British Horse Society and a gentle giant make a wish come
true for two little girls
Scotland teamed up with Big Scottish John of Hawthorn Den Clydesdales
at Wester Melville Farm outside Edinburgh recently (25 January)
in response to an email sent from Alaska and, as a result, two unsuspecting
and brave girls had the day out of a lifetime.
BHS Scotland website receives many requests and enquiries each day
and tries to respond to every one so when a plea for help from an
Alaskan Auntie appeared in the 'Inbox' it received due attention.
from Anchorage, Alaska, Saunders McNeill was keen to arrange a special
experience for her nieces Zoe (9) and Ninian (6) who had lost their
mother to illness a year ago. The girls had always nurtured a particular
dream to own a heavy horse, but living in Edinburgh made this somewhat
impractical. However as Zoe and Ninian obviously miss their Mum,
and recently celebrated their birthdays, Saunders felt a heavy horse
experience was something they deserved.
happy chance the BHS in Scotland had made contact with the Hawthorne
Den Clydesdales and their very special owner Christine Mann and
groom Pamela Gray so, before long, a special treat was arranged.
On a crisp sunny afternoon Zoe and Ninian, with their Dad Carn,
spent the afternoon at Wester Melville being introduced to the thirteen
Clydesdales, helping with feeding, stabling and handling and, best
of all, enjoying a ride out on the 19 hands high Big Scottish John,
a 19 year old chestnut gelding, the perfect gentleman who took singular
care of his precious cargo.
after the event Scottish Development Officer Helene Mauchlen
said: " This was quite simply the most satisfying experience
to be involved with and the day would not have come about
without the help and generosity of Christine and Pam. The
girls had a ball and the horses were thrilling, therapeutic
and so gentle. Seeing Zoe and Ninian being so brave and trusting
towards these gentle giants was an honour, and the simple
country lore and sound horsemanship passed on by Christine
Mann and the Hawthorne Den team was awe inspiring.
whole experience has reinforced the notion that horses are
healers and even though the BHS works tirelessly for the good
of the horse, the good the horse imparts to human beings certainly
outstrips our efforts!"