He is dark, jet black, one pristine white star perches on his broad brow, his eyes are large and expressive, and he was known as Chuck. I bought this young thoroughbred for my experienced riders that needed to be sharpened by this inexperienced 1200 pound of rippling horse flesh.
The first day that I brought him to the farm, all I heard was’ “OOOOH!”
He pranced and sashayed around the ring with his tail in full flag glory. He struck the ground deliberately and we paused to hear thunder emit from the trembling earth. He would rear, buck, and then leap in the air for no reason but to show his awesome power and coordination.
I must admit, I was in awe too. He was beautiful to watch. We would spontaneously break out into applause because he was dancing to a song that we could all hear.
We took our phones out to capture this magical performance. That’s when he abruptly stopped and swung wide to pose for this photo opportunity. We laughed thinking that this was a coincidence.
Then he found the mirror in the riding ring. He stopped, pranced, snorted and shook his mighty head. Then he tentatively took one step forward placing his toe in the sand. He stretched his neck out and gave the mirror a touch with his quivering velvety nose. He gave a big sniff and then realized that this was only his reflection.
That’s when he whirled around showing his flank. He glanced around as if to admire his rippling muscles. Then he pranced to the other side of the mirror and shook his head, as if he were upset with his hair.
We took out our cameras to capture him and as soon as we put the cameras to our eyes, he stopped and stared at us. This was not a coincidence, this was a horse obsessed.
Today, this beautiful black beauty is named Hershey. He has inspired, amused and captured all of us here at Raise Your Dreams Farm. He goes to shows and when the audience claps he almost bows. He still prances in front of mirrors and if you have a camera, watch out because he is coming over.
The other day, Hershey did not want to be moved to another field. A parent was observing the kids, when she said, “Watch out kids, I will get him to move!” She brushed away the halter and lead line. She grabbed her camera and walked into the other field. Hershey immediately responded. Mission accomplished, all with the simplicity of a phone and a very vain horse.
Do you have a horse that loves getting his picture taken? Please share!