S'Mores is a miniature horse who joined the River's Wish family in 2010. He was born with a clubbed hoof which could have been corrected but was not. Now he is gelded and his hoof is well cared for. Both our veterinarian and farrier monitor it and take all necessary steps to ensure that his life is as good and as comfortable as possible. While S'Mores is a little slower than the others in his herd, he is by far the sweetest! We are all better from the influence of this little gelding in our lives.
An Interview with S'Mores
Q1: What was your life like before you came to River's Wish?
A1: When I was born I had a clubbed hoof but no one did anything for it. They used me for pony rides. It wasn't fun at all. Then some nice people rescued me and I didn't have to do pony rides anymore. I lived in the Cascade mountain range and winter was coming. The farrier thought I should be put down, so my people contacted River's Wish, because they wanted to help me (and my extremely shy friend Ginger). River's Wish had a veterinarian come out and look at me. He said I was cute and friendly. Duh. He said that maybe I'd only have a good year, but he thought I deserved a chance.
Kit from River's Wish drove over to Cle Elum to pick Ginger and me up and bring us back to the sanctuary in October 2010. They had the veterinarian xray my leg and hoof and the farrier worked with special shoeing for my hoof. Oh. And they had me gelded. I don't recall ever asking for THAT!
Well, 11 years later and I'm still here. Every morning I play with my friend Winter. I'm so happy that I was not put down. I love my herd and I'm happy
Q2: Who is your best friend at River's Wish?
A2: My best friend is Baby. I'm pretty sweet on her. When Flip came to live here, he also thought she was pretty cute, and I had to step up and let him know she was all mine. I might be small, but I am mighty.
Q3: What is your favorite thing to do?
A3. I love going out in the pasture on a nice day, running with my mini-herd, and eating grass. Sometimes I'm a bit slower, but Baby waits for me.
Q4: What is one thing that people don't know about you?
A4: Well, people sometimes look at me and feel sorry for me because I walk a little slower and my hoof is curved over. They see my hind knocked knees and they think I must be so sad and in pain. But guess what? I'm not in pain and I'm not sad. I have the best team of people who care for me, and I have an awesome veterinarian, Dr. Kennedy and a super cool farrier, Chris and a whole lot of horses and humans who think I'm the cutest guy ever.
Q5: What do you want people to know about miniature horses?
A5. We are small and cute, which makes people want to get us as pets. But we are long-lived--our average life span is 30 years. And we are actually horses, meaning we require all the same kind of care any horse would need--vaccinations, worming, hoof care, feeding, cleaning, and more. We get very shaggy in the winter, so we need lots of brushing when it starts to warm up. We are all unique individuals. My herd is made up of shy, high spirited, sassy and sweet equines. We get along in spite of our differences!
I know. I know. I'm pretty dang cute.