HEARTLESS thieves have stolen a pony that was helping a disabled boy with his therapy.
Gin Gin grandmother Phyllis Bromley said the pony had been bought to help her grandson, Hugo Kraay, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
"He was in a paddock and there was no way he could have got out on his own," she said.
"Someone would have to have unlatched the gate to let him out."
Mrs Bromley said she discovered the horse had gone on Thursday morning.
"When the police came they saw tyre tracks on the road," she said.
Mrs Bromley said Hugo had had a difficult start to life.
"He stayed in hospital for two weeks after he was born, and he was in and out of hospital for two years," she said.
She said she and her husband had got the horse, sheep, cows and dogs to help Hugo with his development.
"The animals give him something to move towards," she said.
Hugo also goes to the Bundaberg Special School twice a week.
Mrs Bromley said they had had the pony for about two months.
"Someone who drives past my property must have seen him and seen how friendly he is," she said.
"The kids are always playing with him."
Mrs Bromley said it was impossible to imagine a friendlier horse.
"I'll never be able to replace him because you need a horse with his kind of personality," she said.
"The biggest thing is finding a horse with the nature that can work with Hugo."
Mrs Bromley said Hugo was almost four, and just could not understand where the horse had gone.
"Someone must have walked him out the front gate and loaded him during the night," she said.
"He is so friendly he will follow anyone."
Mrs Bromley said the horse was too small to jump over the fence, and even if he did get out he would not have gone far.
"He would hang around the house because that's where he gets his food and water," she said
. Mrs Bromley said the horse was a small chocolate brown pony.
She asked anyone who spotted him to ring the Gin Gin police.
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