i am recovering from very serious back surgery. i'm doing well, feel so much better but my surgeon has told me that while my surgery was 100% successful, if i mess up my back again, there will not be anything left to fix. i have come to the realization that i must make some lifestyle changes, some good (i have quit smoking) and some not so good. while i don't have a problem with feeding my mini boys and it doesn't take a lot of effort to toss hay over the fence into the feeder, i have been given lifelong restrictions that prevent me from being able to care for my mini boys like they need. i have to depend on others to come out here every few days to clean up after them. being on a small dry lot, manure piles up pretty quickly. i have no one to hire to do this regularly. grooming the minis is too much of a challenge and even working with the farrier puts me into positions i simply cannot/should not be in. last week, i contacted "Pony Pals". they have been in business for 10 years. they have several shetlands that they take to various places where they set up a little round pen and give pony rides. i have seen them often and have stood at the fence to watch. they take excellent care of their ponies, they are all sleek and healthy. i called to see if they would be interested in my boys and their easy entry cart/harness. they came out friday morning to meet red and rebel and immediately fell in love with them. they will be here next weekend to take them to their new home. they will not be used for riding, obviously, because they are too small. however, they have been in the process of building a special place on their farm for a petting zoo, which red and rebel will be the star attractions of along with a couple of pygmy goats and a pot belly pig. they will also be taking them, along with a sizable round pen, and setting up their little petting zoo next to where they set up their pony rides. they also do kids birthday parties and i have seen their ponies in parades pulling little wagons and they have contracts at all of the local county fairs. i can't begin to tell you how excited i am to have my boys going to such a great place, close to home so i can visit them any time i want to and best of all, they will be going TOGETHER! it is more than i could have hoped for! while i will miss them, they will only be 30 minutes away. the people are very nice and they have also agreed to sign a contract that if, for whatever reason, they cannot keep the boys in the future, they will be returned to me. red and rebel love attention! i think they will be very happy with their new jobs!!