Sunday, April 22

Friends Re-United

These magnificent carriage horses are a matched pair of Lipizzaners
named Silver and Stuza, and they're Bruce's stable companions.

Both horses are as gorgeous in character as they are in appearance,
although after a day in the field they're not quite so Persil white!
Kind calm and generous with impeccable manners
they adore cuddles, gently moving nearer and nearer in the stable
to politely ask for a neck scratch or muzz rub.
Their appreciation of having a personal slave to locate
an itchy spot is only rivalled by their appetite for
extra strong mints!

Stuza is English born and bred and Silver came from Hungary
(I've often wondered how long it takes foreign horses to learn a new language?)

Their devoted mum Joanne ran a successful wedding carriage
business until The Boys had to retire
due to the onset of age-related arthritis

Unable to afford new horses while keeping the oldies
in luxurious retirement (they're now 24 and 26)
 she recently made the reluctant decision
to sell the carriages and harness and posted this YouTube montage
as a showcase for potential buyers.

It's so upliftingly romantic I thought you might like to watch it
and then I'll tell you the happy ending. . .

The first person to phone about the harness
asked if one of the horses was named Stuza
because he seemed familiar. . .

This man had bought Stuza as a gangly yearling,
broken him to harness, sold him 6 years later
and after two decades still recognised the old boy.
Next week he's coming to visit!

Friends & Nags Re-United!


Ivy Black said...

Gorgeous! Flippin' gorgeous!xxxx

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Susan T said...

What beautiful horses and what a lovely story. We have neighbour along the road who has a carriage with horses and I love seeing him go by with his faithful labrador at the helm, ears flapping in the wind, and you would swear she is smiling.

YONKS said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful story. I'm sitting here with tears rolling down my cheeks. I love Lippits's. They are magnificent. They also live a long long time, longer than any other horse I believe. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful story!

lynda said...

Gorgeous horses! All of ours stay at our house til they die of old age- I can't bear to sell I can see why they are keeping them in retirement...can they be ridden gently or never saddle trained?

Donna -Little Tiny Stitches said...

Oh what a lovely story!

so sad that they have had to give up the business though. Lovely pictures in the video.

Happy Sunday Lovely Lady :o)

Jane said...

What a great story. We owned a Lippi a long time ago. She was a lovely character.

Hesta Nesta said...

Absolutely wonderful and what beautiful horses. How romantic and a lovely story with a happy ending.
Jo xx

Sherri B. said...

Thanks for sharing this romantic and happy story...Recognizing the horse after all of these years shows how humans really do bond with very special. xo

Liz said...

Aw - what a lovely story! Those horses are gorgeous!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

delia hornbook said...

aahhh what a wonderful story that brought a tear to me eye. I hope he takes them both together they are stunning. dee x

Sandi said...

Oooh, that tugged at my heart. I have a feeling there may be tears when the ex owner meets up with Stuza again.
I LOVE horses, have always wanted one, was neve meant to be :(
xx Sandi

sue15cat said...

What lovely horses and what a wonderful story. I hope Stuza recogises her old friend when he comes to visit.

I can see why your friend is keeping them in their retirement, how could you part with such beautiful beasts (and anyway Bruce would miss his stable companions).

Sue xx

Maria said...

Thank you for telling us the story and the film is wonderful!! you just made my day!!xx

The Vintage Gardener said...

Lovely story, video and photos, but it looks like a lot of hard work too.

Melissa said...

Wow! So gorgeous!

Menopausalmusing said...

Stunning beasts! Absolutely stunning.

Janet said...

What gorgeous horses ! A nice job- but must have been a lot of hard work involved in preparation of both the horses and the carriages for the brides big day-glad the boys are living out their days in well deserved retirement and are being re-united with a previous owner [ started filling up at that bit !] take care and lots of love Jan x

BusyLizzie said...

Thank you for your bloggie visit, aren't those little dogs on wheels the biz!!!

BadPenny said...

Oh that is wonderful !

Minerva Black the shop keeping cat said...

What a wonderful story - not so many happy endings today and this one is grand. But sad that she had to sell the carriage to support her old horses. How caring of her. We have known horses raised in germany who seemed not to understand us but would prick their ears and get excited when our German friend visited and talked to them.

BumbleVee said...

that brings a tear to my eye... how amazing that he recognized him .... must truly love horses.....

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