Yesterday, we introduced Angel. Upon reading the blog about her, one of my Facebook friends recognized her as a foal that she bred and sold as a weanling. It turns out Angel is a registered Shetland born in 2008 named Isherwood Magical Enchantress. She was sold with 2 other ponies, one of who she continued to live with until she came to us yesterday. After being sold, it isn’t clear if she changed hands again, but she ended up in a neglect situation and was rescued as at about the age of 18 months. She went as a foster (with her friend Buttercup) to the family who ended up adopting her and kept her until now.
So far, she is absolutely glued to Devil and gets nervous whenever he isn’t with her. We will introduce another friend from the herd in the next few days. This morning she spent a little time lunging. She has some amazing front leg action.
Angel (formerly known as Jelly Bean) is the newest addition to the farm. She is an 8yo, 12.3hh pinto pony. While we were not really in the market for another mount in that size range, this was a little too perfect to pass up. You see, all of Angel’s measurements are within 2cm of Devil’s, which will make them a fabulous matched pair for driving. The pair will be shown as “Devil in Disguise” and “Angel in Hiding”.
Angel has been a family pet for the past 5 years and is very green (read not saddle broken). While saddle training will likely occur, we really got her to be a driving pony. Here are some pictures of her in turn out with Devil minutes after arriving. Even though she had not trailered but 1 time in the past 5 years, we had her loaded in only a few minutes. She will be a fun training project for this year.