I had two shoots at the weekend, the first of which was with the lovely Holly and her gorgeous girl, Hope, over at their home in Upminster.
Holly has owned twenty-two year-old Hope since 1998, when she was brought over from Ireland. What Holly and her mum didn’t realise is that they were getting a BOGOF deal, as Hope was in foal and gave birth to a beautiful filly in November of that year.
Hope and Holly have spent many years enjoying pony club activities together, trying anything and everything that took their fancy. As Holly says, “Some with greater success than others.”
Holly descirbes Hope as a ‘typical mare’, with some very good days but also some very, very bad days. And she certainly kept her rider on her toes.
It is suspected that Hope is part Thoroughbred, but her breeding and history are a little bit of a grey area. But Holly tells me that her name and showname, High Hopes, came from all of the hoping that she and her mum have done over the years, where this little mare is concerned.
“Hoping she wasn’t pregnant, hoping she hadn’t cracked a tooth, hoping she hadn’t cracked another tooth…” It sounds like Hope has been a bit of a walking vet bill over the years.
It was this that led to her early retirement in 2008, following suspensory ligament damage. She has done the odd bit of light work over the last few years and Holly now decribes them as fair weather happy hackers, which they are quite ok with.
Thank you so much to Holly, her mum and of course, Hope, for a lovely morning. The perfect day for an early Spring shoot!
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