Mayflower - a lighter case

Experiences of three owners
Britta Vogt Benno Hellwig Steffi Weigand
November 2008: since my most beloved 16-year old
Connemara-Pony mare Gwynned died by a colic within
a day, I was yearningly looking for another mare to fill
the big hole in my heart. Very soon I found Mayflower
in the “magic internet”. She was dark dun, the same
color than Gwynned, and she was mated, expecting a
foal in march 2009. I went there and bought her right
On the day we wanted to pick her up the weather
was awful, snow, wind, the highway was a mess. We
missed the vet, only got the report of the examination,
when we arrived- three hours later than planned. No
hoof-problems detected. When we took Mayflower,
who was from now on named Enya, into the float
(which took another two hours…) I noticed the very
strange way, her hoofs looked like. It even got worse
during the two hours on and off the trailer. I asked
the breeder and she said, that she would need to be
trimmed, no other problems. It looked like somebody
would have taken the wall of the hoof away very
accurate, just the one or two centimeters next to the
bottom. You could see the layers underneath, which
looked very strange to me. I´ve never seen hoofs like
this before.
The first time at home the hooves went worse. More
and more parts of the wall just broke off like dry bread.
I asked the breeder again, but she intended, Enya has
had no problems before and it could have something
to do with the pregnancy. After she gave birth, the
problem stayed. She did get a special mineral product,
I treated her hoofs two times a week with a keralit-
Of course May was the foal of my dreams. I wanted
one once in my lifetime. So I covered Maeggen in
2003 by the beautiful Paradiso van de Zonnehoeve.
One April morning at 6 I found Mayflower ready and
dry in her mother’s box. And what a stunning foal
she was! When she ran up and down the pasture she
always was the star, especially for the children.
May was always healthy and I can not say when
exactly, I realised she had bad hooves. Perhaps when
she was broken in at the age of three years. The hoovs
permanently split and cracked and I had to rasp very
often. We tried boots and shooing but with little
It was February 2012 when I got the phone call from
Steffi. She had a lot of questions about HWSD and
told me about Enya (Mayflower) which was now
with a new owner. That person wasn’t interested
in HWSD testing Enya because she was afraid this
would lower her value..
We decided to send a sample from Enya’s foal, whose
hoofs are perfect, but who must be a carrier if from
HWSD affected parent.
And we “faked”, that I am a potential buyer to get
Enya inspected. I can’t explain why we carried along
our trailer and money to that visit. But when we
came to our stable the next day we found a beautiful
dark dun HWSD affected Connemara mare in her box
– magic!
She is the second affected mare in our stable. Her
hooves are much better than Möhre’s are, because of
her upright walls and the thickness of the horn. She
always wears shoes, is doing fine with this treatment
and loosing one rarely happens.
The same year we covered Enya by Thiergartenhof’s
Indiana Jones, who we expected to be a non carrier. In
2013 Enya gave birth to a strong colt foal. Rheingold
Iggy P. got the premium award and won the
Süddeutsche Connemaraponyschau (South German
CP Show). His hooves are normal and he is a carrier.
Via the internet I found a person who mixed two
special oils for May and that helped her in a fantastic
way,but sadly this person passed away and I can not
say what exactly it was that helped May.
May was always a lovely one. No problems with
breaking in and we had perfect rides through the
landscapes around. Jumping was her favourite and she
could show her talent then!
Once we visited the North German Connemara Pony
Show in Bremen.
At the age of 4 years May was sold to Steffi
May simply is a fantastic pony and I enjoy watching
how she progresses in life.
product after taking away every little piece of loose
horn. The rasp did get my favorite tool. Her blood was
checked by a vet. Everything was ok. When we took
her for rides, we used hoofboots, which worked very
well. Taking care of her hoofs took a lot of time, but
she wasn´t lame at all. Only in the winter, when the
ground was frozen, she seemed to have slight pain.
Later I decided to keep her daughter Megan and sell
her. She never fitted into the “big footsteps”, Gwynned
left…how could she! The young woman, who rode her
for a while, fell in love with her and bought her. After
almost a year, the love disappeared and I got her back.
During this year she had hoof abscesses twice. The
vet, who was treating her, gave her another mineral
product. The farrier said, she was treated wrong and
would just need to be treated right (of course by him).
Because I was looking for a new owner for her I got
in contact with a lady, who was looking for a pony. I
wrote in the advertisement about her very poor hoofs
(which was a big handicap I felt, so I wanted the new
owner/s to know about it and I also put down the
price- this was a reduction of using the pony and also
a lot of additional work!) and so she asked, if Enya
has HWSS. I never heard about this, but after that
telephone call I got in contact with Benno Hellwig
and the Hoof Wall Separation Syndrome, now HWSD
(“magic internet” again…). Everything I got to know
about this syndrome fitted! No vet or other specialists
like farriers heard about it before, but it was the
answer of all my questions- and all problems, Enya had.
We will go on breeding our HWSD affected mares to
show that good ponies can still be bred from, if their
partners are tested negative on that issue. We are glad
to have the test available now and to be enabled to
breed securely next season!
Rheingold Connemara invites you for a visit of Möhre
and Enya. Just give us a ring when ever you are in