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Redwings Horse Sanctuary announces death of oldest resident – Willow the Welsh pony





Staff at the Hapton base of the UK’s largest horse welfare charity has announced the death of its oldest resident.

Redwings broke the news today about Willow the Welsh pony, who died at the age of 46.

Willow came to Redwings in 2003 following a successful RSPCA prosecution. She had been living on the Welsh commons, where she had received little or no handling from humans.

Willow the Welsh pony, who has died at the age of 46. Pictures: Redwings
Willow the Welsh pony, who has died at the age of 46. Pictures: Redwings
Willow was made a cake to celebrate her birthday. Pictures: Redwings
Willow was made a cake to celebrate her birthday. Pictures: Redwings

Over the years she became a friendly and much-loved girl and was a favourite of all those who met her.

But on Friday (March 15), she experienced a sudden and severe stomach pain and, though the charity’s expert teams rushed to help and did everything possible for her, staff had to let her go to prevent her from suffering.

The pony had recently celebrated her birthday with cake and countless messages from supporters.

Willow the Welsh pony. Pictures: Redwings
Willow the Welsh pony. Pictures: Redwings
Willow at her birthday party. Pictures: Redwings
Willow at her birthday party. Pictures: Redwings
Willow the Welsh Pony. Pictures: Redwings
Willow the Welsh Pony. Pictures: Redwings

BBC Radio Norfolk’s listeners also put together a special birthday playlist for the much-loved pony and her remarkable age has even seen Redwings contacted by Guinness World Records.

Redwings vet Dawn Trayhorn, who cared for Willow, said: “While Willow's grand age was rare, the specialist care we were able to provide her - thanks to our supporters - played a massive role in her enjoying such a long and healthy life, and I’m so proud to have been a part of that.

“She was so loved by so many, and I feel for everyone who is grieving at this news. I’ve never known so many people come to say goodbye to a pony.

“Willow was our most golden of golden oldies and truly one of a kind. We won’t forget her.”



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