Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Handling semi feral "wild" ponies

BBC footage from 00.00/2.22 secs http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8319577.stm
EPS pony handling - this foal is clearly distressed and even screams as it is pushed over and hoisted up by its tail to be pinned against the barrier.

Our alternative - this is our semi feral pony Misty having her routine check up. She never goes anywhere near people out on the reserve but because of our methods, she can be checked over and have her feet trimmed, all with the least possible stress to her.
The above pictures clearly demonstrate the advantages of sympathetic handling for 'wild' ponies.
Dr. Bill Wilson MSP is tackling the hot branding issue in Scotland. Last week in Parliament he raised the issue of the hot branding of Exmoor ponies and is hopeful that the practice will be banned, in Scotland at least.
The handling is an equally important issue which also needs addressing.

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1 comment:

Margaret H said...

This IS good news! Love the picture of Misty.