Last week, I was contacted on the phone by a German film company (ZDF). They wanted to film a Shetland pony being driven in harness and/or maybe ridden.
As you know, we spent Saturday fetching home Andy and Fivla. Sunday morning was spent washing the cart and harness, brushing Andy and taking him for a test-run.
Then, on Sunday evening, I received an email saying that our filming was cancelled as “it just all got a bit too tight” (whatever that means).
So that is us. Sitting here on Monday, having done all the work for absolutely bloody nothing.
And it was work.
The harness, cart and Andy do not clean themselves.
And it has cost us money – a Land Rover towing a trailer does not run off fresh air.
We will return the ponies to their loan home and tell them in our eyes they are stars but I don’t think folk appreciate just how much work goes into providing animals for filming. There is a great deal of behind-the-scenes effort so that the pony you see is 100% perfect for the job required.
To say we are greatly pissed off, is to put it mildly.
They could’ve offered to pay for our diesel.