Thursday, May 22, 2008

Some history on Poppa Flash...

(6wks later)

These photos of Poppa Flash were taken 6 weeks apart...he arrived here in an emaciated state but is now living the life of riley!

Ive managed to trace back some history on Poppa Flash.

He was owned 20 years ago by a lady who adored him and in her own words, tells me that he literally saved her life and prevented her from going off the rails as a teen. I didn't send her photos of him because I thought it would upset her too much. We had quite a chat about him, and it seems some things never change, he;s still very much the same character as he was back then!
And best of all, she was able to confirm to me that he is definitely 30 years old.

Poppa Flash went through a couple of different homes, culminating with a home who (for reasons Im not sure of) sold him to the meatworks. The man driving the meatworks truck took a shining to him, and rang the local pony club to ask if they knew of anyone there who might want a quiet kids horse. Now I won't get into the ethics of him doing this, but I for one am thankful that he did as Flash would have ended up on the table at a restaurant in Europe by now.

So...Flash spent the past year at pony he was able to carry a saddle with a spine that sticks up 3" is beyond me, and when I questioned his previous owner about this she denied it was a problem. She also denied that anyone at pony club thought that Flash was too thin. Again, not going to debate the fact, I think the photos speak for themselves really and all that matters now is that he is here with me and will not be leaving.

He also will never have to go to pony club again!

He lives his life chasing Whizzy (my ex intermediate eventer, 20yrs old) and Lucy around the paddock! He gets first pick of the fresh paddocks, and of course plenty of good food.

He's looking like a woolly bear with 4" long fur!

He's gaining weight slowly but surely, and has had the dentist and regular farriery of course. And it goes without saying that good vet care is never far away if needed.

Will update with furry winter photos shortly.

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