I got to tell you this!……..
Yesterday being Sunday, my wife, and another friend went to Burnley in Lancashire. Now, nothing untoward there, except that we were on the trail of a potentially excellent Lead Rein/First Ridden pony, at a reasonable price! Now you`d think these little 12 hand ponies would be cheap? Well I would! Or am I just being stupid?
So anyway off we went, picnic basket, and a map! Two hours later, we arrived at the Village of Worsthorne, just outside Burnley. We followed the directions as described by the ponies owner, and finally ended up an un metalled track, leading up the side of a Fell!
We arrived at the “farm”, where we were told the pony resided. The outside gates were locked, with padlock and chains, nothing to worry me there?… I tooted the horn, and a short, rather scruffily attired lady appeared, baring a ring of keys, suggestive of a prison warder! Introductions made, she couldnt remember who we were! (Bell No 1 rung!)
She, the lady began a long tirade about how good this pony was, although we had read the add, and made some phone enquiries, you cant beat a actual visit.
I should mention that as I stepped out of the car, I became aware of a rather singular smell, which after a swift perusal of the immediate vicinity, I was able to ascertain emanated from a large pile of Dog doo doo`s! (bell No 2 rung!….time to go!)
We were lead into a run down barn, (literally it should have been run down!) There in the stall, was a poor 12 hand pony, thin, dirty, and showing age. It had originally been described as late teens? more like late twenties!
Done everything, good as gold and full of life! It was lame, and looked as though it had been buted! Poor thing was missing at least 4 back teeth, and showed signs of over bite. My OH and friend were very upset, as was I. I was tempted to take it purely to save it, but thought better. We left.
The yard was full of scrap metal, tractors, dirt, rusty metal, and was littered with faeces. This woman was a dealer, and of foul mouth too, I`m not easily shocked, but yesterday, I was !
Needless to say a report was made to the RSPCA, and we hope something will be done. There were as she said, “I have about 30 ponies here!” God help them.
Needless to say, we have found a really good pony, and for a fair price, her name is Beauty!