A horse, believed to have been the oldest in the world, has died at a sanctuary in Essex.
Orchid celebrated her 50th Birthday in January. She arrrived at Remus Horse Sanctuary in June 2014 having been badly beaten, kicked and starved of food and water. She had been used for breeding but was discarded when her usefulness ended.
Staff decided to put Orchid down on Wednesday after she continued to show signs of distress and discomfort from an illness.
Sue Burton, Founder of the Sanctuary (pictured with Orchid), said: “This was a devastating decision. Orchid was a beautiful girl but we have to do what is right for the animals, not ourselves. With the care she received here, she put on weight, gained strength and her health improved massively within weeks of arriving at the Sanctuary. Her time here was a happy one. It was easy to see.
“To turn an animal around from neglect or abuse, requires a lot of time, care and money. We don’t put an animal to sleep just because it’s old.”
One staff member said: “Every morning she would bang on her stable door for her breakfast and not stop until she got what she wanted. As an occasional treat raspberries were a particular favourite as she could suck on them!”