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||Older Paint Pony
Gelding, formerly foundered, limited vision
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SUMMARY: Buddy used to
be a pony ride pony, then foundered. A caring family purchased
him, then donated him to CWER. We were thrilled to adopt him to a new
home as a nanny for an injured foal. Sadly, a series of family
emergencies have made it so that his family are unable to keep him.
After spending the winter at CWER, buddy's adoptive family have donated
him back to CWER and asked us to find him a new family to love.
Buddy is absolutely fabulous as a leadline pony,
reminding him of his former life. His feet need proper farrier care to
deal with his founder, but when cared for and when the ground isn't
horribly rough or frozen, he walks comfortably and enjoys life. His
vision is limited, so it is important that an adoptive family's
children have good horse sense and dont, for example, come running at
him like a predator trying to grab a hind leg, or he may react. He has
NEVER struck at anyone while at CWER nor with his adoptive family and
their 2 small boys, but did so with the family who gave him to us.
Buddy is a rare find...an older fellow who is a
relatively easy keeper, who has a fabulous personality, and who will,
literally, carry child after child on his back in lead line rides all
day long at our annual events, without so much as a complaint. he does
not ride off a lead, and at his age we would never ask him to try it
now! He isn't so tiny that only toddlers can be lead on him, nor big
enough to be intimidating. He is also a FANTASTIC babysitter/nanny,
particularly with foals. He has done this job for us twice now, and was
nothing short of perfect in each case. Buddy has settled
fabulously as a partner to Megans Pride, a similarly older founder case
mare who has a wonderful life. We get to see Buddy regularly as Mike
continues as his farrier, and he is healthy, happy, and incredibly well
HISTORY: Buddy used to
be a pony ride pony, prior to foundering some time in 2003. He was
purchased by a loving family near Decatur, who unfortunately were lied
to regarding his age, his health, his ridability, and many more issues.
Buddy came to them horribly underweight with hooves that had curled up
from founder and lack of care. They've provided Buddy a loving home and
care for the last year, and his hooves are now in reasonable, but not
great, condition and his weight is good, but still about 50 lbs
underweight. However, he will not likely ever be sound, and even on
Bute they indicated he was too hot for their granddaughter to handle,
so they have asked us to please find him a new home. He came to
Crosswinds with the intention of having Rick Burten check his
hooves to see if anything additional can be done; however, we did not
anticipate Buddy ever being ridable again. We anticipated he would be a
pasture companion/retirement boy for the rest of his life.
We were told that Buddy does kick sometimes. However, in
the months he's been at Crosswinds and then at his new family's, he has
NEVER even threatened to kick someone. He is gentle and sweet to groom,
and LOVES people, but does require his handler to pay attention to him.
11/11/04 update: Buddy
is going to go to a local private rescue to be a "nanny" (or would that
be a "pappy"?) an orphaned foal. If he and the foal attach to one
another as companions, Buddy will likely be adopted there permanently.
Best of luck with him! We hope its a perfect match!
11/23/04 update: The
baby, "Mabel", and Buddy are doing great, and are nearly inseparable.
Left photo is pre-surgery; center and right are just before Mabel met
Buddy and came home. Thanks to Buddy, Mabel now eats not only hay, but
her pelleted milk replacer feed as well. It looks like Buddy has
a forever home!
12/12/04 update: Buddy
is doing fantastic as a "nanny" to Mabel. Also, thanks to the
exceptional farrier work at U of I, Buddy appears to be coming sound as
well. His feet look so very much better, and he no longer walks like
he's on eggshells. He has been giving leadline pony rides to his
family's boys, and seems to be truly enjoying it. We hope that Buddy
has found a forever home with them.
Mabel's legs continue to heal, and she stands stronger and better every
day! Buddy is a huge factor in her healing and her future, and we are
so proud of him!
Buddy's farrier has done a wonderful job of
cleaning up all but the last visible marks of Buddy's founder. Shown
here 4 weeks after his trim and nearly ready for another, Buddy looks a
thousand times better than at his arrival! He no longer moves in a
Sponsorship note: Buddy
has required quite a bit of care as we have worked toward bringing him
back to health -- special farrier care, extensive dental work, large
quantities of Senior Feed, etc. As his family have such extensive bills
to care for Mabel, a sponsor for Buddy would be a huge help. Candace
McMaster has been kind enough to sponsor Buddy several months of 2005,
and Pam E. (Ginger's sponsor) has also helped with medical expenses as
well. (Candace and Steve also assisted with Mabel's medical bills.)
Thank you, all!!
2005 -- Buddy provides pony rides at
the 2005 CWER open house, and at the Prairieland Feeds Pet Fair! GO
BUDDY! Buddy is wintering at CWER to help his family through a bit of a
rough time. Hope you'll stop by to see the little fellow!
06: Sadly, his famly
is unable to afford to keep buddy any longer, due to a series of family
emergencies, and they have donated him back to CWER. We are looking to
find him a new forever home.
Fall 2006: Buddy is now companion to an older
founder case mare, Megans Pride, and doing fabulously. He could not be
happier than with his adoptive family, and we sincerely hope he has a
home for life.
Janury 07: Buddy was adopted by megan's family!