If you watched yesterday’s vlog, you will have seen me talk about going to photograph Michelle and her gorgeous boy, Stevie, at Aldersbrook Riding School, in London, over the weekend.
Sadly, I was called to a Remember Me shoot with Michelle and Stevie, as Stevie has been diagnosed with renal disease and is on borrowed time.
Michelle has owned thirteen year-old ex-racehorse, ‘Seraphim Knight’, (aka. Stevie) for almost four years now. He had a pretty impressive career, between the ages of five and seven, and was even ridden by the legendary AP McCoy.
However, in November, Stevie started to trip when he was being ridden. At one point he even fell down to his knees, when being ridden by his sharer, in the school. Michelle exhausted all options, including farriery, and it was eventually discovered, on Christmas Eve, that Stevie was suffering from chronic renal disease, in it’s late stages. Michelle tells me, “This disease affects 1% of horses and sadly has no cure or medication to prolong his life.”
Michelle says that Stevie is such a loveable boy and a big softie. At his 16.3hh and her 5ft2″, he is super gentle and has looked after Michelle whenever she has been on board. Apparently he adores nothing more than a good scratch.
He has apparently enjoyed learning how to become a dressage horse, after his successful racing career, would turn his hoof to anything and always put in 100%. Stevie was still being ridden right up until his diagnosis and never complained.
“To me the most important thing in a horse is how much love you receive, and I have truly found my best friend,” Michelle says. “He is never sick or sorry. That’s the problem with Stevie; It is so hard to know when something is wrong as he is so gentle and loving and doesn’t show his upset or pain.
I will never find another horse so special with such character and such a massive heart!”
Michelle, I know you were super anxious about your photoshoot and what with the false start, I hope I have done your precious boy justice. It was so lovely to meet you guys and to document your special relationship on camera. Sending you lots of love at such a hard time.