Is Scribbles the oldest pony in England?


Scribbles, who is 51, shares a carrot with Charlotte, 3, and Maddie, 6. Photo: BBC.co.uk

Scribbles is going for the World record. His owners believe him to be 51 years old, and that potentially makes him the oldest living pony in England and maybe even in the world

Until 2002 Scribbles had worked at Strawberry Gardens Riding School in Camborne for 24 years after owner Jill Power paid £125 for him in 1978, as an already “long in the tooth” 20 year old.Until 2002 Scribbles had worked at Strawberry Gardens Riding School in Camborne for 24 years after owner Jill Power paid £125 for him in 1978, as an already “long in the tooth” 20 year old.

Scribbles takes a jump

Scribbles takes a small jump 30-plus years ago!

Current owner Alison Eathorne took him home to Cornwall to live out his retirement years in 2002. Now he’s the boss of two young girls and a handful of ponies.

What keeps Scribbles acting so young? Maybe he just enjoys his role as school master to Maddie (age 6) and Charlotte (age 3). Certainly this 11-hand part Shetland pony has taught a lot of kids to ride and seems to thrive in the role.

Alison Eathorne attributes his good health to the special Spillers senior feed he eats,vitamins and cod liver oil. Amazingly, the pony is fed no supplements or medications

Scribbles the oldest pony in the world

Scribbles takes good care of his young charges and they reciprocate. Photo: bbc.co.uk

(athough he has lost most of his teeth).

Or maybe it’s the carrots that he shares with his young riders.

Whatever the cause of his good health, it’s really nice to see that a pony his age is so well cared for and so loved. The Eathornes are doing a great job. That pony sure looks happy, healthy and appreciated.

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