1975 – 10th April 2015
It’s with a heavy heart that we bring the sad news of the loss of Trigger, our very oldest resident.
Trigger was approximately 40 years old had a really happy 9 years of retirement with us after working hard for the previous 28 years in a local Riding School.
Trigger had been abandoned in the fields of the riding school, called Model farm, as a 12 week old tiny foal. The kind people from the school, mainly the owner, Joyce, took Trigger in and raised him and he spent many years in his home there.
Sadly when Joyce died, many of the horses were left homeless including Trigger and his horse ‘wife’ Shazeke. When it was looking likely that the old couple would be put to sleep, we stepped in and offered them a secure retirement.
Many fortunate children learned to ride on Trigger as he was so gentle and well behaved. He also took part in Riding for the Disabled lessons, so the joy that he gave to children and adults is immeasurable. He truly changed so many peoples lives and there are hundreds of people who will have fond memories of the old fellow.
Trigger was a real character and would push past anything to get to a bucket of feed. He would stand for hours to be groomed and pampered, he loved cuddles and was a favourite among the staff, volunteers and visitors.
Sadly for Trigger although he was still in good health, his hind legs had such severe arthritic changes that over the past few years he had began to struggle with his balance and stability.
He was a tough old man though and seemed determined to keep going, many a summer we had said it would be his last, but as Trigger had other ideas he just kept trooping on.
We managed his arthritis with various herbal supplements, anti-inflammatories from our Vets, magnetic therapy and more recently laser therapy and Mctimoney treatment. We really think we managed to keep him very comfortable in the last few years as he never appeared to be in pain.
But over his last week or so Trigger began to sway and slip on his hind legs. He had taken 3 falls in the field since Christmas and in early April his legs gave way in his stable, causing him a lot of upset as he could not get to his feet. We hoped that this would be a one off, however then he was even more unsteady on his legs and was seen to almost collapse again a week later.
We had been in regular contact with out Vet and Trigger was being kept an eye on but on this occasion we were given no choice than to say goodbye to him before he fell again and caused himself some real harm and pain. To watch him walk it was a miracle he remained strong as long as he did, but to anyone experienced with horses it was clear that he was near total collapse.
He is very sadly missed, the place is not the same without him. But we can take comfort that he is now galloping over Rainbow Bridge to greet Shazeke.
Rest in peace old man and enjoy your new legs.
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