The “999” Pony

“Mayflower”

In Southampton, England there is a pony that is creating a rush of emergency calls from caring people that are driving by her pasture.

The message to the fire brigade is always the same: Come quickly, a poor little pony is stuck in the mud.

The reason for the emergency calls is not that the pony is sunk in the mire, but that she simply has very short legs.

Her owner is considering putting up a sign outside the field to advise motorists that “Mayflower”  is a stocky pony, not a stuck pony.

The problem with putting up a sign is that one day she might actually get stuck and then the fire brigade won’t turn up, says the owner.

“Mayflower” is a cross between a Shetland pony and a New Forest pony.  She inherited the Shetland’s short legs and the New Forest pony’s long body.

Her unusually short legs compared to the other ponies in the pasture that surround her cause Mayflower to stand out, or rather semi-disappear.  Thus the cause for all the excitement.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s animal rescue team have been called out numerous times to rescue the animal since it started grazing on the salt marshes at Redbridge, Southampton.

This has included  a specialist lifting vehicle, 12 fire fighters, two to three fire trucks plus an animal rescue expert.

Every time the highly trained firefighters rush to the scene they find the same horse … “Mayflower”.

So, what does Mayflower think of all this?

She simply trots her little self off to prove that she’s not stuck at all, but quite simply minding her own business doing what ponies do … grazing.

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Why Walk When You Can Ride?

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Umm, excuse me … but was that a carrot that just went by?

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“Alfie” ~ Pony Now Happy In Pub

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A three-year-old Shetland pony named “Alfie” had a loneliness problem.

His owner, Sharon Sutherland said that the little pony started accompanying her to the pub three months ago after he started squealing when he was left alone in his pen.

Almost every day, he makes his way to the village pub in Woodmansterne, Surrey, England for a glass of Guinness and cheese crisps.

“He hates being alone so, if I go to the pub, he has to come, too,” Sutherland said.

‘There was a sign saying dogs weren’t allowed in, but it didn’t mention ponies,’ she said.

And though patrons at the pub were a bit surprised to see a horse in the place, he is now a welcome customer.

Landlord Matthew Lowe said: ‘I was a bit surprised but he’s a lovely horse and doesn’t cause any problems.’

Story Link:  Little Alfie

Earlier Post:  Shire Saddles Up To Bar

Advice Column For Horses ~ Chapter Two

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Dear Mane Mare
A “Dear Abby” for horses
and their problems with people … (us).

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Dear Mane Mare,
We’ve been doing dressage for a while now, but apparently we need to have more collection. That’s according to the new coach. But I think that collection is what is causing all the sore muscles I have since we switched coaches.  What do you recommend?
*Achy

Dear Achy,
I think you’re right about the cause of your aches and pains. Make it perfectly clear to both rider and coach that if they want collection, they should hire an agency. For some reason, people don’t think collection is quite so desirable if it comes through an agency.

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Dear Mane Mare,
My owner is the trendsetter at our stable, which means that I am the first one to wear the newest trend in tack, suffer through the “improved” training methods and try to eat the hottest supplements on the market. She’s driving me nuts! I’m just a …
*Routine Guy

Dear Routine Guy,
Set your own trend: refuse to eat any supplements, refuse to go along with the new training methods and destroy all new tack.

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Dear Mane Mare,
The instructor says that I should be put into a better frame. What does that mean? Will it hurt?  Will I like it? Is a frame a good thing, or a bad thing?
*Frameless

Dear Frameless,
For those of us who do not naturally possess the desired frame, yes, it can hurt, and it is always hard work.  If the instructor demands a good frame, tell her to go to a gallery.  She’ll fit right in there once you add a little color to her. Black and blue are nice colors.

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From Ride Magazine

And The Winner Is …

Cattle Drive Joins Surfers On California Beach

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Surf meets hoof as board-toting beachgoer navigates a path through the cowboys and their herd.

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The usual early morning sight along the wide white beaches in Huntington Beach, California are surfers, surfers and more surfers.    

That was until a few days ago when the coastal cattle drive hit town.

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Myron Arnold said he knew something was different Thursday morning when he drove down Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. “It wasn’t salty air and it wasn’t suntan lotion.”  It was, well,  another aroma.

Forty cowboys and nine cattle dogs led 100 steers down a 1 1/2 -mile stretch of sand in Huntington Beach at 7 a.m., a time of day usually reserved for surfers and joggers.  

And so it was that Surf City was transformed into Cow Town, if only for an hour. 

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The surf-and-hoof event at the Huntington Beach Pier was meant to promote both the Orange County Fair and the U.S. Open of Surfing, an annual tournament taking place just south of the city’s historic pier.

Marketing intentions aside, the sights and sounds and smells of a cattle run in a city best known for its legendary surf created more than a little excitement.

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Crowds viewed the herd from a beachside path on a bluff as the bovine brigade shuffled south toward the pier. 

No fewer than four news helicopters documented the cattle drive.

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“We’re the herd following the herd,” said Rick Henn, 48, a mail carrier from Huntington Beach who took the day off to see the cattle with his wife, Beth. 

The cowboys, sporting Stetsons, jeans, boots and bandannas, wore wraparound sunglasses and tropical shirts.

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One of them, Robert Kidd, a former resident of Huntington Beach, said herding cattle on the beach was an age-old tradition. So much so that his four-member team of wranglers call themselves the Long Board Cowboys.

“This used to be cattle country right here,” he said from atop a mule. “I left Huntington Beach in a Chevy in ’66 and came back on a mule.

That mule wore a black banner reading, “Never Surf Downstream From the Herd.”

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After the bovine sand parade, the cowboys and cattle dogs herded their Longhorns away from the U.S. Open of Surfing and on to less sandy pastures.

Story: Los Angeles Times

 

 

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She’s A Proper Lady, Alright

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Peggy, The Carthorse, Saddles Up To The Bar

The new landlady of a Tyneside pub has spoken of her surprise at discovering that one of the regulars is a horse.

Jackie Gray recently took over the AlexandraHotel in Jarrow, England and said she was shocked when carthorse Peggy joined owner Peter Dolan for a pint.

The 12-year-old female, which has a taste for John Smiths and pickled onion crisps, has apparently been visiting the pub for several years.

Mrs Gray was taken aback at first but says Peggy is no bother at all.

She said: “When I bought the pub a few weeks ago I heard rumours that one of the regulars was a horse but I didn’t quite believe them.

“It was a hot day when the horse came in and I was shocked at first because I have never run a pub before.”  

Retired oil rigger Mr Dolan, 61, from Jarrow, bought Peggy six years ago and discovered her fondness for the pub when she followed him inside.

She had been tied up, but the rope was so long she was able to follow Mr Dolan right up to the bar.

He said: “Peggy’s no bother at all. Most of the regulars know her as she’s been coming in here for years and for them Peggy’s a bit of a novelty.  She’s a proper lady.” 

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