Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Kathryn and Jan came over today to 'spend' Kathryn's gift voucher on a long lining session with Petra P. We made a day of it, lunch at the pub before going on safari trying to find Nellynoo who is still missing. This is at the back of my mind every minute of every day especially as she is due to foal any moment. I wish I knew where she was. I'm trying not to panic and hoping that she will turn up safely. Brandy is with her and she is pregnant too. Not only would I like to make sure that they foal okay, I want to get Nelly in before the stallions go out on 14th May. In the meantime I can't work out whether Blue is pregnant or not. It has been four years since her last foal so she has got her figure back and there's just a small bulge. No other signs.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Another very happy day working with untouched New Forest colt, Wellow Nettles. By Limekiln Endeavour (so Freddie's half brother) he has a really nice temperament. I had three wonderful students, Ali who works in conservation, Sally who works with a racehorse trainer and Connemara breeder and Codge who is a member of the Hampshire FRS Animal Rescue Team. They did a great job taking Nettles from untouched to happy to be touched, starting to lead and wearing his headcollar - all of course, without fear of force. Nettles is for sale and I can put people in touch with his owner. He has some of the rarer bloodlines and may be a potential stallion for the Forest.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Loading training for Alby today. He has been quite worried about even touching the ramp so as an interim, incremental step, we worked on walking in and out of the field shelter over a rubber mat on top of a board. Once in the shelter, he was 'parked' as he would be in the horsebox and the 'ramp' lifted up. After the session he had a good run around the field, matching his sister over the fence.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Jenny and I have just returned from Horseworld which has just been chosen as the IH Charity of the Year. This means that all the proceeds of the IH Garden Party and other fundraising initiatives will go to Horseworld to assist in the magnificent work they do in bringing horses back from the brink. Today I was there to help them with some training including handling a traumatised Bodmin Moor pony called Indie (top), a pony that can be tricky to catch (Belle) and three horses for loading - Romeo, Prince and Ivor. Helped by glorious weather and enthusiastic staff, the whole day went very well.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
"Thanks Sarah, I was very pleased with the calm way we progressed yesterday. I will enlist my husband's help and take it slowly. I will let you know how we get on." JG
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Aaagh! With only 11 days to go before she is due to foal, Nelly and her entourage have gone walkabout. Blue is in a different group near to my fields but the others have just disappeared. I have scoured the inclosures where gates are frequently left open and looked around their normal haunt and a beyond but can find no sign of them anywhere. I am sure I would have heard from the agister if anything awful had befallen them but I am worried that all that weight that I managed to keep on them throughout the winter will have fallen off because of the current drought. I am hoping to get them in immediately after they have foaled so that they don't get pregnant again when the stallions are turned out for a brief period in May. Nelly is a bright bay with two brands - an H in a horseshoe shape on her saddle area and a small LH on her shoulder. Hopefully this would have put anyone off stealing her.
Talking of the drought - grass is precious on the Forest, please park in the car parks NOT on the verge. How would you feel if I parked in your dinner??!!