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!