Amy's gentle giants

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn.(WVLT)-- I've seen some tall horses in my day but never one so tall that when I dismount I hit the ground and turn a somersault! It's like leaping off a tall building.

"Bill" is a Percheron touted as the largest horse in the southeast at 19.1 hands and according to her owner, Amy Fields, she thinks she's a Shetland pony. .

Then there's Duke at 17 hands, he's only one of 200 purebred Shires in the U.S.

He also loves a peppermint treat.

Amy Fields calls them her gentle giants."Because that's what they are they are large and they are babies."

As for Bill at 19.1 hands, with a hand measured at four inches, it makes him about 6 feet 3 and a half but very docile.

"My six year old niece rides Bill he probably doesn't even feel her up there."

Amy uses her gentle giants for birthday parties, family outings, even riding lessons.

Recently for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Amy dressed up Duke with a tutu, anklets and a hot pink boa.

As for Bill, Amy says, "I got him because ..the draft horses draw such a crowd. we talk about equine therapy and things like that, this is the extreme equine therapy right here as you know, I'm a suicide survivor."

Amy found her best friend after he committed suicide. She says it affected her so greatly she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

She found that horses offered her comfort and a closeness in dealing with her grief.

"Whether it be riding or coming down and just brushing or spending 40 bucks on shampoo to clean him, they're very therapeutic", she says.

They've helped Amy conquer her fears and maybe yours.

AMY FIELDS: "Alan, you deserve a mint, ah, thank you."

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If you would like to contact Amy her phone number is (865) 755-8534.

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