The Lonely Pony

By Sarah Hawkins

Mia's mom is a groom at an RSPCA centre so she's used to taking care of ponies. but if Polly arrives on the centre, underweight and nervous, Mia is familiar with that this pony goes to want loads of care and a focus. at the start Polly is just too scared to head close to people, yet with Mia's aid, Polly will discover ways to belief back.

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Mmmm! ” she exclaimed as she breathed within the scrumptious scent coming from the kitchen. Mum used to be already sitting on the desk, which used to be packed with meals – a huge salad and large dishes jam-packed with spaghetti and Bolognese sauce. “That used to be speedy! ” “Chef Neil had already performed it all,” Sandra grinned. “Shadow helped a bit,” Neil joked, nodding on the black Lab lolling in entrance of the Aga. “Hi Shadow. ” Mia petted him and his tail began to wag, banging opposed to the leg of the kitchen desk like a drum. “Wash your hands,” Mum stated as Mia pulled out a chair. “You don’t wish bits of dust and horse hair on your dinner! ” “Oops,” Mia stated, going over to the kitchen sink. “Sorry, i used to be too excited. i used to be like middle of the night with a sugar lump. It appears so yummy. ” “Thank you,” Neil acknowledged, pouring a Ribena for Mia and crimson wine for the grown-ups. “So how’s my favorite goddaughter? Are you having fun with your summer season vacations thus far? ” “Yes! ” Mia stated, sitting down and digging into her spaghetti. “I spent all day on the stables. Mum’s bought an grand new horse known as Polly. She wishes plenty of aid, yet we’re going to ensure she’s okay, aren’t we, Mum? ” Mum nodded. “Well, Gypsy and that i have been considering if you’d love to do a few using perform with us over the holidays,” Sandra acknowledged. “If you’re now not uninterested in horses through then! ” Mia laughed. She may perhaps by no means be bored with horses. “Yes please! ” Mia grinned as she slurped her spaghetti. This summer season was once going to be the simplest one ever! It used to be the sort of vibrant morning that Mia couldn’t aid performing some bypass as she and Mum walked around the backyard. She used to be donning her jodhpurs, wellies and a vest most sensible, and he or she may perhaps already believe the light warming her shoulders. better of all, she had the full day to spend with Polly! As they walked as much as the workplaces, Mia noticed Lindsay, one of many different grooms, status with a wheelbarrow and a few clean straw. “Hi Lindsay! ” Mum referred to as. “Hi guys,” Lindsay stated. “Mia, you’re simply the lady i would like to work out. do you need to offer me a hand mucking out? ” “Sure! ” Mia grinned. “I want you have been as prepared to tidy your bed room as you have been to scrub the stables,” Mum laughed. Mia shrugged. Mucking out was once exertions, and he or she knew a few humans wouldn’t just like the concept of sweeping up the soiled straw, yet she enjoyed creating a great fresh mattress for the horses. “If you don’t brain, that might be great,” Lindsay responded. “We’re very fortunate to have your support – there are numerous jobs to do. ” “I’m going as much as see Polly,” Mum referred to as. Oh! i would like to determine Polly! Mia proposal to herself. Her unhappiness should have proven on her face, simply because Mum bent down and gave her a kiss at the most sensible of her head. “There’s lots of time,” Mum instructed her. “Polly’s doing superb, and you’ve received all summer time lengthy right here, don’t omit – plenty of time to spend studying her. ” Mia nodded, then became to aid Lindsay. quickly she used to be fortunately forking fresh, clean straw into the stall. As she conscientiously unfold it out, sun streamed during the stables and the airborne dirt and dust from the straw shimmered within the air like golden fairy dirt. I’ve obtained all summer season lengthy!

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