WENT TO PICK UP NEW PONY......CAME HOME WITH "BONUS" PONY!!

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I am glad that the owner recognized that things weren't working, either for her or the ponies, and decided to sell them. I am also glad that you have the heart and the means to give these boys a much better life. But while the cause of Wilbur's incomplete shed could be a lack of the nutrients needed to grow replacement hair, since he is probably middle-aged or more, I'd have to consider Cushings as a possibility.:\
 

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Wilbur is only 7 years old.....don't know if that means he might or might not have Cushings.....I don't know much about it....
 

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Ok...I promised pics and here they are. I hesitated to post these, because our livestock area is SO muddy and a complete mess right now.....we had 2 days of pouring rain Saturday and Sunday night into Monday morning....Please know that it's not usually like this. There's quite a bit of poop just from the past 2 days.....I did scoop a lot of it after I got these pics, and do keep it much cleaner (I normally clean all the manure up on weekends (more during summer when I'm not working).
I hope I am not too harshly judged for the appearance of the pen....
I added a couple pics of my mini horse, Toby, for comparison. Yes, he's a tub right now. I'm hoping with the addition of new friends that he'll be more active and slim down a bit.
First pics are Wilbur, then Sam and last 2 are Toby.
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I expected a lot worse condition wise from your prior description. They are thinner than need be but, look to be able to rehab without a great deal of issue. :) Lovely, all. And mud? Hey, it happens!

See you are in Wilmington NC, not far from me -- 75 ish miles. It's warm -- why dry shampoo? Use a hose and some Mane & Tail shampoo & conditioner. A rubber scrubber and go for it. You will get out old dirt and grime that the dry won't touch. I used to wash, rinse and add back to leave in a little conditioner in their mane/tail to help with the coarse hair issue, breakage, less dirt collection. Plus, it keeps those features silky & so much easier to comb thru. :D =D Hey, a day at the "beauty shop" gives you a good feeling!! They will prance.:D

Saddles? wipe off well with warm water then apply a good leather conditioner, let it soak in! Leather is normally willing to forgive a lot of neglect, once treated a few times.
 

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I expected a lot worse condition wise from your prior description. They are thinner than need be but, look to be able to rehab without a great deal of issue. :) Lovely, all. And mud? Hey, it happens!

See you are in Wilmington NC, not far from me -- 75 ish miles. It's warm -- why dry shampoo? Use a hose and some Mane & Tail shampoo & conditioner. A rubber scrubber and go for it. You will get out old dirt and grime that the dry won't touch. I used to wash, rinse and add back to leave in a little conditioner in their mane/tail to help with the coarse hair issue, breakage, less dirt collection. Plus, it keeps those features silky & so much easier to comb thru. :D =D Hey, a day at the "beauty shop" gives you a good feeling!! They will prance.:D

Saddles? wipe off well with warm water then apply a good leather conditioner, let it soak in! Leather is normally willing to forgive a lot of neglect, once treated a few times.
Thank you! I don't know why it shows I'm in North Carolina......I'm in northeast Indiana....but it is still warm enough to bathe them with water, so I think I will!
You're right.....they probably aren't as bad as it seems to me.
 

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Thanks everyone! This may be a dumb question, but can I use the hose (cold water) to bathe them or should I take buckets of warm water (or hot to mix with water from hose) out to use?
 
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