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« Reply #105 on: Dec 19th, 2011, 4:40pm »

Yes, patience is everything I'm finding. After Milo had been doing so well being led we decided to swap and have him as the ridden horse and lead Nins off him. Simple? No way! You'd think we'd asked them to do it upside down and backwards! He's Ok with it, but Nins will not get up close, mind you if she does, his ears go flat back and he glares at her. So then it's a question of can we lead Claude from him and that's tomorrow's little exercise assuming we don't have the horizontal rain and gale that we had blowing today. It should be interesting because Claude walks so much faster than Milo - we'll find out if he's got a 'slow walking gear'!

Sorry to hear your weather is copying ours - it's not much fun is it sad

How exciting about all these new cows and calves. But a cow with two calves at foot - that's rather unusual isn't it? Where will they all go, have you got a secret corner of a shed waiting for them all?
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« Reply #106 on: Dec 21st, 2011, 3:16pm »

Why are things so complicated? the cow with 2 calves had been a cow with 4 calves, but 2 were bulls, so we bought Skotty [ as her name is] with the 2 heifers. None of these 4 calves were hers , and its very apparent the 2 heifers werent her favourites.I imagine the 2 bulls got latched on and the 2 heifers sneeked in. now of course , she wont let them suck , so we have to get her out of the old carriage house into the yoke next door ,put the kick bar on her , and leave for 2 hours, by which time the 2 girls will have sucked. It takes them that long to dare approach her and have a go! In time i m sure they ll learnt he routine. All are very nervous. They bare in isolation because they have ringworm, but as its worked out they are in the right place, couldnt do it if they wer with the others!
The fields are bottomless and the girls in the big pen will have to stay off the fileds for a while. Inca is being shod today , so we can get on leading her out more.
Keep being patient Liz, this is all great learning stuff.As she s the older horse, try leading her on the offside - I know thats the traffic side but she should be ok. Now Milo is leading well , the next stage is to be riding him as he is being led- so you ll have to choose who is riding Nins and who on him. The value of the leading off is that the potential rider is safe , and the horse learns all the routes, scary places, traffic etc while not being ridden. They learn their job without any danger to us. [ok , they can get loose - yes,its happened to me!] but our safety is paramount. Even if something happens to the horse, just think how much worse if you d been on board. We lead off nearly every horse we back or re start . Its great to have Guinness as the ride horse as he s so unconcerned with ait all. ben didnt like the job , but would put up with it. I remember Charlie taking forever to lead off Princess from him one day, as neither would settle. In the end C won , but with tired and stretched arms! Its agood idea to have your strongest half chaps on to save your calves!
I shall get this site updated soon ,I think it needs a dusting!
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« Reply #107 on: Dec 26th, 2011, 11:52am »

Boxing day greetings - hope everyone is enjoying xmas . Weather good , so you ll all be able to get out riding. yest tessa and i got out , and today c and I rode for 2 hours, taking the 3 horses out that need the work. Its been so mild Polly and keanu are out at nights.
One of my xmas pressies is a book about the artist T Gericault. His paintings of horses are full of vigour and movement. Interesting to read that '...horses ...just made him crazy, and perhaps no other painter better than him felt so vividly the beauty of this proud and fiery animal....an excelent rider,his greatest pleasure was to gallop wildly throught he countryside,preferably mounting pure blood horses and always selecting the wildest ones.'
However, by the time of his early thirties '....gericaults faltering health ...was compounded by 3 consecutive riding accidents'. he was dead aged 34 , so perhaps the moral is , tame the wild horse before you gallop off on it! Seriously though, N H would have educated these horses. But he painted chargers in the French cavalry - perhaps they wanted fast and forward going horses? Wills would have done the trick...
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« Reply #108 on: Dec 27th, 2011, 8:10pm »

Seasons Greetings to everyone! smiley
It would seem Monsieur Gericault was, what would be known today, an adrenaline junkie! and I guess he paid the price for his addiction to wild horses sad but maybe that's why his paintings showed such movement? I often wonder about cavalry horses - their temperaments must differ so in war some must have been terrified whilst others blindly trusted their riders - the feisty ones perhaps were the bravest - I can't bring myself to watch war horse so can only muse... I understand that alot of the 'high school' movements were originally developed for war so the horse could dispose of infantry without endangering their rider! However, your book Judith sounds a most interesting Christmas present.
I got some thermal waterproof overtrousers but in this unseasonal weather, they are somewhat redundant! But I'm not too impressed with the gale force winds, albeit mild ones! I guess an improvement on last year.
How is the new cow & 2 calves doing? Are they getting the hang of it? Livestock rarely comes without complications it seems.
Liz - I hope you are utilizing all your new grown patience and your horses are now leading off in all permutations. I'd love to lead my shetland off S but between the pair of them - their feistyness knows no bounds and I'd probably end up on the ground with them disappearing together into the next county! shocked I wish I had more time to put the NH into practice. However, I have managed some riding whilst the weather holds and in between illnesses/accidents! NH is invaluable in dealing with my unruly brood! I am making the most of time off work to get in some horse time smiley
I wish everyone a Happy New Year and look forward to hearing what everybody is doing!
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« Reply #109 on: Jan 1st, 2012, 8:26pm »

Wishing everyone all the very best for the New Year- may all your wishes come true.
Horse wise , I would wish for show ring success with Guinness, sell the 2 fillies, and to get out for more for long rides in new country.At this time of year the thought of summer and long evenings makes me think we should ride much more, but come the time I run out of energy!
Charlie will still be teaching- there are always horses& riders that need help , and various weekends /clinics will happen I m sure! It has been suggested we could hold 'spa' days- with a visiting horse masseur , and myself massaging/ A T-ing the rider. Not sure quite how it would slot together , but its an idea.
Let us know your plans for the year!
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« Reply #110 on: Jan 3rd, 2012, 2:50pm »

Happy new year everyone smiley I think my plan for the year is to lose some of the weight I've been piling on! I love the idea of 'spa' days, please can you add a nice heated pool for the spa attendees?
As you say, the thought of long summer evenings and taking the horses out for a quiet ride sounds so wonderful at the moment laugh I got totally drowned this morning in the most horrific storm I've been out in. Even the small horrible dog (Toad) was trying to walk up the hill backwards as the ice in the rain was so painful to walk into. The thought of pootling around in shorts and sandals again is lovely.
But the evenings are drawing out again - so spring is on its way laugh
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« Reply #111 on: Jan 9th, 2012, 12:09pm »

I cant promise a hot pool, but we do know of a nearby hydra pool for horses were the temp is a couple of degrees above freezing.......
Apparently its good for bruising/concussion/inflamed muscles after extreme exercise for humans too - maybe not the thing for me, or anyone sane!?
Its so warm today its like spring , so some of the horses will stay out tonight.
Plans are beginning with Liz to fix dates etc for the summer camp[s]. We have had interest already, which is always nice to hear. One camp will concentrate on confidence building , and lunchtime talks will be geared to that end. At the moment our cottage is lived in, but the garden room will be available for everyone to meet up in the mornings , have lunch etc. as it faces the garden and has a flagged terrace, I would like some sunny weather so we can enjoy leisurely lunchtimes this year, instead of all being cold drowned rats.

For local people , we have dozens of big bale haylage of May making - finest and best quality!New seeds with a tradional mix. Seems a waste to give to cattle , as we have plenty second cut . We sold a couple of bales today , which reminded us that we need to sell them asap! At 25 each they are very reasonable . First come , first served!
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