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Oliver

Oliver

12th December 2018

It’s been a really tough and very sad day today as we had to say goodbye to Oliver, one of our long term residents.

Oliver was a truly unique pony,with a really individual character and will be missed such an awful lot on the yard.

Oliver came to live with us eight years ago, very lame and underweight. He had an injured knee and had previously been given away free with another pony at the horse sales. Narrowly escaping a horrible ending, he was very lucky to find his way to us and receive the special care and knowledge needed to manage his health and well-being.

Honestly, we didn’t hold out much hope for Oliver in the early days, as he was so lame and very unhappy, but we could see the character in him, which kept him going. With the right care and treatment, Oliver turned a corner, surprising us and our vets when he eventually started to gallop, buck and bronc around the fields – something he loved doing. In fact, he was quite a handful once he began to feel better, often spooking and snorting at anything slightly different he had to walk past.

Things were up and down over the past 8 years and latterly he became increasingly arthritic. At times he’d develop hoof abscesses, which, accordng to him, were life-threatening (!) but time and again he’d make a miraculous recovery, and after some rest, anti-inflammatories and plenty of everyone’s favourite, poulticing, he’d be out galloping around the fields again. There’s no doubt that Oliver was a free spirit, and he loved life and running like the wind.

Sadly in the past couple of weeks, since the weather began to be colder, Oliver began to suffer with worsening joint pain and, although we tried a change of pain relief and anti-inflammatories, Mctimony and laser therapy, and our good old favourites, our magnetic boots; he was still very uncomfortable and his mood and demeanour changed noticeably, too, showing he was now in constant pain and no longer enjoying his life. We knew that we faced the hardest, yet kindest, decision – his face alone told us how he felt and how we could help him at this last moment.

Oliver did really well to enjoy his life here for all these years, making lots of human and equine friends along the way. He’d always pull faces when we groomed him and cleaned his feet out, yet for farriers and vets he was an angel and actually enjoyed them being around him.

Thank you so much to all the staff and volunteers who have cared for Oliver over the years, giving him so many happy years filled with love and care.
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Thank you to all our supporters who make it possible for ponies like Oliver to be given that chance to be loved and cherished rather than thrown on the scrap heap.?

Thank you for being our friend and part of our family, Oliver, we love you to bits and always will. There is more than just a stable empty here at the sanctuary today – a little piece of all our hearts is also missing.
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