SHE won’t be kicking up her heels or going out for a night at the trots, but nevertheless Primrose the welsh mountain pony will be pleased to celebrate her 29th birthday with a few extra carrots and, perhaps, some cake.
Today, it’s the traditional horses’ birthday, when every Australian horse turns a year older.
Ballarat Equestrian Centre and Riding School owner Emma Dawes, who purchased Primrose five years ago, describes her as “the grand old dame” and matriarch of their stables.
She said her son James, 6, had been riding Primrose since he was two.
Going by the horse name Elargee Babette, the popular pony also goes to shows where she competes in cross country and show jumping.
“She’s as good as gold,” Ms Dawes said.
“She’ll be turning 30 next year and we’ll have a big bash.”
Ms Dawes said each year, they encouraged young riders to recognise the horses’ birthday.