Ginger the Shetland pony

Ginger the pony

Ginger the miniature Shetland was bought out of Market in 1995. He was found lying in the corner of a pen, curled up on the concrete. He had to be carried into the sale ring at market, where he was prodded to his feet by his owner, who continued to use the stick on him to keep him moving.

He cost four pounds. We carried him to our Land Rover, making him comfortable on a pile of blankets for the journey home.

When our Vet examined him he estimated his age to be around 16 weeks, far too young to have been taken away from his mother.

With the help of a special diet, lots of attention and the company of little Lily, another Shetland who was in the next pen, Ginger began to thrive and take an interest in his surroundings. He grew to a whole 32 inches tall.

He blossomed, he grew into a scruffy, cheeky, mischievous lad who fancied the ladies. He once tried it on with a very tall, elegant well bred mare who, after threatening him several times, landed a gentle hoof on his chest, knocking him over. A lesson learnt. He's looking a bit like a little old man now but hasn’t lost any of his character, he still argues about having his teeth and feet attended too.

Please help us look after Ginger by adopting now

Next: Hosanna the donkey

Photography © Maria Slough

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