Meet our Real Horse of the Year finalists and help choose a winner

Since launching our “Real Horse of the Year” competition earlier this year, we have been inundated with moving stories about your amazing equine friends.

Although it has been difficult to choose between your extraordinary stories, we have now short-listed six horses from which the HHO “Real Horse of the Year” will be chosen.

Tell us who you think deserves the “Real Horse” title. Simply click on the links below to read the stories behind the short-listed horses and then vote in our online survey.

“Real Horse” shortlist

Flicker – a palomino 15.1hh part-bred Arab gelding survived a horrific head-on accident with a car, before being placed at the Royal Highland show just 10 weeks later. Click here to read his story.

Lofty – this 17hh 11-year-old Irish Draught/Thoroughbred gelding has helped his owner come to terms with her debilitating illness, giving her “a reason to get up”. Click here to read his story.

Lucy – a black part-bred Lusitano mare, has helped her owner triumph in her long battle against depression. Click here to read her story.

Merlin – this blind Welsh Section C gelding helped Vicki Jones get back in the saddle after breaking her back in a fall. Click here to read his story.

The Tory – a 12-year-old intermediate event mare, had her tongue severed and suffered terrible hindleg injuries in an accident at stud, but recovered to compete as an affiliated show jumper. Click here to read her story.

Todd – a 16hh darkbrown cob, helped his owner Kath Whittall re-build her life after she suffered a brain haemorrhage. Click here to read his story.