Tuesday 27 August 2019

Ethan's Dream Horse

My eldest son, Ethan, is a real creative type. Rarely a day goes by without a drawing from Ethan, either from memory of his favourite animals or characters from TV shows, or even made up characters from his imagination. He loves to sketch and to colour and shows off his creations with such pride.

One such work of art created this summer holiday is his dream horse.

When we went to Center Parcs a couple of years' ago, Ethan saw a horse there called Magic and it was love at first sight. He thought she was beautiful and her handler let Ethan try out sitting on her to see if he liked it, before we booked him a pony trek for the next day. All this time later, he still talk s about Magic and ever since, he has really had a love for horses.

So one wet summer's day, I gave Ethan the challenge to draw a picture of his dream horse. What would he want it to look like? What features would it have? Anything could be possible, all he had to do was let his imagination run wild.

He set to work in designing his perfect horse, starting with the outline and then spending a good deal of time colouring in each part. He may be six years old, but he put together a very good, well-proportioned horse outline before experimenting with some, let's say, unusual features compared to your typical horse.

And here it is:

Its name is Magic, in honour of the first horse he fell in love with. He has a wizard hat, sunglasses, a superhero cape, and E and lightening bolt on the side, plus odd socks, roller-blades and a tail of fire.

Well, why not?!

The nice people at Petplan Equine then turned Ethan's dream into a cuddly reality, but making Magic into a one-of-a-kind toy for him to play with and cherish.

We were blown away by the result...

Ethan is over the moon that his imagined horse Magic is now a toy in his collection; the only shame being, of course, that he isn't a real horse he can care for. I have a suspicion this might be a request to Santa on his Christmas list this year...

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▪ Disclosure: This post has been possible thanks to Petplan Equine, but all thoughts are my own.


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