2006 grey pony gelding
Type of Rescue: Animal Control Seizure
Intake Date: 1/27/21
Adoption Date: 5/9/23
Length of Time with SAFE: 7 months in total
Quincy came to SAFE with three other ponies when they were seized by Animal Control for severe neglect. He was part of a bigger herd that came to SAFE the month earlier. The previous owner had hidden the 4 ponies on their property when Animal Control picked up the first group. Quincy came to SAFE as an unhandled stallion, and he was successfully gelded once we got him a bit more gentled. Because of Quincy’s age, we felt a companion home would be the best choice for him. He was initially adopted in 2021, but was returned to SAFE by his adopter who could no longer keep him. Quincy got a refresher course in safe handling, good manners, and letting himself be caught, and not too long after, he found another adoptive home, where he is happy and comfortable.
Quincy is all tucked in for winter and doing great on pellet soup and soaked hay.
Easy has never been a word one would associate with Quincy. He first came to SAFE back in the beginning of February 2021 as an anxious stallion, incredibly reluctant to be caught and very nervous to be handled. He was gelded here, and a lot of time was spent to gentle him: braiding his mane, brushing his coat, and teaching him some basics of groundwork to help him feel more comfortable in his body and by extension, more comfortable around humans. When he left for his adoption last summer, Quincy was the most ‘domestic’ he’d ever been.
But old habits are deeply ingrained. Quincy had spent the first 15 years of his life operating on his own terms. He had learned how to evade being caught, and with each failed attempt on the human side of things, honed his craft even more. The releases he was given for getting away from people calcified over time and made him into one very crafty pony. And there was a fear component too, a mistrust of people and their intentions. It took time while Quincy was at SAFE for us to whittle away at these spots, but such habits are not extinguished overnight. Like learning a language, new behaviors require upkeep and maintenance to prevent the old ones from slipping back to the foreground.
This is all to say that, when Quincy left for his adoptive home, he was by no means without baggage. Then a long winter season at his new house meant some time spent not getting caught on a regular basis, and a rapid slide back into his old evasive ways. Ultimately, it just wasn’t working out, and for Quincy, the best course of action would be to return to SAFE.
Once back, and in a paddock he had inhabited once before, Quincy took no time at all to feel at home. But that did not include feeling so comfortable that he was suddenly OK with being caught. We built a small catch pen in the corner of his paddock so we would have a smaller area to herd him into to get back in the habit of being haltered daily. We also kept his breakaway halter on 24/7 to make it easier for all parties, and to ensure that in the event of an emergency, we would have the best possible chance of getting a hold of him in a timely manner.
We started work on reminding Quincy what it was like to be alright with people from the moment he stepped foot off the trailer. Instead of unloading him and immediately leaving him to his own devices, we spent some time petting on him and walking him around his paddock, reminding him how it was to spend time closely alongside people. He was certainly skeptical, but we were confident that it would not take long before Quincy remembered all his positive past experiences.
Now, Quincy gets caught daily, usually multiple times by multiple people. Upon his return, it was initially taking upwards of ten minutes in the catch pen before he would get caught. Those times began to dramatically reduce as the days passed and he got back into the habit of having hands on him daily, and recently he has allowed for us to walk right up to him in his paddock, outside of the catch pen, and halter him right up. It will still take a bit more time before this stops feeling so delicate, but he is already making great progress and remembering so much about what we taught him when he was here the first time.
Quincy is adopted! Annemarie turned to SAFE looking for a friend for her horses, Nick and Ernie. On a sunny day in August they headed to Quincy’s new home. Annemarie said he arrived without breaking a sweat and unloaded like he’s been doing it his whole life.
Quincy came to SAFE as part of a 7 pony seizure from Animal Control. The ponies had been living unhandled, hungry, with overgrown hooves, large worm loads and badly in need of dentals. Quincy was a stallion and at 15 years old, he was the hardest to get him to trust humans. He was difficult to catch and was tense when you touched him. Over time he got better, but he needed to find a home with an experienced handler.
We are delighted Annemarie has the skills to give him a loving, caring home. On a recent update she told us her horse, Ernie, had opened Quincy’s gate in the middle of the night and the three horses had their very first hangout together. Quincy was being kept separately while the three got to know each other slowly. She awoke to see all 3 horses hanging out and somewhere in the night Quincy, the little pony, had made it clear to Nick, a 1300 lb Friesian, that he was boss. Now the three get along perfectly. They are currently working on building Quincy a stall, but right now he likes to share, going back and forth between Ernie and Nick’s stall. Annemarie has been brushing him, spoiling him with apple treats, putting on a fly mask and says catching him has been a piece of cake! He fits in perfectly and we could not be happier for this little man and his new life.
Quincy’s current challenge is finding trust in people. Three months ago, Quincy didn’t like to be touched, but with patient work, his eyes have softened and now he even leans into being petted. He has received farrier care twice and was great for the farrier. We have moved Quincy’s paddock to the other side of the property. Our herd of fillies gets turned out to graze next right next to him. They run over to say hi and he’s always a chill boy.
Quincy is still a little bit reluctant to be caught and haltered, but he has improved enough that his trainer is experimenting with leaving his halter off when he’s out in his paddock. He also has been turned out with some of our regular sized horses and he does really well. Mostly just wants to hang out and graze in peace.
This was Terry’s third time working with Quincy. He is very reactive and afraid of human contact. At a few points during his groundwork session, he leaned into the touch and his eye become very soft. Hopefully with patience and time we will help him over his trouble and find a better relationship with people. We will continue to work on building trust. He’s worth all the effort!
Look at this brave boy with his new hairdo. Now we can see his face!
A few days back, we introduced three ponies and a full sized horse who were seized by Animal Control due to neglect and signed over to SAFE. Animal Control found four more ponies hidden on the same property, and their owner surrendered them. One of SAFE’s top priorities is supporting Animal Control agencies so they can be most effective when dealing with animal cruelty. So when asked if we had room for four more ponies, including two stallions, we said we’d make room for them.
The two pony stallions are Doolin, a 4 year old pinto, and Quincy, a 15 year old palomino. Both ponies are about 11hh, and somewhat reluctant to be caught. Our plan is to gentle them as soon as possible so they can both be gelded. They each had extremely overgrown hooves, so farrier work is being done to correct this problem.
The other two ponies are a dam and filly named Checkers and Minnie. Checkers is about 15 years old and is very shy. Her daughter is about 6 months old and is quite curious about people. She’s adorable. Checkers has already had her teeth floated and she’s been checked for pregnancy, which thankfully she seems to have avoided.
The four ponies are in quarantine for the next three weeks, with the two stallions housed separately next door to each other and the mare and filly well separated from both of them. We’ll be able to report more about them when we know them better. Right now they’re enjoying lovely hay, dry paddocks, and comfortable shelter, which is just what they need!