Friday, December 18, 2009

snowy busy day...

we were both up at 5 EEK couldn't sleep .. so hopefully we get some kip before setting off at an early hour tomorrow! work, bank, letter hand delivered to court, rescued gaynor from her carless state - here's a nightmare, yesterday Gaynor's car died, starter motor, just when she was going to pick her sons up from school/granny (one 5, one 1); so that's bad enough. today, her OH's car died terminally - drive shaft broke! and he was at the other end of the county...

so i collected her from work, her mother & children up, took her home, we did evening stables and i showed her the feed/feet things, then she had to borrow my car to go shopping whilst i did child minding...

molly i think will be pleased to be out tomorrow (despite the lack of grass) and her front feet are looking a lot better already with teh stuff i was given to put on it - a hardener and germ killer that you brush on to the affected area.

right that's this for a bit; gaynor's in charge! see y'all on the holiday blog!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

snow and thrush

i think i mentioned the thrush 6 weeks ago when her feet last got trimmed. since then, been religiously scrubbing and spraying and it hasn't improved (which was why changed the bedding last weekend!) and is now into the hoofwall.

so she stays in again tomorrow (in today because trimmer was coming! yesterday because of the weather) and we have some new hoof hardener stuff to brush on to the toe area where it all is every other day... and poor Gaynor has to deal with all that whilst I'm away on my Christmas jollies (burglars reading be aware it's all locked up and the neighbours are keeping an eye out).

I will be blogging tomorrow night (not that there'll be a lot to say!) but don't know when thereafter, although i will have internet access... over on the holiday blog...and i'll let you all know where i am when i get there ....

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

more rain again!

kept them in this morning to save the grass a bit.. not that it'll do a huge amount of good, but still...they went out for an hour this afternoon...

on molly's quantity of eating. it occurs to me, last year when she was in for 6 weeks whilst her legs recovered from whatever it was that caused the hair to fall out, she wasn't pigging out like this..... there was always something left... and i'm sure i wasn't feeding more haylage than i am this year!

why i keep thinking i might ride in an afternoon i don't know.. clearly isn't going to happen this week, anyway!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


so i don't know why i complain, i should expect this weather.. but i suppose because there's nothing on their paddock

had them both in by 2.30 today; molly had a 20 lb net - gaynor rang at 6.20 to ask if i'd left a net for overnight! so she had to make a new net up for her...

this is ridiculous.

oh, and i meant to say - following up from mary lou's post about rugging - left her with her aerborn thermatex under a thin stable rug (the outdoor had leaked) and gaynor had to change her rug to her thicker indoor...


bad me missed a day...

yesterday's post...

the plans for teh day went a shade pearshaped.

we had thought - get them in about 1, then go over to the arena to ride whilst everyone at work.

it rained ... and it rained... and then it rained some more... so got them in about 2.30 for the night and they were well pleased!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

back to normal

Molly is.. we'll just have to keep a close watch on her seasons

in the meantime, there's practically nothing left for them to pick at and their field is gonna be trashed (albeit it's the only one that is poo picked religiously!)because it has been so wet this year it isn't surviving. so we're going to keep them in more; I'll turn them out in the morning, and they'll come in around 1 ...

today, I tacked up and went over to the arena... should have gone this morning! the riding club were doing pony club games for adults ...

so went and lunged in the field! she did some nice canter, a few bucks, we had a bit of a walk up the field and back down, and then I let her pick some grass before we went back in (i mean the big field outside theirs...)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

not os bad...

in that molly was turned out today and they had 2 hours or so of just chilling before she started spraying, so i go her in again rather than wind charlie up more...

we think it'll all be fine again by monday - hope so! - and we'll investigate that agnus castus stuff....

unfortunately, even though the weather came out not too bad, didn't have time to do anything at all except bottom her bed ... but will have time tomorrow, and the weather is supposed to be ok! at least the fog should lift.

Friday, December 11, 2009

hand in front of face

was very hard to see in the thick fog we had today, horrid! full fog lights on when i went out, truly awful.

so the plan to have one horse out half the day and the other the other half worked reasonably well . and my friend mucked out for me as well, which i hadn't expected!

here's a couple of pics partner took at saltwell park tonight; the dancers are not people, they are silhouettes - there were lighting installations based on the song "12 days of Christmas". the green lines are lights along the tops of hedges making up a maze, and the thing sticking up from that is a "pear tree"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

agnus castus

has been recommended for both - am consulting with friend, but in the meantime they are going to have to be separated - one out half the day, the other out the other half.


on a lighter note, someone sent me this video. hope it works.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

we have a problem...

charlie and molly like each other a bit too much....


we're all upset as we thought charlie had grown out of this ...(he's not a rig we know that)

oh dear.

had i been able to stick to the first though (which was go down earlier and ride, plan interrupted by work) this wouldn't have happened (well, not today, and not so they got caught)

but it's as well that we know...

any words of wisdom out there?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

a safer christmas

an acquaintance was sent this, and it's brilliantly funny so have to share. word of warning ot jean, though - you might need to not read this until after you've healed, laughing might not help you at the moment!

