Joey & Bernie
Joey was brought to our attention by our Vet because his owner had died, meaning that his future was very uncertain. He was living with two more Shetland ponies and a larger horse, Ellie. The Vet had managed to find a good home for the other two Shetland ponies but Ellie and Joey were in need of a home urgently so we agreed to admit them into our care to secure their future. Joey hadn’t found a home because nobody could catch him! He was suffering from Sweet-Itch which required daily treatment, and because he couldn’t be caught he had become very sore and scabby. He was timid too, but once we had collected him and bought him to Hope Pastures he soon came out of his shell. After his skin had been treated with medicated baths and ointments, he was fully vaccinated and wormed and was ready for re-homing. As we couldn’t find a permanent home Joey went to stay in a foster home where he became more accustomed to being handled. Fortunately for Joey we soon had a call from a lady with a competition yard who wished to offer a pair of Shetlands a loving home as companions for the larger horses and young foals once they were weaned. We brought little Joey back to Hope Pastures for a week whilst he was bonded with another Shetland pony, Bernie. They hit it off right away and spent the week playing and romping in our sand arena. The final part of Joey’s journey to his forever home was in January 2014 when he and Bernie were collected in a gigantic horsebox which usually carries 6 large show horses! They looked very small but travelled well and arrived safe and sound in their new home, where they have settled in perfectly.
Bernie is a beautiful Shetland Pony who was found abandoned in a field. He had no proper food or care for weeks until the police were contacted and he was allowed to be taken to a stable yard for safety until an owner came forward, unfortunately nobody ever looked for Bernie and he was never reported stolen or missing. Because the stables were only able to keep Bernie temporarily he was badly in need of a home. He is an extremely nervous pony who was difficult to catch and terrified of everything, so we felt that he needed the chance to learn to trust people and have his second chance in life, after all it was not his fault he found himself unwanted and homeless. Bernie went to stay in one of our wonderful foster homes where he was gelded and given chance to learn to trust people again. His foster family loved him to bits and were very sad to see him go. As we had been offered a lovely home for two Shetland ponies we brought Bernie back to Hope Pastures to be paired with another Shetland, Joey and they got along as if they had been friends forever! Bernie became less frightened of people even in a matter of days and proved to be a real sweetheart of a pony. He is now settled in his Forever Home with Joey where he is being given lots of time to settle in and relax.
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Ponies need their feet trimming every 4-6 weeks.
Quality haynets with extra-small holes
Makes hair more pliable for easier grooming
Integrated, multi-modality method of equine massage.
Non invasive holistic technique.
Gives optimum levels of vits, mins and amino acids for our ponies.
We always need these in stock.
Our ponies love these licks.
Low in sugar, our ponies eat this every day as part of their dinner.
Essential annually for every pony to keep them healthy.
Not nice to talk about, but essential.