27/06/2012 Working Horses Settle into Their New Home at The Horse Trust

Standing at just 16hh, 17 year old, ex-army bay gelding Hagrid is the latest addition to the herd at The Horse Trust.  Hagrid is certainly no “Half-Giant” like the character in the Harry Potter books as he is remarkably small for an army horse.

Hagrid, whose stable name is Oscar, had booked himself a retirement place at The Horse Trust a number of months ago but recurrent lameness prevented him from making the journey from the Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray.

Hagrid worked tirelessly during his career for the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery as a wheeler in the team of six horses.   Also taking part in the Trooping the Colour and State Visits, Hagrid carried out his duties with dedication and pride. 

Shirley Abbott, Yard Manager at The Trust said, “We are really pleased Hagrid has finally arrived and settled into his new home.  He is a charming character and is on the yard during visiting time which he thoroughly enjoys.”

Hagrid joins recently retired Riding for the Disabled ponies Teddy and Gemma.  Gemma, a 12 hh, cream mare with 2 whorls on her forehead, had worked for the RDA for 14 years.  Sheila Finnie, Group Organiser from Gaddesden RDA, Hemel Hempstead said,” During her working years she has been a reliable and faithful pony and has given countless children hours of fun and enjoyment.”

Teddy, a grey, 18 year old, gelding standing at 13.2hh who worked for Wyfold RDA, Henley-on-Thames, also suffers from age related arthritis.  Adrienne Holt from Wyfold said, “Teddy was the perfect pony with perfect manners, very safe and friendly and the children loved him.”

Jeanette Allen, Chief Executive of The Horse Trust said, “We are really pleased to welcome these three new arrivals.”  She continued, “After their lifetimes work, to be able to offer them the comfort and rest they truly deserve, is an absolute privilege.”