Spirit can only be used for ground work
Spirit is the Peter Pan of the herd. He will be 9 this August but is still at the development stage of a 4 year old, bless him. Spirit was born prematurely and was tiny, but perfectly healthy and Alfie was an adoring mum until the birth of Spirit’s little sister Fern, also prematurely a year later, when Spirit was firmly replaced and poor Spirit ended up having a very abrupt weaning.
With his Mum and little sister Fern now in the adjoining paddock, Spirit was beside himself and it wasn’t long before he had worked out that with a bit of strategic wiggling he could get himself through the post and rail fencing to join them. Of course his Mum now had a new baby and no longer had any interest in Spirit. It was a heartbreaking sight. But Spirit wouldn’t give up and kept trying. Spirit was so determined, he was trying everything to get back near his mum. He stayed a safe distance to begin with , but each time his little sister laid down, he would lay down, just a few feet away, and if she went off for a little run around, so would he, it was as if he was mimicking her behaviour, as if to say, look , i’m still cute too. Unbelievably, it wasn’t long before Alfie accepted Spirit back, though the milk bar was firmly closed to him. Spirit and Fern developed a very strong bond, and after a few weeks, once they were all back in the main paddock with the other horses, if Fern called for her Mum , Spirit would come running , it was so sweet to watch.