Hapton-based charity Redwings is mourning the death of a pony which has been on their adoption scheme since their inception thirty years ago.
Chestnut gelding Rusty, who died aged 31, was originally rescued by Redwings from Watton horse sale in very poor condition, suffering with a severe worm burden. He was one of the first to join the Redwings Adoption Scheme when it began in 1984 and only retired in 2011, although he still continued to attract visitors in their hundreds to the Redwings Caldecott Visitor Centre in Norfolk where he lived.
Over the past few years Rusty had developed age-related osteoarthritis and PPID (also known as Cushing’s Disease), and, after the charity’s vet team did all they could for the pony, the decision was made to put him down.
Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress said: “Although we know he had a long and happy life here at Redwings, we are still devastated to lose this incredibly special chap. He just had a way of capturing hearts.”