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RIP Oscar

Rest in peace, Oscar

We are heartbroken to announce that this month we said our final farewell to Oscar at the amazing age of 26. Oscar arrived at The Horse Trust in December 2019 after an impressive 13 years’ service as an officer’s charger for the Household Division.
Oscar, a striking 17.2hh Irish Sport Horse, was described as ‘outstanding‘ throughout his working career and was responsible for looking after Senior Household Division Officers on State Ceremonial Parades.

RIP Oscar, former officer's charger for the Household Division

Career Highlights

  • Being centre horse for 14 of HM The Queen’s Birthday Parades
  • Selected to be the charger for the Brigade Major, and Lt. Gen. Sir George Norton KCVO CBE
  • Involved in the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Oscar’s Retirement

Due to his calm temperament, he worked well into his twenties, often helping to bring on younger horses. His career came to an end at the grand age of 25 due to arthritis; but that didn’t stop him bouncing out of the lorry when he arrived at The Horse Trust! Unfortunately, he had a problem with his heart in spring 2020 and we feared that we could lose him. However, Oscar was a fighter and made a remarkable recovery! Soon enough, he was out enjoying a lovely summer in the fields with his friends.

Due to his ongoing battle with arthritis, Oscar recently showed signs he was struggling with the harder ground; although his spirit was stronghis legs couldn’t always keep up! Despite the best efforts of our vet, Nicky, and team of grooms, it quickly became apparent that it was his time; we had to make the incredibly difficult decision to let him go.

Oscar’s final journey

Throughout his life, Oscar loved attention and human company, so we made sure that his final day was spent being thoroughly spoilt, groomed and pampered on the luscious grass in the middle of the yard. He was an absolute gentlemen with a heart of pure gold, he will be missed by everyone at The Horse Trust.

Oscar, we were so proud to give you the retirement you deserved after all your years of service to your country. Although you were only with us a short time, you made a huge impression on us all. Rest easy Oscar and journey well; your service is completed. We’d all hoped to have you for longer but it wasn’t to be.

We will never forget you.

Goodbye Oscar

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