Just wanted to update you on how Confetti is doing and send you her Christmas pictures. She was auditioning for Santa’s team!
I am very pleased with her attitude and progress. She has learned to trust me and if something different happens, Confetti doesn’t have a melt down but waits for me to tell her what to do. With the cold winter and not having an indoor ring she has had lots of time off. But has not reverted to not liking the girth tightened or getting a hump in her back and refusing to move. When I get on and cluck, confetti just walks off.
Another big hurdle that has been passed is her first hoof trim. No tranquilizer, just patience and understanding on the part of Ron, my farrier. At first Confetti was very mistrustful of a strange man, but he won her over. Her behavior was not ideal, but that wasn’t expected and could have been worse.
As you may remember I have 2 Shetland ponies, mom and ‘baby’; age 41 and 38. In early November Coco started active lethargic. When she didn’t snap out of it I had the vet out. With her age and a heart murmur she has had problems with severe cold bothering her in the past. Unfortunately it was cancer. So we said goodbye Thanksgiving weekend.
It has always been one of my greatest fears that if I lost one pony the other would follow of a broken heart. Sunny was distraught at the loss of his mother. He would roam the pastures searching for Coco and crying.
Thank God for Confetti. She would go to him and give him her company to distract him from his grief. I do believe that with out her I would have lost Sunny also.