|Posted on February 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM|
Pharoah is an Arabian gelding. He is 31 years old and has been living with me since he was 14 years old. He has been the most amazing horse that holds such a special place in my heart. I originally bought him as a riding horse for both myself and my eldest daughter when I think she was about 12 years old. He took her all the way through pony club and was one of the fastest sporting horses in his time burning around all the novelties. He also loved a good gallop up any hill (whether you wanted him to or not) or along the beach. My younger daughter also went on to ride Pharoah at pony club when she out grew her pony and he has looked after us all.
We have spent a lot of years together and he has not only been the leader and protector of the other horses in the paddock but I also felt a comfort in his presence like he was looking out for me and being my strenght too.
As he was getting close to 30 years old, thoughts started to cross my mind about how my little herd and also myself would go when our leader was no longer around, I felt we might all be lost without his strong energy to look after us all. The past winter as he turned 31 years old he trained another horse to take over as leader and allowed himself to be pushed down the pecking order. This was at first very traumatic and heartbreaking for me to see, but then I realised how much more relaxed, calmer and softer he became in his new role. It was almost like he knew how I had been feeling and allowed this to happen so we could all adjust and find our own strength and be comfortable with the new order of things before the time of his eventual passing would come.
He is an incredibly smart horse with a huge heart. I feel honoured to be a part of his life and be able to give him everthing he deserves in his retired life.
He is pictured here with my Grand daughter Evie.