Sanctuary: Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson came to us on his birthday, May 15, 2017.
He was orphaned as soon as he was foaled at the Kill Pen in Peabody Kansas. It is believed that he was actually born premature.
As soon as Willie arrived, he was given colostrum and foal milk by bottle.
He would only drink out of one bottle, even as he grew. It took us many months to get him to drink from a bucket and eventually eat grain.
As you can see, his suspensory ligaments are quite lax, he is underweight and has no muscle mass. Therefore, he will remain with us in our sanctuary under the close supervision of our board.
Here he is in the basement of one of our Board of Director's basements during a tornado watch.
We didn't want him to be alone during such potentially severe weather at a few days old.
Willie has had an eventfull life already.
Because he was so little and alone, he has been handled by hundreds of volunteers and visitors alike.
Here is Taylor and puppy Jesse helping Willie with a snack.
For the longest time, we would feed him by bottle every two hours, twenty four hours a day!
He was so small and would get so tired after his feedings he would fall asleep anywhere and we had to carry him around.
His endurance and size remains less than other ponies his age.
Willie had his first bath on June 11, 2017.
Willie absolutely loves our old gelding Duke. The two of them are allowed to wander the property when we are onsite.
The two of them found themselves in the brome field on this day. They both need the fresh brome to keep their weight on.
Willie has gone through four different blankets since his arrival. Because of his low muscle tone and fat content, he spends many a day and night in the barn under the heat lamps during the winter months.
Willie likes to go places with us. He has been to the 2017 Valley Center Fall Festival and to our 2018 Winter Gelding Clinic.
He is still waiting for his gelding day. Due to his smaller stature, even at eight months old, he still remains a 'stallion.'
Willie loves to wear hats of all kinds.
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