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Star of the Month

To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would highlight the great progress some animals
have made.

Heidi is an Alpaca

From Rescue to National Competition

My Buffalo's Back!

Back In The Show Ring

Over the Moon

Back in Perfect Balance

From ‘No Hope’ to Winning!

Life's a Canter for Trampus

A Brazilian Tapir's Bathroom Accident

But he’s not lame!

Miracle Achieved, 100%!

Nearly Put Down 2 Months Ago!

Mending Mabel

Getting the Measure of Tapeworm

Dedication Makes All the Difference!

Tara's Back-end is Back Again!

Sophie can Stand Again!

Better Than 100%

Lame, constipated, incontinent...

The Tale of the New Wag

Some of Our Success Stories

Happy Birthday Trampus!


40 years old and still working, still happy and healthy...

Written up in the County Press last year (see below), Trampus is still strong in carrying his owner Ann.

Vav went to do his usual six-monthly checkup and found him as fit as ever.

In fact, he'd been naughty that morning - he'd been so keen to go for his trot, she'd had difficulty holding him!

Now he's 120 in human-years!

Life's a Canter for Trampus

AT THE AGE OF 39, Trampus is thought to be the Island's oldest working horse.

Equivalent in age to a 100-year-old human, the horse still goes on hacks three to four times a week with owner Ann Greenhill.

The expected lifespan of a horse is between 20 and 30 years and by the age of 17 most are thought to be too old for working as their legs begin to fail.

This feat is particularly significant as, at the age of 15, Trampus was almost put down because of serious foot problems.

Ann, of Colwell Common Road, Totland Bay, is convinced it is his six-monthly chiropractic treatment that keeps him fit to ride.

Chiropractor Vav Simon said: "Keeping the skeleton straight allows all the nerves to help muscles and organs work properly and this contributes a great deal to good health. Pain, immobility and organ dysfunction all induce illness and accelerate aging.

"I'm sure the Island has the most caring horse owners. Having worked all around the country, I've not found so many owners committed to keeping their horses into old age anywhere else."

Trampus used to do cross-country courses but is still happy to go on hacks.

Ann said: "He often outpaces his 15year-old companion, who has to trot from time to time to keep up. "In fact Trampy is still happy to canter."

Published in Isle of Wight County Press, 7/9/07

When should I retire my 30 year-old?

And now Trampus is an example in a magazine as well!