It is with the utmost sadness that we must inform our loyal supporters of the news of Mr. Screwemtight’s passing at the age of 20. Mr. Screwemtight (aka. Falstaff, or Fally) had been battling a serious tendon tear over the last few months, which, after thorough treatment and investigation, proved unrecoverable.
Falstaff loved nothing more than galloping across the Chiltern Hills with his unruly gang, flapping his enormous ears. Although it was heartbreaking to think he would never get to have a final ‘blast’ across his fields, this uniquely-spirited boy couldn’t be allowed to suffer; it was time to say farewell to Falstaff.
After a memorable career, in 2015 Falstaff began his retirement with us here at The Horse Trust. It is safe to say Falstaff lived up to his character, despite his advancing age!
He was a cheeky lad that never particularly enjoyed being caught by the grooms. When he had to come into the barns to have treatment for mud fever, our behaviourist, Charlotte, took the opportunity to re-train the behaviour. Let’s just say that Falstaff became so good at being caught that he even learned how to put his own headcollar on! The gorgeous Falstaff was often used for filming; and was a favourite at our annual event ‘Horses, Hounds and Heroes’. He really was loved and admired by the team, our visitors and our supporters alike.
Initially, when he retired to us from the King’s Troop he suffered with Navicular Disease. Over the last 5 years he was kept sound and happy, meaning that he thoroughly enjoyed his retirement. Unfortunately, a few months ago he injured a tendon in the navicular area; despite the best efforts of the team (including grooms, farriers and veterinary) we were no longer able to keep him comfortable.
Mr Screwemtight, you are a legend in our eyes and your cheeky personality will never be forgotten. The Horse Trust will not be the same without you.
Sleep tight our precious Fally.
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