Archive for Thursday, December 22, 2011

Heart-warming tale

The couple who helped save an abused pony certainly reflect the spirit of the season.

December 22, 2011


The recovery of Coco the Shetland pony is a heart-warming story, especially at this time of year.

With the help of the Stepping Stone Ranch in Baldwin City, Coco is ready for adoption. Steve and Vera Gannaway, who operate the ranch, agreed last April to foster Coco for the Lawrence Humane Society. Her previous owner had neglected Coco and allowed her hooves to grow so wildly that they turned into grotesque curls that prevented her from walking. The former owner, John Steffen, 44, of Eudora, pleaded no contest in November to one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.

The community owes the Gannaways its thanks for caring for Coco, who is now looking for a new home. The 40-inch-tall pony is the smallest of two-dozen horses on the ranch, but Steve Gannaway says Coco, a feisty 13-year-old who can hold her own, is friendly and would make a good companion for another horse in a pasture. Those interested in adopting Coco or helping pay for her care can contact the Lawrence Humane Society.

This truly is a moving tale for the holidays.


thirdplanet 6 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if these people ever thought of taking in the homeless or the orphans

IrishRacer 6 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if you've ever thought of taking in abused horses and ponies.

pace 6 years, 6 months ago

Good for them. I hope if thirdplanet needs any help with the homeless or orphans he plans to help, he should just post what he/she is doing. I would be glad to volunteer some time. He sees a need and I hope he does something., heck I hope he does anything. Back to the story, I know it took some careful, knowledgeable work to bring Coco back. Thank you for the time you guys took.

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