Well we are half way through the working week, and still I am greeted every evening with a whinney and a shout from tayah, pleased to see me I guess.
Off to Griggs open day with Glenys on Saturday, looking for some bargains 😜
Hoping to go for a ride with tayah on Sunday. Hoping my arm is ok, after my accident a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I am pushing it to soon as only started driving this week following it.
Accident, I hear you say! Lovely mono, Glenys’ little Shetland had been broken to pony trap, only the third time in it, and something spooked him which made me needing to jump out at speed. Only to realise the following day I could have just put my foot on the break 🤭
Spent the evening in A&E but thankfully no real damage. Just a bruised arm and shoulder as well as the bruised ego too.
You will be pleased to know that since this happened mono has been back in the pony trap, and doing fine. He had no damage at all, thankfully.
Well, the summer is well upon us now, and lots of fun is being had at horsey adventures.
Gatsby’s training is continuing and he is progressing extremely well, facing everything that I put him up against with ease.
We have also put a saddle on Gatsby who again took this in his stride.
We have been for some long walks too.
Then came show time, which meant Gatsby needed a bath and prettying up 🥰
Show day was amazing, apart from a little excitement in the first class, Gatsby held his own in the second class. Due to his amazing trot out (which took me all my time to keep up with him) he was pulled in 2nd place – so proud of him.
I am sorry I have been a little quiet lately. We are now at the Easter holidays and I seem to have booked the right week off work. The first day off work and the weather is gorgeous.
So Saturday was the 2nd day off Hugs Easter open day, so me and Glenys headed over to meet the volunteers and residents again. It also gave me chance to hand over the money I had raised at the raffle I did at work.
Raffle prizes available before I started the draw.
All the residents at the Hugs Foundation, are all gorgeous. I even got a smile for the camera from yogi 😜
Took Gatsby out for a walk today and I am so proud of him. He was not only a good boy, but also faced a number of scary monsters which didn’t phase him at all. Especially as these scary monsters came in the form of a lawnmower, a mini digger, and a huge cement mixer lorry. What a star🌟
The last month or so has been busy. Gatsby is coming along nicely in his bridle with ground work and we have been exploring more.
The next few weeks we will be walking in different directions, and exploring more sites.
Gatsby has now moved house further down the lane. He is missing his little friends mono and hamish, but has made some new friends in tayah and Rosie.
This does make it easier in the evenings having them all in one place.
Introduced Gatsby steadily to the girls. They were in one side of the field and Gatsby in the other to start of with. After I returned from lunch on day 1 (1 hour only) I returned to find them all in the same side and part of the fence down. (Which to be honest I think tayah was the culprit) 😜
Then when they all came in, oh how butter wouldn’t melt 😜😍
I also managed to get out on tayah over the weekend too. Note to self, must do this more often.
Had the day off today as the horse dentist was booked. All were amazing, Gatsby got to know the dentist although he didn’t have anything done. Tayah on the other hand required some teeth filing, I was really pleased with her as she just stood and let the work be done.
It was a lovely day to have off work and I enjoyed spending it with the ponies.
So this week has been busy. The weather has been on our side, so took the opportunity to get Gatsby’s bridle on again and take him for another walk.
I had planned on doing this Saturday and riding tayah Sunday, but actually got Gatsby out on both days, as well as riding tayah on Sunday too.
Horses all went out in the field naked to get some sun on their backs, which I think they enjoyed.
Back in the stable and Gatsby again posing for the camera, including some photobombing lol 😜
I managed to get to the stables a little earlier this evening and made the most of the evening sun. Had Gatsby out again for a walk up the lane. We tried a different direction, so that he didn’t get to used to where he was going, and he could see different surroundings. He was very well behaved.
This week Gatsby has been really loving. Each night whilst mucking out his stable he would come over and nibble the back of my coat for attention. If I don’t move he is then pushing me forward as though saying ‘heherm mum I am here, can we play’?
Today he had a good groom and finally managing to train his mane over to the right side.
Today I think that Gatsby also realised I wasn’t feeling 100%, and wouldn’t leave my side, giving hugs and kisses.
Tayah and Rosie today were ready to come in when I arrived down their yard. Waiting patiently for me to finish beds and feeds.
Hoping to get Gatsby out in his bridle again tomorrow if the weather stays kind.
After the mad week of snow, it has now all disappeared to leave lots of wet and windy weather instead. One good thing though is that it does seem to be staying lighter for longer in the evenings. Surely spring time can’t be that far away now 🤞
So this last weekend saw the next phase with Gatsby. His new bridle arrived, however a little big so I had to punch another few holes in it. Once sorted I then tried this on him, but I don’t think he was sure about it. Hopefully he will get used to this. He does look good in a bridle though.
I took him for a little walk wearing this, and he was much better. Didn’t do too much as the first time, will try again next weekend.
So the weather has not been the best over the last week or so. A mixture of sun and rain showers, then on Thursday the county came to a stand still from the severe snow fall.
Ponies stayed in for a couple of days, which meant that on Saturday they were ready to go out.
Gatsby decided that as he had heard the others running up the field, he would quite like to go and join them. He then started to make squealing noises and bucking in the stable, whilst I was getting his rug ready to put on him.
I wasn’t feeling 100% on Sunday and I think that Gatsby could feel it, because he was insistent in giving me lots of hugs and kisses. He is really becoming such a loving caring friend.
Monday I purchased a bridle for gatsby. This should arrive this week, which means I can start to get him out for exercise. As he is growing and getting stronger, he is a bit too strong in his head collar to walk on the lanes. I feel a little more control is needed. Next weekend will be training time I think.