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  1. JJS

    Pictures Flower turns five...

    ... and we have our first proper lesson booked for Sunday! I could wax lyrical about how much I love her, but suffice it to say that she's still the best surprise I've ever had. We've had a hard couple of months between us, after losing our old boy and Flower and Mary's constant companion, but...
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    Pictures Five years of Mary and Flower's first time ridden

    Just a quick update as I've had a couple of HHOers message on Instagram to ask if I'd be making a post. It's been quite an exciting month here for me and my trio, with Flower going away for backing on the 1st and Mary's five-year anniversary on the 11th. It's very much been a period of firsts...
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    Pictures Someone has a very important birthday tomorrow!

    Even though it seems like only yesterday that she looked like this... ... Flower officially turns four tomorrow! The last fortnight or so, since she's shed her winter coat, she looks so beautiful and grown-up that it sometimes takes my breath away. While the weather has made it difficult to...
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    Pictures To chop or not to chop

    So the last three months have been quite tricky for me horse-wise. After breaking my foot in a riding accident in October, I've been out of action, with only the bare minimum done with my cob girls, who've essentially been turned away. I'm still dealing with the after-effects of that now in the...
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    Video Clever baby horse

    Feeling like a rather proud horse owner this evening! Ever since her birthday, I've been asking a bit more of Flower, and I'm delighted with her response. Although she's way behind compared to many three year olds, my thought process is that it's as much a learning curve for me as it is for her...
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    Pictures Three today

    A certain someone is celebrating their big birthday today, and I'm still reeling at the realisation that my tiny baby is now a fully fledged three year old! One thing I can say is that the last few years have been incredibly eventful, and that having a youngster has been the biggest...
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    Pictures Do you think she might outgrow her mum? :p

    Flower had quite a slow winter growth-wise, and for a long time, she seemed to stick at around the same height. I - rather naively - thought that maybe she'd got most of her growing out of the way early on, and that while the little 14.2hh that I'd asked Mary for might not have materialised...
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    Pictures Photo comp thread!

    So, it's my turn to pick the category for this next one, and I want to see your best friendship photos. Horse and human, horse and horse, horse and hound, or any other four-legged friend, it doesn't matter! The rules are the same as always: one entry per person, and the competition will end one...
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    Pictures Very impressed with Kramer Equestrian

    I'm sure there are a few people on here who've bought from them before, but I recently ended up on Kramer Equestrian's website - and felt like I'd discovered horsey heaven! They had so many beautiful products at very reasonable prices, so I did wonder if they were too good to be true, but I...
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    Pictures Some Shetland sweetness to cheer you all up

    I know that almost everyone on H&H is a fan of Shetlands, so here's a bit of sweetness to brighten up your days: Flower and her littlest friend, Bernard! He's nearing 30 and she's not even three, but they get on like a house on fire regardless. Anyone else got any adorable friendship photos...
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    Pictures Bum-high baby horse

    You know how they say you should try not to look at your young horses too much between three months and three years? Well now I understand why! Some of the ways they grow are nothing short of shocking, as demonstrated by a certain incredibly hairy and amazingly bum-high baby horse. I have...
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    Pictures Is that spring I see around the corner?

    In the midst of all the frightening news surrounding Covid-19, panic buying, and empty supermarket shelves, I can't help but notice that spring finally seems to be around the corner! The birds are singing, we had the most beautiful blue skies this morning, and my little corner of Yorkshire looks...
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    Pictures The most kissable noses you ever did see!

    I was reading the latest mares thread earlier - all positive, of course, and always an enjoyable read - but I had to laugh again at how far my girls are from your stereotypical moody mares. Morning, evening, or even the middle of the night, when I go down to the field, they always come charging...
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    Pictures It's the little things

    With horses, I always think it's at random moments that you realise how far they've come, and I had one of those with Mary this morning. When she came to me three years ago, she was already a lovely, sweet little mare, but as green as grass. She'd been pulled from a field at the age of four...
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    Is it time to invest in a stepladder?

