Sunday, 26 November 2017

The next batch backed!

Osito, the three year old full brother to Ombu looks much more like his dam Fatima.  He and Perdita (our teeny tiny twin filly) are now broken in and riding away nicely.  They will go back to their trainer in the spring to do some stick and balling.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Chamfron Ombu - 30 months old

Looking so like his dad!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A Facebook Rant!!

I may have said this before...!!  Another "dodgy dealer" article shared and while I am of course well aware that there are plenty of "dodgy" dealers I once again struggle to find any sympathy for the people involved, stop facilitating them!

If you think you can buy a saint like horse suitable for a complete novice for less than £1500 - you are part of the problem.  Budget more for the horse and more for the ongoing help you ARE going to need as a complete novice.

If you sell your injured / temperamental / old horses as broodmares / companions for less than meat money - you are a big part of the problem.  PUT THEM DOWN, at home, put your hand in your pocket and do the right thing.

You are not rescuing - when you hand over money for a sad, thin horse with crap feet don't think you are Mother Teresa, you've allowed that dealer to put food on their table while shoving two fingers up at the breeders / sellers doing it right.

Use google, no seriously, actually use it.  Don't think you are special, don't think you know enough to get one up on someone with a horrendous reputation.  If you then buy a horse and post the whole sorry saga over Facebook then you are nothing but a drama llama and I really wonder about your motivation.

Unfollow these people on Facebook, stop liking their posts.  If you are following a dealer / breeder who constantly has sagas, dead horses, horses for sale cheap because of endless personal problems, falling out with other breeders, perhaps a court case or two and you are commenting "R U OK HUN?" you too are part of the problem!!!

And breathe...

Chamfron Westminster on loan

Lovely to see Wills looking happy and well in his loan home with Carys.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Growing up...

Three year olds Milano and Nicobar happily hacking out.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Bowhill Trip

Fantastic ride at Bowhill today, we cantered up Duchess Drive and had a wee breather at the Stone Seat, the heart shape apparently relates to Sir James Douglas who bore the heart of Robert the Bruce to the Holy Land on a crusade in the 14th century and engraved on it is 'B Q 1864 - 1935' to commemorate the 7th Duke of Buccleuch.

Lumiere Durham 2017

I had a super night out yesterday, going down to Lumiere in Durham to see the light installations that are held every two years.  Lumiere 2015 was one of the last nights out Mark and I had together and I decided I would leave it to fate, I wouldn't ask for the day off but if I was given it I would go.  I picked up Caroline on the way past (and as always, was wonderfully fed by Bruce) and we laughed from the moment we got in the car.  I don't see Caroline that often but when I do I have conversations I don't have with anyone else,  gave me lots to think about!