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Horse Goes On A Walk Alone Every Day For 14 Years, Receives Pets And Treats From Residents
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Horse Goes On A Walk Alone Every Day For 14 Years, Receives Pets And Treats From Residents

Outdoor cats are known to wander, and dogs expected to get loose – but in Frankfurt, Germany’s Fechenheim district they have grown accustomed to a different kind of ‘outdoor pet’ – an Arabian mare named Jenny. The effervescent white horse strolls lazily through the streets each morning, on the same route, with no handler in sight. For the people not familiar with the animal she wears a card that reads: “I’m called Jenny, not a runaway, just taking a walk. Thanks.”

Jenny has been taking this walk alone for the past 14-years, because her owner, 79-year-old Werner Weischedel can no longer ride her. Every morning the old man opens his gates and she trods along the paths they used to take together.

Jenny the Arabian mare has been walking the streets of Frankfurt, Germany alone for the past 14-years

Image credits: Boris Roessler / Alamy Stock Photo

Image credits: Boris Roessler / Alamy Stock Photo

Before Jenny was a solo traveler she was part of a “caravan.” Weischedel told FNP, “We used to have a second mare, Charlie, and a second white shepherd. There we went as a white caravan through Fechenheim. Almost 15 years.” The “we” he refers to is him and his wife Anna. Now their riding group is down to Jenny and their German shepherd Evita, who sometimes joins her for part of her daily jaunts.

Image credits: Boris Roessler / Alamy Stock Photo

Jenny walks her route 8 times a day before returning home for the afternoons for lunch – just like clockwork. Maybe that’s because, according to her owner, she has a “clock in her stomach” and “knows exactly when there is food at home.”

Image credits: Boris Roessler / Alamy Stock Photo

The locals have come to expect and enjoy seeing Jenny and despite the worries of some pedestrians police spokeswoman Isabell Neumann told German news agency dpa that she presents no danger. Weischedel works with the police to make sure both Jenny and the other citizens are safe he told”Maintower”: “The police know. When someone calls in, the police ask me: ‘Werner, do you know where Jenny is?’ Yes, I say. ‘Ok, then everything is in order.'”

Image credits: Boris Roessler / Alamy Stock Photo

Jenny has friends and guardians everywhere, even at the tram station. The driver has become familiar with the mare and welcomes her visits. Some people on social media have criticized Jenny’s freedom, calling it negligence for her safety and the safety of people on the roads and streets. But, her veterinarian Maren Hellige said the mare “seems very relaxed and satisfied.” According to the police, there have been no incidences in all her 14-years of walks

Image credits: Boris Roessler / Alamy Stock Photo

“Jenny nibbles on the fresh shoots of a hedge on her daily walk through the Frankfurt district of Fechenheim.”

Image credits: Boris Roessler / Alamy Stock Photo

“Jenny walks alone through the Frankfurt district of Fechenheim and nibbles on a rose.”

Image credits: Boris Roessler / Alamy Stock Photo

“The poodle of a walker reacts yelpingly when the Arabian mare “Jenny” meets him on the banks of the Main.”

Image credits: Boris Roessler / Alamy Stock Photo

“Jenny curiously sniffs at the child of Raphael W’llstein, who is on his way to the train, on her daily walk through the Fechenheim district of Frankfurt.”

People loved the story and some even shared their own horse tails

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Uisgea Beatha
Community Member
3 years ago

I used to live in Bel Air, Maryland. One morning, at about 3:30, I saw an unaccompanied horse taking a leisurely stroll downtown. I thought I was seeing things. When I mentioned it at work the next day, I was told "Oh, that's Earl. He does that every morning."

glowworm2
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3 years ago

Aw, Earl sounds awesome!

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

Sweetest story of the day. Hope she continues to be safe. Edit: I f I had plans to visit Germany I would make a detour to Frankfurt just to meet her. Can see she is well cared for by her hooves and general condition. Sure she must be much happier out and about than alone in a stall all day.

Deborah B
Community Member
3 years ago

My mum let someone graze their two ponies in one of her fields, only to find that they would jump the fence and come hang out at the house. Heads through open windows to say hi, snacking on the veggie garden, blocking the driveway, and ambushing anyone carrying a bucket, were all common events. Then her SO decided that the ponies just needed some love and attention, and started petting them and grooming them. So then there were two ponies waiting at the backdoor for him every morning, and following him around the property all day.

Bobbi Newell
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3 years ago

Awww, they adopted him into their herd!

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Uisgea Beatha
Community Member
3 years ago

I used to live in Bel Air, Maryland. One morning, at about 3:30, I saw an unaccompanied horse taking a leisurely stroll downtown. I thought I was seeing things. When I mentioned it at work the next day, I was told "Oh, that's Earl. He does that every morning."

glowworm2
Community Member
3 years ago

Aw, Earl sounds awesome!

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

Sweetest story of the day. Hope she continues to be safe. Edit: I f I had plans to visit Germany I would make a detour to Frankfurt just to meet her. Can see she is well cared for by her hooves and general condition. Sure she must be much happier out and about than alone in a stall all day.

Deborah B
Community Member
3 years ago

My mum let someone graze their two ponies in one of her fields, only to find that they would jump the fence and come hang out at the house. Heads through open windows to say hi, snacking on the veggie garden, blocking the driveway, and ambushing anyone carrying a bucket, were all common events. Then her SO decided that the ponies just needed some love and attention, and started petting them and grooming them. So then there were two ponies waiting at the backdoor for him every morning, and following him around the property all day.

Bobbi Newell
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww, they adopted him into their herd!

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