Adopt Me: Dakota

This sweet little pony has not had a good start in life. She came to HorseWorld in August 2015 as part of a huge group of feral horses – this included stallions and mares with foals. Dakota was very underweight and had a foal at foot that seemed to be around 2-3 months old, due to her demeanour and appearance we estimated she was an older girl.

We were able to separate Dakota and her foal but she was extremely nervous of people so we left them to settle in a little herd of mares and youngsters. Her foal was weaned successfully but poor Dakota was struggling to keep weight on and had bouts of severe diarrhoea. A faecal egg count showed a huge worm burden so she needed careful treatment for worms so her digestive system wasn’t aggravated.

We always suspected that Dakota was pregnant and in the spring of 2016 she gave birth to a fine colt foal – but very sadly he died at birth. Although Dakota was distraught to start with she then began to pick up and recover physically. It was very sad to lose the baby but for Dakota it meant her body had a chance to recover.

We had to have her sedated using a dart gun so we could attend to her feet and whilst she was sedated the vet examined her and estimated that she is only 2-3 years old.

Dakota can now have a head collar on and be led. She regularly sees the farrier without sedation and has been treated by the dentist. She has made great progress and is much more trusting of people.