To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would
highlight the great progress some animals
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-
In fact, he'd been naughty that morning -
Now he's 120 in human-
AT THE AGE OF 39, Trampus is thought to be the Island's oldest working horse.
Equivalent in age to a 100-
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-
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-
Ann said: "He often outpaces his 15year-
Published in Isle of Wight County Press, 7/9/07
When should I retire my 30 year-
And now Trampus is an example in a magazine as well!