Petey is an incredible pony. He’s kind, clever and extremely handsome but, the most obvious way he demonstrates his brilliant character is by living an almost entirely normal life with no eyes. Petey came to us when the lesson program he was a part of had to suddenly dissolve on short notice. The other horses were able to find homes but, Petey was harder place with one eye already missing and the other eye was compromised with chronic uveitis. The program director asked us to take him, knowing we would be able to manage him but, if we had been unable, she intended to euthanize him rather than subjecting him to a life of uncertain care. Luckily for all of us, we were in a position to bring him here, along with his friend, Charlie (see below).
Petey did well but, he missed children and giving lessons so, we adopted him out to a place where he was supposed to have that opportunity. Unfortunately, there, in spite of the farm’s good intentions, he lost his other eye and developed a metabolic disorder from having too much access to lush pasture. Careful, steady management is crucial with his disability and it was clear that he had lost some confidence as he was much more defensive than before. However, because he’s such a resilient, trusting guy, he was able to overcome that anxiety as well. We learned our lesson, though - now that he’s happy, healthy and back to himself, he will stay with us (& his donkey) permanently.
Petey is in his early 20’s and very active. He loves exercise and attention and can even be ridden! He’s level-headed and extremely practical, from a distance, you’d never be able to tell that his eyes are missing! Most of all Petey is kind and loving - as much pain as his eyes caused him and with all the danger he’s been in over the years, he is always not just a good boy but, a perfect gentleman. We are so blessed to have Petey here with us - he’s an inspiration for all of us.