Miniature Horse Gets Second Chance at Life Thanks to Helping Horses of Alabama & Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
A miniature horse found outside of Birmingham has a story like no other.
Attacked by dogs, he was left with three legs and survived for 6 months until he was found.
“When I first saw him run away from me, I said there goes a pogo stick (laughs),” said Shelley Jones, Executive Director of Helping Horses of Alabama, an organization that rescues horses.
And they call him a super hero pony.
“I do feel like he has super powers. He’s a super pony that has a huge personality in such a little package. So, I think he fits the persona of being a super pony,” said Jones.
Bibb County school bus drivers, first spotted the pony out on a rural road on their route, severely injured and running around on three legs.
“I said you didn’t see a three-legged horse that doesn’t happen. She said I think you need to come and see him,” said Jones.
Jones found out dogs attacked the little guy as well as two other horses, killing those two, and leaving the pony with only three legs.
“Initially when I first saw him and smelled him, I thought, there’s no way we can save this animal because he had such a horrific injury. We brought him home and cleaned him up and he bonded with us immediately and we saw him function on three legs in an amazing way,” said Jones.
She knew he was a fighter and contacted Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to see what they could do.
“There were a few things that he had going for him that had me say yes, Ms. Jones, let’s do this and give him the comfort and ability to have a happy life and be a therapy horse and help others,” said Dr. Lindsey Boone, Assistant Clinical Professor and an Equine Surgeon at Auburn University.
A very rare procedure they were willing to try on the pony and that was giving him a prosthetic leg.
“What’s more miraculous is that he survived that unfortunate injury and somehow survived those 6 months with no care at all. Amputation is a big deal in horses particularly especially adult horses. So, he had some things going for him. I think it was his incredible will to survive, how small he is and how he got over that traumatic episode in some ways on his own,” said Dr. Boone.
Spending two months at the school and doing some intense physical therapy, he is now doing amazing and Jones hopes that he can be a therapy horse one day.
“My hope is that he will serve a bigger purpose and people can see how he came over such a traumatic life start and injury and be able to get inspiration from that. Pogo to be a therapy animal is my dream for him,” said Jones.
After everything he’s been through and still willing to fight for, Wednesday he officially graduated from physical rehabilitation.
“Look at what he’s done and what he’s been able to endure and he’s so happy and you can tell that he’s in a great frame of mind, physically fit, and he looks fantastic, so I think to be around him is a very pleasant uplifting experience,” said Jones.
A little pony with a big heart and a purpose that they hope will bring inspiration to anyone who meets him.
Pogo’s care is going to be a huge commitment financially and physically So, Helping Horses of Alabama needs help to keep his care going. If you would like to help Pogo and his path to become a therapy pony, visit HelpingHorsesAlabama.com or their Facebook Page: Helping Horses Alabama.