Heavy horse Sally takes it easy

8:00am Thursday 2nd September 2010

A POPULAR logging horse has given up her day job to help disabled people learn to ride.

The Riding Centre for Special People based at Three Lane Ends Farm in Escomb, near Bishop Auckland, has been loaned Sally, a dale cross heavy horse whose day job is working the land.

Christine Barratt-Atkin, owner of the riding school, said: “It has been lovely. She is a very special horse that is giving so much.”

Sally is used daily for riders with different disabilities and the club has built a bond with her and members are excited to be able use her.

Mrs Barratt-Atkin said: “She is worth her weight in gold.”

In her 22 years of life, Sally has pulled gipsy caravans, been a barge horse in Cambridgeshire and ploughed fields in Ireland.

She has also featured in Highand shows giving logging demonstrations.

Her current owners, Kirsten and Mark Turnbull, run a logging business in Bishop Middleham. It is an environmentally friendly concern that uses traditional horse power rather than machinery. The couple work horses about eight to ten hours a day all round the British Isles specialising in bracken control.

Mrs Barratt-Atkin said: “We wish Sally could write a book about her life.”

For further information about The Riding Centre for Special People call 01388-604637 or visit the britishhorseloggers.org website

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