I adopted Paddy in 2000, when he was three years old, from the Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies in Wales. They had rescued him as a baby where he was found tethered on a roadside verge outside a supermarket. He was worm ridden, had terrible issues with his teeth (he has a wave mouth and not enough room for his top teeth which had grown as pegs and into his cheek and lower gums and need regular care) and was close to death. The SWHP took him on and with time and patience they rehabilitated him. He then went to a foster home to grow up until he was old enough to go back to the SWHP to be backed. I was looking for a pony for my three year old niece and to keep my mare company, so I arranged to go and see him at the charity. My sister, niece and I traveled to Wales to see him and try him out. He was such a cheeky little chap that he won my heart the minute I saw him despite the fact that I was told he had been sent back from several potential adoptive homes for being naughty! He is certainly a character! When he arrived he refused to tie up (rearing and pulling back), nipped and chewed if given the opportunity and escaped from his field regularly too! But there was never any malice in him, he genuinely just seemed to enjoy causing mischief! It took time and patience but he has proven to be a super little pony, giving pony rides to numerous children (although he isn't adverse to depositing them if they are impolite!) but he always knows if the child in question needs looking after (like my friends little lad who had cancer - he never put a foot wrong with him). He is still cheeky and a comedian, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
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