The Rocking Song
Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir;
We will lend a coat of fur,
We will rock you, rock you, rock you,
We will rock you, rock you, rock you:

Fur is no longer appropriate wear for small infants, both due to risk of allergy to animal fur, and for ethical reasons. Therefore faux fur, a nice cellular blanket or perhaps micro-fleece material should be considered a suitable alternative.

Please note, only persons who have been subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check and have enhanced clearance will be permitted to rock baby Jesus. Persons must carry their CRB disclosure with them at all times and be prepared to provide three forms of identification before rocking commences.

Jingle Bells
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way

A risk assessment must be submitted before an open sleigh is considered safe for members of the public to travel on. The risk assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use only one horse for such a venture, particularly if passengers are of larger proportions. Please note, permission must be gained from landowners before entering their fields. To avoid offending those not participating in celebrations, we would request that laughter is moderate only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.

While Shepherds Watched
While shepherds watched
Their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around

The union of Shepherd's has complained that it breaches health and safety regulations to insist that shepherds watch their flocks without appropriate seating arrangements being provided, therefore benches, stools and orthopaedic chairs are now available. Shepherds have also requested that due to the inclement weather conditions at this time of year that they should watch their flocks via cctv cameras from centrally heated shepherd observation huts.
Please note, the angel of the lord is reminded that before shining his / her glory all around she / he must ascertain that all shepherds have been issued with glasses capable of filtering out the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and Glory.

Little Donkey
Little donkey, little donkey on the dusty road
Got to keep on plodding onwards with your precious load

The RSPCA have issued strict guidelines with regard to how heavy a load that a donkey of small stature is permitted to carry, also included in the guidelines is guidance regarding how often to feed the donkey and how many rest breaks are required over a four hour plodding period. Please note that due to the increased risk of pollution from the dusty road, Mary and Joseph are required to wear face masks to prevent inhalation of any airborne particles. The donkey has expressed his discomfort at being labelled 'little' and would prefer just to be simply referred to as Mr. Donkey. To comment upon his height or lack thereof may be considered an infringement of his equine rights.

We Three Kings
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

Whilst the gift of gold is still considered acceptable - as it may be redeemed at a later date through such organisations as 'cash for gold' etc, gifts of frankincense and myrrh are not appropriate due to the potential risk of oils and fragrances causing allergic reactions. A suggested gift alternative would be to make a donation to a worthy cause in the recipients name or perhaps give a gift voucher.
We would not advise that the traversing kings rely on navigation by stars in order to reach their destinations and suggest the use of RAC routefinder or satellite navigation, which will provide the quickest route and advice regarding fuel consumption. Please note as per the guidelines from the RSPCA for Mr Donkey, the camels carrying the three kings of Orient will require regular food and rest breaks. Facemasks for the three kings are also advisable due to the likelihood of dust from the camels hooves.

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

You are advised that under the Equal Opportunities for All policy, it is inappropriate for persons to make comment with regard to the ruddiness of any part of Mr. R. Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of Mr R Reindeer from the Reindeer Games will be considered discriminatory and disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence. A full investigation will be implemented and sanctions - including suspension on full pay - will be considered whilst this investigation takes place.

Monday, December 07, 2009

but not today

i might have thought about going out to do something with molly after lunch if the weather had been relatively sensible, but it looked horrid .. and then i forgot the time again, as well, as I do...

she was pleased to come in, of course!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

good lord i rode!

turned into a nice day eventually (but had been raining at the time booked for partner's lesson so that got cancelled again!) and i took molly over the bridge to the arena, just on spec but the person having the lesson & her pupil were quite happy for me to work round them (thank you them).

little bit of the usual chew getting on, and i think i manage to accidentally hit poor molly in the head with my whip as i tried not to fall backwards off the mounting block as she moved! ooops. but whatever in fact happened, she then stood stock still..

she was slightly unsettled, and i never got her standing long enough to put my nearside stirrup up the required hole (i have to have it a shade longer to get on, or i can't) so just did a lot of walk keeping changing the rein

can tell how long it is since we've done anything, i knew i was a bit tight everywhere! but considering she hasn't ever been ridden in that arena before (only lunged twice) and we could hear Charlie screaming for her from across the river i was quite pleased really..

going back, some d**k head decided to try and pass me despite the blind bend ahead, so i told him loudly he was an idiot and he told me loudly i was the same... but he didn't try and pass (but still as well no one came the other way, as he didn't drop back in behind me!)

think gaynor got stuck christmas shopping ...the perils of having family, i think! shame as it was anice afternoon, despite the fact that it did try to rain whilst i was in the arena.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

in hand again.

if i'd not bothered going home for lunch, i would have had time to go over to the arena with some prospect of getting back before it got dark...

as it was, by the time i got the mud off (it was still slightly damp when i got her in!) etc, there wasn't going to be time to do that

so in hand along the lane again, via the puddle!

