When I was little I was always keen to learn to ride a horse. It was a bit of an impossible dream: we lived in a big city and my parents didn’t drive, add to that the fact that I was one of five children and you get the picture. It didn’t stop me dreaming though and I regularly got a book about horse care and riding out of the library: I knew all about curry combs and snaffle bits. I think my sister had a similar dream and she learnt to ride when she was an adult and had the time and money to indulge a childhood dream.
Recently H was asked to draw his dream horse by Petplan Equine, with a view to it being turned into a real toy. I love the concept of transforming a child’s drawing into a real life toy. H was very taken with the idea and a few versions were created before he settled on this dramatic blue and black equine creature. We sent it off and forgot about it for a bit whilst the magic was happening elsewhere. After a short few weeks though, H’s dream horse came back and isn’t it wonderful?
I didn’t tell H what had arrived in the post and let him take it out of the drawstring bag it arrived in himself. It was magical to see him look at it, wonder what it was and then realise that it was his dream horse. It’s been a firm favourite at bedtime ever since.
Part of being a responsible pet owner, and a horse owner in particular, is having equine insurance to cover any unexpected vet’s bills that come along. This post has been possible thanks to Petplan Equine, providers of Horse Insurance, but all thoughts are my own.