Carys (Welsh for love) was one of four Welsh mares that came to Mane Chance together after we had been contacted by World Horse Welfare, who were looking for a home for them to go to without being separated. They had been living in a field since birth and had largely fended for themselves, so had had very little human connection and needed a home where they would be worked with slowly and patiently. We believe (from the dentist’s estimation) that Carys is the oldest of the four and whilst she is emotionally quite a strong character, she is a little weaker than the others physically. She is settled in a herd with Freya (another gentle mature pony) and they have a wonderful friendship. All four Welsh mares are incredibly gentle – they have never experienced any mistreatment, they just haven’t spent much time with humans. Carys is proving to be perhaps the bravest when it comes to learning new skills; she was the first for us to be able to head collar and she soon learnt that the handy little bowl that we brought into the field tended to hold treats that could be earned by just saying hello! With lots of patience and calmness, they are really making progress and it’s a pleasure to be involved with giving these ponies such a safe and sociable future!
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