The fourth of our 15 combinations that will be competing in the ULTRA-MOX STALLIONS AND PROFESSIONALS competition at Equidays is CHLOE PHILLIPS HARRIS and BATTALION.
Battalion is a deep chestnut gelding with light mane and tail. He’s a pretty boy and has the good looks of a show pony, with an alert but calm and intelligent disposition. He’s not exactly a spring chicken being around 12-15 years old. Unfortunately for Battalion he arrived from muster with substantial injuries to the left side of his face and eye. Nevertheless, he was kind and willing and within 24 hours was haltered and allowed his eye to be treated with no fuss. From then on he’s never looked back and in the days afterward showed his amazing nature by continuing to allow his eye to be treated, with never even need for sedation or restraint.
Now gelded he travels in a trailer with ease, is good to catch, handle, halter, he loves his stable and hay is his favourite treat. His eye and face have healed beautifully with no loss of sight, though there is a tiny bit of damage to the tear duct on his left side. In the paddock he’s quiet and friendly, often looking over the fence and into the house for food. He’s still a little wary of strangers. Battalion always shares his paddock with Brigade (Chloe’s other Kaimanawa stallion from the 2019 muster) and they eat out of the same hay feeder together rather than apart.
Chloe thinks Battalion has a future as a lovely riding pony with his calm quiet temperament and good looks and is excited to continue his education in the lead up to Freedom to Friendship – Equidays.
ABOUT CHLOE (of Wild Horse Project):
Chloe is a horse trainer and author from the Bay Of Islands. She’s worked with wild or un-handled horses for many years and competed to the top level as an eventing rider as well. These days she works with sport horses and wild horses and also runs an expedition company in Mongolia. She took her first Kaimanawa stallion from the 2010 muster and has never looked back, taking over 30 from various musters since then. She competed in first ever Kaimanawa Stallion challenge with her chestnut gelding Phoenix from the 2014 muster and made it through to the finals at Horse of the Year Show in 2015. Last year she had two stallions from the 2018 muster, Mufasa and Hero, in the Kaimanawa Freedom to Friendship Challenge at Equidays. Both horses taking home a winners rug and titles with her two working pupils. This year Chloe has two stallions from muster Brigade and Battalion and will be preparing them for Equidays whilst juggling time with her sport horses and a busy year of international travel and launching her first book, Fearless. You can follow her horses at the Wild Horse Project.
For more information about our sponsor Ultra-Mox visit Bayer NZ Equine or www.bayeranimal.co.nz