Miniature Pony Horrendously Bloated After Eating SAND

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Henry was meant to be a miniature Shetland Cross Pony – but he was getting bigger and bigger by the minute





The owners of this little pony just couldn’t figure out why he had become so bad-tempered, until they noticed his stomach was all bloated

It wasn’t the result of eating too much hay, however, that was causing the problem, but Henry’s strange habit of swallowing sand

He had been left to exercise in an outdoor all-weather paddock and, it seemed, had taken to the taste of its grainy covering

Unfortunately, his new meal had blocked his large intestine and this was having an effect on his other organs

Henry was taken to the Equine Hospital at the Leahurst Campus of the University of Liverpool, which specialises in rare illnesses and serious injuries to horses

Vets there decided to flush Henry’s stomach and found a build up of sand was causing all the problems

They carried out surgery to save his life and placed him on a special diet as he recovers back to health

We have been asked to state that as the breeding of this little pony is unknown, he should not be described as a ‘Shetland’ due to his spotted coat. It may be that he is a cross between a Spotted Pony and a Shetland Pony…

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  1. why such an aggressive tone? can think of far more important things to be “disgusted” by…did you not read the amended text that was included in response to some comments?
    “We have been asked to state that as the breeding of this little pony is unknown, he should not be described as a ‘Shetland’ due to his spotted coat. It may be that he is a cross between a Spotted Pony and a Shetland Pony…”
    really cannot state it any clearer and 2 does not constitute “MANY”….

  2. Actually no, it doesnt “appease” me in the slightest, after 20 + years of breeding British spotted miniatures , it frankly disgusts me that reporters can use misleading text misrepresenting what essentially is one of the oldest native breeds of the British Isles.

    FACTS IS: no such things as a spotted shetland as now pointed out by MANY.
    Without pedigree , it cannot be assumed “part bred shetland” .
    Its coat colour IS spotted so it IS safe to assume this is a safer description….you are not defining a breed type or height, simply using a general colour descriptive.

  3. posted by Julie from the USA

    “Sand Colic is not new in my beachside community. We have a product call sand clear. It is basically a phyilium product. Bran helps too. Sometimes they are drawn to the salt in the sand and a salt block helps that.”

  4. Thanks for your comments folks….may we just point out that we do not claim to be experts of any breed of horse or pony, that’s not what this website is about..the article was submitted by one of our guest writers who had seen the story in her local paper..we, of course, are ultimately responsible for any content that is published..but to be frank we do not see our role as that of educators of the public. the story is a light hearted account of the antics of one small pony, it would be difficult to also claim that he is a ‘spotted pony’ when his breeding is unknown to us and the commenter’s so we shall change his description to that of a ‘Shetland Cross’
    trust that appeases you purists…lol

  5. Agree, there is no such thing as a spotted shetland, totally mis informing the public with this information.
    Of course he could well be a part bred, but this would then question the title of this article.
    With no registration details, he shouldnt be assumed to be either a pure or a partbred shetland , one is as equally misleading as the other.
    Suffice to say….calling him a spotted pony would be the correct terminology.

    Shetland sized crossbreeds simply should not be “assumed” of shetland origins.

  6. don’t agree entirely as he could be a part bred Shetland and not registered so we will leave the description as it is, but of course he is not just 2 foot high…:)

    Shetlands can be almost every colour, including skewbald and piebald (called pinto in the United States), but are mainly black, chestnut, bay, grey, palomino, dun, roan, cremello, and silver dapple.

    Registered shetlands are not leopard spotted (Appaloosa), nor do they carry the champagne gene, though these colours are sometimes seen in Shetland-sized crossbreds

  7. I would just like to point out that this is NOT a “Shetland” it is a spotted pony. Shetlands do not allow the registration of spotteds, it is the only pattern they do not allow. I really do wish people would get this sort of thing right. That and the size of course, no way is he “two foot high” I am glad he is OK but I think his owners were a little silly to leave him out on a sand school with nothing to eat, these little ones are well known for eating everything they are not supposed to.

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