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One of the four New Forest ponies we have was looking a bit under the weather when Philip went up there yesterday, so we all went to have a look at her (Shelley)

Decided to give her 24 hours and see how she was, but today when Rita and Philip went up she had passed away.

She was 19 so not a bad age, and it hasn't been a bad winter, but she looked as though she had a head cold which might have been a contributory factor.

Had a word with the vet, got to sort out getting her removed from the field now and changing the water as whatever it was might be catching for the others.

Sad to lose one, they all 'family' to us.

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One of the four New Forest ponies we have was looking a bit under the weather when Philip went up there yesterday, so we all went to have a look at her (Shelley)

Decided to give her 24 hours and see how she was, but today when Rita and Philip went up she had passed away.

She was 19 so not a bad age, and it hasn't been a bad winter, but she looked as though she had a head cold which might have been a contributory factor.

Had a word with the vet, got to sort out getting her removed from the field now and changing the water as whatever it was might be catching for the others.

Sad to lose one, they all 'family' to us.

Peter
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Sorry to hear that news. Look after the others.

But as you said 19 is not a bad age. I am surprised I have got to (nearly) 72

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So sorry to hear of your loss, hope the others are all ok, so sad to lose a much loved animal friend.
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Sorry to hear of your loss Peter hope the others are ok



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So sorry. What works for me,is to feel good when i look up into the sky and see the,"Mares tails". The wind catching the clouds and pulling them out,there are our horses running free again.
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Thanks, All, sorry to dampen your evening, but we both appreciate the thoughts given above.

Shelley was one of three that we rescued from the French Horse Meat traders at the Beaulieu Road sales. We had already rescued Sparky after his mother died, he was found wandering alone in a bit of a state, and Rita's sister arranged to take him in and we took him over a short while later.

We then looked for a companion for him, and went to the sales with the intention of buying one, but finished up buying two, one of which was Shelley. Unbeknown to us, she was pregnant, so we were now 3+ 1/2, and later on her stallion would get the other mare in the club at quite an early age.

Somewhere in there we bought a paddock and rented one next door to give them 5 acres of grass surrounded by Hawthorn, Oak and Ash trees. They are a native breed and live out in all weathers. We did try some shelters, but they wouldn't use them, preferring to shelter under and behind the trees.

So we had five.

Sparky, the original had to be put down in Autumn 2012, he had Laminitis, but we had an excellent farrier who kept him on his feet for 17 years after the vet had written him off. That left four, now Shelley has gone too.

Fortunately we have lots of pictures and memories of them both.

The one that we thought would be a problem, with a wheezy chest, has been no trouble at all.

Thanks again,

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Sorry about your loss Peter, so many memories across those years.
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Sorry for your loss Peter

But it sounds as though Shelly was very lucky the day you found her

A good life is everything

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So sorry for your loss. It sounds like you have given them all a great life.
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Horses and ponies are unique creatures in the affection they generate and it is a sad loss when their time is up. I understand and sympathize in your loss.
Our oldest was a Welsh pony bought for our daughters for their first pony - they were eight and Smokey was five. We had him for 29 years - 34 when he died and the whole family grieved for a long time. We have had many horses over the years, some for a quite short time and others for most of their lives. Each one was special in its own way.


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