Nov 26, 2018

Petoot

Petoots braces
Petoots braces

PERSONAL PONIES usually chooses one of the children participating in our program as Poster "Child" of the Year, but this year we are VERY pleased to have chosen a most special pony for this role.

We think after you read PETOOT's story (written by his PPL "mom," Gail Schumann, State Director of New Hampshire), that you will agree that PETOOT is a most special pony and an example for us all...

Gail's story ...

Both my husband and I work full time jobs off the farm, but luckily I am only five minutes away and my father-in-law, Bernie, comes in at mid-day to check on everyone, do any needed feeding and watering, and in general make sure that all is well.

On the day PETOOT was born, Bernie came as usual—but there was nothing "usual" about the phone call I received from him telling me that RAINIE had had her foal, that both of his front legs looked like they were broken, and that he could not stand. Alarmed, I immediately left work and came home to try to get the foal to stand and nurse, but Bernie was right: this little colt could not stand on his front legs. They didn't seem broken to me, but they looked like they had been "put on" sideways.

Of course, I immediately called my vet who was amazed by the foal's unusual "conformation" and who said she had never seen anything like it. At that point we had no idea if we could save this little colt, but we decided to take one step at a time and see what could be done for him. Thus our first job was to get colostrum from his dam and tube that into his stomach. We also decided to give him some IV tetracycline for safety. But as we worked with PETOOT and talked about his chances, PETOOT kept doggedly TRYING to get up and walk! Impressed with his heart, we decided to give him a few days and see what happened.

But in order to live, PETOOT had to eat and as he couldn't stand to nurse, I milked the mare and started feeding him with a baby bottle every 4 hours. He was great about drinking and the more milk he got, the more DETERMINED he got that he was going to GET UP AND WALK. On the fourth day when I went in to milk the mare, I was dismayed to discover that she had no milk. Discouraged, I sat in the stall and watched for a bit only to discover that PETOOT had figured out how to get himself up and drink! His little legs weren't very strong and they still turned out, but HE GOT UP! It was also easy to see that this little colt was proud as a peacock to have conquered this critical skill.

Lots of people have asked me if I ever thought about putting PETOOT down in these early days when his condition looked so hopeless. Of course, it was something that my vet and I discussed, but it was really PETOOT's stamina, his willingness to keep trying, and his will to live that kept us from it. My vet even said that she simply could not, in good faith, destroy a creature with that much heart and spirit unless his physical condition became grave. Thus, PETOOT himself determined his own future.

By the end of the first week, my vet and I decided that we needed to do more for PETOOT—we needed to figure out what to do with his legs. Our first plan was braces to help support his legs, but while I left them on at night, I was afraid to keep them on during the day for fear he might get stuck on something. But even with this limited support for his legs, each day PETOOT got stronger, ate more, and got more of the "I CAN BE JUST LIKE VERYONE ELSE" attitude. He tried HARD at everything, especially at trying to run and jump like other foals.

Spurred by his continuing courage, I contacted several equine clinics, but the responses were discouraging and NO ONE thought that a little pony like PETOOT was important enough to work with. What was there to do but decide that between me and PETOOT we could make this work! Thus PETOOT and I began his physical therapy together...

I didn't really "KNOW" what I was doing, but it made sense to me that PETOOT needed help in teaching his front legs what to do—so I started "being" his front legs for him by holding them and moving them in the way they need to go in order for PETOOT to walk. Then I got a FAX from Gunvor Schoch in Sweden that detailed massage techniques and therapies to try on his legs. So now I also became PETOOT's massage therapist and faithfully administered the massages, linaments and warm soaks Gunvor recommended. And each day, PETOOT's attitude said to me, "LOOK AT ME! I CAN WALK AND RUN IF I WANT AND I REALLY NEED TO STAY ALIVE!

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

PETOOT is now 6 months old and his ATTITUDE and DESIRE TO LIVE are the reasons he is still here. He has never once given up. NOT ONCE! His feet are trimmed every 3 1/2 weeks to help him with his walk and today his front right leg looks almost normal, though his left leg is still seriously turned out. BUT this foal does run with the other horses, eats with them and believes he is ten feet tall instead of the 18" high he really is!

