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Pet of the Week: Andrew the stunning royal blooded horse from Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 12:07 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:07 08 May 2017

Andrew rocking a new lock. Picture: Chris Pugh.

Andrew rocking a new lock. Picture: Chris Pugh.

Chris Pugh

Andrew who stands regally tall at 18 hands, celebrated his 13th birthday last week.

Andrew on his treadmill developing his fitness for a career in dressage. Picture: Chris Pugh.Andrew on his treadmill developing his fitness for a career in dressage. Picture: Chris Pugh.

He is a 17.2 Koninkliik Warmblood Paardenstamboek Nederland (KWPN) otherwise known as a Royal Dutch Warmblood.

Stabled in Hornchurch, his royal highness is a gentle giant who just loves to please.

“He grazes in the summer with all the mares,” said owner Chris Pugh.

“Allows babies and small children to sit on him and has even allowed teenagers to attempt to limbo under his belly.

“I’ve owned him coming up two years.

“Both his father and grandfather were famous Dutch Grand Prix horses placed highly in numerous nation cups, world cups and grand prix.”

Chris, from Benets Road, Hornchurch. hopes Andrew will be able to follow in the hoofs of his royal ancestors.

“We are currently being trained by John Bowen with the hope of embarking on a successful dressage career,” continued Chris.

“Andrew regularly has water treadmill sessions for fitness and to improve his strength, balance, muscle tone and gaits.

“He enjoys schooling in the ménage but also enjoys hacking out over Belhus Woods, South Weald or Thorndon Country Park and is very tolerant of me dressing him head to hoof matchy matchy.”

Do you work with or have a family pet that could make our Pet of the Week? Email ann-marie.abbasah@archant.co.uk.

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