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  1. JJS

    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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    The string test: how accurate was it for your horses?

    As the title says, really! Finally got around to string testing Flower today, and it puts her at dead on 16hh at maturity. Going by the 'two hands a year from one' rule, that seems to ring true to me, and it's exactly what I've always estimated her ending up at. It's a fair bit bigger than I'd...
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    When do you introduce a bit to your youngsters?

    Over the last couple of days, I've started taking Flower for in-hand walks so that she gets to experience a bit more of the world (I know a few HHOers follow us on Instagram, so you might have seen the videos). We livery on a huge working farm, so she's getting to see all sorts, from tractors to...
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    Flower goes walkabout...

    Not alone, I hasten to add! This week has been a bit of a crash course in manners for Flower foal. She's just been through another of her growth spurts, plus I've had two holidays in the last month or so, so she's gotten bigger at the same time as being handled less. This has led to one of her...
  17. JJS

    A little Sheepie update...

    I thought that all of the Sheepie fans out there might enjoy this! Earlier this summer, me and the friend I field share with approached the farmer's wife to ask if it would be possible to cover Sheepie's costs so that she could stick around indefinitely. Aforementioned lovely farmer's wife...
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    The face of a foal who wants something...

    In typical cob fashion, Mary and Flower's waistlines have decided to rapidly expand at the first drop of rain. With our fields once again looking like a verdant green oasis as opposed to some arid desert, I've had to take the rather unpopular step of halving their grazing, and as you can...
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    Understanding the allure of cobs...

    There was an interesting thread recently on the popularity of coloured cobs. The OP raised the question of why so many people choose to have them, and why they're picking them in favour of natives and more traditional riding club types. It was a really enjoyable read and it raised a lot of good...
  20. JJS

    The difference a year makes...

    I was snapping some pictures of Flower today, and I couldn't quite believe the difference compared to some pictures I took just under a year ago, not just in terms of how she looks, but in terms of how our fields look too! From fluffy foal in knee-high grass... ... to sleek and shiny...
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    A Flower update: I finally have a sleek and shiny yearling...

    ... and not before time! Though Flower hung onto the last vestiges of her foal fluff for what seemed like forever, it turns out the big reveal was worth waiting for, and there was one very pretty little pony hiding away underneath. There is the tiniest bit of hair still hanging on under her tum...
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    Feather on or off?

    Funny the things that occupy your mind at 2.30am, but anyway! :D I was looking at the state of Mary's feather in the field today and I must admit I was tempted to take it all off. She got badly bog burnt this winter, and all that's left now summer has rolled around is a few pathetic wisps. A...
  23. JJS

    Does anyone else's horse go loopy on balancer?

    I tried Flower on TopSpec Stud Balancer as a much younger foal, but had to take her off it when it made her as mad as a March hare. Writing it off as that one product, I nonetheless left our grazing to do its work and decided not to over complicate things. A few days ago I decided to try her...
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    The beard and the belly fluff are gone!

    Flower was at the point where she had most of her summer coat through, but some random belly fluff was stubbornly hanging in there, so the scissors had to come out. Her beard came off at the same time, so we now have one delicate little head on display too :) Her response to being tied up...
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    ?Does my bottom look big in this??

    That's what Flower would like to know, after a rather hurtful remark from Sheepie. The poor girl was told that her bottom appears to be shooting skywards again, and she could only give her friend some serious side-eye in response. Sheepie decided to stay safely hidden on the other side of...
  26. JJS

    1 today!

    It's hard to believe, but one year ago today, I was meeting my lovely little Mayflower for the very first time. She's been a constant source of joy in what's been a really hard year for me, and I'm so grateful that she came along when she did, planned or not! She's grown into the kindest, most...
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    Flower would like to say a big thank you to Ruby's Mum!

    Looking at her today, it occurred to me that Flower is going through something of a metamorphosis at the moment, from podgy little baby pony to gangly almost-yearling. Her legs are lengthening, so is her neck, and her bottom is doing its level best to reach for the sky! Given that she's at...
  28. JJS

    Superstar ponies... and a truly heart stopping moment!

    Today was one of those days where you're running behind schedule, trying to pack lots in, and everything seems to be against you, so it's a good job I have such lovely horses! First on the superstar list was my little Six. I walked down the field with his dinner as usual this afternoon, called...
  29. JJS

    How are yours looking going into spring?

    There have been so many threads lately about how people's fields are looking, issues with overweight horses, and so on that I thought it would be interesting to see how everyone's equines are actually weighing in right now. I'm quite proud of my gang, as Tudor and Mary are both looking nice...
  30. JJS

    For all of the Sheepie fans out there...

    Proof that Sheepie remains convinced she's a horse. https://youtu.be/xOPT2aeh3vg She spent over an hour today running around with Flower like a spring lamb, although Flower thought it was all very infantile, and that eating was far more enjoyable when she didn't have a sheep jumping all over...
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