Yesterday was a bit of a crazy day. One of our ponies got sick and is now at the large animal hospital. Our ponies are like my mom’s children and she is so sad. We are hoping to have an idea of what is wrong with him this morning and what, if anything, can be done. I had a fun planter post planned to share today but didn’t have time yesterday to get the pictures edited so I thought I would give you a little history behind our “boys”.
My mom and I bought DJ and Cappy, our halflinger ponies, about nine years ago from an Amish family in Ohio. They were almost ten years old and were work ponies that were being retired. We had them shipped to us for a trial and the rest is history. Here he is this past winter playing in the snow. This guy would stay outside all the time if we let him!
Both ponies share the same father and were born 1 week apart from each other. They have never been separated.
My grandfather was so funny when I was getting ready to trailer the pony to the vet yesterday. He grew up on a farm and when I was a kid, he still had a working farm and got me my first pony when I was eight years old. He came walking down to the barn as I was getting the pony ready to leave and it was like “old” times when I was a kid. He was talking to me about life on the farm and how I use to love to help him feed the cows and chickens when I was kid. We went back in time for about 10 minutes! Here is a picture that I dug out this morning of Patches, the pony my grandfather got me when I was eight! Yes, that is me ridding him :).
Hopefully we get good news today about our pony and he can come home soon. Unfortunately, he has a history of colic and his intestines are most likely what is causing the issue this time around. He spent 10 days at the vet about five years ago for colic and had major surgery. Fingers crossed he will be ok.