Actually, had a relatively good horsey day... after the hairdressers went for feed and stables on my way home, to went that way to drop feed off; G was there just finishing her mucking out, i did mine, during which time YO and YM turned up to look at, we think, proposed arrangements to move the field gate and water trough; then we took the horses through into the house lawn for some grass (given that it's too late in the year to mow, LOL, and they need some - very good at that lawnmowing they are!), then put feed away and went in for a cuppa before going home for lunch

Friday, December 04, 2009

Scott's dog mic

Jean's horses were shod and Scott's dog was very disappointed she wasn't out to play ball (I have his permission to post this pic) (and Danni, you should go say hello to her...)

and molly & I?

well, another day of work for me and another day in the field for her.. they're scratching round for smething to eat and getting everything by way of overnight hay/feed, but at least they're both moving about!

plans for any joint efforts tomorrow have ben scuppered - i'm getting hair done in the morning, and gaynor in the afternoon.. doh.

looks like sunday might be scuppered as well, the weather forecast is to teem down all day

good news from new jersey

Jean is out of surgery, doing ok and was well enough to receive a visitor last night! which is good.

Will keep you all posted here and by comments on her blog (when blogger lets me in there LOL)

in the meantime, hoping for good weather for the weekend, you never know i may be able to ride my horse and partner may be able to have her deferred lesson...

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


blogger wouldn't load ... at one point it said i wasn't following anyone, and then kept timing out...

server instabilities? i note i'm not the only one having problems!

thinking of jean for tomorrow....good luck!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

i don't understand

what seems to be wrong with blogger, and i think something is.

the blogs i follow have their own space at the bottom of my dashboard and i can see who's updated and go read and say hello etc.

so far as I was aware, Nicola, for example, hadn't posted in ages.... tonight, a load show up as being posted 25 minutes ago, and when i go read, i find others had commented on the day they were posted.


ditto for Marylou

all VERY strange!

anyway, change of subject - has anyone seen one of these?

and if so, in what way are they different from your bog standard small holed haynet?

my routine has changed so much that molly is now in a lot earlier than has ever been the case, and feeding by weight from my usual small holed haynet means that she has nothing for a long time. if i feed from the haybar, as i would prefer which is why i have it, she eats it quicker!

Monday, November 30, 2009

a bit wet....

after all the rain yesterday, we were a bit worried - think i mentioned the flood warning?

when i got down to the stables this morning the river was well over it's bank, not quite as far as the cattle grid but almost, and the muck heap was developing ponds from underneath.....

i tried to take a photo, but only had the phone and it was just not quite light enough (mind, i realised later I should have changed the setting as well)

anyway, here's the afterwards:

so the horses stayed in until about 1.30, and i went down after lunch to muck out again and we got them in about 3 (including some grass on the lawn, which they appreciated!)

at least the pond in the lane meant that i could get molly's feet washed out without scrubbing! an advantage! plus she can't avoid the puddle which is good for her getting used to going through them! We did a deliberate diversion via that for the purpose!

edited to add: for some reason,the add video button is NOT available, booo - ah! sorted, went back to old settings... help was helpful!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

lunging in the rain...

We are mad, of course, but it had to be done.

We were glad we'd decided to keep them in today - didn't stop raining and there are now ponds in the paddock

we knew there was a free spell in teh arena from 2 - 3 - as it happens, everyone else must have cancelled as there was no one there when we went over early - not surprised, it had lashed down most of the day.

So molly was lunged with her waterproof luminous exercise sheet under the roller, and Charlie was lunged with his lightweight outdoor on! They both needed the work.

but we decided to keep them in tomorrow as well...

eventually got home about 4 (I'd been out since about 11) - and no sooner got in when my mate texted to say we're now on flood alert.  bummer.  So we've got our fingers and everything else crossed....  

Saturday, November 28, 2009

rode my horse!

I would have to look back a few weeks to see when i last rode - that was the day gaynor & I rode round the big fields opposite the main yard.

today we didn't go as far .. just out of our gate and round the big field behind the stables & paddock.

We did wonder afterwards if we should have gone the other way...

it's very hilly, so we decided to set off left on the flat, then up the hill and pallningn to go right along the fence line at the top then back down.. choosing always the least steep bits to go down.

all relatively ok until we did the final left to head to the bottom by the track .. molly was startign to nap to go  up the park (as if she were going back to her previous yard) so i decided to get off rather than have that battle.. 

we had in any event decided to just do some minor schooling before we went back.. (if only to add time on to how long we were out...)

i was doing some in hand work whilst G did a large circle . her horse threw a bit of a tantrum as molly moved away from him... essentially, panic caused by insecurity, G happily i heard her shouting for me to come back, when i turned round she was doing well to sit the bucks.. which stopped as soon as charlie realised we were coming back!

so we gave up and went back in...

next time, we will go another way...

course neither of them have done anything for a few weeks

but - if the weather is ok, we are going to use the arena tomorrow, have arranged it!  have confirmed the time it is not booked by anyone else, and have said we will be there! 

