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debbie

New Pony

Well a long tale but I am so excited.  As you may know we lost our darling Bobs nearly two years ago now.  We have been lent an old pony by the name of Pandora by a friend who runs riding holidays to keep my mare georgie girl company.  pandy came to us in good condition but stiff and arthritic and lame.  No good for work at all and certainly not up to 4 hours a day 5 days a week over the moor.  Anyway, pandy has been a good girl, definitely not friendly but then she has been pulled about on riding holidays all her life and is very much a lowner.  A couple of years of TLC, no jostling in a pen with 15 other horses and steep hills and there is no sign of stiffness or lameness.  My friend still very much owns her, supplies her rugs etc we just feed and look after her. Anyway, over the last summer it has been mentioned to me quite a few times that maybe Pandy ought to be going back as she is obviously very much full of beans, foit as a fiddle and definitely up to a couple of days work a week and that maybe my friend will swap her for one of her other old horses that can no longer currently work but that could do with a bit of TLC.

Well, a friend that we made when we first moved down here has contacted us about Alfie.  Alfie is 7 years old, and a pretty 14hh skewbald fairly heavy cob.  Alfie has trained as a riding for the disabled pony and was on lone to a local trust until his owner decided to sell him to a local trekking centre.  Over the summer it became apparent that he suffers with a pollen allergy that in the past had been controlled with vaseline round his nostrils and a nose net.  Doesn't bother him in the field or in light work but not up to the 2hours fast riding twice a day he was expected to do across the moor during July and August - the rest of the year he was fine.  Anyway, they couldn't be bothered with him and turned him away until October when he was due to go for meat.  My friend, who keeps her horses at the trekking centre found out about him and thinking what a waste bought him for meat price.  She can't afford to keep three horses so has contacted me and asked me to have him.  Up shot is I have been gifted a beautiful friendly little pony that, as a real bonus, has been broked to harness.

We were never going to be allowed to keep Pandy next summer anyway and as much as we will be sorry to see her go she will only be at the top of the lane so she will go back in the spring to her owner and Alfie will be coming to us...I wouldn't leave my friend in a position of looking after pandy throught the winter when she can't earn her keep by returning her immediately and I won't leave Pandy in the lurch by leaving her to be chucked in a pen with the other pushy horses through the winter. I only have two stables and I won't leave Alfie - although he does live out all year round - out on his own whilst the other two are in through the worst of the winter - field shelter not withstanding.  So Alfie will come to us in the spring with a home for life, lots of love, hardly any work particularly in the summer when hos allergy is playing up and I get the easy going driving/working pony for the farm that I have always dreamed of.

Sorry folks, a long drawn out tale but I think from Alfie's point of view it has all worked out brilliantly and I wanted to share his story with you....mind you, going to be bit of a culture shock to me - the only horses I usually drive are a pair of shires pulling a 16 seater cart for a neighbours shire horse exmoor tours - so Alfie is going to seem a bit small by comparriso!.
ClaireK

Lucky you and lucky Alfie. Glad both Alfie and Pandy have a happy ending to their stories, needless to say piccies will be expected of course!!

All the best with Alfie

Claire
debbie

Just have to stress that the owner of Pandy doesn't cull her horses when they retire and can't work..if she can't find them a good retirement home she keeps them - unlike most around here when they access their horses in October - anyone not worth feedng through the winter because they won't be up to good work in the summer is sent for meat..no dignified retirement and "thank you for your lifes work" I am afraid - Pandy's owner is different...Alfie was very very lucky - not to come to us in particular  - although we do love our horses and treat them as pets - but in that someone thought he was worth saving and Laura knows how we love and keep our horses no matter their problem and that he would never be passed on..
lizzie44

We want photos!!!!!! What a super ending!! Love Lizzie
ClaireK

I hate the thought of having to make that awful decision when the time comes. I know I will do it but it stays at the back of my mind until then. I am glad that Pandy has an owner who will care for her once she is no longer able to be ridden or used in some way.

I spent 3 years in Cyprus a while ago and the horse owners out there couldnt understand why you needed to feed anything other than enough to keep the animal alive if it wasnt working. One thought i was completely off my rocker to give the animal fresh water in the middle of the day in aug. If they didnt work they didnt get fed was the thought behind their way of caring for their horses. Even the racehorse owners couldnt see the value of keeping an animal well fed if it was off lame, the amount we had offered to the saddle club where i rode that had fractured fetlock bones, legs that had been fired and were no better than hatracks used to make me cry.

Sorry Debbie have hijacked your post.

Pats to Pandy and Alfie when he gets to you

Claire

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