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 Teddy

Teddy Bear, Teddy for short, is a Shetland pony who was donated to us by a family with small children. Teddy used to give many pony rides to many children until one day he decided that he didn't want to do it anymore. He started to run in circles when the children were riding him and he became hard to catch. When we met Teddy, he didn't want to know us. He ran from us every time we tried to get near him. He wouldn't even come over if we had his favorite food. Teddy has trouble trusting people and thinks that we only want to be with him to ride on his back. We promised Teddy that we would never ride him and we never have and we never will.

Even after several years of work, Teddy still has trouble trusting. He has improved greatly and will, once he knows you, come and take treats from your hand or out of a bucket. A lot of calm patience is required but once you get a halter on him he relaxes. Occasionally he will still have moments of panic and run in a circle. Teddy prefers calm, slow movements and sounds.

In the herd, Teddy would stay by himself or with the senior horses. Last fall we placed him with our two new mini horses after the passing of his best friend Kenya. Teddy was always the last one into the corral for treats and sometimes you would have to throw the treats so he could get them. Now that Teddy is with the mini horses, he has become best friends with Sally and her son Fitz.

We love Teddy for who he is and we won't give up on him. We'll keep trying to help him to overcome his fear of people and eventually we'll convince him that he will never have to do another pony ride again.

Teddy teaches patience, kindness and empathy. When working with him we are truly working FOR him. He also helps people understand that it is normal to lose trust when we are disrespected or harmed but that it is always possible to gain it back again with love and kindness.

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Teddy Bear, Teddy for short, is a Shetland pony who was donated to us by a family with small children. Teddy used to give many pony rides to many children until one day he decided that he didn't want to do it anymore. He started to run in circles when the children were riding him and he became hard to catch. When we met Teddy, he didn't want to know us. He ran from us every time we tried to get near him. He wouldn't even come over if we had his favorite food. Teddy has trouble trusting people and thinks that we only want to be with him to ride on his back. We promised Teddy that we would never ride him and we never have and we never will.

Even after several years of work, Teddy still has trouble trusting. He has improved greatly and will, once he knows you, come and take treats from your hand or out of a bucket. A lot of calm patience is required but once you get a halter on him he relaxes. Occasionally he will still have moments of panic and run in a circle. Teddy prefers calm, slow movements and sounds.

In the herd, Teddy would stay by himself or with the senior horses. Last fall we placed him with our two new mini horses after the passing of his best friend Kenya. Teddy was always the last one into the corral for treats and sometimes you would have to throw the treats so he could get them. Now that Teddy is with the mini horses, he has become best friends with Sally and her son Fitz.

We love Teddy for who he is and we won't give up on him. We'll keep trying to help him to overcome his fear of people and eventually we'll convince him that he will never have to do another pony ride again.

Teddy teaches patience, kindness and empathy. When working with him we are truly working FOR him. He also helps people understand that it is normal to lose trust when we are disrespected or harmed but that it is always possible to gain it back again with love and kindness.

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