Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Spirit the Hungarian circus pony stops for tea.

Although Spirit was getting around well on the soft grass of the field, his poorly feet were giving him trouble on the yard so Jessica made the decision to have the farrier make a pair of new shoes with cushion soles for him. She gave Spirit some rescue remedy and other sedatives to keep him calm, as the process was likely to take a couple of hours. So when I turned up to add my healing to the mix he was already looking quite chilled.

The farrier was so kind to him and understood his ways so well, they had known each other for some years now and had a mutual respect. Shoes were forged and then adjusted on site, screws were fixed, legs were lifted and placed back down, the process was continuous for some time and little Spirit was being very good. 

Tea was offered all round and mugs were brought out to the yard as the farrier worked his magic. Jessica, with mug of tea in hand, stayed close to Spirit all of the time, holding his rope and soothing his head (something she rarely had the chance to do without sedation. Spirit that is not Jessica!) Her attention was drawn to the farrier when she felt a nudge at her hand holding the tea; there was Spirit lapping the cooled tea from Jessica’s mug! We all watched him finish it off. Even in a half dazed state he managed to turn a tense situation into laughter with his comedy act.

Do you have a pony that drinks tea?

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