, and he turned out to be a wonderful little old boy. His owners' were using him as a living lawn mower. They were willing to part with him for only $75. He was my son's first pony, and later went on to be a friend's children's first pony.
Vet said he was probably a teenager when I got him ten yars ago. He is still at my friend's because she has lots of room and he will stay there until . . . All the children have long outgrown him so he's retired now unless he hangs around for the grandchildren.
Your pony sounds very colorful. Blackie was just that, a little black shetland type pony.
My daughter's pony came from same type "farm". Elvis was starving however. $15.00 bought the best trainer I've ever seen. Little broken crest( his mane was so long, his neck fell over, that's what they told us), but once fat she learned to ride on him and now she has outgrown him and he has a nice retirement. Vet says he is a very old pony. Good luck with your new pony. Its great you saved him from ignorance.
I'm so busy.....I don't know if I found a rope or lost my horse.
Alright put your big girl panties on and deal with it!