Ted, the Clydesdale foal that almost nobody wanted, is fast turning into the horse that everybody wants to know.
The friendly 17.2hh bay stallion, who found fame as the subject of the children’s book, The Story of Ted, is spending the summer at Woburn Safari Park.
His owner, Sally Oultram, who is also the book’s author, is holding story-telling sessions with him and his companion, Mischief, a 12hh section A Welsh pony.
Ted arrived at the park this week where he is stabled close to three baby elephants and three giraffes.
“It’s an amazing sight seeing them close together, ” says Sally.”The night he arrived, Ted couldn’t see what was next door – he whinnied and an elephant trumpeted back. The noise was like something out of Jurassic Park – but it stopped Ted in his tracks.”
Ted’s story goes back three years when Sally bought him at an auction, saving him from certain death at the slaughterhouse. She also helped him overcome life-threatening health problems.
Ted now has his own website www.thestoryofted.co.uk and making guests appearances on television, plus there are five more children’s books on the way.
“Thousands of children e-mail him, “says Sally. “And when he was appearing in Delamere Forest in Cheshire at Christmas, children wrote to Ted Clydesdale, Delamere Forest and the letters arrived.”
Ted will also be appearing at this year’s Horse of the YearShow.
For more information about Ted at Woburn Safari Park ( tel: 01525 290407) or visit www.woburnsafari.co.uk