Hovis is a Clydesdale gelding who has been blogging on the Horse & Hound forum since 2008. He has published two books, both in aid for the equine charity Bransby Horses. [Order Hovis' books online]. His blog moved to the H&H website in early 2013. He is cared for by his long-suffering mother, Karen Thompson.

Articles by Hovis

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Hovis’ Friday diary: being a mare-magnet

Hovis has been blistering hot this week and is hoping it will cool down soon — he has also been getting rather lucky with the ladies of the yard…

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Hovis’ Friday diary: Saying goodbye again

Another sad week for Hovis as he says goodbye to one more dear friend — plus a rather eventful bathtime thanks to his ‘prancing’ mother…

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Hovis’ Friday diary: ‘Goodbye Tom’

Hovis is getting ready to make a special guest appearance at a big show soon, meanwhile he has been sad this week after losing one of his best friends — read his dedicated poem here…

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Hovis’ Friday diary: shiny shoes and jumping

Following his shiny clean teeth last week, Hovis now has shiny new shoes to match and, although far too hot, he did enjoy a great jumping session where he showed his mother how it’s done…

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Hovis’ Friday diary: ‘my minty fresh smile’

This week, Hovis endured a less-enjoyable lesson, where he was made to work in the far-too-hot weather, and then to top his week off he had a visit from the scary teeth man — although he is looking forward to flashing his new smile at the mares…

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Hovis’ Friday diary: Finding a new wingman

This week, Hovis is devastated to hear his best mate is moving out and he has come up with a specific criteria for his new next door neighbour…

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Hovis’ Friday diary: ‘my star appearances’

This week, Hovis is relishing the fact his mother is away on holiday and is very excited about the launch of his third book — plus his role as guest of honour…

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Hovis’ Friday diary: ‘highs and bruises’

Hovis’ feather power was out in full force this week during his exhilarating jumping session, which ended up with more highs for Hovis and some bruises for his mother…

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Hovis’ Friday diary: ‘I’m a unique equine’

Hovis was delighted to receive some free goodies in the post this week and is glad he has finally got some recognition — but he is now hoping it will lead to being picked for his British team debut…

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Hovis’ Friday diary: ‘I don’t like summer’

Hovis loves spring, but he has taken a disliking to summer, why? Mainly because, during this season, his mother enjoys dressing him in what he describes as an ‘accident in a net curtain factory’…