An equine vet in Surrey is preparing to launch a brand new cider created using one of the only horse-driven apple presses in the country.
Pat Sells, resident stud vet at the successful Chasemore Stud in Cobham, Surrey, has been working with the stud’s stallion ‘teaser’ cob Tom, to bring an age-old tradition to life creating small batches of Horse Kick Cider.
“Tom’s job as a teaser at the stud means he’s always a little quieter in Autumn, so we thought it might be nice for him to do something different with his time,” says Pat.
“He drives the press and is really fond of the work.”
Tom’s also the resident blood donor at Chasemore, allowing Pat to bank plasma for the newborn foals in the Spring. All in all, he’s one of the most important horses on the stud!
The cider project has also been created with charity and local community in mind.
“We want locals to get in touch,” he says. “They can bring along their own apples and take part. Any help is repaid in cider bottles, the following spring - over 18s only, of course!”
Plus, 5p from the sale of every bottle is donated to World Horse Welfare, a charity promoting equine welfare globally and one Pat is eager to support.
Visit www.horsekickcider.com to find out more.