A seven-year-old boy has won over the internet this week as a video of him crying with joy at his new pony’s arrival went viral.
Sabastian Lucas saved the money he made selling homemade lemonade for three years in order to buy his new companion, who cost AUS$3,000 (£1,800).
Sabastian’s mother Juliana Kent surprised her eldest son when she brought home the grey pony called Tom and put him in the family’s barn near Scarborough, Brisbane. She filmed their first meeting, later posting the video on Facebook (above).
“For three years he kept putting money in a jar and kept praying to the pony Gods. We had to embrace it,” Juliana told ABC Brisbane.
Juliana said she had spotted the 13-year-old grey schoolmaster last month and thought he would be the ideal pony for Sabastian and his four-year-old brother Canterbury.
She added that the boys were still overwhelmed three hours after being introduced to him.
“I was so happy as he was so big and I wasn’t expecting a big pony,” said Sabastian. “I felt really happy because a pony was here.”
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Sabastian sold his traditional lemonade and ice tea from outside his house for 20c a cup to raise the money for Tom, and says he will now carry on with his business to pay for tack and vets’ fees.
The pair also plan to carry on their training at Cedar Lake Equestrian Centre near the Gold Coast, where Sabastian has been learning to ride.
“I’ve ridden him nearly 10 times in five days,” he said. “I’m still learning but I can walk and trot as they are easy, but cantering is hard.”