An appeal has been made for someone in the Dundee area to look after a pony for 10 days.
Simon Mulholland is due to arrive in the local area tomorrow to demonstrate how ponies can provide access to the countryside and beaches to folk in wheelchairs.
He is bringing Obama, a 1.2m-tall black and white pony, to the local area to promote his company Pony Axe S.
They are doing demonstrations in the Dundee and Aberdeen areas, including Tentsmuir in Fife.
“I can get a bed and breakfast but unfortunately Obama, my pony, can’t,” said Simon.
He wants someone with suitable accommodation for Obama to stay during the evening.
“It could be a farm, field or small pony paddock,” added Simon. “Ideally it would be somewhere between Dundee and Aberdeen on the coast road [A90].
His Twitter post added: “Obama is looking for accommodation from Tuesday, yes, this week, for 10 days, anywhere between Dundee and Aberdeen.
“Just a field, but you can see he is steady and chilled. He will be out during the day, working, making National Nature Reserves accessible to people in wheelchairs.”
Obama is looking for accommodation from Tuesday, yes, this week, for 10 days, anywhere between Dundee and Aberdeen. Just a field, but you can see he is steady and chilled.
He will be out during the day, working, making National Nature Reserves accessible to people in wheelchairs. pic.twitter.com/O95vSdBzt5
— Simon Mulholland (@ponyaccess) December 4, 2017
Simon called him Obama after acquiring him at a similar time to Barack Obama’s inauguration.
He said: “Exactly eight years ago I got a small black and white pony who needed a new name, and the United States of America got a new President.
“The President was black and white and it was the least relevant thing about him. The pony was black and white, and again it was the least relevant thing about him. So the world acquired a second Obama. I admired both of them then, I admire both now.
“In eight years I cannot remember a moment when I regretted naming my pony Obama. I was never embarrassed or ashamed of the name. The President and his family, behaved with honour. In modern politics, that alone makes President Obama stand out.
“Let us hope the President Obama can start a new tradition of honourable Presidents. But tradition tends to favour the powerful, and those who have been powerful for years.
“New ideas and new people are not loved by tradition. Both Obamas have suffered from tradition. The President because Presidents are traditionally white, and my Obama, because I broke with tradition.
“Traditionally, the countryside is not accessible to people who use wheelchairs. Beaches are not traditionally accessible to people who use wheelchairs.
“Tradition blocks so much. Obamacare, gun control, judging people as people and allowing people who use wheelchairs to enjoy the countryside.
“Type ‘wheelchair access Exmouth Beach’ into Google, go to Images, you will see what Obama has done. Nobody else is taking people who use wheelchairs onto the beach. But it isn’t traditional, so it can’t be a good idea, can it?
“I hope that the future will look back on the work of both Obamas and admire it. It would make a change.”