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TAS Country : November 11th 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010 Tasmanian Country 5 News Tolerance nature of the beast BIG HANDFUL: Nerilee Saraci exercises draught horses Saxon and Ben. Pictures: RAOUL KOCHANOWSKI JENNIFER CRAWLEY SHOW DATE: Nerilee Saracis and her horses are all set for the Huon Show. DRAUGHT horses Ben and Saxon live the life of Riley at the back of Risdon Vale thanks to the memory of a long- ago milkman. Saxon, a Shire, and Ben, a Clydesdale, are owned by Nerilee and Steve Saracis, who live on acreage on Sugar Loaf Hill, east of Rison Vale. Nerilee said the horses owed their peaceful existence to her husband's childhood memories of a milkman and his horse. Steve's father was a shiftworker. When his dad got home at two in the morning Steve would jump up to greet him and together they would go outside to collect the milk delivered by cart and a Clydesdale horse. ''Steve could hearing him coming down the road --- clip clop, clip clop,'' Nerilee said. The Saracis are members of the Tasmanian Draught Horse Association and take Ben and a cart to functions, where they give rides. Nerilee said her husband hoped to inspire children in the years to come to be like him and to keep heavy horses. ''The longer we get away from working horses the more we lose all those skills and experience,'' she said. Nerilee said she had ''the typical girl thing''. She was always keen on horses and dreamed of owning a horse. The first horse she owned was a light horse. ''My husband fell in love with her, but now we are for just all heavies,'' Nerilee said. The two geldings are worked up in the bush on the Saraci property, pulling logs. ''They are very, very docile, tolerant, just brilliant, lovely horses,'' Nerilee said. Nine-year-old Ben is the elder statesman, while Saxon, 14 months, is in training. ''We are taking Saxon to the Huon Show [on Saturday] to get him used to crowds, just to be exposed to the noise and the carry on, and he will be in the led event,'' Nerilee said. She said draught horses, which can live up to 30 years, were much more tolerant than light horses and virtually immune to pain and hard work. The Saracis hardly knew when their older draught horse had colic. ''A light horse would go feral, insane with the pain,'' Nerilee said. ''Not ours, it's just the nature of the beast.''
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