It looks like we have a mission a head of us!
Our first job is to help pick up two ponies, the only thing is that this is no ordinary pick up.
Gwen and Phyllis are mother and daughter and have been roaming around common land for a year and a half. Unfortunately this land is close to busy roads and there is a very high possibility of them becoming injured. The whole story is very confusing and just like many of these cases has a lot of human stuff behind it…… stories that will make you upset and possibly angry.
The human stuff is not mine and there is no need to share it! Our work is for the best welfare to both Gwen and her daughter Phyllis.
At present they have been rounded up into a two and a half acre field to keep them safe they have been in this field since November. Where they have had many people try to catch them, from two large organisations, horse whispers and just about every man and his dog. All have had to give up with ideas that they will need to be darted to transport them!!!
To add to this complication Gwen is heavily pregnant.
I spent about an hour and a half with them yesterday, they are good as wild specially the daughter Phyllis. They have understood that people bring food and will approach for this but not a chance of anything else.
It is clear that the interaction with humans has not been good and this is visible when you see Gwen as she still has the tether around her neck, I would imagine that this has started to grow in her by now:( The story says that she was found tethered to a goal post where she had gone crazy and pulled down the posts, a gentleman saw this out walking and cut her free from the tangled mess.
There is a serious lack of trust for people.
Other thoughts of transporting them is to coral them into a trailer, my feeling is that this is going to freak both of them out and hold no place to build any sort of relationship, especially when they are back at the sanctuary. I also believe that this could be dangerous for Gwen given her pregnant state.
This one is going to be a challenge as we need to help the two ponies and at the same time teach the rescue staff the Trust Technique and supporting the people who have already helped the two ponies both financially and with their time.
The one thing that I know for sure right now is that the Trust Technique only works at the animals pace. So one of my first jobs is to be able to create the right time and space to focus on making this happen in the best possible way for both Gwen and Phyllis, no matter what ideas the people have.
I will update what happens when we see them this afternoon and of course all of this work is being videoed so that we can share the whole process with our Trust Technique Members