Advert. One of the qualities I appear to have passed down to my daughter is a shared love of all things horse and unicorn, it really makes me giggle when she tells me ‘I love you mummy because you a magical unicorn.’ I have no idea why she thinks I would be a unicorn but I’m happy to go along with that – as the mum of two young kids I know that there’s a lot worse things you can be called! I’m really happy to be working with Petplan Equine who asked if my daughter would like to draw her dream horse which they would turn into a toy for her. At three years old obviously her drawing is still very much as you would expect for her age (and drawing horses is so tricky!) but I was really proud of how she put her best into giving it a go!
Horses were a big part of my childhood, I used to ride and both my aunt and granddad had horses themselves so I was used to helping out look after them. My great grandfather was pretty well known for having rode his horse through the middle of the pub they used to run! Having a horse is a big responsibility and since Petplan’s creation in 1976 their priority has been to keep horses healthy and their owners happy by offering great equine insurance plans and customer service. Petplan Equine Horse insurance is one of only a few equine insurance companies to offer ‘lifetime’ policies for your pet as well as 12 month policies and in 1994 they also formed the Petplan Charitable Trust which has so far raised more than seven million towards a better, healthier world for animals. So far my daughter has only been riding once but as she gets older it’s something that I’m really looking forward to sharing with her.
She was really pleased with her picture of ‘Uni’ the unicorn and we sent it off to Petplan to see what they would do with it and a few weeks later a parcel arrived in the post for her containing her Uni toy. To have a grown up make her drawing into a real toy for her was kind of a big deal for her and she instantly loved it. It might not look like the toy unicorns you see in the shops but this was my daughters unicorn that she had drawn herself and it instantly became a firm friend for her, even being brought away on holiday and taken to show her grandparents!
The toy itself is amazingly well made and totally true to her drawing with big eyes, a little cloth mane and bandy legs at the bottom, it’s also super cuddly! It’s been lovely seeing the care that she gives to her pet Unicorn, maybe something that she’ll get to do with a real horse one day.
Sponsored post – this post has been made possible thanks to Petplan Equine, but all thoughts are my own.