PETOOT is the foal that can make anyone believe that ANYTHING NIS POSSIBLE. He has the desire to liive and the heart to say, "OK, I AM DIFFERENT BUT I CAN AND WILL LIVE A GOOD LIFE." And he certainly made me realize how much love and heart a child with disabilities really has.

Most of all, though, he is a constant reminder to me of how wonderful life really is, no matter what problems you or your children may have.

 Petoot Update

Petoot just had his 16th birthday and we thought you might like to see how he has thrived in the past years despite his difficult start in life.

Gail says that Petoot's right leg has straightened substantially, but that his left is still very crooked. Doesn't seem to bother this pony a bit though as you can see from the new pictures! Gail also reports that Petoot seems to know his limitations, but really enjoys rollicking with his best friends

Petoot and Rainie (mom)
Petoot and Rainie (mom)
Petoot the Reindeer
Petoot the Reindeer
Petoot (16 years old)
Petoot (16 years old)
Aug 31, 2018

What PPL Ponies Can Do

Camp Allen
Camp Allen

What PPL Ponies Can Do!!!

Ponies - horses have the ability to heal in different ways. While other animals can be healers, too, the amount of healing you receive from a horse is amazing.  A horse has a substantial presence and this aids with their incredible healing energy they can provide. PPL ponies do this in several ways:  

  • Grounding ability
  • Sacred exchange of breath
  • Touch connection from the ground
  • Connection from sitting on their back
  • Through the movement of the horse
  • Mind to mind connection 

Ponies - horses have the ability to help people with physical conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD, addictions and brain or bodily injury.  Horses have the amazing gift to even impact those same people on a mental level. Other mental/emotional conditions they can help with are learning challenges, grief, trauma, PTSD, depression and anxiety. When a pony - horse works with someone on a deep level, they are truly helping them on a spiritual level.  A pony- horse able to do this kind of sacred work, a true heart and soul animal a person can’t help but understand that this is a spiritual being helping them or a loved one to have a shared spiritual experience.

Not every pony - horse is meant to help heal others but for those that do, it is a yearning inside of them that seeks to guide, empower and heal children and adults. More and more professionals are realizing the healing power of ponies -horsesThe ponies - horses are showing up in lives and they are creating healing opportunities for people: 

  • Therapeutic riding programs. They focus on riding and the movement of the ponies especially for physical healing. Physical therapists are usually involved in the session
  • Two types of equine assisted/experiential therapy programs are Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP.) They focus on the mental health of people and usually involve a psychotherapist and a horse trainer. Sessions can involve riding and ground work, where the person interacts with the horse from the ground.
  • Another type of equine assisted therapy can be referred to just as equine experiential therapy. This therapy may also involve riding and ground work, perhaps with a larger portion devoted to interaction from the ground. More and more places are offering this type of service not just for those with physical or mental challenges, but for business professionals and corporate groups.  

No matter what service ponies - horses can help teach and heal on a grand scale. Even if horse pet parents can’t physically ride or the horse can’t be ridden, just having the pony - horse be a part of your life is unlike any other animal in your life. The presence of a pony- horse can be very grounding for both children and adults. There is a reason people just have ‘backyard’ horses, though many may not comprehend the depth of why they do.  

If you are not a horse caregiver or perhaps have never been around horses, it is strongly recommended that you do to share some time with them. When you sit on top of a horse, you are connecting your root chakra with their heart chakra. Just sitting with them can be a powerful, beautiful and energizing experience. 

Leah
Leah
R&J
R&J
Jun 4, 2018

Cloud Nine

Klover and child
Klover and child

In May 2010, Leah and Klover of the Personal Pony program came to live with us, after the State Director, Gail Schumann, allowed us to become promoters of this exciting program. We are able to bring the ponies anywhere people might benefit from seeing and interacting with them like in classrooms or camps servicing children and adults who are differently abled. Here at our home in Bedford NH, we are also set up to allow families to visit our small farm and interact intimately with the ponies. Our three very personable pygmy goats – Mocha Rose, Rocky and Reed, all good friends with the ponies – create major entertainment. Lucy the bunny is perfect for snuggling.

