Joey the pony

Joey the pony

Status:  Available for adoption.  For more information or to adopt or sponsor Joey, contact us.

  • Adoption fee:   $250.00  (includes local delivery

Description:   Joey is a cute little pony gelding.   He is curious and alert.   He is very fearful though, and he will need someone to work with him to continue to build his trust in people.   He does not need to eat much to keep a healthy weight.   He’s been started under saddle but he is still green.


Joey and Virginialeading Joey aroundJoey at the trainer with VirginiaJoey stands quietlyJoey wearing tack



Some older photos from when he first arrived:

side view training for hoof care working at liberty in the round-pen stood for dentist without sedation  close up of his face

  • Sex: gelding
  • Age:  10-12 years (estimated)
  • Size:  12.1 hands
  • Breed:  not papered / unknown breed
Training/behavior:  (subject to change as his training/assessment continues)
  • Good to deal with on a daily basis.   Sometimes reluctant to be caught but he is greatly improved since arriving a month ago.    Brushed daily.
  • One person can load him in the trailer.  Hauls nicely.   Stands quietly in the trailer when it’s parked.
  • Vet care: he is nervous around new people but we were able to vaccinate and microchip him without sedation and without twitch/chain-shank
  • Dental care: good. sedation optional.
  • In the herd: very good.  Respects other horses and does not show any unusual aggression
  • Biggest shortcomings:   (1) tolerates machinery and loud noises but he does spook easily when a person sneaks up on him  (2) does not like his feet taken away from him (i.e. his ability to flee) which is an issue for hoof care.   Training will continue.   (3)  personality tends to be more of a worrier around people.


  • Coggins:  negative Coggins current
  • Vaccinations: current (EEE/WEE, rabies, tetanus, WNV)
  • Dental care:  done annually
  • De-worming: current (rotational basis, approximately every other month)
  • Farrier care :  every 4-6 weeks
  • Microchipped

  • No illness that we are aware of.    While in our care, no injuries, colic, laminitis, or any other problems.
  • Soundness: he looks ok moving forward but he has an obvious stifle issue, which you will see when he is backed up or asked to lift back feet.   Given a basic assessment by Unionville Equine on 1/5/12 (vet notes available for you to review upon request).     As a riding horse I cannot guarantee what level of riding soundness he is.   He moves forward nicely and rides well on the trail.   But if you’re looking for a show pony that needs to back up a lot or do turns on the haunches, his sticky stifle may make him unsuitable for that use.

History:   On 12/6/11 two Equihabber went out on a call to meet a horse. The owner has bought him just days before, based on an ad. But when he was unloaded at her place, he was not at all like she expected.   He was clearly very underweight and he has some real fear/trust issues. He’s kicks & runs when cornered & terrified, and the woman had gotten kicked. She realized he needed more training than she was able to give, and she asked for our help. She asked the seller to take the pony back, and she said he’d “shoot it and toss the body on the compost pile”. She would not take him to auction, and she said that she couldn’t get anyone else she called for help to call her back. So, we could not say no to helping both her & Joey.

Ongoing:  Joey is being handled daily.  He is also being seen by a professional trainer about once a week for 1-2 hour sessions.    He is significantly less fearful of people and will show curiosity & come up to people.   But he would not do well with an aggressive training method.

April/May: he’s really gotten over his fears.  But he’s working through some resistance issues, as he tests to see what he does or does not have to do.   For example, he really isn’t sure he wants to leave other horses — which is understandable — and so in this situation he balks a bit when being led.   I can still get him to load on the trailer alone and be hauled, but I felt you should know that he still has moments where he tries not to do certain things.

Summer 2013:  due to volunteers’ schedules, he was not ridden.   He does continue to be handled daily & given regular care.

November 2013:  moved to a foster farm where he will get daily handling and be assessed under saddle.  Has been asked to stand in cross-ties, have mane pulled, bridle path clipped, etc.

Fall 2014:  Joey was no longer able to be fostered at that location, so he moved back to a former foster farm.  He enjoys living life out in the herd, but in this situation he’s not caught daily.

For more information or to adopt or sponsor Joey, contact us