- A sanctuary in Devon provide an orphaned foal with teddy bears for company. Video ensues. (ZapIt)
- A pony in Canada is attacked by a bear while minding its own business. (Kamloops)
- A cob called Buddy goes for a swim in Kent, and requires the help fo the fire brigade. (Kent Online) A pony in Essex also took a dip with the same results. (Epping Forest Guardian)
- Two-headed pony discovered in Wales. Sort of. (Daily Mail)
- A man in Rhode Island took a shetland pony called Willy Wonka into his local Liquor store. Something entirely predictable ensued. (ABC News – thank you Ed Ward)
- A psychic helped rescue an adventurous Norwegian Fjord who wound up in a ravine in Seattle. (Seattle Times – thank you to Christina Wilsdon)
- Edinburgh decides it’s really rather nice to have pony rides in the centre of town. (The Edinburgh Reporter)
- Mumbai teenagers rescue a tiny, sick pony they found grazing on a garbage dump. (dnaindia.com)
And to lighten the depressing snippets of the earlier post still more, here’s one of Vivian Maier’s photos from 1950s Chicago (thank you, Amro!), showing a young man riding a draft horse bareback through the city, and the story of a 1909 carousel in Spokane, still turning. I particularly enjoyed the explanation of the difference between the “romance” and the “money” sides of the figures of horses and wild animals: the outward flank of the beast is fantastically decorated, whereas the side the customer sees when they’ve paid up and are about to mount, is somewhat plainer.
Also, an extremely cute pony.