“Pink and horses don’t go,” my old instructor used to snarl, as she tore another spangled silk from the crash hat of a trembling child.

She would have met her match in Susie Ross.

The five-year-old from Inverness has just installed her Shetland mare, Peanut, in this shocking pink creation.

Susie’s mother Louise told H&H: “She’d been badgering her dad all summer and he finally broke down.”

Peanut’s “fantasy castle” is a far cry from the sheep pen in which she spent last winter.

“Susie wanted either a four-poster bed or a castle – I had to explain that Peanut couldn’t get into a bed,” said Louise. “Her friends all want one now – it’s become a bit of a problem.”

But there’s no rest for dad Davey. Susie now wants the same treatment for her bedroom.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (29 September, 2011)