Rusty, a pony who had been on Redwings’ adoption scheme since it started 30 years ago, has died.

The 31-year-old chestnut gelding was rescued by Redwings from Watton horse sale. He had severe worm burden and was in a very poor condition. He became one of the first to join the Redwings adoption scheme when it was set up in 1984.

Rusty, who had developed cushing’s, had recently started deteriorating. He become “dull and depressed” and was put to sleep on Monday (17 February).

Redwings’ Lynn Cutress said: “Although we know he had a long and happy life here at Redwings, we are still devastated to lose this incredibly special chap.

“He was so friendly and sweet and he had become such a ‘mascot’ for Redwings.

“This year is the 30th anniversary of our formation as a charity and it’s amazing that he has been with us all the way through. Monday was an incredibly sad day for us all but the sun was shining on his back and he had a peaceful end in the place that he loved.”

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