If this were an ordinary shoot, I’d be waxing lyrical about how cute and funny Sugar is. He may be pint-sized, but he has such a huge personality and I’m convinced that he thinks he is a human. However, unfortunately, that just makes this shoot that much sadder.
Daisy and her mum, Angela, keep twenty-eight year-old Arab cross, Sugar at their home in Suffolk, his stable in their back garden, surrounded by fields and farm tracks. You can look out of the window and see him in his little yard, waiting to be fed or turned out. It’s so idyllic and peaceful. Angela tells me how she often makes herself a cup of coffee and takes it out the back to Sugar’s paddock, to sit with him and watch the world go by.
Sugar was Daisy’s first pony. When she was small, they competed lots and he won her more ribbons than she can count. As she outgrew him, she had various other horses, too, which have come and gone, but Sugar has stood the test of time and is clearly an invaluable part of this family.
Sadly, Sugar suffers with asthma, which gets significantly worse in the summer. And this is why Daisy and Angela are facing the difficult decision about what to do for the best, for Sugar, before the warmer months set in.
Sugar doesn’t know he has asthma though. In fact, Sugar doesn’t know he’s an old man at all. He thinks he’s a spring chicken and as well as being the perfect model, having his ears forward the entire time, enjoying interacting with Daisy and Angela, he also gave us a lovely little display when he was turned out into his paddock. He’s quite the little show off.
However, after he’d trotted around a little, flicking his toes and tossing his mane, his poor little sides were heaving and you could hear him starting to wheeze. My heart absolutely broke for Daisy and Angela, who have so much love for this little guy.
So, as always, I was totally honoured to be able to create these images for you, Daisy and Angela and I was very moved by your story. I know it’s no consolation, but hopefully these will give you something to make you smile over the next few weeks, and for years to come. All my love. x
P.S. As I drove away from this shoot, Maroon 5’s ‘Sugar’ came on the radio. It really made me smile.
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