Our Yorkshire Farm viewers left sobbing as Amanda Owen said goodbye to pony Little Joe, 40

Our Yorkshire Farm viewers were left sobbing last night after the Owen family parted ways with their beloved pony Little Jo.

Shepherdess and mother of nine Amanda Owen was hailed by viewers of the Channel 5 show as the ‘perfect parent’ for showing her children the ‘circle of life’ after their 40-year-old pet passed away.

Airing since 2015, the series follows the lives of shepherds Amanda and Clive and their brood of nine on their farm in Upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

Amanda, 47, gave up her modeling career to become a shepherdess and now runs a 2,000-acre lease farm with her husband.

Our Yorkshire Farm viewers were left sobbing last night after the Owen family parted ways with their beloved horse Little Jo (pictured with Amanda Owen)

Shepherdess and mother of nine Amanda Owen was hailed by viewers of the Channel 5 show as the 'perfect parent' for showing her children the 'circle of life' after their 40-year-old pet (pictured) passed away.

Shepherdess and mother of nine Amanda Owen was hailed by viewers of the Channel 5 show as the ‘perfect parent’ for showing her children the ‘circle of life’ after their 40-year-old pet (pictured) passed away.

They manage their flock of approximately 1,000 sheep and run a B&B while raising their free-range children – ranging from four-year-old Nancy to Raven, 20, who has left to attend university.

On last night’s episode, Amanda had to tell her kids that their beloved pet pony Little Joe had passed away suddenly overnight.

Amanda had gone to check on the ponies in the morning, but she discovered that the older horse had not woken up.

Despite getting used to the circle of life while working on the farm, Amanda was visibly upset by the death of beloved family pony Little Joe, 40, with whom all her children had grown up.

Airing since 2015, the series follows the lives of shepherds Amanda and Clive and their brood of nine on their farm in Upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire.  Amanda is pictured with a different pony

Airing since 2015, the series follows the lives of shepherds Amanda and Clive and their brood of nine on their farm in Upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire. Amanda is pictured with a different pony

Pictured: Father Clive, 67, Mother Amanda, 46, have nine children:- Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly), five and four-year-old Nancy

Pictured: Father Clive, 67, Mother Amanda, 46, have nine children:- Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly), five and four-year-old Nancy

Amanda sobbed as Clemmy, five, and Nancy, four, said goodbye to their pet.

All the children help out on the farm and Clemmy often looks after the family’s ponies. In the past, she said Tony the Pony was her best friend and Amanda’s Instagram feed is full of photos of her youngest kids riding them.

Who is the Owen family?

Papa Clive, 67, mother Amanda, 46, have nine children:- Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly ), five and four-year-old Nancy

In heartbreaking scenes, youngest child Nancy asked, “Is that pony going to die?” pointing at Tony.

But Mother Amanda explained to her little ones that Tony was still very young and that Joe had died of old age.

The average lifespan of a pony is 25 to 30 – meaning Little Joe was exceptionally old.

‘What happened? Has he grown old to die?’ asked Nancy.

“He did, but he didn’t suffer, he just fell,” Amanda added. “He clearly had a heart attack.”

“Well one good thing, I took very good care of him,” Clemmie added

“You took really good care of him,” Amanda said.

“He’s been fed very well and has grown a lot of wool which is very sociable,” Clemmie continued.

“I don’t think there is a better groomed pony,” Amanda replied. “Say night-night,” as Nancy stroked the pony one last time.

Through tears she continued: “He had a good life. We are really going to miss him.

Viewers were moved to tears by the heartbreaking scenes with one writing: 'Tony the Pony looking for Joe or Clemmie is too much.  I'm a snot.

Viewers were moved to tears by the heartbreaking scenes with one writing: ‘Tony the Pony looking for Joe or Clemmie is too much. I’m a snot.”

Speaking to cameras, Amanda explained how the whole family was “really upset about it” as the eldest Raven returned from college to say goodbye.

“Raven is really upset about the loss of Little Joe, he’s been a constant presence in her life.”

The family then decorated a tree in Little Joe’s memory and added photos as a sweet tribute.

Viewers were moved to tears by the heartbreaking scenes with one writing: ‘Tony the Pony looking for Joe or Clemmie is too much. I’m a snot.”

Another added: ‘RIP Little Joe’

“Rest in peace Lil Joe. we are all here crying.

“Well, I’m crying then #OurYorkshireFarm,” said a third.

Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL about filming the new series, Amanda said: “Filming the series presented us with new challenges in addition to the usual trials and tribulations we face on our remote and isolated farm.

Amanda has often been praised for the way she raised her children, but recently she called others of her generation

Amanda has often been praised for the way she raised her children, but recently she called others of her generation “snowflakes” and said they “couldn’t do anything for themselves.”

“The nature of the program is that it is completely scripted or choreographed and it is vital that when situations arise on the farm, the cameras keep running.

‘Especially with the first episode, which is filmed itself, it depends on the children using the camera and sound equipment.

“There was one particular occasion where a camera was lost in deep snow and only found when the thaw fell a few weeks later. During the winter period it was incredibly difficult to operate the cameras because the conditions were so bad and my hands were so cold that I couldn’t turn the cameras on and off!

The triumph, however, is the end result that will take viewers in the depths of winter to the most extreme, inaccessible and bleakest places.

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to make this program and feel privileged to be able to showcase our beautiful British countryside and take viewers alongside us as we work our way through the farming year.”

Our Yorkshire Farm airs Tuesday at 9pm on channel 5

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