2 weeks ago, was a very sad day for a very well respected, loved, local horsey family, as they sadly found themselves parting with their 3 much loved equine family members, 2 of which had been part of the family for over 20/25 years. Both spent time, years apart at Barnston Riding Centre, under Brenda’s care.
Unfortunately life hasn’t been very kind and it became clear that all the love in the world and probably over 100 years collective experience, was no longerenough to meet the needs of ageing ponies.
The family had done everything in their power to care for the ponies and the fact that they are still with us and with full mouths of teeth, is testament to the care they have received over the years.
Biscuit (Dun) is 33yo, totally blind and arthritic, she is a pony that our Chair, Amy rode as a child, as did many others. She is a really sweet old lady and relies heavily on Dusty (Black) to be her eyes. Dusty is a greying 28yo and apart from knackered ligaments in his hind legs, he is ageing well. The ligaments dont stop him having a happy retirement, but do mean that he can no longer be ridden.
They also came with their much larger but younger sister Ellie, Ellie is joining the herd for the first time tomorrow, so we will post her pictures tomorrow.
These pictures are from the day Biscuit and Dusty arrived and today, just 2 weeks later, just to show that older ponies shouldn’t be written off, even lots of charities out there, regularly euthanase ponies like Biscuit and Dusty, as its considered ‘cost effective’. We find ourselves in a minority, as we believe that providing they have a good quality of life, all animals have the right to live, happy for as long as they wish too.
Note: We have delayed posting about these new arrivals, to allow the family time to come to terms with the decision they had to make.