FROM THE HORSES MOUTH by an ARC Volunteer

The Hoof part two.
May 20, 2018
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Aragon is a beautiful, proud, black 20 year old 16.3hh Thoroughbred. By the time he was 3 years old he was a failed racehorse and sent to market where he was bought for hunting. For the next 7 years he was hunted and kept in stables on his own. The only time Aragon was taken out for grass was by a neighbour who took pity on him and who eventually bought him when he could no longer hunt. From there he was given a home by a kind lady who kept him in a quiet yard all the while working on his many problems which included weight loss, colic, abscesses and laminitis plus issues with trust.

Witnessing Aragon’s progress in the past 2 years he has been at ARC has been inspiring. This is a boy who is confident and sociable as well as kind and caring towards his friends in the herd and us humans. If we walk into the field Aragon is the first to come over to greet us, of course he is always keen on a head scratch as a reward ! If one of the horses in the herd is feeling down it is Aragon who will gently nudge you towards them. He will make sure when you leave he goes over to keep them company. He appears to have a need to protect those he trusts. Taking photographs is a pleasure as Aragon is a very willing model, you ask him to hold a pose and he obliges ! It does help we are always telling him how handsome and amazing he is.

Aragon has a particular friend, Tommy, who he loves to have fun with. Watching them play gives true meaning to the phrase “horsing around”. They stretch their necks pushing and touching each other with the occasional squeal from Aragon and lots of hooves off the ground. The rest of the herd and us volunteers give them a wide berth when they start. A couple of months ago after the snow Aragon and friends where at the other end of a large field. As we were about to enter he saw us and started galloping. How he was able to stop millimetres from the wooden gate where we were standing is a testament to his superb judgement ! We held our breath as he came to a screeching halt. The look on his face was priceless ! He had just scared the living daylights out of us and knew it ! Fun loving Aragon is one of those horses when he walks up to you he brings a smile to your face.