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Rescued a pony from a field today!

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  • Rescued a pony from a field today!

    Neighbor told me about this pony that was left in a field. They were going to develop the land and the pony hadn't been touched for a year. Nothing was done to him the owners just left. Luckily it was a Bermuda field so he had hay and the neighbor gave him water but that's it!

    We decided to go pick him up. We named him Cricket. He is about 13.3 and probably around 7 years old. He is halter broke, but that's all we know.

    Took me forever to get the dreads out of his mane! He does have a pot belly and fungus on his legs, needs a trim and a dentist, but I think he will fine!

    Did I mention he is a black stallion!? Yes he will also get gelded soon!

    He is happy to have friends besides wild chickens and good food and water! Loves attention too!

  • Original Poster

    I will discuss vaccinations with my vet, but what is the best worming protocol for a horse that I know hasn't been touched in over a year?

    I have all types of wormers here, what I don't have is a power PAC.

    Could I use the ones I have and just rotate them every week or month?


    • #3
      Very cute, looks like a Hackney Pony.


      • Original Poster

        Pretty sure he is part Arab.

        He moves really cute and has a huge canter for as little as he is.

        I hope he likes to jump!


        • #5
          He's adorable -- thanks for caring and for giving him a good home! Keep the updates coming!


          • #6
            Originally posted by Samotis View Post
            Pretty sure he is part Arab.

            He moves really cute and has a huge canter for as little as he is.

            I hope he likes to jump!
            Def part arab. Sharp looking little man!


            • #7
              Hackney Ponies usually have very big canters, they are also very catty jumpers. The Ponies are much more refined and delicate looking than the Hackney Horses. Whatever he is, goo luck!


              • #8
                I'd ask your vet. If he is really wormy killing them all at once my cause colic issues.
                Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole


                • #9
                  Very flashy!
                  My blog: Crackerdog Farm


                  • #10
                    Thank you for doing such a kind thing! God bless you!


                    • #11
                      He is adorable! Love the flashy markings. I'm impressed that his feet are as short as they are for being untrimmed a year+!

                      BTW, my TB was also abandoned by his owners at a small farm where he was being boarded. Their loss, my gain. I hope this little guy turns out well for you, too!


                      • #12
                        Very cute. On the worms, maybe get a fecal and go from there.
                        The Evil Chem Prof


                        • Original Poster

                          Yeah, I was really shocked about his feet too. They don't look bad at all. Especially for being on grass and not sand or dirt!

                          Even his coat looks good, but I am assuming that because he is a stallion.

                          He does have a slight wonky hind ankle, but it doesn't seem to bother him and it went down a little with a little round pen work.

                          People lost the house and I guess just figured someone would take the pony. He had no food at the house in a dirt lot and at least the neighbor put him in the empty lot next door with Bermuda. Luckily those owners didn't care.

                          Poor guy. He seems sweet, not sure why someone would dump him. ;(


                          • #14
                            i think he will be quite the handsome fellow. Cant wait for follow up info/pictures.
                            We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


                            • #15
                              OMG, he is beautiful! Crazy what some people just throw away.
                              "The captive bolt is not a proper tool for slaughter of equids they regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck fully aware they are being vivisected." Dr Friedlander DVM & frmr Chief USDA Insp


                              • #16
                                He's cute! Best wishes and keep us updated!
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                                • #17
                                  I think Pyrantel Pamoate is a slow-kill for parasites, but I would definitely get a vet consult on doing it right away. It might be better to let him get settled and then start de-worming him.

                                  Good Luck! What a cute pony
                                  "The Prince" aka Front Row
                                  Cavalier Manor


                                  • #18
                                    My guess, if the owners lost their house, they'd be homeless, so the horse was the least if their worries. Sad situation, but happy for the pony because of you.


                                    • #19
                                      He is stunning and has a sweet face!


                                      • #20
                                        He is adorable. Good luck to you and THANK YOU.

                                        Please keep us updated.