But hey, i rode!

Friday, November 27, 2009

what will tomorrow bring?

fair weather or foul?  i haven't looked, but if it stays like today, we may manage to get our horses ridden! i hope so!

now - what might cause a horse's poo to go runny when it hasn't been before?  i've always thought of it as a stress thing... but i don't think molly is stressed particularly

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

so tell me...

before i poo picked the field, it was not raining.  after i'd poo picked the field, it was not raining.

whilst i was poo picking the field ....

you guessed it, it was raining, i got soaked.

and it was blowing hard and that got worse.

late meeting tonight, so gaynor did molly this evening, and apparently molly blotted her coypbook on the foot lifting thing...bad girl.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

thrush improving

the near fore is starting to look a lot better; the off fore still not so good but no doubt will get there.

but molly's starting to be a bit of a B about the foot picking up thing - with her front feet, where previously she didn't want her backs picked up before she was started on no bute..- so i think she's fed up wtih teh process.

tough, i say!  i carry on!

but it's tough on my back as well, bend down, lift hoof, scrub etc etc... and all repeated several times!

we/ve pretty much given up any idea of doing anything much through the week - I know I COULD take it out of my working day, but i am expected to be here ... 

odd, when i was an employed person i used to think about going in to work late having done something with my horse...

now i am a self employed person, i am conscious of the need to be at my desk in case the phone rings/an email arrives...

odd that.  It wouldn't actually matter, no different than if i were out at a meeting, or in court, of whatever.. and it's very easy to make the time up, of course!.

Monday, November 23, 2009

USDF getting with the program

link in title..

now we need BD to do the same..

in the meantime, someone found Racinet on youtube:

and Elen petushkova with Pepel .. not heard of them before, but well worth watching

Sunday, November 22, 2009

an in season mare sharing with a gelding

is much more troublesome than one sharing with other mares...

went down mid morning, thinking, get her in, get her ready and go over to the arena..

not a good plan

firstly charlie went round the corner so molly coudlnt' see him, which didn't impress her, and even when he came back, she woudln't settle and wanted back out again.. then the wind started getting up such that things were blowing about .. it became not worth it!

then gaynor said she'd been very up a height and rude this morning, which she's not normally - i'd wondered why her breakfast hadn't been finished - and went off bucking and flying round the paddock...

so out she went again....a  mare in that mood just isn't worth the grief, as we'd both get wound up!



Saturday, November 21, 2009


is what i think of today.

partner was meant to have riding lesson this morning.  had been texting RI to confirm and not heard back... just as we got in the car, received text, had i not received her text earlier in the week?  cancelled...strangles scare on her yard.  sometimes, texts don't get through.

so then partner wanted to do various things involving sorting out her stuff to go to dry cleaners, so did that, then friend rang and go for haylage please as there's so little grass left they need more ...

time we did that it started to rain...

what i SHOULD have done, once i knew partners lesson cancelled, was go do something with molly then.. but i didn't...because was wanted to stay at home and help with the sorting...

it was raining properly time i got lunch and got down there ... but warm! poo picking in the rain is fun (not) but found charlie's missing shoe... and the wind was picking up when i left ...

supposed to be not so bad tomorrow...

i reckon, we'll not get a lot done this winter!  have i said that before?

Friday, November 20, 2009

i finally remembered

to apply the mud fever prevention stuff... i think i hadn't done it as until yesterday the mud hadn't got deeper than the top of her feet! IV Horse mud fever prevention, excellent stuff, and then after applying i wipe my hands off down her neck and that prevents the mud sticking there as well...

we're hoping for good weather tomorrow to ride but i don't think i'm very optimistic about it..

Thursday, November 19, 2009

windy ...

to replace the rain (but it's still raining over the pennines, so we still need to have some concerns on the flood situation and feel sorry for those in cumbria) 

I went down really early this morning, cos i'd got up early! and they were out whilst it was still dark ... mucked out and poo picked the field...apparently gaynor's dogs went a bit mad as i arrived, and she thought i was a bit mad being that early, but hey!

and my other thoguht about the wind .. it was so warm, it could have been the hot air blowing out of the FEI...

not at all convinced by that statement, and not at all sure what world horse welfare can do ....they rescue abused etc. horses and do a good job on that.. but deal with rollkur?  um.

and as for allowing bute in competition ...

words fail me...

but the FEI vice president is against that:

and quite right too!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

we are on tenterhooks

because the river in this picture has burst its banks and when i left was up to the cattle grid...

a long way to go before we need panic and get the horses out, and the probabilities are that we won't have to .. but still, very scary!  The trees nearest the river are underwater..

it's all come down from the pennines; if it stops raining there and doesnt' rain here, we're fine.  if it carries on raining there, and then rains some more here, we might not be!

fingers crossed all.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

FEI statement on rollkur

link in title...