In addition, we participate in fairs and parades. The ponies love adventure and don’t mind dressing up a bit! We also welcome volunteers of all ages, here at Cloud 9 Farm. Depending on interests and skill level, volunteers can help us with training, visits, exercising the ponies and doing farm chores. Students from local high schools can receive community service hours.

Leah and Klover are gentle and patient learners and teachers. They are incredible treasures. We are so grateful that the Personal Pony program is letting us love them and share them with the community.

In May 2010, Leah and Klover of the Personal Pony program came to live with us, after the State Director, Gail Schumann, allowed us to become promoters of this exciting program. We are able to bring the ponies anywhere people might benefit from seeing and interacting with them like in classrooms or camps servicing children and adults who are differently abled. Here at our home in Bedford NH, we are also set up to allow families to visit our small farm and interact intimately with the ponies. Our three very personable pygmy goats – Mocha Rose, Rocky and Reed, all good friends with the ponies – create major entertainment. Lucy the bunny is perfect for snuggling.

In addition, we participate in fairs and parades. The ponies love adventure and don’t mind dressing up a bit! We also welcome volunteers of all ages, here at Cloud 9 Farm. Depending on interests and skill level, volunteers can help us with training, visits, exercising the ponies and doing farm chores. Students from local high schools can receive community service hours.

Leah and Klover are gentle and patient learners and teachers. They are incredible treasures. We are so grateful that the Personal Pony program is letting us love them and share them with the community.

In May 2010, Leah and Klover of the Personal Pony program came to live with us, after the State Director, Gail Schumann, allowed us to become promoters of this exciting program. We are able to bring the ponies anywhere people might benefit from seeing and interacting with them like in classrooms or camps servicing children and adults who are differently abled. Here at our home in Bedford NH, we are also set up to allow families to visit our small farm and interact intimately with the ponies. Our three very personable pygmy goats – Mocha Rose, Rocky and Reed, all good friends with the ponies – create major entertainment. Lucy the bunny is perfect for snuggling.

In addition, we participate in fairs and parades. The ponies love adventure and don’t mind dressing up a bit! We also welcome volunteers of all ages, here at Cloud 9 Farm. Depending on interests and skill level, volunteers can help us with training, visits, exercising the ponies and doing farm chores. Students from local high schools can receive community service hours.

Leah and Klover are gentle and patient learners and teachers. They are incredible treasures. We are so grateful that the Personal Pony program is letting us love them and share them with the community.

In May 2010, Leah and Klover of the Personal Pony program came to live with us, after the State Director, Gail Schumann, allowed us to become promoters of this exciting program. We are able to bring the ponies anywhere people might benefit from seeing and interacting with them like in classrooms or camps servicing children and adults who are differently abled. Here at our home in Bedford NH, we are also set up to allow families to visit our small farm and interact intimately with the ponies. Our three very personable pygmy goats – Mocha Rose, Rocky and Reed, all good friends with the ponies – create major entertainment. Lucy the bunny is perfect for snuggling.

In addition, we participate in fairs and parades. The ponies love adventure and don’t mind dressing up a bit! We also welcome volunteers of all ages, here at Cloud 9 Farm. Depending on interests and skill level, volunteers can help us with training, visits, exercising the ponies and doing farm chores. Students from local high schools can receive community service hours.

Leah and Klover are gentle and patient learners and teachers. They are incredible treasures. We are so grateful that the Personal Pony program is letting us love them and share them with the community.

In May 2010, Leah and Klover of the Personal Pony program came to live with us, after the State Director, Gail Schumann, allowed us to become promoters of this exciting program. We are able to bring the ponies anywhere people might benefit from seeing and interacting with them like in classrooms or camps servicing children and adults who are differently abled. Here at our home in Bedford NH, we are also set up to allow families to visit our small farm and interact intimately with the ponies. Our three very personable pygmy goats – Mocha Rose, Rocky and Reed, all good friends with the ponies – create major entertainment. Lucy the bunny is perfect for snuggling.

In addition, we participate in fairs and parades. The ponies love adventure and don’t mind dressing up a bit! We also welcome volunteers of all ages, here at Cloud 9 Farm. Depending on interests and skill level, volunteers can help us with training, visits, exercising the ponies and doing farm chores. Students from local high schools can receive community service hours.

