Towards the end of last year, I photographed Nicola and her horse Noir, on his Remember Me shoot. Two weeks ago, I received a phonecall from a friend of Nicola’s who was also sadly having to think about having her pony put to sleep and had been advised, by Nicola, to call me and arrange a shoot.
Jane and her daughter, Darcy, keep their horses at home and have had Saracen for many years, since Darcy was just a little lead-rein jockey. Mosstock Saracen Lad, who, I’m reliably informed is part Shetland, although I’d never in a million years have guessed it, was a prolific coloured show pony, in his day, who helped put coloureds on the map and who’s name is recognised by many.
In recent years, Darcy has swapped showing for showjumping and now owns two showjumpers and competes all over the country. However, Jane and Darcy promised Saracen a retirement home for life and he’s been living out his days in luxury. It is clear that this little old man has everybody wrapped around his little finger.
Sadly, in his old age, he has been suffering more and more from laminitis. And now Jane is having to make the difficult that all horse owners dread.
However, even though this photoshoot should have been a sombre affair, Saracen was having a ‘good day’ and just refused to let that happen, having is all in giggles as he proceeded to direct the photoshoot and run rings around us all. Sometimes, when a shoot is supposed to be sad, the ponies have other ideas and just have a way of keeping everybody smiling, despite the circumstances.
Jane and Darcy, I wish you all the very best with Saracen and I keep my fingers crossed that his good days continue to outweigh his bad days for as long as possible.
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