Well I didn't really even think I wanted a pony - okay so it might have crossed my mind when I was contemplating the need for some horse manure. But I never really seriously thought about ponies. And then we got 2 ponies. Okay we only got them for a day - but now I WANT A PONY!!!!!
Sunday was a beautiful day - sunny, bright clear and a little bit quiet in the general neighbourhood, and the main highway out the front luckily. About noon Adam was in the chook yards working on a redevelopment project we've got going to get the back of the house accessible for cleaning out etc when he looked up and saw these two standing at the front gate.
I was in the shed. I could hear him yelling something or other, but couldn't quite make out what he was saying. Or at least assumed I couldn't quite make it out, because he seemed to be shouting about us having Shetland ponies.
Now I don't know what it is about this place, but we do seem to have become a bit of a stopping off point for various waifs and strays around the place. These two:
Macca (the all chocolate at the back) and Lily (the pony at the front) had escaped from their home down on the outskirts of the town of Redbank earlier in the morning and their poor frantic owners had been looking for them since 9.00am on Sunday morning. We are guessing they must have snuck into the nature reserve, wandered through there, came out at the entrance a property or so down from us, WALKED across a major highway and wandered in our front gate.
Talk about lucky.
But the fun didn't end there - we managed to get hold of Macca but Lily wasn't having a bar of us - but she did follow him. So got them into our front yard and then into one of our paddocks, only to have the suspicion I had about Lily being on heat confirmed, in no uncertain terms, by the stallion who lives next door - who in time-honoured tradition, went berserk when he got a wiff of her. We then had a fairly complicated half hour or so whilst we tried to keep him from going over the fence, and recatch the ponies to take them somewhere with a bit of distance - and maybe a few buildings - between her and what was now a very very very frantic Stallion!
Finally managed to get hold of Macca and again led him away to have Lily follow (phew - she was very interested in that Stallion as well). While all this was going on - Adam had put a sign out the front saying we'd found a couple of ponies, and we then bedded them down for the afternoon / night in the orchard. Which meant we had some absolutely hysterical alpacas and some seriously pissed off turkeys who like spending their afternoons in amongst the fruit trees.
Later that evening - got a phone call from two very relieved owners who had noticed the sign when heading down to the local store to leave a notice about their missing ponies. (Exactly where we were heading on Monday morning if we hadn't heard from anybody).
Anyway - owners arrived on Monday to collect Macca and Lily. Macca happily went home - Lily complained and bitched all the way (she nips!) and hopefully they are settled back in with their family and promising to just send a postcard in the future - and not visit across that highway again!
Which has left me wondering where I can get a rescue Shetland pony now. The sound of them snuffling and neighing got very addictive very quickly - and the sheer amusement of watching 4 alpacas have a very quiet conniption fit over these two small ponies - well you can keep yourself amused for hours with these things!