Can you believe this 37 year old pony, with Cushings (think of horsey Diabetes)
who has been badly foundered ( which is a very bad thing), who appears sound without shoes (no limping or favoring)...
is out for a ride with his girls!
Here is Buddy (lovingly referred to as the Antique Pony), taking the girls for a walk around the arena. Or I guess you could say they are taking each other for a walk in the arena!
This is the first time in the two years we have had Buddy, that we put our pony saddle on him, he looks quite handsome I think!
The girls have ridden him with a bareback pad in the past. He was having so many issues for such a long time, I honestly thought he would never be ridden again, let alone saddled up, this is amazing!
We bridled him with a horse size bridle (he is a large pony, not a Shetland) , which fit him fine. The girls took turns leading each other around the arena. It was such a wonderful thing to see.
I was very proud of all of them!
We recently found a site called EquineCushings@yahoogroups.com which has so much information on diet and managing Cushings. Since we made some changes in his diet, he has improved dramatically in so many ways.
Our farrier was shocked at how well he is doing, when he came to trim his feet 2 weeks ago. He told us he did not expect him to even be here, as he could barely stand on his feet in order to be trimmed just 5 weeks previously.
In fact, the pony was making such a ruckus back in his stall banging on his door (as if to say..hello, will someone feed me!!!), my farrier asked if we had a stallion back there!