Published Mar 3, 2012
OMEATH, IRELAND—Joe Duffy set his alarm clock for 2 a.m. It was his first night with his latest “baby.”
Hours earlier, acting on a tip from a neighbour, Duffy, 51, had picked up a chestnut-and-white pony that had been abandoned on the road near his country home here in County Louth, close to the Northern Ireland border.
When Duffy arrived, the pony, which may be four years old, was skin and bones, shaking and tethered to a post.
“I wanted to make sure I got up a few times with him during the night,” Duffy says. “He was so weak he couldn’t stand up on his own. I was trying to get feed into him every few hours.”
Four weeks on, the pony, named Larry, has gained 10 kilograms and has recovered enough to move gingerly around Duffy’s barn on his own.
“He’s a beautiful creature,” Duffy says, smiling. “I think the horse is so elegant.”