Why "it’s neighhhhh fun being small" says Pedro
Ebony Horse Club is raising funds to purchase a miniature stable for Pedro and for its work with young people growing up in one of the most disadvantaged ares in the UK. Anyone wishing to help can text PONY44 and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070 (eg PONY44 £2) to 70070.
Shetland pony Pedro is a huge hit at Ebony Horse Club, with his diminutive size making him the perfect addition to our yard in Brixton. Living in the city, most new members have never seen a horse before, so can often be a little nervous when they approach a horse for the first time.
His size, however, has proved a bit of a challenge, with Pedro struggling to see over his stable door. Although he spends a lot of the day outside, he is very inquisitive and likes to be able to see what’s going on when he is in his stable.
A creative solution from our members
During the February half-term, members were very keen to invent ways to help Pedro, while the club looks into raising funds to purchase a miniature stable. Full of creativity they came up with some fantastic ideas – from tying helium balloons to help give him a lift, to giving him high heels for his four tiny hooves!
There was one suggestion in particular that really stood out – a periscope, nicknamed the Pedroscope!
It was such a good idea that we decided to see if we could turn it into a reality and were thrilled when Stockport-based printing firm, Print & Cut Ltd offered to design and construct a life-sized version of the Pedroscope. Andy Morris, Senior Project Manager at Print & Cut Ltd, Stockport explained, “We've had some strange requests over the years but never anything like this. It’s the first we’ve ever heard of, let alone made for a pony, but we jumped at the chance to help.”
The children have loved showing Pedro how to use it and have learnt a little bit of physics along the way!
Help us buy Pedro a new stable
The Pedroscope is a fun temporary solution that can be used when people are on the yard, but we need to find a permanent solution. We have looked into several options, such as a smaller door, but have decided that the bestthing is to purchase a miniature stable. Not only will this be great for Pedro but it will free up his stable for a larger horse to accommodate the increasing numbers of Brixton teenagers who ride with us.