“Satan”, the internet superstar

Last year a for-sale ad appeared on an American equine advertising page, which captured a fair bit of attention. It read:

Pony Available at your own risk… Meet Presley (AKA Satan) (Got the first name, Earned the other) American Mutt Pony (AKA Welsh/ QH cross) 3 yr old gelding (still thinks he is a stud) (Gelded 3 weeks ago) 13 hands of fireball He isn’t broke to ride and most days barely broke to lead. ( If you can even catch him) *He ran the streets of Garrard Co for 6 months before Animal Control could even catch him. * He DOES rear buck and kick a little bit. Even a bite on occasion (Especially if you try to touch him) You can pick up his feet (if you have a death wish. )

He would excel as a bronc prospect (for little Cowboys) or maybe to be good at just being a lawn mower. Or ( if you don’t value your life) a trail or show pony.

His drug of choice is Ace.

He also likes eating you out of house and home and getting fat on air.

But he does have some ok things about him. He has that gorgeous color every pays for. He respects fences. He gets along great with other horses. (Especially mares) He is cute as a button. He will remind you to pay your health insurance on time. He loads in a trailer great. (If you can catch him or screw it, just run him in and he loads right up) He loves horse treats (will take them with or without chunks of your hand.) He has had a saddle on once after a tube of ace and a lot of blood, sweat and tears (mostly mine) He is a beautiful mover (while trying to catch him you will see this movement a lot)

So if your looking for your next million dollar mustang project he is your man!!

$200.00 fee (so the “canners” AKA meat buyers stay away)
Will sell on a NO buy back contract! !

Come on all you professional horse trainers he could build you a resume that will get you a tv show if he doesn’t put you in the ground trying… So if you are up for the challenge PM me…

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to show the world your as crazy as people think you are!!

Free bottle of tequila with purchase! ! (You will need it)

Only “Very” experienced need apply!!!

God Bless

This ad was re-posted on the Horse Collaborative website, which is where I saw it after it had already gone viral. The next day, they posted Satan’s back story, which revealed where he came from, and how he got his nickname. It also told us that Satan had gone to a re-trainer for  some groundwork. Horse Collaborative then posted a link to his new Facebook page, which I’ve been following ever since.

Satan appears to have flummoxed his trainer, Olivia Dixon, though she has not given up on the horse. Reading her posts, I and over a hundred and thirty eight thousand others share her journey with Satan (he’s keeping the name!), and I am constantly struck by her attitude to this difficult horse. She approaches him with patience, gentleness, and respect. He continues to present her with challenges, after over a year working closely together, and yet she never gives up on him.

To me, Olivia is a true example of what horsewomanship is about (though some who post on the page seem to disagree with her methods, and a number of people think simply changing the pony’s name would do the trick). Her patience is phenomenal – even towards her critics.  Her methods demonstrate that connection with another animal will never be enabled by beating it into submission, though nor does she molly-coddle. What Olivia does, which is so inspiring because it’s such a rarity, is to really put the horse first.

I encourage you to follow the pair on Facebook. You can also check out Satan’s YouTube channel and see him in action.

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