Bride reunited with pet horse on her wedding day

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It was a fairytale wedding for one bride from Tyneside as she was reunited with her beloved pet horse.

Like many Brides 21-year old Carmen dreamed of arriving at her wedding in a horse drawn carriage. This dream was realised for Carmen when she married Mark Pickett near Forest Hill, Newcastle. Making the dream even more special was the fact Carmen’s childhood pony, Patch, led the procession.

Patch had been Carmen’s first horse, she loved the white and lemon-coloured cob but when Carmen’s was a teenager, becoming interested in other things, the family were forced to sell her.

Patch was sold to a family friend in Blackpool and started a life pulling carriages up and down the promenade.

When the family sold Patch they did so under one condition, that she would be returned on Carmen’s wedding day and lead her to the church.

Years later, as Carmen prepared to marry fiancé Mark Pickett, the stipulated seemed little more than a pipe dream. However, Patch’s new owners fulfilled their promise and Patch and Carmen were reunited on her big day.

Speaking in the Evening Chronicle Carmen said:

“I’ve always said I wanted this horse to take me to my wedding, but I never really believed it would happen.
“I was so pleased to see her after so much time. I kept having flashbacks to those days.”

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