Monthly Archives: May 2015
The newest arrival at the Donkey Paradise (El Paraíso del Burro) in Asturias is Finn, a young Asturcon pony. The Asturcon pony is a semi-wild and ancient breed of pony, native to Asturias, and lives only on the Sueve mountain which is very close to the Donkey Paradise.
Finn arrived here in April 2015 and was extremely emaciated. He is a young pony and small, even for his breed, which is normally strong and stocky; he could be anything from 1 to about 4 years of age. He looks too small for a four year old but the vet says that his teeth show him to be around the age of 4. Finn could barely stand when he arrived, and had to lean on the old cart in the yard in order to maintain his balance. He was also rather ill: his body was invaded by ticks and internal parasites (worms) and his penis was swollen. The vet was called and his treatment was started: he was given treatment against Babeciosis (a tick-borne disease), given antibiotics for the infection in his penis and anti-worm paste for the internal parasites. He was keen to eat and so, with the addition of vitamins to his food, this has helped his progress.
Finn had no energy for the first three weeks. On the first night he slept in the “shop” as this meant he did not need to move very far. Each night Marleen would go to see him before she went to bed and, if he was in a difficult position, she would turn him to make him comfortable. A volunteer, Rory, took it upon himself to help Finn as much as possible, and one day he was overjoyed to see Finn stand up on his own for the first time. Then Rory would take him for walks around the land to increase his muscle strength. Finn is very stubborn and also strong for his size and it is necessary to walk behind him to encourage him to move forward, however he never kicks or bites and his whinny is a lovely sound. Sometime in the future it will be necessary for Finn to be castrated, but for the time being he will be left to gain his strength and enjoy his renewed health.
Now, just a few weeks later, Finn is able to live in the stables with the donkeys, he can go out into the fields with them during the day and he is improving daily. Now he is even able to run around! What a joy it is to see such a difference in him.