On a peaceful stretch of land in North Yorkshire, a most peculiar horse was born. Wendy Bulmer owns the territory, a beautiful stretch of green that she uses to operate a horse riding school. She named it the Fyling Hall riding school. As you’d imagine, part of Wendy’s job is to find horses suitable for beginners to ride, so she’s always on the lookout for tame, typically older, horses.
As it turned out, one of her recent purchases was pregnant. “I bought his mother at a sale and didn’t know she was in foal [pregnant] so that was a bit of a surprise,” riding school owner Wendy Bulmer told the Daily Mail. It wouldn’t be the last surprise Bulmer would have coming from her new horse.
Da Vinci was born at the beginning of May this year, and the foal gets his namesake from the piece of art that’s located on his upper back – a silhouette of a horse in white. Chesnut horses color is actually quite special, Horse Genetics explains. Their reddish recognizable shade may vary even depending on the time of the year or the specific horse’s nutrition. According to what Bulmer told the Daily Mail, chestnut horses like Da Vinci often have white spots on them, but “they don’t normally make something as recognizable” as a profile of a horse. Da Vinci is obviously quite special: “He’s even got a little white heart shape on his bottom as well,” she kept on explaining.