Tuesday, November 30, 2004

November 2004

Return yet another saddle to the saddlers. It is uneven and asymetrical. If the saddle isn't right on the outside, how can it be right on the inside?

Patty came to the yard to look at my other horse Sasha, I decided I'd rather keep Patty and let the horse go to a new home so I persuade Patty to come and work with me.

It is pannage season and five pretty pigs have moved into the fields. The horses have gone from harassment, alarm and distress to feined nonchalance.

Asked to check a horse for a potential purchaser. She just wants to know how he behaves and what his manners are like. I spend a joyful afternoon riding someone else's posh coloured horse. He has manners to die for. Nice work if you can get it!

One of the Exmoors, Merrion, goes back to Exmoor to new fosterers. He will now live in luxury at their bed and breakfast. I met Val Sherwin, founder of the Moorland Mousie Trust who works tirelessly to find good foster homes for unhandled Exmoor colts. I don't know how it happened exactly but I seem to come back with two more Exmoor ponies - Pippa and Frances.