Sir Didymus the miniature Shetland pony is the smallest resident at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in Devon, but what he lacks in size he makes up for with his huge personality. He loves nothing more than running around and rolling on his gym ball as you can see in the attached video. He never fails to put a smile on everyone’s face.
When Sir Didymus was first rescued after being abandoned in 2016 he turned out to be the smallest new addition to the Sanctuary in its 28 year history standing at 6.1 hands high – that’s the equivalent of 25 inches, 63.5cm or about the same size as a German Shepherd.
Known as Sir Didymus but affectionately called “Didy”, this young man has bags of character to make up for his lack of height, and is a real cheeky chappie.
Rescued along with his companion Ludo, Sir Didymus was underweight and suffering from neglect after having been left alone in a field in South Wales to fend for himself, along with another young pony, Ludo.
Since arriving at the Sanctuary both have progressed well and moved from the rehabilitation centre to the Visitor Centre, where they are now ambassadors for the Sanctuary, and part of the charity’s adoption scheme to help raise funds to rescue more ponies at risk. Sir Didymus has actually grown a little and is now 7.1 hands high – but still their smallest pony.
Head Groom Gillian Gratton explains, “Didymus has come a long way since arriving to us. He may be small but he can stick up for himself, he’s a sweet boy and everyone has fallen in love with him.”
If you’d like to visit Sir Didymus the Visitor Centre near Totnes is open from April 1st to the End of October daily from 10am-4pm. Admission is free.