Hope this is not just puff, and that we will in fact see this stopped at competitions, and that WHW are in fact involved

Anyway, so much for the news...

when I went down to the yard this morning, it was still blowing the remnant of last nights horrendous gales, so out she went into the field with Charlie...of course, time I got home (after poo picking as well as mucking out) the wind had dropped...isn't that the way!

Monday, November 16, 2009

i was right

when i looked at the mist this morning and thought, it's gonna rain... and it did.  it had been forecast, but i'm never wholly convinced by those...

rained all morning in torrents, bit of a break late afternoon and started again in time for us to bring them in.

the spray bottle I'm using for the spray for molly's feet has died. ... 

and in between, wrestling with a software problem that resulted in my having to zip the entire folder onto a usb stick and post to the company so they can have a look at it - they said, have you installed anything new?  answer, no i haven't..

Sunday, November 15, 2009

well exercised

me, that is, if not molly so much.

muck out etc; poo pick field; then joint effort removing the remains of some haylage, wewon't do that one again and now see why YM & YO don't like that!  

finally took molly out for longlining inthe field.  not for too long, probably no moare than about 15 minutes, ensuring i had control and direction. Charlie spent the time running about, or standing at the gate as if we'd suddenly reappear!  not sure he quite twigs that the mare walking round the field on longlines is his friend who hasn't gone far...

then after tea we went back into Durham with the new camera on different settings, think we've got much better pics.

so shattered again as well!  but a nice change from our normal weekend nights!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

wind and rain

it was a howling gale this morning and forecast to last the day, but didn't... trouble was, time we got there this afternoon, my friend couldnt' ride as her youngest was ill (teething!) and then it rained...loads of daylight, but rain...pah.

i decided on the flexions again, as if i'd tried to set off i would have lost the light before i got back, time it stopped raining..

so stood molly on the hardstanding outside the stable.

she was very square... and we eventually got a down .. then a second ... but then she decided she liked that but didn't want to do any of the others.

but i was pleased to get the "down", anyway ...and she was standing still!

this evening, we went into durham, having learnt that there was a light show.. a few installation artists with various light effects here and there.. the best was the front of the cathedral, but neither camera has caught it all very new one woudl have done but it was only bought this afternoon and we're still getting to know it, so didn't turn out at all.. mine, dull and you dont get the full effect ... but here's one, and another of the cathedral from the other side of the river looking ghostly 

and this was in a shop window, very effective...

Friday, November 13, 2009

another "doh" moment...

so i'd started splitting her feed between tea and breakfast .. went down this morning and put breakfast in .. Doh!  can't work her. Doh!  revert to previous practice of no breakfast! (or breakfast after ... depending on the weather) - haynet whilst she has her massage will do! 
can't believe i did that.

poo picked the field instead...

Thursday, November 12, 2009


man was supposed to turn up this morning to sort out some missing tiles on our roof, so rather than take advantage of the reasonable weather this morning, i was home by 0730 so as to be sure to be ready as and when he arrived.

he didn't arrive.


went round to his boss's this pm ... i love seeing that man apologise! :-)

and scrubbed molly's feet out as the rain started, then on the way home remembered i'd left washing on the line! oops! 

and yes, jean, gaynor found her keys, in the dark! very impressed with that!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

crutches in the dark...

are scary things, especially when accompanied by disembodied torches and voices...

happily, not mine or my friend's but a friend of hers who was helping her find her keys in the field .... coming back, i had molly tied up outside cleaning her feet and all we could see was light and hear voice and crutches on the lane - scary all round, molly got away (but didn't go far) and charlie was upset in his stable.. but he was in the bad books anyway, having lost gaynor whilst out for a ride and come galloping back to talk to molly. and thank the lord he did, as the alternative was EITHER the other side of the lane through to under the bridge, where he can't get through OR the cattle grid! 

He'd been a bad lad on the way back from his hack, the fault of molly who'd shouted for him, and in the course of trying to turn himself inside out slipped on some soft ground so gaynor lost her stirrup and came off; in course of that, she lost her house keys, so that's what they'd been trying to find.

I went down this morning with a view to doing something, but the drive down to the yard was accompanied by the windscreen wipers going, so turned them out - and guess what?  it stopped again!

must sort out the batteries for my head torch, for purposes of washing and spraying feet in the dark.  There is an outside light, but you end up in your own shadow anyway.

