The Story of Pearl the Pony

Pearl is an 18-year-old Shetland pony that was rescued in horrid condition. She had worms, anemia and was tied to a tree, forcing her to stand on hooves that were 14-16 inches long. Needless to say, she was crippled. After several failed attempts to get the appropriate authorities involved, a neighbor was able to rescue Pearl, and get her on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, 2 months later, due to an improper wrapping , Pearl lost circulation in one of her legs. This led to gangrene and eventually the loss of a major portion of one of her legs. This is usually an automatic death sentence for a horse.

But Pearl surprised everyone by continuing to walk and graze. Pearl’s strong-will and determination to live bought her some much needed time as her vet and her owner searched for answers……On Christmas Day, Pearl got a remarkable opportunity…a chance at a prosthetic! This is still rare at the moment and in the research stage (for horses). Pearl is in Virginia at Serenity Equine, where it could take 6-9 months for the whole procedure. A small price to pay for a little pony who deserves so much!

Latest News

Friday, March 30, 2001
Pearl's prosthesis will be state of the art carbon fiber and titanium and will be covered with a white material. She tried it on yesterday for the first fitting and stood at the correct height for the first time in goodness knows how long. What a feeling of accomplishment. Her second fitting is April 9th and last fitting the week thereafter...Channel 13's Sarah Greer will be doing a story on Pearl shortly. Be watching!

How you can help Pearl

Pearl has been given a second chance at life. Although a wonderful opportunity, it is costly. She is in dire need of your support. Pearl cannot live without this prosthetic. The estimated cost is between $5,000-$7,000 for the prosthetic and $600-$700 for her monthly care. She will be in Virginia for at least 6-9 months. If you can help Pearl...

Please mail contributions to:

The Pearl Fund
P.O. Box 1473
New Caney, Texas 77357

Please visit to learn more about Pearl.

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