Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Wednesday Whinnies - Vidock's Gotcha Day!

Vidock: Three years ago today, #1's life changed forever when she came into my field and met me. She had lost sweet Yuu-Chan just a couple of weeks before and was still very, very sad. But she looked into my eyes and there she saw the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to have a horse. The deal was done that very day! And look how I have grown since that day:



Yes, I have gone from being a a half-grown foal to a big (handsome!) stallion. In February 2012, I got my approval papers from the French Percheron Stud Book Commission as a breeding stallion:

But one thing that has not changed, according to #1, is the sweetness of my character.

Two months after she bought me:

Two weeks ago!

For the first two years after I joined the Poupounette Gang, I continued to live where I was born, along with my parents and siblings. For much of that time, I shared a stall and a paddock with my big brother Tom de Prainville:

When Ms. S and Mr. E stopped boarding horses at the end of last year, I moved to my current home, where I am looked after by Ms. C, Mr. L and young Miss N. Here is a pic of me with Mr. L. taken in May:

But Ms. S still come to see me regularly!

One of the most exciting things that happened recently was when #1 rode me on her birthday in August!

But then she hurt her knee and hasn't been able to ride me again. I am told, however, that Mr. L will soon start to teach me how to pull a vehicle!

I am so glad I was gotcha'ed by #1, and she says that she feels the same. She says she can't remember what life was like before I (and later, Violette) came into her life. Now, we are crossing hooves, paws and fingers that her knee will be all healed soon and she can get back to enjoying us 100%!

Here's looking at you, kids!

PS: For anyone still wondering about my colour... Like all Percherons, I was born black, but I was destined to be grey right from the start. So, I am gradually growing lighter, going through a process called "dappling" where I am beginning to develop lighter spots (dapples) on my grey coat. Eventually, one day, I will be white. Lots to look forward to!


  1. Happy Gotcha Day Vidock. That is the first time that I have seen you only half grown. You have grown into a fine and studly stallion. We have had the occasional (black) grey foals here but usually they leave before they eventually turn white.

  2. Happy Gotcha Day pal. You are one very handsome manhorsie! M wants to give you a smooch on your velvet nose!

  3. Happy Gotcha Day Vidock. Our Mommy is wishing she could come ride you. She misses riding. Hope you have a wonderful day full of your favorite things.

  4. Black to grey to white. We look forward to seeing such a miracle. Happy Gotcha Day Vidock.

  5. Happy Gotcha Day Vidock! You sure have changed since you first met #1. Thanks again for my award. It was fun to pick out my opposites too.


  6. Happy Gotcha Day, Big Guy!

    Monty and Harlow

  7. Vidock, you've grown so much since your Gotcha Day! Amazing. What a handsome boy.

  8. You love her just as well!
    Benny & Lily

  9. Happy Gotcha Day! We think you're beautiful.

  10. Happy Gotcha Day sweet Vidock! There is both a gentleness and intelligence in your eyes...a winning combination! :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

  11. Happy gotcha day, Vidock! I've forgotten how small you were (at least, relatively!). I hope #1 is healed up and back to riding you soon!

  12. C'est la rencontre qui devait arriver. Après c'est du bonheur...
    Vidock tu était tout beau quand tu as croisé ta #1 la première fois et maintenant tu es devenu .... majestueux !

  13. What a happy day for you, #1 and the whole gang when you joined the family. You are such a handsome guy and we are glad you are sweet too. Can't wait to see you pulling a carriage.

    Your friends,
    Niamh & Ambrose

  14. Happy Gotcha day beautiful. You have grown into a magnificent horse indeed and I know you are very loved with #1. I hope that knee is soon tip top so she can ride you again. Hugs GJ x

  15. Happy Gotcha Day Vidock!!!
    You certainly have grown and are SO handsome now!!
    We are delighted that you got a wonderful home with a wonderful person and siblings ;)
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger, JJ and Julie

  16. Dearest Vidock! You are so beautiful from the very first photo! I am so happy that #1 found you and could make you her own. And you have been beautful in each stage of developement. I love your dappling - so amazingly wonderful and fun to see growning. You will be stunning as a white stallion someday!
    Love to you on your Gotcha Day!
    Lily, WA, USA

  17. We are amazed at how small Vidock was back in the day. Happy Gotcha Day, big V!!! We are so happy that you joined the Poupounette gang!

    9, Chani, Sheamus Popoki and Marlene

  18. You have grown into such a handsome horse, Vidock. Happy Gotcha Day!!

  19. Happy Gotcha Day Vidock! We are glad #1 gotted you too. Nice to have a horse furiend or two.

  20. Olá,

    Como seus amiguinhos são lindos!!

    Parabéns, adorei conhecê-los.


    Lígia e =ˆˆ=

  21. Happy Gotcha Day, sweetheart! Has that much time really passed since you became one of the Poupounette Gang? When we read your first paragraph, It became evident to us that your meeting with #1 was guided by the eternal spirit of Yuu-
    Chan. Sweet Yuu couldn't bear to see #1's sadness so he guided her to you, knowing you would provide her with comfort and revive her sorowful heart
    And you did!

  22. Happy Gotcha Day dearest Vidock. I am happy to see the older pictures of you and how you have grown. Love all of you. xoxoxo

  23. HAPPY belated GOTCHA DAY Viddock !
    You sure have grown a lot since you where gotchad :)


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