Horse Trust sanctuary says goodbye

By: Horse Deals

Horse Trust sanctuary says goodbye
Horse Trust sanctuary says goodbye
The Buckinghamshire charity The Horse Trust has said goodbye to ex-Royal Mews horse Lancelot, as well as Pandora, the oldest donkey living at the sanctuary

Thirty-year-old Lancelot, a 16.2hh black Irish draught gelding, worked at the Royal Mews for six years and previously had a long military career. During his time at the Royal Mews, Lancelot carried the Sovereign Standard of the Life Guards on many parades and was the riding horse for the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle.

Lancelot retired to The Horse Trust's Home of Rest for Horses in 2006, where he became best friends with Just Otto, another Royal Mews horse, whom he had worked with at Windsor Castle.

"Lance was a real gentleman and was very popular with visitors," said Shirley Abbott, yard manager at The Horse Trust. "He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, in particular by his best pal Otto and his groom Matt Bradley."

Shirley said that Otto was noticeably quieter for a few days after Lancelot passed away.
"Otto was very quiet for the first few days after Lance passed away. As the weather is finally warming up, we can let the horses out onto the spring paddocks soon, which will cheer Otto up."

The sanctuary is also mourning the loss of Pandora, who - at at the age of 55 - was the oldest equine in residence. Pandora, a blind 9.2hh light brown mare, arrived to the sanctuary in 2005 with her daughter Chloe, after their elderly owner was no longer able to care for them.

"Pandora was absolutely ancient, outliving her daughter Chloe by a number of years," said Shirley. "She was a very quiet old lady, although she used to shout when she could hear anybody about."

Both Lancelot and Pandora died of natural causes in the first week of March.