Gosh that's sad. Its awful to have to part with our loving equine friends as we grow up. :(
Prince, he was a 13.2hh Newforest cross, the most amazing pony I could ever have ridden. I had him on loan for about 3 years, I was age 11 when I got him. He'd been stood in a field for a few years, as his owner was away working in Germany on a Showjumping yard. His owners mum was a friend of the family so when she heard I was on the look out for a new pony she asked if I wanted to ride and look after him. It was the best three years of my life, I think Prince was about 12yrs when I started looking after him. He was a lot like Harley, always looking out for me, we did fantastic those three years, doing one day events, at all the local shows, we were always in the ribbons, that pony gave me so much love, confidence and happiness, he was my best friend.
His owner returned when I was approaching 15yrs old, he had purchased his own yard in Cumbria (which is miles and miles away) and was wanting to take Prince there.
I was heartbroken. :(
I occasionally see the owners mum, and Prince is still going strong, retired obviously but still happy, he will be 35yrs old now. I'd love to go and visit him, but he's too far away. He is one pony that will always be in my heart. He was the best. :)