spending 14 years virtually inseparable, never apart day or night
it is with great sadness that Brickfields must report the death of
Bud on November 24th 2003. Fearing that Weiser would pine
badly for his twin, extra care was taken to make sure he was never
alone, therefore he was immediately moved in with the other
Shires, where he has fortunately settled well.
their birth on 1st August 1989 the unique twins, Bud and Weiser,
have become Britains most famous Shire horses. Their mother,
Country Girl, was sent to Furze Hill Stud near Farnham in Surrey,
to foal down.This decision probably saved the lives of all three
as no-one knew she was carrying two foals. Bud and Weiser took
everyone by surprise, but thanks to Sue Backh, her staff and vet
Stuart Duncan they had the best possible attention.
was the first to be born, arriving just twenty minutes ahead of
his brother. Both he and his mother were badly affected by the
birth and took several days to recover. Although it is not
unusual for a mare of any breed to carry twins, it is very rare
for two to be born alive, and in fact only one other set of twin
Shires has ever been recorded, that being in America.
the very beginning Bud and Weiser developed a quite amazing bond
which has persisted ever since. Their relationship is quite
uncanny and so close that they undoubtedly know what their other
twin is thinking! Many of their actions such as stretching or
yawning are virtually simultaneous.