The life of JAFFA
Jaffa, born on the hills of Dartmoor was rounded up as a 6 month old foal, during the yearly cull and experienced his first meeting with humans at the Tavistock Livestock Market, in Cornwall England, where he was destined by the meat market trade, to be transported abroad.
Thornberry Animal Sanctuary, a local animal rescue of which I was a volunteer worker, attended the Tavistock Sales, on our yearly rescue mission to purchase as many of these foals as possible. We came home that year in 1988 with 10 foals, Jaffa being one of them.
These wild unhandled foals, underwent a transformation under the gentle care at Thornberry, learning to trust humans and were all eventually rehomed under an adoption system, to loving caring homes to continue their education, many making fantastic children’s ponies.
I adopted Jaffa at the age of 2 and we became a team as he took to the carriage when he was 3 yrs old.
One of his highlights was taking part in the lord mayors parade, representing Thornberry Animal Sanctuary, where he strutted his stuff around the streets of Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
We travelled many miles together and met up with others going on rallies which he thoroughly enjoyed. He was my best friend, and I put all my trust in him when we ventured onto the main roads.
Jaffa had struggled most of his life with Laminitis, which was monitored very closely with restricted diet and grazing. This eventually manifested itself as cushings disease in the later 5 years of his life, and this along with arthritis started to take its toll as he got older.
We joined the Turmeric users group and learned of the benefits of Turmeric and how to use it in our diets.
I started Jaffa on the golden spice in Sept 2013 and within 2 weeks I was seeing a difference in his demeanor.
By 6-10 weeks he was a lively 26 year old that could now get down. Roll and get back up again… easily!
The winter of 2013 saw a transformation to Jaffa which gave him good stead for the spring and summer months of 2014, when he enjoyed yet another season of pony rides and pony weekends being pampered. He was even allowed to have grazing again, which had been nearly omitted for the last few years, due to his cushings / laminitis.
As autumn approached we upped the Turmeric intake and the winter of 2014 was one to be enjoyed for the first time in years as I knew Jaffa was comfy and not in any pain.
Sadly, on the 27th Jan. 2015, Jaffa left us to join his friends over Rainbow Bridge. He died in my arms, after the Cushings disease became too much for him to bear.
I couldn’t let him suffer ( I owed him that much).
As he took his last breaths and his spirit joined mine, I could look back on all the good times we had together, right up to the last weekend when he took his little rider out on a hack, without any pain, thanks to Turmeric!
(Images & story by Heather Fullwood aka Celtic Rider)
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