I’m not going to say this is the best way to put a flymask on a pony… but it may be the fastest way when there is a sudden sunny day and an uncomfortable Shetland eye.
First of all, I don’t know much about Pony Rocky Balboa except that he came from a kill pen in Texas – and he seems to be sweet, but very studly when he wants to be, and will turn his back-end to you when he feels he needs to exert his power.
I think we are done with the hind end pointing towards me, but I do see him still doing it to the badonkadonks when cookies are around. However, I have also noticed that Ethel Merdonk pays no mind to his hind end – which leads me to believe he is all hat and no cattle.
A HOT DAY AND A BAD EYE.
Today, weirdly, is a bit too warm with bright sun (when the rest of the USA is in an unprecedented cold snap). Rocky needs to have his eye washed and he needs to wear a flymask. There are no flies, but there is direct sun shining.
So, I went to his paddock armed with: cookies (of course, loaded in the incorrect pocket for this task – which I quickly corrected) warm water, a clean cloth, eye soother drops and a new flymask for ponies.
I went in with a ‘cookie and halter slight of hand’. He took the bait and halter was on. OK> Then I put the clean cloth in the bucket of warm water, squeezed out the excess and then let him sniff it. I put the warm cloth on his eye and he LOVED that sensation. Slowly I rubbed the dried bits off and soothed the area with the damp warmth. Cookie reward. Next, I did the same halter slight of hand with the flymask – and again he took the bait. It was on and halter removed!
What I did learn was that he has worn a flymask previously or else he would have reacted to the sound of the velcro and the sensation on his hair. He didn’t. He also didn’t mind when I tried to pull his mane through the mane-hole unsuccessfully.
To be clear, he did not like his ears to be touched. A clue…
Anyway, The Pony King is now wearing a mask to keep out the bright sun on his one blue eye – and to soothe and protect the other missing eye area.
DO YOU KNOW THESE BRANDS? A TEXAS RANCH?
He was found in a kill pen in Texas. However, he could be from anywhere.
The brands could be from one or two different ranches.
His left hip has a “69” or maybe an infinity symbol, not sure.
His right hip has a “CW”.
If you know anything about where he might have come from … PLEASE let me know!
ALBUM COVER SHOT
They always seem to give me an album cover shot.
Princess Buttercup Pebbles, Ethel Merdonk and Pony King Rocky Balboa.