Hi Deadra, thanks so much for letting me visit your blog to tell you about a couple of the animals that I’ve been lucky enough to have in my life.
Could you watch a young pony being neglected? Watch as it is slowly starved, as its halter start to dig into its nose as it grows, as it gets more wary and distrustful by the day - I couldn’t.
When a small, nervous pony turned up on the yard where my horses were stabled, it was obvious that her owners knew little about horse-care. They’d bought her because she was small, cute and cheap. She was also starving, had a belly full of worms and was very frightened. But there were lots of people willing to offer help and advice and so things should have worked out fine…
Unfortunately, the owners weren’t interested in learning, and the novelty of being a ‘horse owner’ soon wore off when the youngster trod on their toes, started to lash out with hooves and teeth in the stable, proved herself to be headshy (the reason they left her headcollar on) and refused to be caught if they let her out in the paddock. Would you stand still to be caught if being in the paddock means you finally get something to eat, whereas being in the stable means long periods without food or attention and standing in your own muck?
Whenever I was there to look after my own horses I would feed her and muck out, but it soon became obvious that stronger action was needed. She was only a youngster, and it was heartbreaking to see her heading down a road that could lead to disaster.
The owners, weeks behind on their rent for the stable, finally agreed to sign her over if the owed rent was waived. I turned her out with my elderly mare, who loved having a small companion that she could boss around, and soon they were grooming each other and my lovely Kate had a little shadow, now named Lulu, following her everywhere.
We spent the following months getting her used to being handled – properly this time with a gentle but firm hand. She soon stopped nipping and kicking, led nicely and even discovered that the stable was a nice place to be and stopped trying to climb over the stable door! I’ve always been an advocate of the T-touch, and little Lulu came to love the attention. I did plenty of groundwork with her and she soon transformed into a lovely little mare with a great personality - eager to load, happy on the long lines and lunge and ready for a loving home. She’s now been backed and is in a great caring home, having all the love and attention she deserves.
Oh wow, that's scary similar to the story of Lela in my Ruff Love book. How heart wrenching. I'm so glad you helped her out when she needed you! You said you had another furbaby to share with us today?
My current rescue is my little ginger horror, Saffron. I’ve been owned by many cats but this one has more personality than the rest put together! She follows us round like a dog, retrieves, steals pens and hides them, and constantly demands attention. She’s transformed from a scrawny little kitten with weeping eyes, a runny nose and a complete disinterest in life in general, into a mischievous cat who rules the roost and definitely has a sense of humour – but that’s a story for another day!
Thanks again for having me Deadra! There are so many animals out there which, for various reasons, have been neglected or abused and I think your book is such a brilliant idea – independent rescue centres do a great job and I know the people who run them do without so that they can help as many animals as they can.
It was my pleasure. Could you tell us a little about one of the books you have out?
‘Have wild crazy monkey sex with the first man you bump into.’
Roisin Grant hadn’t intended to follow her best friend’s advice – but, sometimes, what you expect from life and what you get don’t match up. She never expected her husband would have a stash of home-made porn movies, with him in the starring role, or that he would die and leave her bankrupt. And she never expected to be faced with asset-stripper Saul Mathews and a choice. Walk away from her home and equestrian business, or call his bluff and help him deliver riding lessons of an altogether different kind.
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Riding-High-ebook/dp/B009Z1FGMM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1352128619&sr=8-3&keywords=zara+stoneley
Giveaway! Leave a comment and I’ll pick out one winner who will get a copy (pdf or epub version) of my new erotic novel, Riding High.
Giveaways are always good! What a great opportunity. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing the stories of your rescues with us. Readers, in addition to Zara's giveaway, I'll also donate $1.00 for every comment to the ASPCA. Spread the word! ~ D. F. Krieger