Happily, i already owned some milton, so mild solution made up in old milk bottle and decanted into already available and empty spray thingy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

in hand along the lane

only for 10 minutes, if that, but it was good, both reins, straight lines only (no room for circles) and a little bit of move sideways.  We haven't done this for a while, so didn't want to do too much; then tried for flexions on the hardstanding.  At least she stood still!  but i couldn't get her to stand square very well, but we did get a couple of "downs" at least.

That was after the vet had been to do her annual booster.  

And she has thrush; so must dig out milton and make a solution to spray on, having scrubbed feet, every night....

Monday, November 09, 2009


i know, it's colder in scotland..

too cold this morning, and freezing fog this evening! frozen tap this morning so i've taken the hose off tonight, save that freezing as well....

Sunday, November 08, 2009

doh! again...

went to stables after going shopping ... did a lot of work .. friend came out .. molly almost ready ... plan to ride out together... friend's l/l arrived ... stayed a while ...then by the time that was all over it started raining and there wasn't really time to go anywhere whilst the light still held ....  :-(

yes I COULD have ridden myself .. but still not happy about trying to ride out on my own ....

but we have the answer to the arena booking system, at least..

Saturday, November 07, 2009

doh ....

we didn't know we had to book the arena.... walked over there about 2.30 or so with a view to lunging .. lesson going on ... are supposed to book?  not sure, have emailed for guidance.

so walked back, being overtaken AGAIN on the bridge with a blind bend ahead - this time, something came round the blind bend, thankfully no one was going too fast but they're all total d****s there....

thought i'd try lunging on the field before we went back, but that was either flat out or eat .. not good

by the time we got back, COULD have lunged in the grazing field, BUT had run out of time as had promised to be home... 

still, as least she got some exercise and Charlie got more practice at being left on his own!

and they both ended up in very early as i had to go, and my friend wasn't going to be able to come out again as her OH was going out so no one left to childmind....they're a shade TOO young to be left for even 10 minutes...

but, wondering if may be possible to work in their grazing field even with the other one in? might try it and see what happens....

Friday, November 06, 2009

lost feeling in fingers

this morning whilst mucking out and poo picking paddock... too cold to do anything that might involve standing still whilst molly worked round me, LOL. time to find the winter gloves, i think!  winter is upon us...hopefully be able to get something done tomorrow!.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

sorry caroline

but we had a lovely day here - your rain has just arrived here.  Hope you have a dry day tomorrow.

But i didn't do anything with Molly this morning as i got up a shade later than i should have - that, and she was MUCH keener to be out than otherwise...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

the sun and the moon

this morning whilst i was mucking out: 

and then? lunging, i thought. but all molly wanted to do was whizz around, and since i was not an arena i thought better of that and did some little in hand up the lane.. i hadn't put the ordinary reins on, and just used my body and was actually relatively pleased with the result!.So that's something to improve on with a proper job if the weather is ok tomorrow...

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

completely off topic for my second post of the day

dry, unless you're into the subject matter, but it's actually an interesting and important case on executive power.

this morning

my thought was some in hand work up the lane and back.  but before that, of course, she has to have her massage pad on.

so puts that on and sets it away, muck out round her .. half way through - the heavens opened!

that was that idea knocked on the head.

did put bridle on thinking flexions instead, but she was too keen to go out in the field and play with charlie so wasn't going to pay me any mind. 

and, here's a blog to follow - current post, Rollkur 101

Monday, November 02, 2009

clean molly

she hadn't rolled!  which was impressive .. it was the first thing charlie did this morning!

didn't do any work with her today.. think this is going to be a boring winter? ... and whether i do any this morning depends what time we get up and what the weather is like..

i know i said i have access to a nice arena.. getting there in the dark will be interesting, and i don't think i quite fancy it.

we'll see.  if all i do is a bit of groundwork every morning along the lane, that'll keep her ticking over!  or flexions in the stable, or something...

Sunday, November 01, 2009

a recommendation for barefoot:

with thanks to trudi for pointing us at this page:

this quote in particular:

"The best way for a horse to go is barefoot! If your horses do not have
problematic hooves or do not change surface too much, Renirie professes
you should keep them barefoot. Rob, who said he became a farrier to
solve a hoof problem with one of his own horses, admitted that he keeps
his horses barefoot."

rain .. sheets of it...

went to morpeth this morning to watch pedro nevez clinic .. cold, wet ..came away earlier than i'd thought i would - enjoyed watching a garrocha lesson! ... 

we decided to get the horses in lunchtime as it was still teeming down and they were soaked...guess what?  it then stopped raining!  but a howling gale has got up.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

pictures from today

after our ride described in earlier post ...

a lovely day .. if busy!

Molly was excellent today - went out for a ride round the fields with Gaynor on CHarlie, just walk, but it was all new to Molly bar the track to the road, and the way over the bridge.  She barely put half a foot wrong - the most difficult bit was getting on, as usual, had to get gaynor's partner to come hold her - and gaynor had only done that particular route twice before!  so we were both very pleased.  had one moment of dancing when we turned off the road after the bridge going into the field, a another very slight think about setting at the far end - you come up with the river on your left, the field narrows, clear fenceline coming up and a yellow no entry sign ...she expected soemthing!  but iwas very half hearted.

