On a very sunny Sunday evening, I went over to Greenstead Green, for an equine photoshoot with Judi, Cat and their five (or four and a half, as they put it) horses. Judi’s husband, Derek, had kindly bought them both a photoshoot for their birthdays.
I’m loving these shorter evenings, because it means I don’t have to work as late to get this beautiful, golden evening light!
First we had Judi’s old boy, Bertie. Bertie is a twenty-five year-old, Clydesdale cross cob and has just recently retired. He was originally Cat’s pony and has been in the family for thirteen years.
Prior to his retirement, Bertie and Cat did lots of pony club activities, hunting and cross country. When Cat upgraded to her next horse, Clover, Judi took over the ride on Bertie. She describes him as a mum’s delight, always careful and her ‘faithful friend’.
In December, the newest recruit joined the family. Max, the seven year-old coloured cob. Judi says that he is a super kind horse and loves to please. However, he is a typical boy and loves to be covered in mud at all times.
Judi tells me that Max has big shoes to fill, following in Bertie’s footsteps, but that she is looking forward to a long, happy relationship together with him. The paid are currently enjoying dressage lessons and Max has been jumping at Claverings, with Cat, too.
Then we moved onto Cat’s horses. First I met Clover, a twenty year-old, chestnut, Irish Sports Horse mare and she has been owned by Cat for eleven years. Cat and Clover competed regularly at pony club events until she was sadly diagnosed with navicular seven years ago.
Cat says that Clover still enjoys a healthy, active life, but, much to her disgrace, just can’t jump as much as high as she once could. This little mare is a real one person horse and despite her slightly mardy attitude, will do absolutely anything for Cat.
Judi and Cat were fully expecting to have to have the shoot without Clover, when she had to have a sinus operation in April and things were a little touch and go. However, miraculously, after three months of vet visits, Clover is fully recovered.
Next up was Rou. A very handsome eight year-old, bay Hanoverian, who has been in the family since he was three years old. Rou had been broken to be an eventer, successfully beginning a career in dressage and attending weekend camps, when he had to have a double stifle operation due to continued lameness.
It is thought that at just over 17.1hh, he just grew a bit too big for his body to cope. He is still recovering from his surgery and currently living a quiet, pampered life.
And then very lastly, but not to be forgotten, was little Honey, the eight year-old Shetland. What Honey lacks in size, she certainly makes up for in attitude and she was the biggest diva of the whole shoot. Honey is a companion for the other horses and Judi says, “She lives the life of luxury with a full rug collection, a 17.1hh best friend and body guard and 4 of her own personal paddocks!” Lol!
Thank you so much to Judi, Cat, Derek and their gang of gorgeous ponies, for a lovely evening spent in the sun.