Born on 9th June 1992, Fred is the son of my second ever pony named Tictac. Tictac was a very special horse, and so is Fred. He now spends his days sunbathing in the Spanish sun here at Trex Andalucia now and looks forward to greeting all of our new visitors.
Surprising to some, a well looked after horse can live into their thirties. Tictac lived a very good life in England and lived until the age of 36. She was bought for me at the age of 6 and I fell in love with her straight away. So there was no surprise that Fred wouldn’t win my heart just the same.
Fred traveled to Spain with our two other ponies, one month after we arrived in Spain. I was very worried about the long journey they each had ahead of them, but they all arrived at a yard in Los Gallardos in a bright purple lorry safe and sound. All three of them jumped off the box, looking great.
Fred, having never had seen open space with endless views on mountains was instantly taken back by his new home. He came from woodlands and forests, and he would often stand in the same position and just stare at the mountains in front of him.
He stayed at Livery for 2 years, whilst we were preparing his new home here at Trex. He is our confidence giver. Anyone that has had a bad experience whilst riding, then Fred is your horse.
You will see how his color has changed over the years. Born black & white, Freddie looked like a baby cow as a foal. Once he grew up, he turned grey, just like this mum. When he gets bathed and his skin is wet, you can still see the original patterns on his skin.
He’s very popular with the children and one of the best teachers. He loves his cuddles and being groomed. His kind nature makes him the perfect model to teach grooming and about general horse care. Back when he was younger in the UK, he let a goat eat his tail, from the other side of a fence, because he thought the goats were grooming him!
He has had two traumas in his lifetime, the first at a very young age. He got colic and spent five days in the veterinary college at Newmarket, where they operated on removing a blockage from his belly. We were very lucky he was insured, it cost around £1900 to get him well again. It was caused by him eating acorns that had dropped onto the ground in the field where he lived in England.
The second trauma, I was on my way back from work and got a distressed call from Sadie (a very special lady, she’s now all grown up, with her own family). Just a teenager herself at the time, she had phoned to tell me that she witnessed a pit bull-type dog attack Fred and he was in a bad way! Sadie was distraught!
I instantly called the vet and we both got there as quickly as possible. He had bite marks on his hind leg and a zigzag tear on his front shoulder, which took 15 staples to put him back together. Sadie said the dog was being walked by a couple, the dog came onto our private land and chased Fred. Fred had kicked the dog after it had attacked him and instead of it running away the dog came back and attacked again this time from the front!
The owners managed to get the dog under control, saw the state Fred was in, standing with blood all over. They saw how upset Sadie was, but then quickly disappeared. We never did find them! They say horses never forget their traumas, but when you gain their trust, love, and care for them during their lifetime, Fred’s proof that they can forget.
Fred lives alongside many dogs here at Trex and has no fear of dogs at all. His scars are just part of his past. He is one of the kindest and most loving animals I have ever known. Many visitors have fallen in love with him, and he receives a lot of cuddles! I could go on and on about Fred and his mummy Tictac, but I will leave it for another time.
If you would like to adopt Fred contact us today.