Oh, and she'd led the way along the track and over the bridge!  on the way back charlie led and i followed, as gaynor had forgot her hi viz, and then wene we turned back into our lane met three coming the other way, byt all behaved well

before that, i'd hoovered up a lawn full of leaves (maple and apple), mowed said lawn, and two lots of washing on the line... another lot in th washer - and when i came back it was still light and mowed the other lawn!  forecast to rain tomorrow, so glad i got all that done...

and it was a lovely day!  shirtsleeve order, no need for a jacket at all  and after our ride we turned them out again for a while as it was still sunny and warm...

Friday, October 30, 2009

walk out in hand...and bad news lasst night!

and surprised i did that, was in two minds whether it was going to rain or not, and the wind was certainly getting up! I'll only be able to do anything next week if i get up earlier; it's getting darker in the mornings, of course, and i'm finding at the moment that it's nearly 9 by the time i get back..  mmmm think i've said this before?

anyway, plan to ride tomorrow...

last night went to harbour house, i think i said (no i  didn't, just checked..).. anyway, the news later was that a yearling on the yard had died... grass sickness...i'd seen him at 5, lying in his stable head on owners knee..we were hoping it was anything but that .. depressing.  lovely coloured gelding!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

well done the BHS

And molly?

this morning, it was pretty cold and i was FAR too hungry to want to do anything with her ..this evening had an appointment, so didn't do any work with her today.  save get the mud off. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

another lovely day

so warm i was in shirtsleeves this morning - but put my hi viz on to walk round to the arena, since that involves that daft road....

Molly very good

i did about 5 minutes each way without side reins, then just put them on for a minute or so either way 

she is looking good, if i do say so myself!

on the walk back, again, people overtaking me where they shouldn't!  i kept expecting someone to drive round the blind bend and there be an accident, happily didn't happen ...idiots.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

another early morning

and glad i did, as it rained mizzly most of the day and my friend didnt' get anything done with her horse!

longlined some of the big field next to the paddock, having turned charlie out.  he was ok at first, but i knew i'd done the right thing putting his lightweight rug on, as he started running about ... not sure why, as if he'd stayed wher ehe was looking over the corner of the fence, he would have still been able to see molly .. but there we go!

i NEARLY lost her as well, once, but happily only mislaid one line not both....

couple of times on circles, both ways, and she was ok with that, and for the first time cantered .. but i wasnt' expecting it and that was cue missing line!  too fast for me too unexpectedly on longlines.

hadn't cantered her that way before!  think she wanted to be somewhere...

then went back along next to the paddock and further out towards the hill, she didn't want to turn round and come back...

when we did get her turned to come back, then met two ridden horses - all very good about that, molly didn't try to follow them as i thought she might, and they didn't spook at this horse being longlined!

Think i'll try and keep this up whilst the mornings stay light, subject to the weather of course, but go down a shade earlier - didn't get home until just before 9! 

oh, and molly's being a complete tart - i shall need to wash her tail and bum!  pah!  that's the one disadvantage of keeping a mare with a gelding, and molly takes after her mother, who was also a bit of a tart on the quiet!

Monday, October 26, 2009

bright and early

a lovely morning for some longlining before the day got going.  was at the stables by about 7 or thereabouts, decided to longline her out round a nearby field next to the river (a field she doesn't like!  it has jumps in it, and you go towards a bridge over the river  ) it was a good exercise!

She started off not wanting to go that way at all (wanted to head off up the hill back towards harbour house!  we're not going to go that way for a while) and napping away from the little copse you have to go to to get to the field i was aiming for (it's only a small copse, and a small field) - could have got a bit dodgy, i suppose this shows my abilities on the longlines are improving as well ...

after 2 or 3 naps she decided to walk on, napped again when she saw the first fence (which of course there's bags of room to go round, which we did) and then i set her on a circle round me (didn't want to go through the gate and under the bridge) and then back to the stables

by the time i got back, charlie had been turned out .. we think he'd be better out if molly's going out working.

later, charlie was taken out of the field to go across to the arena, does molly get brought in or leftin the field?  we decided (phone conflab) to leave her in the field, and she was good and happy about that, phew!  she's not used to being left on her own

and tonight, she was left in the field when charlie was brought  in, and again, good - she could stil see him!

so we're hoping they both settle when being left, on the basis that they learn that the other does come back!  we're not always going to be able to work at the same time (probably not at all during the week, only at weekends) so they need to be ok about this.

and what was really funny tonight - i went into the house for a cuppa and a chat after i'd fed molly, and said i'd left the outside lights on so i could see my way back! -  my friend had thought the lights didn't work and hadn't found the switch, LOL ..

