Welsh Pony mix Mare
Update: May 3, 2017
Daphne still struggles with abscesses as her little feet continue to heal. She is coming around great with her handling and training, and still holds the title of Cutest Pony Ever! We will be moving her to a more permanent long-term foster home this month. Stayed tuned, the future is bright for this sweet girl! Check back here or you can follow us on Facebook for updates.
March 25, 2017
March 12, 2017
What a difference a few months makes! Daphne, our pony with the overgrown hooves is doing great, thanks to the amazing work of her dedicated foster Mom. This near-feral pony, who took a team of people to catch and sedation to handle, now ties, leads and can easily be caught from her turnout. She has also learned to have her feet handled and cared for, which is incredibly important as her feet are still in need of significant care. She recently got a hoof abscess, a common occurrence for horses that have overgrown feet, and our program vet needed to treat it. She stood patiently while he dug it out, drained it and wrapped it. Before this little hiccup with the abscess, she was also being ponied daily, and enjoying her outings immensely. Daphne has such a gorgeous face and is such a charmer. This little girl has a ways to go, but will be so amazing for the right person. Stay tuned for more Daphne updates.
Update: January 15, 2017
January 10, 2017
On January 6, Sonoma County Animal Services requested emergency assistance from CHANGE in the case of a Sebastopol pony found down in a pasture. The feral 5-year-old pony had excessively long hooves and appeared to be laying down due to pain. With a massive storm approaching, SCAS moved quickly to impound her. Within two hours, CHANGE volunteers, a veterinarian and SCAS staff had herded the unhandled pony into our stock trailer and she was transported to a critical care foster barn.
There, Dr. Amber Bowen, Dr. Grant Miller and farrier Brian Slubik worked together to anesthetize the pony and lay her down for hoof trimming and physical evaluation. The pony's feet were over 8 inches long and extremely distorted, as it's believed she has never had her feet trimmed. She also had painful abscesses in all four feet.
We named the Welsh/Shetland cross pony, "Daphne" for the character in Greek mythology whose feet became tree roots. Today, she is safe and warm in a dry stall. Her feet and body are quite sore, but she's a brave tough girl. CHANGE volunteers are working to gentle and halter-break her and show her how nice people can be.
The pony's caretaker is under investigation. We'll share details as we are able. Please follow Daphne's progress as CHANGE volunteers work to rehabilitate and gentle her.