Sunday, July 31, 2011
Everyone came in for worming yesterday. Blue seems to be nanny both to Nelly's foal and Brandy's. Both are rapidly going grey except for their faces.
Poor Chancer has been in the wars. He managed to cut his leg on a metal hurdle when he was leaning over it to get to the six blades of grass that were on the other side and is now on antibiotics for five days. Fortunately nothing too deep but still nasty. While the vet was out I expressed my concern that he just doesn't seem to be thriving at the moment and we have agreed that he should have a gastroscope in the near future. Chancer hasn't been in race training for over five years but I understand that gastric ulcers do not always resolve themselves just because a horse is turned out full time and given plenty of fibre. Lindy is also a bit of an expert on nutrition and we are trying him on a higher protein diet with some added oil. Although he is a nice weight, Chancer's coat is just a lot duller than the others and he is very quiet. The vet also took blood samples to see whether he is deficient in anything. And finally...the vet is going to investigate whether the lump on Chancer's eyelid is a sarcoid as it does seem to be getting bigger very slowly. Photos will go off to Professor Derek Knottenbelt at Liverpool University to see which treatment he thinks would be best.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Armed with my camera and my new unofficial 'apprentice', Lindy, I have got three days at the New Forest Show this week. We are helping out at the Animal Rescue Team's stand but taking it in turns to take photos from the collecting ring where you get the very best photos of people getting ready and the excitement and anticipation of entering the main ring.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Champ is going to be a lead rein pony for small children and therefore we need him to be pretty bombproof. As he has never met a whip or had one used for a bad purpose, it was fine to tie a plastic bag on the end of it. A little dubious, he coped with everything he met but there is still work to do. In the meantime, the miniature Shetlands lay asleep in the sunshine.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
It has been three years since I have done any work with Puck and yet he accepted his headcollar, lead rein and being led, really easily and seems to have forgotten none of the things he learned as a baby. Today his sisters, aged two and three years were introduced to the headcollar for the first time. Having been born on the Forest, these three have now moved with their mother to the same farm as I bought Blue and Nelly all those years ago.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Appropriate lyrics for this Danny Boy where his owner wanted to work on strengthening her bond with him. He is a little ambivalent about having people around him and wants to know whether they represent friend or foe and whether they can be relied upon as a leader. On the other hand he is bold about new and colourful objects and out in traffic. Hopefully the work we did today will be a good start for them both.
When all three of your horses take to someone instantly it's hard not to be jealous. No. seriously, I think horses are a great judge of character and Chancer, Theoden and Petra all worked really sweetly for Jenny B today. It's tempting to want you horses to love you the most and not to want to be with anyone else but it does them no favours. All of my horses are turning in to great teaching horses and earning their keep very quietly. The great news is that Jack-Jack will shortly be mine too - just need to transfer his passport into my name.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Latest news from LF about her chicken phobic pony....
Just wanted to give you an update on our chicken training. Had a real breakthrough today and can't wait to tell you. We went out for a ride as usual and when we came back to the yard the chickens were out and I had an 'oh no!' moment and then thought, no you can do this together. I walked her up to her tying hitch and asked Pat to get me the Dually headcollar as I thought I need to keep control and not ruin the progress we made already. So I did deep breaths, said nothing and untacked her. Still she coped no real panic so she was to washed off, and given her feed which she ate with them in plain sight. One even decided to have a dust bath right near her!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
This is new boy Woody, a New Forest pony with a vaguely Lusitano look about him. He's a nice pony with lovely manners. However he has not been too keen on having his feet picked up by the farrier so we did some work on that using desensitisation techniques and I have suggested that he have his back checked just in case there is a physical element. When I moved on to the second desensitisation technique, otherwise known as chasing things, Woody thought this was fantastic fun. Makes you wonder if the instinct to drift other ponies has made it in to their evolution.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
A few years ago I watched a demonstration by Caroline Ingraham who practises and teaches Applied Zoopharmacognosy. As a result I began to use some essential oils with my own horses. I was delighted to be able to meet up with her again for an exclusive demonstration for the Listening Post at Horseworld on Friday. The results can be seen in the next edition which is due to be published on 1st September.