Archive for the 'Horses and Other Animals' Category

Have you ever read Black Beauty by Anna Sewell? Chances are that you read it in your early teenage years, especially if you are horse-mad and female. I have read it many times and, like others, longed to have a horse just like the famous fictional horse. So when a short while ago, Rescue Horse No 4 walked down the ramp of the Pegasus Horse Travel lorry and into the yard, I couldn’t help calling her Black Beauty. There are a few obvious differences between them.  Jo is a young filly rather than a colt and she is a shaggy black Friesian cross instead of a thoroughbred-type riding horse. She looked more like a gawky teenager wearing bell-bottomed jeans than an elegant carriage horse. But she is all black. Jet black, like a large dark shadow. 

Jo’s new role in life is to be a companion to Lady who, you may remember, had recently lost her friend, Hannah’s Glory. Unusually, there was no screaming and kicking, which is often par for the course when introducing horses to one another. I took this as a good omen and decided to turn them out together the next day.  

Jo walked off across the field with Lady close behind and both started to graze. An air of calm enveloped the property. They continued to graze side by side and even shared their haynets. Lady half-heartedly maintains that she is the boss. She lays her ears flat and rolls her eyes but I am convinced her lips are smiling.  

I like to play with my horses; by that I mean I like to have fun and I want the horses to have fun too. Taking baby steps in training them means they rarely misbehave. They remain relaxed and easy to handle. Today, after I turned Jo out in the field, she came back to stand next to the fence. Not one to lose a good training opportunity, I climbed the fence and swung my leg carefully across her back. She didn’t move or get worried. I rewarded her calm behaviour with a piece of carrot and a pat. I won’t back her or ride her properly until she is four but, by then, if all goes to plan, she will be so used to the crazy human who looks after her that she will give a quick shrug of her withers and walk on quietly. 

Trot on!


I know I promised to blog regularly but this summer started with a very hard knock when I lost my beloved equine friend, Winston. His death was sudden and totally unexpected. Winston was full of health one day and lay dying at my feet the next. The only choice to make was for my vet to put him to sleep. This is the hardest part of keeping horses. It never gets any easier as all pet lovers will know. Sadly, I had to have another equine friend, Hannah’s Glory, aged 32, put to sleep at the end of the summer.

As a tribute to Winston and Hannah, and in respect of all the love and good times we shared I decided to take a deep breath and train another young horse. So I have been caught up in a whirl of looking for another horse and being ‘assessed’ by World Horse Welfare to make sure I would be capable of taking on some youngsters. Somewhere along the line I decided to give a couple, maybe three, (more about that later) youngsters a permanent home.

One week ago, a blue lorry pulled up outside my gate, appropriately named Pegasus Horse Travel. The new horses had arrived. Out stepped my pair of Painted Ladies, aka WHW Vienna and WHW Sapphire. This is the start of their lifelong adventure. They have kindly suggested that they blog in a separate category. Look out for them in the coming weeks as they spill the beans on their new life.

In the meantime, I will be continuing their education along simple lines and establishing trust. I hope they will write good things about me.

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Yves Potter

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