HERCULES the Clydesdale shared the birthday spotlight on Friday, but not with any of the other horses celebrating the southern hemisphere’s designated ‘Horses’ Birthday’.
Delacombe Primary School pupils Chelsea Boag and Sophie Baker both turned seven on August 1, and got to spend some of the day at Sovereign Hill. Hercules enjoyed having his mustache curled but did not take up the girls’ offer of some birthday cake.
Chelsea said she liked the mustache, but thought his breath needed some work.
“It’s a bit smelly but he seems nice,” she said.
The Delacombe group did get some cake, and unlike Hercules got to hide out from the atrocious weather while celebrating.
He stayed quiet when asked his age, but one his friends told The Courier this birthday would mark his exit from the teen years.
Hercules was unfussed by all the noise that came with the group of 50 or so, but was very interested in Chelsea and Sophie, saying hello several times with an affectionate nuzzle.
The Horses’ Birthday is August 1 in order to standardise horses’ ages for racing and other sports.
Horses in the northern hemisphere have their birthday on December 1.