    As per the title really! I have a sneaking suspicion that I might need a stepladder by the time she's done, and perhaps a parachute too for dismounting :p
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    Pictures Ideas for keeping a two year old occupied

    Flower is a little... odd, in some ways. When she was born, I was of the opinion that she should do as little as possible until she'd grown up. I was happy to put the basics in place, but I felt that aside from that, she should do nothing besides be a horse - an opinion that I know a lot of...
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    Pictures Transformation Tuesday

    I had a couple of pictures come up on my Timehop today, and I really enjoyed looking through them, so I thought some of you might like to see them too. All three of these snaps were taken on the 25th June, but one in 2019, one in 2018, and one in 2017. That's quite a remarkable change...
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    Pictures Two today!

    It's hard to believe, but two years ago today, a very tiny Mayflower made her way into the world. In that time, she's gone from this gorgeous little munchkin... ... to a grown-up girl who's beginning to tower over her mum! She's been a huge challenge, and you couldn't describe her...
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    Pictures Two years ago today

    Two years ago today, the vet had just been out and turned my world upside down. He'd been along with his scanner and officially confirmed that Mary was in foal, with about a month to go. She was looking very portly, and I was facing an awful lot of late nights and long days filled full of...
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    Pictures I might be biased but...

    ... I actually think there's a pretty nice filly hiding away under all of that hair! For a rising two year old who's always lived out, has never had hard feed, and has been left to grow on as naturally as possible, I think she's turning into quite a smart little BOGOF :)
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    Pictures Will she ever grow into those ears?

    It's one of life's great mysteries, albeit one that there is - as yet - no answer for. Flower foal's ears remain big enough to pick up communications from any alien life forms that are out there, leaving a slight suspicion that she may be half mule after all! :p For those who enjoy a little...
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    Very proud of my baby pony!

    It's no secret that I have zero experience with youngsters. So as much as I adore Flower, having a rising two year old can be challenging. She's got a fair dose of Welsh quirkiness, with very little of her mum's calm, steady nature to temper it. There are times when she's left me wanting to pull...
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    The joys of a lovely YO!

    I've had my horses on livery at the current place for almost four years, and in that time, I can honestly say that the whole experience has been a complete and utter delight. I've been on yards where those in charge were kind and knowledgeable, and also at places where those running the show...
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    Pictures To beard or not to beard...

    Why is it that my coblets insist on growing the biggest, most impressive beards known to man at the slightest hint of cold weather? They have such pretty little pony faces hiding away under there, but you'd never guess with such a mountain of hair sprouting from their chins. My hands are itching...
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    Why, Mary?! Just why?!

    Yorkshire definitely got the worst of the bad weather today, so imagine my delight as I walked down the field, drenched to the skin, with the rain and wind howling in my face, only to see a suspicious white patch on the side of my big coblet. Please don't be a torn rug. Please don't be a torn...
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    Pictures Why you should always wear appropriate footwear at the yard...

    No, this is not a thread full of grisly pictures of skinned feet or squashed toes, but rather an ode to my beloved eight-year old Ugg boots. Today as I was walking back to the field with Flower, I heard a rather shocking tearing sound, and in the same instant realised my sock felt suddenly wet...
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    I just really wish he could catch a break...

    Not much point to this post, except that I'm feeling incredibly down about the whole situation and sometimes some HHO support is just the ticket. Over the past couple of months, something in my gut has been telling me that Tudor isn't quite right. It was nothing I could put my finger on to...
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    Pictures Not too much of an ugly duckling...

    I know that yearlings are meant to be lanky and unattractive, and that I'm a highly biased horse mum, but I just think she's so pretty! Anyone else snapped any nice pictures of their ponies recently?
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    Pictures Practically perfect in every way :)

    Just a late night musing from a very proud horse owner :) I had the farrier out on Friday to do my four, and the nice warm glow hasn't left me since. I admit to being slightly apprehensive beforehand, as I had someone new doing their feet as my usual guy is away travelling. The person who came...
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    You know winter is on the way when...

    ... the coblets beards return in all their glory. We've not got much in the way of winter coats yet, but there's certainly plenty of hair sprouting elsewhere! :D
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