We came across the wire horse at Mottisfont Abbey, a fabulous National Trust property between Stockbridge and Romsey. The story behind it was interesting to read about.

I've transcribed it in below:

This wire sculpture of a horse evokes memories of the 19th century, when Mottisfont's stable block was full of fine hunters.

The Reverend sir John Barker-Mill built this base for the sport he loved in 1836.

Known for his loud check trousers and vivid ties, he rode so often with his hounds that the local fox population was decimated and he had to stop.

Artist Mandy Flynn has created our horse from wire recycled from the thatched roof of a National trust courage.

The sculpture has been generously donated by National trust Winchester association.

You can find out more about Mandy's work at