A keenly anticipated trip to Kenya to catch up with old friends, human and horsey, make some new ones, and to watch some heavenly wildlife. First stop was Monica's, deep in Manzoni, where she has horses of her own and liveries. Monica follows IH principles and in time hopes to become an RA but in the meantime she is used to bringing horses back from the brink, particularly in their ridden work. Ex-racehorses, Warmbloods and a Somali pony all grace her yard plus a two year old Irish Draft cross Somali pony called Xani who is living the life of Riley. We did some groundwork with her, Tatonka and Warren, Monica's eventing horse and had our first ride out in the bush.
|Xani, first introduction to groundwork|
|Tatonka, a very splendid looking horse - one of Monica's horses in for training.|
"Xani, the little two year old, has become an angel since you worked with her!!! So I am keeping it up. Tatonka's owner is very chuffed that you did him too." MC 15th June, 2014
|Skuba has now started eventing, prompting Debbie to replace her 1970's riding cap with a real one!|
|Skuba shows us why he has such a shiny coat|
|Avalon is starting to jump|
|Da Vinci has scars on his nose and back probably caused by rope or burns.|
|Adam and just two of the horses|
|Riding out in the morning on Bold Deed, a horse I rode here five years ago.|
|Maasai, one of Yamaha's three sons|
Loisaba Wilderness is such a special place. Privately owned there is just one huge cottage with its own staff where you are waited on hand, foot and finger. When we came last time the rains had failed for four years in succession but this time everywhere was lush and green. As well as gazing at all the beautiful wild animals, I earthed myself every day by visiting Adam and the horses, riding out on Bold Deed and doing a little work. It's hard to decide whether my favourite African animal is the elephant, the giraffe or the Grevy's zebra with their 'Minnie Mouse' ears. In the end I think the Klipspringer wins. Perhaps the restless night we had when one elephant kept trying to break in to the grounds will influence my decision. Of course elephants are incapable of being naughty – he just wanted to eat the flowers and drain the swimming pool!
|Bally, another of Yamaha's sons|