I must admit, I panicked for a moment. Jenny the horse was meandering over the track as the train – the No. 11 tram that connects central Frankfurt with the Fechenheim district, whose character has changed over the years and is now mainly filled with immigrants – approached.
The tram driver smiled, braked gently and waited for the horse to safely clear the track. The passengers didn’t seem surprised or upset about the delay, for Jenny is the most famous resident of this suburb.
Jenny’s owner, 80-year-old Werner Weischedel, who sports a silver ponytail and a faded flannel jacket and gets around town on a moped, rises early to brush and groom his beloved mare and then hangs a red sign around her neck: “My name is Jenny. I didn’t run away. I’m just out for a walk.”
The red sign on her neck reads: 'My name is Jenny. I didn’t run away. I’m just out for a walk'
At 25 years old, Jenny is quite elderly herself. Once her morning routine is complete, she typically heads out on her own for her daily stroll through the city. She always returns in the evening, Werner promises, just as she’s done for the past 15 years.
No one is fazed by the sight of the horse walking about on her own, and everyone knows her. Thanks to Werner who, despite his age, maintains social media accounts with large numbers of followers, Jenny has become known all over the world. Indeed, local and international news crews frequently follow her around – and just recently a documentary was even made about her, called “The Walk”.