Welcome to little Dini!
Dini arrived yesterday with his buddy Gracie. These two little cuties were originally purchased by their surrendering owners from the Knackery yard. They have been surrendered to Quest due to a family illness, which has prevented their family from caring for them. Dini's name is derived from the name 'Houdini'... we're told that he has been a talented little escape artist in the past! Dini has had minimal handling at this stage, and is fairly timid.
Our fluffy little pocket-rocket had great fun today... galloping flat out around the yard on the inside, bucking and squealing, while his big buddy Finn did the same around the outside next to him.. boys!!
Dini is a tough little nut to crack, but in no way 'nasty' in his nature. It is very apparent that he has had his trust terribly abused at some point in his past, and regaining that trust is always hard, particularly with an intelligent and sensitive pony such as Dini. There is no doubt that he's trying very hard, which takes a lot of courage on his part. He is resisting what were his initial responses of striking and kicking when he feels cornered, or believes he is under some kind of threat. He has not reacted in that manner for weeks, but the poor little fella still has a long way to go. He will be so much happier when the day comes when he feels he can relax around humans.
We tried for a dental exam today for Dini, but due to his extreme level of panic, we decided to leave it until Jude is here and we can sedate him to have it done. I don't want to lose what little bit of trust that he's placed in me so far, so we will opt for a stress free experience for his first time.
Well Dini has been lucky enough to be provided a wonderful, patient, and caring home with one of our lovely Quest supporters. Dini's new mum has some good solid experience in animal training, and has been winning Dini over inch by inch since his arrival. We are very lucky to have found such a home for him, and despite Dini's weariness, he has well and truly weaseled his way into his mum's heart. Thank you so much Lou for taking the time you are with Dini, and for showing him your consistent love.
Here's Dini with a visiting 'Animal Communicator'
There's nothing that makes us happier than receiving update photos of our adopted horses. It's impossible to not become attached to these horses and ponies as they pass through, and we think about every one of them long after they've moved on to their adoptive homes. Thank you so much to Dini's mum for staying in regular contact and keeping us informed as to how he's progressing. Here's the little fella looking wonderful!