Recently, I have noticed that Storm is not really one of the boys. It worries me. Silver and Waffle have perfected the art of leaving Storm behind with the boring big boys. He doesn’t say anything but I can tell, as his mother, that he minds. Also, Storm would like to live in his shed, but the other two want to go and play with the others.
Storm is the Tiny Tim (Dickens’ Christmas Carol) of the Shetland pony world and that makes me worry even more.
I was thinking about finding Storm a friend, when I was offered Stardust – one of this year’s foal who was given away by his breeders as he had a blue eye and was due to be put to sleep.
Stardust is a mini. Apparently, he has always been very subdued and never plays. So who better than Storm for company? Storm plays a little but usually falls over when it gets too rough. He prefers a quiet life and no one really gives him that.
So, today, they were introduced to each other for the first time.
Suddenly Storm stopped looking like Tiny Tim and instantly appeared bigger, fitter and healthier both mentally and physically.
I led Storm to his shed and Stardust automatically followed without being asked.
It was interesting to watch them together. Storm shot into his shed where a huge pile of hay was waiting and vanished from Stardust’s view. Stardust whinnied, as if lost, and Storm came out of the shed, buffed Stardust on the side and shot back indoors. Stardust followed and I left them both eating hay together.
We will see what happens. I want Stardust to start trusting people through watching Storm, who would follow me to the ends of the earth.
Early days, I know, but Stardust is very cute! A new recruit and a project for me this winter. I want him to look up to Storm and I want Storm to rise to the challenge.