Sanctuary’s tears for iconic Cinders

Cinders the Horse, who has died aged 40, with Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary's Valerie Clifton.

Cinders the Horse, who has died aged 40, with Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary's Valerie Clifton.

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She lived longer than the average horse and reach the ripe old age of 40.

Tears have been shed for a Fylde animal sanctuary’s most popular residents died.

Former show jumper Cinders, who had been a resident at the Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary, in St Annes, for the last four years.

She died on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

One of the sanctuary’s most well-liked animals, during her career Cinders was ridden by Olympic silver medallist John Whitaker.

However, she was brought in to the sanctuary after her owner left the land on which she lived.

Sharlene Biksas-Hassall, animal welfare assistant at the sanctuary, said: “She was such a sweet and gentle horse who got on with everyone.”

Cinders was one of eight horses at the sanctuary.

Sharlene added: “They are definitely missing her.

“She did used to team up with another horse called Bronnie.

“She always used to go grazing in the fields with her.”

Cinders had previously had an operation to remove a tumour from her eye.

Although initially successful, the tumour returned and others developed.

Valerie Clifton, from the centre, added: “As you can imagine we are all devastated at her loss and she is going to be sorely missed.

“We take some comfort in knowing she was well cared for over the past few years and that, at 40 years of age, she had a long and happy life.”

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