7th July 2005
In Sugar’s earlier days she spent her time pulling a ‘rag-and-bone’ cart. When she wasn’t working her owners left her chained up without a regular supply of food and water. The local people did their best to try and help her by giving her cakes and buns. Although these were nice they were not good for her health and as a result she became so fat that she became ill. When Sugar was rescued she had to be lifted from the ground as she could not stand. On arriving at the Sanctuary she was put on a proper diet and eventually got her good looks back.
Sugar’s eyesight had been deteriorating gradually over the years but we were happy that she was coping well and being looked after by her friends in the field.
Over the last few weeks however, her sight seemed to become much poorer, she was injuring herself and was unsure where the other horses were even when they were stood nearby.
On Sunday 3rd July Sugar was found to have facial problems which may have been caused by a brain illness or damage to her facial nerves. She spent some time in her stable but seemed very depressed.
We walked her up to greet her friends near the big field and realised that she was extremely worried about her surroundings and constantly banging into things. The vet had confirmed that she had gone completely blind. We made the very upsetting and difficult decision that we would be cruel to keep sugar going as she would have to live the rest of her life in a stable and would probably lose weight and become more depressed and ill.
She was put to sleep in a very peaceful and dignified way, in her own stable with the people she knew and trusted comforting her. She was a beautiful, sweet natured and gentle pony who was a pleasure to care for. Our only comfort is knowing that she died surrounded by people who loved her, far away from the neglectful surroundings from where she was rescued all those years ago.
We will miss Sugar more than words can say.
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