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Happy ending for rejected miniature pony Ralph
10:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
Time was running out for miniature spotted pony Ralph after his mother rejected him when he was just two days old.
His owner, Christine Jackson, from Steeton, tried to rear him by hand, but after ten days after refusing to eat, the tiny, 18ins high foal, was dangerously thin.
As a last resort, she took him to her friend and fellow miniature horse breeder, Linda Leeming in Eastburn.
And it was a case of third time lucky, when Ralph was finally accepted by one of Linda’s three mares.
“It was our last hope. He’d been rejected by his own mother and he’d been rejected by my mares, Betty and Lady. It was like Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” said Linda.
“When we got to my third mare, Poppy, it was our last hope, but she let the little foal suckle straightaway, he latched himself on and wouldn’t come off until his little tummy was full.”
She said it had really been the little foal’s very last chance.
“He really would’ve died. There was no way he could have stayed with his mother, she just kept attacking him, but he wouldn’t drink out of a bottle either, he just wanted his mum,” said Linda.
But now, Ralph, a Falabella blend miniature, is just coming up to four months old, is back home with his foster mum and is sharing a field with two four tup lambs.
“He’s really healthy and even though they are bigger than him, he likes nothing more than chasing the lambs,” said Linda.