OVER THE RAINBOW

We work hard to keep our residents as happy as we can in their later years, and sadly we sometimes have to make the heart breaking decision of having them put to sleep.

They are never euthanized for reasons of age or infirmity alone. Our vets are kept informed if one of our animals is struggling, and with their advice and support, vet decisions are made on such occasions.

Mark

Born in 1993
11.2hh
3/4 Caspian x 1/4 Welsh Section B

Mark was born at the sanctuary; his mother is Roshan. He suffers from Cushing’s disease and also has a back injury. He is a lovely gentle pony.

Brenin

Born in 1991
12.3hh
Welsh Section C

Brennin came to the sanctuary when his owner sadly passed away. He had been a highly successful in-hand show pony and was also used as a driving pony. He suffers with laminitis so we keep his grazing restricted.

Candy

Candy passed over on the 22nd December.  Candy was always very nervous, but she will be sadly missed.  She was approx 30 years old when she passed over.

George

George passed over on the 10th November 2018.  George was 17.3 ex dressage show jumping horse.  He was rescued and then brought to the Sanctuary.  He was a wonderful big presence on the yard and had lovely personality.

Jack

Jack passed over on the 30th October 2019.    Jack was so gentle and kind.

Roshan

Roshan passed over on the 6th July 2018.

Roshan was born in 1989, Welsh Sec B, Bay mare.  Roshan had had five foals through her life time.  She had been successful in-hand and ridden career.   She was a gentle sole and we miss her greatly.

Baylad

Baylad was an ex race horse. He came to us in 2001 after the rescue centre he came from had closed down. Baylad was such a patient horse and loved going for walks. He had been slowly struggling with his hips and one particular weekend it was time to have the vet visit him.

Baylad was in his thirties and although he had a relaxed and happy retirement with us, it was time for that awful decision to have him put to sleep. We will always remember him running in the fields with his friend and stable mate, George.

Frasier

Frasier came to the sanctuary in 2011. He was the most lovely little black Shetland, despite suffering from laminitis and arthritis. He went to the Rainbow Bridge in April 2016; he was over 30 years old.

Quara Su

Quara Su came to the sanctuary in 2007. She was a lovely Caspian mare who was loved by everyone. She was a pleasure to be with. Quara Su went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2015 when she was 33 years old.

Peggy

Peggy came to the sanctuary in 2011. She was a 16hh polo pony who unfortunately suffered with arthritis, and had no teeth. She was such a lovely horse with a wonderful temperament. She went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2014; she was over 30 years old.

Mia

Born in 1994
15.2hh
Cleveland Bay x Thoroughbred

Mia was a competition horse turned broodmare, which took its toll on her back. After an injury giving birth to her last foal she was unable to breed anymore. She was advertised as free to a good home and was then exchanged for a horse box. Mia ended up with dealers and nearly went to slaughter before Roleystone stepped in. She has proven to be a lovely horse and we are so happy that she can now live out her days in peace.

Hooper

Born in 1984
40″ tall
Standard Shetland Pony

Hopper came to the sanctuary with his best friend, Briar, who has sadly since passed away. Hopper is blind in one eye and partially blind in the other. One of his eyes has to be bathed daily to stop infections. Despite his age and ailments, he manages to get around well with the help of his friend Beau, who acts as his eyes. He also has to be fed a soft diet because he has lost many teeth over the years.

Beau

Born in 1991
28″ tall
Miniature Shetland Pony

Beau came to Roleystone in 2009 because his owners were moving away and had no provision to look after him. He is a lovely little Shetland who aids his friend Hopper on a daily basis by being his eyes. He is currently recovering from a cancerous growth being removed. We have to keep a close eye on him to check that it does not return. He also has arthritis but this is managed with medication and special feed.

Dancer

Born in 2003
15.2hh
Thoroughbred

Dancer unfortunately has dropped suspensory ligaments, but she is a stunning horse living out her days with her friends.

Tariq

Born in 1993
11.2hh
Caspian

Tariq was rescued in 2012. He came to Roleystone with Shirar, where they were both saved from being put to sleep. Tariq has few teeth now and he suffers with Cushing’s disease.

Cooper

Born in 1985
12.3hh
British Riding Pony

Copper was advertised free to good home because his owner couldn’t afford to keep him. He came to live out his days at Roleystone in 2008. Copper was a successful show pony; he came 3rd in riding pony class at HOYS. Unfortunately he suffers from arthritis in his hips and also has Cushing’s disease.

Berti

Born in 1995
12hh
Welsh Section A

Bertie came to the sanctuary in 2008 after previously being a successful lead rein pony, ranking in the top 10 at HOYS. He was a lovely friendly pony, but he suffered from Cushing’s Disease and also struggled with Laminitis. Sady, he passed away in 2023.

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