So this was us just over five years ago (February 2013 to be precise), when Visit Scotland dressed Vitamin and Fivla in their bespoke Fair Isle cardigans.
They wore them so well.
Fivla and Vitamin were suddenly an internet hit. The world knew about them. It was fun, though there were folk who thought that Shetland ponies wore Fair Isle cardigans all the time in the fields and what we did was terribly cruel. The fact that Fivla and Vitamin wore them for possibly 10 minutes maximum in each shoot and could easily and happily walk/trot around not giving a damn was irrelevant. There are some real idiots out there. I can say that now!
Since then many have copied but only really devaluing the brand. We were the first.
I also know that there are a few fields in Shetland with random grey (white) and black Shetland ponies in. Apparently visitors are told these are the ponies from the advert. But they aren’t. Vitamin and Fivla live in my fields.
The ladies have aged these past four years. Vitamin is a bit greyer around her cheeks.
She looks older but is still beautiful.
The ladies remain the best of friends. Now Fivla has lost weight, she looks wonderful – just the same, perhaps a bit wiser (my excuses for the very dirty bottom – someone is in season).
However, there is a distinct change in Vitamin. She is sharper, a bit senile even, but she trusts me so I can catch her if I need to. She is the younger of the two and I worry.
Fivla is just the same – always easy, always helpful – she does, though, squeal like a pig if any other pony/horse looks at her in a funny way. We just laugh.
So Fivla and Vitamin are still going strong. However, beware imitations.