Sadly we said goodbye to little Trouble in August 2009. She was 26 years old and had completely lost her appetite for food and for life, so we made the always difficult decision to have her put down.
Trouble, or No Trouble to give her full name was given to Barrow Farm by Janet Abbott in March 2000. She was already an experienced RDA pony having worked with the groups Janet was a volunteer instructor with, and competed in RDA competition.
Here at Barrow Farm she quickly proved that she was indeed “No Trouble” and became a firm favourite with both riders and volunteers. She was a real sweetie, always willing and forward going with a comfy trot. Many a young rider took their first steps off lead on Trouble. In her heyday she was very good at cantering on the lead rein giving riders an exhilarating and exciting ride. She will also be remembered for her unusual habit of letting her tongue hang out the side of her mouth. She was a delight to look after with impeccable manners both in and out of the stable.
Trouble was born on Dartmoor and spent her first nine years living rough, and had at least one foal. She was then bought by Janet and started her career as a ridden pony, soon progressing to a trusted RDA pony. We have an adult rider here now, who as a child rode the younger Trouble with Janet.
We are lucky to have had Trouble as part of our team, she is still talked about by some of our riders and volunteers and is very much missed by us all.