Our lovely Charlie is a Shetland pony in his late 20s. He has Cushing’s disease (which affects his hormones) and has suffered with laminitis his entire life (an extremely painful condition that affects ponies’ hooves). As Charlie got older, his owner had two options: send Charlie somewhere that could meet his requirements or put him to sleep. His owner looked all over for a sanctuary that would accept Charlie, but it wasn’t easy. Charlie’s prime condition meant some sanctuaries didn’t deem him poorly enough to need rescuing, but his medical requirements meant he couldn’t go to a normal home either. It was through word of mouth that Charlie’s owner finally found Far From – and he even visited us before bringing Charlie along. He still visits Far From every few months and is always welcomed here. It is a joy to see an owner so dedicated.
Charlie’s owner cared for him brilliantly and he is a loving, happy pony with no mobility issues. As you can see in the pictures above, he looks a lot younger than his age!
We travelled down to Charlie in Somerset to see if the old boy was fit for travel and all agreed that Far From would be his new home. He arrived recently with his owner after a calm and successful journey. This little pony is phased by nothing and takes everything in his stride. He’s not had companionship for several years and for the majority of his life has not been able to share a field with his companions due to his laminitis.
At Far From, we have 6 ponies that have come to us suffering from laminitis. Here in the Welsh mountains, there’s very little fructan (a type of sugar that can directly cause laminitis) in the grass, meaning it’s a great home for ponies who suffer with the disease. Charlie will now spend his days in larger, more suitable paddocks, running around with his new best friends. At night, he shares a barn with Mable the sheep, goats Janie and Tilney and two of his other herd members, Freddie and Flossy.
We’re pleased to say that Charlie is loving his new life, meeting all his new friends with an amicable, placid temperament. We just know that this affectionate little guy will be adored by all our guests. In the photos above, you can see Charlie meeting Flossy – Charlie has the white socks.
Welcome to muddy Wales, Charlie. Those socks won’t stay white for long, but you’ll have so much fun in your new home with your Far From family.