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Paint horse Ben Mercedes Ben

Ben is owned by Barb Fletcher of The Meadows Equestrian Centre in Uxbridge, Ontario. I met Barb's new horse a couple of years ago while I was at her farm for a shoot. I was struck by his stunning good looks, sweet personality, and his breathtakingly fluid movement as he strutted his stuff for the camera. The following year the Blue Ribbon Toy company purchased one of my photos of Ben for a collector card that was included with the model toy horses, giving Ben his 15 minutes of fame!

Ben is also featured in our 2010 Calendar as 'March'.

Barb writes the following of her horse:

"Mr. Personality" is 7 years old and full of fun and curiosity. His sire is a very handsome black and white Paint and the dam a grey, Polish Arab in her late teens. Ben, a tri-colour gelding, standing at 16.1 hh has benefited from his sire’s size and his dam’s grace.

Ben was advertised on the Internet by his breeder/owner, an RCMP officer who had been a member of the musical ride team. His pictures were intriguing but Ben lived an hour north of Cornwall and four hours away. After several conversations with his owner, he was shipped to the farm, unseen and untried. Ben had lived outside with his dam and two younger siblings and when he backed off the trailer it was apparent that he had spent most of his days eating!

He takes joy in everything – people, dogs, other horses. He loves attention, comes when he is called and is the first at the gate to greet people. Ben can convince the most conservative horse that playing halter tag is a good thing and lots of fun. While he is an easy keeper, he has a large halter budget.

Ben is quick to learn new things and his floating gaits and elegant carriage make him a great dressage prospect.

Congratulations to Ben for being our December 14, 2009 Horse of the Week!

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