By Callie Miller
In one immobilizing instant, the only thought in Kristy Weistroffer’s mind when she screamed was the safety of her 3-year-old child.
Just minutes earlier, Weistroffer sat with her daughter Reagan on the deck outside their country home in Winchester, Kentucky as the young girl eagerly awaited the chance to ride her new pony. Weistroffer bought it the day before from a stockyard in a neighboring county.
About 400 feet away in the barn, Reagan’s father readied the pony for Reagan’s first ride.
As Reagan’s father brought the pony into the field behind their house, Weistroffer noticed the pony seemed a little fidgety, but she chalked it up to the pony being in new surroundings. Reagan’s ran to her father, and her father helped her pet the pony to get acquainted before setting her in the saddle.
The trio began to walk, with Reagan’s father holding the pony with a lead rope attached to the bridle. He had no trouble leading the pony in a circle in the pasture. However, after a few minutes passed, the pony became noticeably frantic. Weistroffer was nervous, but Reagan’s father was able to calm the pony and keep walking.
Several more minutes passed.
Suddenly, the pony stopped in its tracks, lowered its head and started to buck. Reagan’s father again attempted to quiet it, but to no avail. In that moment, as the pony rounded its back and kicked its legs, Weistroffer realized her child was in danger.
The pony jerked the lead rope from Reagan’s father’s grasp. Weistroffer screamed but was helplessly far away on the deck. She watched as her husband dragged their daughter from the pony by her waist as the pony took off in a full gallop.
The pony ran out of the field and up the country road. A chase ensued as Reagan’s father and the neighbors, who saw the fiasco, ran in its wake. The group finally cornered the exhausted pony in another neighbor’s fenced garden and manhandled it back to the barn.
Weistroffer realized something was wrong with this pony and that it wasn’t the tranquil, beginner rider-safe horse like she was led to believe when she bought it.
“It’s time for this pony to go,” Weistroffer said to her husband.
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