Leah and Klover are gentle and patient learners and teachers. They are incredible treasures. We are so grateful that the Personal Pony program is letting us love them and share them with the community.

In May 2010, Leah and Klover of the Personal Pony program came to live with us, after the State Director, Gail Schumann, allowed us to become promoters of this exciting program. We are able to bring the ponies anywhere people might benefit from seeing and interacting with them like in classrooms or camps servicing children and adults who are differently abled. Here at our home in Bedford NH, we are also set up to allow families to visit our small farm and interact intimately with the ponies. Our three very personable pygmy goats – Mocha Rose, Rocky and Reed, all good friends with the ponies – create major entertainment. Lucy the bunny is perfect for snuggling.

In addition, we participate in fairs and parades. The ponies love adventure and don’t mind dressing up a bit! We also welcome volunteers of all ages, here at Cloud 9 Farm. Depending on interests and skill level, volunteers can help us with training, visits, exercising the ponies and doing farm chores. Students from local high schools can receive community service hours.

Leah and Klover are gentle and patient learners and teachers. They are incredible treasures. We are so grateful that the Personal Pony program is letting us love them and share them with the community.

In May 2010, Leah and Klover of the Personal Pony program came to live with us, after the State Director, Gail Schumann, allowed us to become promoters of this exciting program. We are able to bring the ponies anywhere people might benefit from seeing and interacting with them like in classrooms or camps servicing children and adults who are differently abled. Here at our home in Bedford NH, we are also set up to allow families to visit our small farm and interact intimately with the ponies. Our three very personable pygmy goats – Mocha Rose, Rocky and Reed, all good friends with the ponies – create major entertainment. Lucy the bunny is perfect for snuggling.

In addition, we participate in fairs and parades. The ponies love adventure and don’t mind dressing up a bit! We also welcome volunteers of all ages, here at Cloud 9 Farm. Depending on interests and skill level, volunteers can help us with training, visits, exercising the ponies and doing farm chores. Students from local high schools can receive community service hours.

Leah and Klover are gentle and patient learners and teachers. They are incredible treasures. We are so grateful that the Personal Pony program is letting us love them and share them with the community.

In May 2010, Leah and Klover of the Personal Pony program came to live with us, after the State Director, Gail Schumann, allowed us to become promoters of this exciting program. We are able to bring the ponies anywhere people might benefit from seeing and interacting with them like in classrooms or camps servicing children and adults who are differently abled. Here at our home in Bedford NH, we are also set up to allow families to visit our small farm and interact intimately with the ponies. Our three very personable pygmy goats – Mocha Rose, Rocky and Reed, all good friends with the ponies – create major entertainment. Lucy the bunny is perfect for snuggling.

In addition, we participate in fairs and parades. The ponies love adventure and don’t mind dressing up a bit! We also welcome volunteers of all ages, here at Cloud 9 Farm. Depending on interests and skill level, volunteers can help us with training, visits, exercising the ponies and doing farm chores. Students from local high schools can receive community service hours.

Leah and Klover are gentle and patient learners and teachers. They are incredible treasures. We are so grateful that the Personal Pony program is letting us love them and share them with the community.

In May 2010, Leah and Klover of the Personal Pony program came to live with us, after the State Director, Gail Schumann, allowed us to become promoters of this exciting program. We are able to bring the ponies anywhere people might benefit from seeing and interacting with them like in classrooms or camps servicing children and adults who are differently abled. Here at our home in Bedford NH, we are also set up to allow families to visit our small farm and interact intimately with the ponies. Our three very personable pygmy goats – Mocha Rose, Rocky and Reed, all good friends with the ponies – create major entertainment. Lucy the bunny is perfect for snuggling.

In addition, we participate in fairs and parades. The ponies love adventure and don’t mind dressing up a bit! We also welcome volunteers of all ages, here at Cloud 9 Farm. Depending on interests and skill level, volunteers can help us with training, visits, exercising the ponies and doing farm chores. Students from local high schools can receive community service hours.

Leah and Klover are gentle and patient learners and teachers. They are incredible treasures. We are so grateful that the Personal Pony program is letting us love them and share them with the community.

Klover loving
Klover loving
Leah gets a kiss
Leah gets a kiss
Leah gets a smile
Leah gets a smile
 
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