Long ago, Jersey was ruled by French soldiers. Many islanders strongly opposed the French rule - among them Philippe de Carteret, the Seigneur of St. Ouen.
In return, the French didn't want Philippe causing trouble - so they decided to kidnap him. Whilst Philippe was fishing in St. Ouen's pond, the French soldiers crept along to capture him.
But Philippe saw them, and leapt on his black horse. He raced towards his manor, but the soldiers cut him off. He turned into Val de la Charriere, but there was only one way out - across a deep wide ditch.
His horse jumped it, and landed on the other side, and Philippe continued towards home. Once he reached home, and was safe, his faithful horse collapsed and died.
Philippe ordered that his horse be buried in his garden, and today you can see a painting of the black horse in St. Ouen's Manor.