This very cute little horse with the crazy hairdo is Buttons. His own family suffered a terrible tragedy and were unable to care for him. As a result, and regretfully, Buttons has not had the easiest time over the last 18 months. He's now come to stay with us and he's quickly become part of our family. He's backed, loves kids and knows his job, so he is now my 4-year old niece's pony. Buttons does have a strong, cheeky personality, but he's not bolshy like many Shetlands have the reputation as being.
The original idea was that he would be turned out with the boys (the mares and geldings are kept separately) however things didn't go quite according to plan. Jake, who is at the top of the herd, fell instantly in love with Buttons and wouldn't let any of the other horses near him, even to meet him. Wolfie was so excited, he stodd bouncing on the spot. He has a strange fascination for small animals, including sheep and dogs, so he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a miniature sized horse! For some reason, one of the other geldings took an instant dislike to Buttons, and it all became too rough. For his own sake, we took Buttons back out again. He was so upset, he's been on his own for over a year and was desperate for company.
There is a pet sheep at the yard, so Buttons stayed with her for a few days to allow the other horses to see and smell him. We then turned him out with the mares, which seems to be working out fine. Buttons now thinks he's the man, being in with all the ladies. He really wants to be everyone's friend and is just glad of the company. The mares seem a bit bemused by their new pint-sized friend, but Buttons is clearly loving his new life, so it's all worked out for the best.