Darling, Delightful, Devilish
Seized by local authorities due to neglect, Pepsi, who is now approximately 25 years old, arrived at our farm suffering from severely uncared for hooves and untreated Cushing disease. We worked tirelessly for a solid year, trying to restore his health. For months, he never emerged from his stall; he was too sore to stand and move around. When he did finally leave the comfort of the barn, it was to walk carefully and slowly to a soft spot where he could lie down. At times, we questioned whether we were making the best decision for Pepsi; we questioned whether or not we should continue. Pepsi showed us he wanted to go on, though.
Now, two years later, he yells to get out of his stall and get outside. Once outside, he tosses his head, breaks into a bit of a trot and grazes freely around the farm. If you dare try to put him back inside before he is ready, he will dig his hooves into the ground and fight you all the way.
What a celebration it is when he takes off at a bit of a gallop, trying to get away from us when it is time to go into the barn. We know how hard he worked to get where he is. Our tough little Shetland pony is a courageous, cutie pie who gives a whole new meaning to the phrase-“Never give up.”
We give thanks for Pepsi. We give thanks to all of you, our supporters. You allow us to provide a Safe Haven of Hope for Pepsi and other ponies in need.