We rescued Pearl and Red when their owner, Mollie, could no longer care for them due to her husband being terminally ill. Mollie had bred Pearl, a beautiful Welsh Section B pony, 19 years previously and so Pearl had lived in the same field all of her life. Mollie loved Pearl and Pearl loved Mollie, they would go out riding around the local area and they were a big part of one another’s lives. Mollie was heartbroken to see Pearl go but could not care for her husband and her ponies too.
Red was a 1 year old Colt who Mollie had rescued herself, we agreed to take Red on too and have him castrated.
Pearl and Red settled into sanctuary life well, but Pearl was quite nervous of her new surroundings, having never lived anywhere but with Mollie.
Eventually the time came to re-home both ponies and sadly the search for a home for the pair together was not successful. Red found a great home and then so did Pearl. However, the following year, Red found himself homeless again as his loan home could no longer keep him for personal reasons.
After recently visiting Pearl in her new home, the loan owners had mentioned that actually when they went out riding on their 2 horses, Pearl would become lonely and so asked us to keep a look out for a Shetland companion, so Pearl and Red were reunited! They spent another 8 years together happily.
Red suffers from Sweet-Itch and had never been keen on the farrier, being ridden or wearing a rug, but apart from that he was a great family pet who would be taken out on walks with the family. Sadly though as the family grew, they found themselves with less and less time for Red and felt like he was always at the bottom of the pile after all the other ponies, children and pets. Pearl was now an elderly pony suffering from Cushings Disease and related Laminitis, she was a much more time consuming and expensive pony to care for and as they had less time the family felt that Red could lead a more fulfilling life so he came back to HP as a trial therapy pony. Although he was very tolerant of most things, little Red found the busy lifestyle of a Hope Pastures party pony too much and would become agitated and rear up when surrounded by children, he needed someone to give him time and attention to get him over his fear of farriers too and perhaps a more serene life with some adults.
The final chapter in Reds story is a really happy ending. A lovely couple were looking for a companion for their cob, and they came very highly recommended by an equine behaviourist, Maxine, who teaches positive re-enforcement training. We knew that Red would benefit greatly from some one-to-one training and attention as we had had a go at clicker training him on a couple of occasions and he was a fast learner, he loved it! He would also greatly benefit from having his hooves easily handled and from being happy to wear a sweet-Itch coat, as this would help to alleviate the bites of the pesky midges who made Red’s life a misery in summer.
Although we do give all of our animals here at Hope Pastures lots of individual attention, there is nothing like having a forever home for a pony, and this way Red would have all the pampering and attention he so deserved.
Red moved to his new home in 2014 and settled in perfectly, the couple adore him and have trained him to be happy about having his tiny hooves picked up and also, most impressively, wearing a specially fitted ‘Boett Blanket’ which stops midges from biting him. We hope that this home is Red’s final forever home as he seems very content and happy.
Pearl is now an elderly pony in her late 20’s, she needs a lot of care but has all the special feed, diet & medication that she needs. Pearl is still ridden by the very young children around the field only at a plod and has a real bond with them.
From Red’s people Feb 2015 shortly after re-homing: “I just thought I would say a big thank you for letting us loan red. He is brilliant. He is really coming along with his foot handling. I can pick up the front two and hold them briefly at liberty now, starting to work on the back ones. Took him for a little walk out today and he was brilliant, took everything in his stride. Thanks so much. He is a brilliant pony. Red has settled in really well. We did some desensitization training today with his feet and leg touches. He had his vaccination today too, he didn’t like the approach of the vet but he didn’t respond too badly to the needle going in. So far, brilliant.”
From Red’s people August 2015: “Here is a picture of Red in his new super duper sweet itch rug. He was still managing to rub bits so we wanted to cover as much as possible. I wasn’t sure what he would think of this rug as it goes on over the head but I had him feeding in through the neck bit and he was actually fine with it, bonus is no velcro. We have nick named him the Ginger Ninja in this rug 🙂 I wanted to take a video of him doing his feet because he is ace now but we haven’t managed it yet. My trimmer was able to file his feet while he was at liberty on Tuesday – I just fed when the file touched. His feet are brilliant so he didn’t really need them trimming but I asked my trimmer to come and play with him so he gets used to her handling his feet. It was fabulous.”
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Flies are a real bother for all ponies and donkeys.
Ponies need their feet trimming every 4-6 weeks.
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