First off there's Heath. He's still improving every week but his progress has evened out a bit and he does have his bad days so sometimes it's easy to feel frustrated and like you're not getting anywhere. On these days you just need to take a step back and take a look at how well he is actually doing. Saturday was one of those days. The weather wasn't on our side from the start with it being a bit gusty and showery but we added to that challenge by taking him somewhere he's not been before under saddle on his own, which is a big deal for Heath.
Following an altercation where Elaine was attacked by a tree branch and gave Heath a bit of a fright, Elaine rode Heath much of the way up before walking him back in hand as he was finding the whole thing a bit stressful but still taking it really well. We didn't want to leave him there as he hadn't really done enough, but he'd done well so we didn't want to put him in the chambon and make him work for however long. So we did something we've not done before - jumping! He seemed to really enjoy himself and had a bit of a play with it. As you can see, he's not too shabby at it either!
Managed to get two lessons in today at the farm before the heavens opened! Lynsey who part-loans Tyke and Gina who part-loans Spike both did really well, making a lot of progress and jumping bigger than they've done before.
Oscar, Tyke and Troy all got turned out together in the field with the main herd today. Here are a few pictures from earlier.
We have moved to our new base in Little Bollington. Here's some pictures from the horses on their first day. We have 30yo Appaloosa pony Oscar, 4yo skinny chestnut Troy, and smaller chestnut 15yo Tyke. Tomorrow they get turned out in the herd for the first time so fingers crossed that goes smoothly. Will have my camera on hand!
Buzz went off to his new home this week! His new owner Sally has a Twitter account which she updates regularly with pictures, so if you’d like to see how she and Buzz get on you can follow her @edwards_sally
Good luck Sally, I’m sure you’ll both have a lot of fun together and I look forward to being able to post about your future successes!
Received a lovely e-mail from Wills’ new owner, Jo:
I thought you’d be interested to see some pics of Wills and my first outing together. We went on a local fun ride and he was an absolute babe! We had some great flat out gallops and a nice jump together (it is actually the first time we have jumped together as I have been working on his flat work). So I was either brave or stupid but either way he did it and didn’t bat an eyelid.
I was coming into it at a fair speed hence the reason it is long and flat but I figured it needed a bit of a run up as it was fairly wide ha.
We are having a great time together and I feel like we have really bonded now. Pat and Adrian came to see him last week. We have been keeping in touch and they were delighted to come and see his new home.
Jo & Wills x’