Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts. Honestly, I have been so touched by every message.
I am incredibly lucky to have my husband. He cares so extremely deeply for all the creatures in our care, and he just gives his all for them and for me.
The only thing he couldn’t do was remove the...
Thanks everyone. I held her while she went and stroked her nose and told her how much we loved her from the moment we saw her, to her last moments.
I’m off to the GP with husband for further assessment, as he’s still woozy and easily tired.
Very very scary few hours.
Thank you everyone, we are absolutely broken.
It wasn’t helped by the fact that my poor husband tried to keep her off her leg in the vain hope that it might be reparable and held up 350kg of horse for 30 min.
He then collapsed when the vet arrived, and had a seizure so I had a vet and the...
Arizona broke her leg in the field today and there was nothing that we could do for her.
To say that I am devastated is an understatement.
They were all grazing quietly on flat ground, and the other two didn’t appear to move at all but when I turned around after weeding for a few minutes...
Mimosa and Arizona actively seek out humans. Milagra would probably be happy without seeing another person ever again but is always tolerant and mannerly.
Mimosa gets annoyed if the people don’t include her or try to put her in her place.
I’ll mention it to her. She’s excellent with feedback. I don’t think she took a lot off actually but both mare’s feet did take a bit of a beating over the last two weeks due to all the excitement of the new one arriving coinciding with the driest, hardest ground of the year. There was quite a...
My wonderful trimmer took some comparison photos for me today, just over a year on from when Milagra arrived with us.
I thought the HHO feet experts would find it interesting.
Before and after
I’m so pleased for Milagra. She’s the kindest horse, and it’s so nice to see...
I expect my dog to be excellent with horses, and my horses to be excellent with dogs.
They are totally different animals to train. I’ve trained my horses not to be reactive to dogs, and I’ve trained my dog to be focussed on me permanently.
Rio knows that he doesn’t cross into other fields...
With a young horse, I’d want to teach it to be more responsive to pressure rather than opt for a different bit.
Once they have become desensitized to pressure, it takes a lot to get them to be really light again.
I would teach from the ground first.
I know everyone is complaining about how hot it is but I am loving it!
I’ve lived in countries where 28 is considered a cool summers day. We rode regardless, although I think at 35/38c or no one wants to do much so you ride early morning when it’s more like… 28c 🤣
I have a Spanish, from...
Stocktake everything that went through slaughter houses within a year of retiring from racing and fine the breeder, or importer if foreign. They can pass charges onto owners should they need to, and push the price of horses up which can’t be a bad thing.
Grade and restrict stallions and mares...
I took Rio for a short, shady walk yesterday. It was probably 26 degrees at the time. Rio grew up in South Africa though, and is a very fit collie who is walked properly at least three times a day, rain, snow or shine.
It is about what they are used to, how conditioned they are to handle...
That would be a sight to be seen!
I think I might start with colour classes then. I want her to learn that going out and about it not a big deal, I don’t want her getting wound up. Thanks for mentioning it.
That is so kind, thank you!
Great - I hate plaiting 🤣
Brilliant idea. I think it looks like I can show her unplaited in most things.
Do you think I should stick to plain English tack and buy her an in-hand bridle and nice snaffle or do you think she is better shown in an Arabian halter like this sort of thing?
I want to get Mimosa (5 year old, 80.3% Arab, palomino, 14.3/15hh) out and about to give her some exposure to other horses, noises, busy atmospheres.
She’s not an athletic little horse although we might aim to do some basic dressage down the line. I thought I might show her in-hand.
Literally just sitting there for hours, letting her get curious about it, smudging it on her nose and then making a big fuss of her. She doesn’t like treats so scratches are rewards.
She then wiped it off all over my clothes, my hair, my face etc but I just waited until she decided she was...
She is too lovely for words.
And is absolutely hilarious. I have no idea what the poor bucket ever did to her.
She’s been excellent about having her feet cleaned, and so easy to catch and handle. She leads nicely and will follow me around like a puppy in the field.
She also learnt to...
Mine are mostly turned out. They could technically be out 24/7/365 but in reality, Mimosa shouts if she’s tired of being rained on and in spring I do bring in off the grass for a few hours a day.
I think it’s like all things, strive for a balance and accept that there isn’t a one-size-fits...
Thanks everyone. It sounds like I’m going to have horses in for a while then. I assume a five day course will need to mean 7 days in.
It does look like ivermectin based wormers are especially mentioned as needing to keep the animals off the fields for 48 hours.
Sorry correction, 1/6 of the...
My new yearling has been with us one week, and I’ve had my own vet do a check and a worm count. Checks all fine, worm count very high. Off the charts high.
She was wormed with equest in April (breeder wormed her) but this has obviously had limited success.
Vet (who is lovely) will be our...