The Pepper Ponies

 The Pepper Ponies


In June of 2012, three ponies came to HAHS from a Fulton County case through the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Nicknamed the "Pepper Ponies", Chilli Pepper, Peppermint, and Pepper Jack were three small, sorrel ponies in bad shape. Pepper Jack was the healthiest of the three and only needed minor feet trimmings and corrective care. Chilli Pepper and Peppermint, however, were two mares that were in extreme pain and in need of immediate care. Years of neglect had caused their feet to double curl and they were some of the worst overgrown feet that HAHS has ever seen. The two ponies' feet hurt so much that they could barely walk and their backs had rounded and disfigured after so many years of not being able to walk normally. Further evaluation also found partial demineralization in one mare's coffin bone in a front hoof.

                                       

 

                                                      Chilli Pepper and Peppermint Before

With careful trimming and treatment, all three ponies have made great strides in their recovery. Pepper Jack has been adopted and is now in a loving forever home. Chilli Pepper and Peppermint remain pasture pals here and continue to receive careful trimming. It was a slow process, but their feet are almost back to normal now and their backs have started to straighten out. Although they still have days when they are sore, they can now walk comfortably. Every now and then, you will even see them galloping and playing - a sure sign that they are feeling much better!

           

                                               All Three Pepper Ponies Feeling Much Better!