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SLOAN COLUMN: A cute little pony tale

on Tuesday, 24 August 2021. Posted in Columns, Local News

SLOAN COLUMN: A cute little pony tale

I’d like to share with you, albeit a little belatedly, a cute little story about a runaway pony. It came to the office by way of a letter written by a young lady from Hartsville named Angeline Watford. She wrote the letter several weeks ago, but it somehow ended up in our Chesterfield office. I only received it last Wednesday.

Angeline and I hope it gives you a chuckle.

“On the afternoon of July 4, my son and I were headed to a cookout at my brother and sister-in-law’s home. As we were leaving our neighborhood we ran into an unusual sight. There was a beautiful pony running in the road ahead of us. We were afraid he’d make it to the main highway, so we called 911. We were told to remain in our car.

“As we waited for the rescue team, my son suddenly got out of the car. The pony began to run him around the car and up and down the road. I hate to admit it, but it was funny to watch. After all, the dispatcher had advised us to stay in our car.

“About this time a lady and her husband drove up. They knew the owners of the pony. Now I don’t know a lot about horses, and I certainly didn’t know that ponies could be so aggressive and angry. I guess it’s a good thing my son Bobby can run faster than a pony. As for me, I can drive my car faster.

“The lady who stopped got out of her car and grabbed the pony by its harness. The pony tried to bite her several times and she kept slapping it in the head every time it tried to bite her. It then rose up on its hind legs and began to box her with its front hooves. Again, I hate to admit it, but this was a funny sight to behold.

“When the police finally arrived, he let us know he was familiar with horses. What he did not know was that this was no sweet little pony. When he reached for the pony, it bit this big and strong officer. I looked the officer in the face and laughingly asked him if he had brought his handcuffs because he had just been assaulted. He began to laugh as well.

“The pony was eventually tethered to a post away from the road until the owner could be located. This officer did a splendid job and we should all appreciate our great Darlington County Sheriff’s Office and Hartsville City Police. These deputies and police officers deserve a great deal of respect.

“Hopefully all of us will learn to laugh a little more and learn to love and respect one another and not hate. We are all children of the Lord and we are all created equal. We have to work together to make our life better. Together we can again find happiness and not have to live in fear of one another. This will probably be our greatest way of survival during this time of turmoil in the USA.

” Well stated, Angeline, and thanks for sharing.

If you’ve got a great story to share, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Editor Bob Sloan at editor@

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