Arrived March 2013
Re-homed February 2014
|Romany was found running around in heavy traffic and was so spooked that nobody could catch her. The ‘owners’ arrived on the scene and when they too failed to catch her they left her, telling a young lady who was trying to help that If she could catch her they could have her! Eventually Romany was caught with lot of patience, the RSPCA and police were called but were unable to help right away. The people who caught her had no choice but to tether her up in the local park in the hope that the owner or the RSPCA would come and take her. However the next day Romany was still stood patiently in the park. We were called at this stage and agreed to offer her a stable until an owner was found-we couldn’t just leave her tethered.|
When Romany arrived she was in good health but was nervous and hungry, hardly surprising considering her ordeal! We were sure the owner would soon show up to claim their pony, she is absolutely stunning and we knew she wouldn’t simply be abandoned.
3 days later the owner did turn up demanding his horse back, claiming she had been stolen, although he matched the description of the man who couldn’t catch her and left her to run in traffic!
He had trained her as a driving pony and was selling her on a website, and had the photo to prove it. When he went to see poor Romany she shot to the back of her stable and shook like a leaf..she was absolutely terrified of this man! Our staff and volunteers had become fond of Romany and after a day or two she had begun to trust people. But seeing her so frightened upset one of our Volunteers, Ros so much that she immediately said that she would not let the pony go back to the man, and bought her there and then. We agreed to take her and find her a forever home.
Romany was quite a traumatised and complex pony for the first 6 months and was difficult to catch and nervous, sometimes even aggressive. We gave her a stable routine and lots of patience and she slowly came round to the idea of being friends with people. In particular Romany is terrified of whips, and will go into a frenzy if she thinks anyone is going to hit her. She was also really panicked if anyone touched her back legs, almost as if she had been tangled up in the past.
It doesn’t bear thinking about why Romany was so frightened of all these things, but at least we have helped her to put her past behind her.
Romany has stolen the heart of one of our supporters who is also a horse trainer who has offered Romany her forever home. They are a lovely family who are so kind to all of their horses, we know that this is Romany’s destiny and although it has taken almost a year to find, she now has a forever home and it’s the best one she could have wished for
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Flies are a real bother for all ponies and donkeys.
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.
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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.