A 34-inch grey Shetland pony who made national news last October has passed away peacefully in his field.
22-year old Buster was rescued by equine welfare charity, HorseWorld having been abandoned, tied to a bus stop on a bustling street near Bristol’s city centre. Onlookers were astonished to see the rather unusual commuter waiting patiently for an owner that never returned for him.
”When we arrived, Buster was being tormented by children,” said HorseWorld’s Equine Husbandry Manager, Joanne Vaughan. “We untied him, loaded him up and brought him back to our welfare department where he was given a full veterinary MOT including castration, vaccinations, worming, hoof trimming, dentistry and so on.”
Buster was adopted into a loan home in February by Sian Thomas, her mother Corrine and sister Pixie, an advanced eventer. Having appeared to be perfectly fit and healthy only hours before, Corrine and Pixie found Buster had quietly passed away in his field on Wednesday 14th May with no signs of distress. They then had to break the sad news to Sian who had gone away the night before for her birthday.
Sian shared a touching tribute to Buster “RIP Buster. The happiest little pony I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I’m glad I could rescue you and give you a better life for your last few months on this earth. You gave us so much joy, happiness and most of all entertainment with your crazy, wonderful antics. I love you and will miss you so much. Goodbye Buster the Bristol bus stop pony. ”