It’s a year since we took in Holly, an elderly pony with arthiritis. She wasn’t a sweet old lady though, Holly had an attitude problem and was a grumpy pony, she’d give a sharp nip if you weren’t watching out. Over the months Holly has been transformed, her health improved, aches and pains have gone and she is a different pony. Now she has a happy face, she is able to run around with the others and we get pony-kisses instead of bites! It’s all because we’ve treated her arthiritis naturally – and it’s worked. What a difference a life free from pain makes. She’s had freedom and exercise and companionship, life is good and so is Holly. We’re putting the full story in our next newsletter – she’s having a party today so there’ll be pictures of that – and the carrot cake of course!
Rufus was in a shocking state when we rescued him. It was touch and go whether we could save him. He was desperately thin and lame with badly overgrown hooves. He’d been shut in a stable for years and was standing knee deep in muck. Rufus wasn’t a victim of deliberate cruelty though, his owner was ill with dementia and couldn’t look after him or alert anyone to his condition. Because he was kept inside, no one knew the state he was in.
Getting Rufus well again is a gradual process. His feet are deformed through the long years of neglect. The blacksmith comes every few weeks and trims them, already they are looking better. Rufus’ hind feet were bent backwards and he was shuffling around on his fetlocks (ankle joints) . It was a great day when he started to put his hooves down and walk properly. His skin is still in terrible condition, he’d not been groomed and it was matted everywhere. We thought about clipping it all off but thought that would be too traumatic for him, he might have caught cold. His hair is gradually peeling off as the new healthy skin grows, there’s been a nasty abscess on his back but it’s healing now. He’s brighter, happy and even a little wave in his mane now. More about him in our next newsletter.
Rufus is a tiny pony, he is intelligent and friendly. He had a lonely life but now he’s met other ponies (for the first time in his life) and he loves his new pals. He can’t go out with them as yet but we’re working on it. Rufus has a wander round the yard most days and trots up with a whinny as soon as he sees us. We’re hoping he’ll have a full recovery – story and pics in the next newsletter.