It is with a heavy heart that I deputise for Tiny Tim, my friend and companion for the last 11 years, who has now departed this life.
Tim was a big horse in a little body. For a full up 9.3hh his heart, courage and charisma were huge. Many ponies would not have survived the early abuse he suffered, but Tim came through and has been a champion of all needy animals since. He enjoyed life and was always up for a day out, doing fundraisers, going to shows and patiently standing still while those with special needs stroked and cuddled him. To those of us who knew him well, the ‘standing still’ part was very awesome!
For the last year or so, in failing health, he has been in my thoughts more or less constantly. And when not in mine, he was in Sarah’s. Our yard routine was plotted around him with military precision, but spending longer and longer on box rest was not the thing for a pony like Tim. Frequent visits from Joanna (with lettuce – it’s low in sugar) and Rob (with Reiki) made his days more bearable.
Fancifully, I’d like to think of him over that rainbow bridge, playing tag with Bonni, rolling in a snow drift (his favourite thing), eyeing up the women and of course, wearin’ his red on special rugby days.
But wherever you might be, my dear Tim, thank you. It’s been a real privilege.