Monument on Farley Mount - a sign of love and devotion (11 photos)

16 May 2024

If for us they are only part of the world, then for them we are the whole world.

Of course, we are talking about animals - creatures capable of boundless devotion and ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of their owner, even their lives.

At the top of Mount Farley, one of the highest hills in Hampshire, stands a striking monument that has stood the test of time. This monument is dedicated to a brave horse with the stupid nickname “Beware of the Chalk Pit”. Despite the cacophony, it is very symbolic and telling.

During a fox hunt in September 1733, the horse made a daring leap into a chalk hole about 7.5 meters deep, holding his master Paulet St. John on his back. Although the incident could have been fatal, thanks to the horse's quick and calculated leap, both St. John and his trusty steed landed safely, unharmed and relatively unharmed. Within a year they were healthy enough to compete and win the prestigious Hunters Plate.

The incredible feat is evidenced by a plaque which reads: “Beneath it lies a horse, the property of Paulet St. John, Esq., who, in September 1733, jumped into a chalk pit 25 feet deep while hunting foxes with his master on his back, and In October 1734, she won a hunter's tournament on Worthy Downs, in which her owner competed, and was recorded under the name "Beware of the Chalk Pit."

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