Sadly we have had to say goodbye to little Dante due to ongoing problems with his legs which were causing him increasing pain.
He has soldiered on for almost two years with terrible Arthritis in his stifle (back leg) joints which very slowly became worse. When it became apparent that he could barely keep weight on one leg and the other one was beginning to bow under the weight of his body that we would be cruel to keep him going on in such constant pain. He had been on high dose of painkillers, herbs and mobility supplements and there was no more we could do to ease his pain.
Dante was a sweet little old man who has been at the sanctuary for at least 26 years. He arrived as a cheeky young boy who was said to enjoy nipping people, he’d been living as a pet in someone’s house but they could no longer cope with keeping a pony as a pet.
He leaves behind his best friend, Thelwell who has been his pal since he arrived 26 years ago. It is heartbreaking to see Thelwell now alone when it was rare to ever see him without little Dante by his side. He seems a little lost but we are giving him plenty of extra fuss and treats. He is now back in with the main Shetland ponies herd which seems to have helped him settle.
We have fond memories of Dante and Thelwell, such as when we first had Dante clipped and had to put him a little rain coat on for the first time. All the other ponies were curious to see Dante looking different so began to chase after him for a sniff. As Dante was worried about all this attention and galloped away, Thelwell placed himself between Dante and all the other ponies and ran along next to him to protect him.
Dante was always a pleasure to care for even though he acted grumpy a lot of the time. He stood patiently whilst many a young child practiced grooming him, forgiving if they made any mistakes or touched under his tummy which he disliked.
We will all miss his cheeky face with his lovely long beard, and his gentle greetings in the mornings when it was breakfast time or bedtime when the weather was bad, he hated the rain and would always much rather be stood inside.
Rest in peace Dante, your memory will live on in the minds of us and all the children you made friends with in your life.
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