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Norfolk's only Clydesdale needs your help!

Written by  Helen Chester
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Norfolk's only Clydesdale needs your help!

On 30th August 2015, Norfolk's only Clydesdale, Maverick, who lives in Wiveton,  was injured in an horrific accident where he severed his hind leg. I'm raising money to continue to fight for his life and save this beautiful horse. He’s currently just 22 months old and one of the most loveable characters imaginable, full of life and mischief, who simply deserves a chance.

It is believed that Maverick was chased into an electric fence by a loose dog seen in the area on the day his accident happened.

Maverick's initial injury was severe. The wound went around his entire hind leg just up from his fetlock joint. The wound was bone deep and 2 inches wide at the front, severing his tendon, and down to the tendon sheath at the back. He was millimeters away from being put to sleep.

In order to save his life, Maverick underwent surgery on two separate occasions. This was followed by 3 months of bandaging, changed weekly. 

The wound was healing well, but following a trip during a bandage change, the wound ruptured in early December and has set back the healing by 3 months, effectively putting us back to square one. Maverick underwent another round of surgery and is now back in a supported bandage for the foreseeable future.

Every bandage change costs £250.

The current cost of his recovery to date (Jan 16) is nearing £15000. He was insured for £5000. So far we’ve given our life savings to save his life.

We don't want to lose Maverick and are asking for donations to enable us to continue to care for him until he is healed. The vets are almost certain that given time Maverick will make a full recovery from his injuries and will go on to have a long, fit, athletic life.  They haven’t even ruled out the possibility of him returning to the show ring to make Norfolk proud.

I’m determined to keep him alive.  Not only is he my beloved pet but he’s Norfolk’s only Clydesdale and one of a rare species. Maverick will go on to be part of the Chester’s Carriages team and will be a very big (over 18h and weighing in at around a tonne) character in Norfolk when he’s able to get out and about again.  We will be more than happy to appear at as many local events as we can as soon as he is well.

Every penny we raise will go directly into Maverick's care. If we raise more funds than are needed to heal Maverick we will create a charity to help other animal owners in similar situations.  In fact, whatever happens, we will go on fundraising and will be setting up this charity to support others who find themselves in a similar situation.

To donate to Maverick’s Legacy visit, ring 0783 4971 612 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also follow Maverick’s story at

I’ve arranged a number of events in North Norfolk to help raise funds:

20th March 2016:  Table top sale, art and crafts and pop-up coffee shop

Blakeney Scout Hut 10.30 - 2.30

Entry is free, tables are £5 each. 

Call Helen on 07834971612 to book your table.

7th May 2016 - Quiz Night

Wiveton Parish Hall 7pm

Teams of 4, entry £10 per person to include a simple two course meal.

Cash Prize for the winning team.

Call Helen on 07834971612 to book your spot

2nd and 3rd June 2016 - Pop-up cafe

Church Rooms, Blakeney Quay 10am - 4pm

If you are able to donate cakes or a raffle prize please get in touch, in fact the more the merrier!

I hope to see you at one of our events and would like to thank you for your support.

Helen Chester and Maverick

Maverick facts:

Maverick is a Clydesdale.

Maverick is 22 months old (Feb 16)

He currently stands at 16.3hh but is expected to make it to around 18hh.  For those who don’t know horses thats well over 6ft at his back.

Clydesdale's are a type of draught horse originating in the Clydesdale region of Scotland.

Maverick is the only pure bred Clydesdale, registered with The Clydesdale Horse Society in Norfolk

Clydesdale horses are a rare breed and are on the at risk register.

Prior to his accident Maverick was a show horse, regularly winning classes at local and county level.

The Budweiser horses used in their annual Super Bowl commercial are Clydesdales.

Last modified on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 22:59

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