A shetland in distress call came in from a concerned member of the public about this pony who was living right beside a busy motorway. It was winter and the pony was spending his days standing in a frozen field with nothing to eat and no visable supply of water. He had had a companion but she had died earlier in the winter giving birth to a foal which was also dead.
The owners were contacted and agreed to give the pony up and a trailer was despatched to collect this very thin and unhappy pony. What struck us most when he arrived here was his smell, he smelt dreadful and we thought it was maybe his unhappiness oozing out of him! He was thin and full of worms and his coat was matted and of course he was a stallion. We named him Rambler because it seemed to suit him and we thought the name he arrived with was too agressive.
He was wormed immediatly and groomed and soon began to put on weight and to drive our mares crazy. It was the wrong time of year to castrate because of the frost on the ground but we we simply had to go ahead and do it so that the wee chap could be intergrated with the rest of the herd.
Once he had got over his operation, gained weight and started looking like a pony instead of a bedraggled wreck it became evident that this pony was not only very attractive to look at but had great presence and was a lovely mover, one of our volunteers taking this on board decided Rambler would like to go to shows and so far in the summer of 2010 he has attended two shows and gained a fifth and a special rosette. He needs to learn ring manners and not prance about and chew his handler or his lead rope while waiting for the judge!!
Rambler is a very people friendly pony and we may even break him in for riding though he will never leave Mossburn.