THE mysterious disappearance of Castleford’s high street horse last week left readers chomping at the bit for more information.
Now, the Express can reveal our four-legged friend is safe and well, foaling around with unbridled enthusiasm at a new, secret location.
The black and white cart horse, who was discovered living behind the Affordables shop on Carlton Street, Castleford, was spotted trotting towards Wheldon Road last Wednesday.
But its owners, Susan and Ben Jones, who lease the high street shop, contacted the Express to let us know Blitz – formerly believed to be called Storm – is alive and well.
Mr Jones, of Broomhill Avenue, Knottingley, said: “What happened was we bought him and had him in a paddock but the person who owned it gave it up.
“So as a stop gap measure he was put behind the shop. He was there for almost two years, he was very happy-go-lucky.
“That yard is 69ft by 19ft, he had his own vet and water and food, and we had the RSPCA out who said he was fit and healthy.
“He wasn’t neglected, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Everything was done for that horse that could possibly be done.”
Mr Jones said he had been on a waiting list for a livery yard for 18 months and the Express’ article convinced the yard owner to give their horse a new home.
Mr Jones, 47, added: “The story gave us a kick up the backside. People in Castleford are missing him already. A community bobby came over and said ‘it’s a shame he’s gone, I used to have my dinner with him’.
“He was the most loved horse going. People used to take their kids round and feed him, he was full of Jelly Tots and Gregg’s pasties and Swiss rolls.”
Blitz is to be joined by his new friend, Krieg, who was bought on impulse last weekend by Mr and Mrs Jones.
According to Mr Jones, the equine pair are getting on famously.
He said: “As soon as I saw him I had to buy him. They get on like a house on fire – like two people having dinner on St Valentine’s Day.”