At my old barn, they had the old timer lesson horses. All of them were in great shape. They'd do beginner lessons and help out in the summer camp (of course getting the best treatment). The Barn Owner treated them like gold, and in the warmer months, would turn them out in their "trail" part and just let them be free little horses.
There was Dusty, Winnie, Cocoa, Patches. All of them were just the best ponies. I learned so much for all of them.
This year they have passed on
I was so upset to hear about it. I don't know the ages of Winnie, Cocoa, or Patches, but Dusty was in his 40's!
Dusty was such a riot, always knew when he could take advantage of his rider. (he used to do that with me when I was younger)
I miss them all dearly, but I know they have moved on to lush green pastures and are enjoying their "retirement".