In the first super special of the Pony Pal series, The Baby Pony, the three girls find themselves suddenly in charge of an orphan pony. Lulu and Anna find that Pam hasn’t met them for their planned ride over the school break.
Instead she is inside a stall at the Crandal Animal Clinic, debating what to do with the baby pony. It is orphaned and the owner didn’t have the time to invest in it. In fact, he said that Pam could keep it, if it survived. Without her knowledgeable parents around, Pam is questioning what to do. Lulu and Anna work with her to find a bottle, appropriate milk and to get the foal drinking.
They are relieved however when Pam’s parents get home and her father indicates it will survive – if they commit to feeding it every 3 hours for the weeks to come.
The girls quickly agree to do so. And so suddenly their break from school turns into work as they have to feed, clean up after and educate a young colt without a mother. The Baby Pony provides readers with a glimpse at bottle feeding a young foal. It does a great job of describing the work that is involved, how often the foal needs to nurse and even the importance of a nanny mare to nurse and educate the foal. For young readers interested in the idea of breeding horses, they will learn a lot in the story.
It has a great ending too, with regards to the foal’s future and finding a suitable owner for the Baby Pony. This super special is sure to be a hit in young readers’ eyes.