|The welcoming committee!|
|Just off the trailer - quite a big girl (well, for us anyway!)|
|Checking out the hay from the back of the trailer|
Late yesterday afternoon, Babe, a New Forest pony, safely arrived at the yard after travelling down from Oxfordshire. She's come to us for hoof rehab - she's been a conservation pony for a long time now but became poorly before Christmas. She had an abscess which a vet cut away the hoof to get to...followed by laminitis (triggered by drugs), followed by pedal bone rotation. Recommended trimming made her even more sore. Unfortunately all of this has meant that the conservation group had to come to the decision that Babe is no longer suitable to be on the reserves, so as soon as she was able to travel she's come to us for some barefoot rehab. Ponies with conditions such as Babe are often "put to sleep" so we're really her last and best chance of getting well again and we'll do our best to help her. The conservation group have been committed to finding the best outcome for Babe and have paid for her transport and for staff to travel down and stay with her for a couple of days. She is now going to be owned by Nicole, who Babe already knows well, and who will be learning and taking part in her rehab...and the long term aim will be to find her a loan home...but we just need to take her rehab one day at a time for the moment...
We've set up the yard with lots of different surfaces for Babe, and Frodo's been in the front yard with her today keeping her company. We need to thank the ladies at Naturally Animals again for donating herbs and tonics especially for Babe and helping with her recovery.
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