A Craig's List Heartwarmer....Good Time Charlie update
Some of you may remember a few months ago when I posted about a pony I found on CL and impulsively bought because of his dreadful circumstances. He was living in a down-on-its-luck trailer park, covered in fire ant bites, he had foundered badly (could BARELY walk when I saw him) and lost an eye due to an untreated eye infection. He was also at least 100lbs overweight.
I've linked to his original picture just to give you an idea of why I HAD to buy him.
I knew it was probably money thrown away, but paid the $300 for a pony that couldn't walk so I had no idea of his other medical issues let alone if he was even broke, and then spent at least that and more on vet bills and farriers getting him over his founder, diagnosing and treating his IR, etc etc etc.
Although he would shoot to the other side of the stall whenever I went in there and actually quiver in fear, over these last months, he's undergone a complete mental and physical transformation that I wanted to share with the COTH community. He has learned to longe, and to pony on the trails so he could get some exercise and even when he was totally confused and afraid he NEVER offered to strike out or bite. He just seemed incredibly grateful for kindness and good food and a warm bed and finally realized that life was going to be OK from now on so he relaxed and got used to being groomed and loved on.
Here now is a picture of Charlie from yesterday when he was giving a lesson to a 4 yr old little girl. He was at the trainers for a week and they have mutually fallen in love. It brings tears to my eyes just seeing how happy they both are and to realize that sometimes following your heart and taking a chance on a CL rescue can really turn out to be a fairytale come true.
Thanks everyone for your kind words...It's been truly a blessing to be involved in this story.
"Good Time Charlie" is now going home with the little 4yr old Emma and her 8 yr old sister. ;-) Their mom contacted me yesterday and asked if I would be willing to sell him. I was gobsmacked since I had never considered that, but the only exercise he would get at my house would be ponied on the trails or longed since I'm too big to ride him, but instead he will have a job he clearly loves.
The irony is, I wouldn't have ever picked him as a "re-sale" project and yet he is only 10 and has a lovely flat-kneed trot so they are now looking at taking H/J lessons so the girls can take him to shows. LOL, you may see him packing around in a Young Entry or SS class one of the these days.
The family is wonderful and have a number of retired horses on their 140 acre farm, but until now had never found a safe, sane pony for the little girls.
I really knew he had fallen in love with Emma when I watched her leading him with this slack lead rope and he was taking tiny baby steps to stay right with her without getting on top of her. I had been working with him on ground manners so he wouldn't get in my space and stop when I stopped etc. but he could still get a little pushy, but there was NONE of that with her. He was a perfect gentleman.
Anyway, they'll reimburse me for my expenses and he'll stay at the trainers until Christmas when Emma and Natalie will get to wake up and find out Charlie belongs to them.
Guess I'm back on the market for another heart stealer..... ;-)