Candyfloss is the mane attraction

Candyfloss crossing Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve in aid of the Equine Grass Sickness Fund
Candyfloss crossing Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve in aid of the Equine Grass Sickness Fund

A pony, which survived equine grass sickness, trekked 300 miles across Scotland to raise awareness of the disease and funds to enable vital research to continue.

Candyfloss is a six-year-old Fell-cross-Cob mare which was diagnosed with the condition in June 2013. She is unusual as she has made a complete recovery to full health.

Accompanied by her owner Leanne MacDonald and stable companions Tinkerbelle, a miniature Shetland pony and Foxy, a terrier, Candyfloss set off from their home in Spey Bay, Moray. The journey took them to Royal Highland Show where Candyfloss led a parade of survivors.

The adventure, which ended at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Easter Bush, included a midnight mountain rescue by Braemar Mountain Rescue Team as the travellers crossed the Cairngorms,

As the weather closed in, Leanne found the mountain path becoming increasingly unsafe to continue. She climbed up to 770 metres with her four footed companions to summons help.