Sunday, October 25, 2009

the arena i now have use of

is MUCH larger than the others i've used recently, and not as deep, and no boggy bits, and has a good view (which i forgot to take a pic of, sorry!)

it's the other side of the river from the stables - along a track, left onto a narrow road, over a bridge and left through main yard

lots of HI Viz!

it is a dodgy road, so we will be doing a christmas tree impression every time we go that way!

but molly was very good.

I didn't do a lot - took her over just in the bitless (the dr cook's acts nicely for all purposes, including lunging) with a lunge line and nothing else, just wanted her to see the route to it and get a feel for the arena itself before i ask her to do anything serious in it!

we were a bit concerned that the other horse might be really upset as molly went away, but apparently he only had one shout and settled straight back donw (having something to eat probably helped a lot, LOL!)

my friend is happy to do morning turnout .. but i might go down mornings anyway, TBH I hate leaving a bed to the evening, always ends up a lot soggier than would otherwise be the case, and of course now we have light mornings (clocks back an hour last night).

but i got up at 5.30 ... body still on last week's body clock, + overheating as it got a lot warmer weather wise overnight... and amazingly am still awake!

anyway, they both seemed quite happy through the day; Charlie got double barrelled in the chest (molly's barefoot, of course, so he was none the worse) and spent odd bits of the day with 5 legs... molly taking after her mother and being a bit of a flirt, i think i'll really regret this next spring summer when I'm having to wash her legs every d**n day! but they're getting on ok.

and they both have stable mirrors, so if we end up working them separately (which we will!  save possibly on weekend...) they both still have company. 

Saturday, October 24, 2009

if you're on facebook

join this group ....(just click the title)

pics for jean....

another move accomplished...

After an early start to get everything out ready to be loaded on the trailer at lunchtime

walked molly down to ford cottage at about 09.45, meeting the other horse on is way to HH on the way, and also met a fantastic PRE, only arrived from Spain in the spring or thereabouts .. pic later, it's on my phone which is downstairs charging.

molly and charlie seemed to get on fine, as expected (dominant mare with slightly wimpy gelding, isn't going ot be a problem!).

got the stable sorted, and got them in about 3 as it was teeming down (then the sun came out 1/2 later, of course!).  molly settled very quickly in her stable, so that's a good sign..

then spent a whilst sorting out the tack room area, which is huge between 2 of us.
more to do tomorrow, as both our drills ran out of charge!

my friend thought i hadn't put much bed down .. but with two layers of rubber mats, she doesn't need a lot, and g hasn't seen how the wood pellets expand!

Friday, October 23, 2009

nice day...

and it was dry (at the yard, my washing at home was getting wet!) but having not done anything all week i thought i'd make a job of that, and lift the bed and matting ready for tomorrow..

Thursday, October 22, 2009

give up on this week

and give up on international dressage?

i haven't had the heart to watch this, but have seen a still .. .it's horrid...

and why give up on this week?  because nothing is going to get done with molly!  i was going to tongiht, started raining again near the end of her massage session, so put rug back on and fed.. and guess what, it then stopped raining!

tomorrow i'll lift the bed and get stuff ready for saturday morning

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

very surprised

that molly was prepared to go out again.

It hasn't stopped raining yet...

and she was ready for her tea

but didn't plant and tell me she wanted to stay in (she would if she did!) so i'm pleased about that, want her to stay out until saturday...

and then cleared a drain before we all got flooded, euch...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

i'm better but the weather's worse....

started raining about 3/3.30 and didn't stop.. horrid cold mizzly wet .. 

but molly's body was dry, did her massage if nothing else (head too wet/muddy for bridle to be added and do flexions...)

impressed she consented to go out again!  last year she insisted on stopping in from beginning of september or thereabouts!

Monday, October 19, 2009


me, that is.

must have eaten something that didn't like me ..hope it wasn't the fruit cake, i've not had a problem with iced fruit cake slices before...

whilst i was feeling a bit better by this evening, i decided not do do any work with molly "just in case"

Sunday, October 18, 2009

another first..

i think it was last sunday i said i'd failed to go the way I'd planned, a route molly has always refused

This is it

As you can see, from the bottom, you can't tell that there's a gap between that log and the fence...

today, she went up there without a moment's hesitation - even though YO's mother in her electric wheelchair thing was the other side of the hedge on the drive... YAY.

out the gate at the top (without getting in a tangle of lines!), left, through antoher gate that opened towards us!  round that field left and right, without being phased by geldings rushing up to fenceline to see what was going on, left along top of geldings field, at which point you could hear them but not see them, down the very steep hill and then instead of going back to the yard straigh away (we'd done a big circle at this point) round the 20 acre to make the circle even bigger.

i won't go so far as to say we've had total breakthrough and everything wil be plain sailing, it won't, but we have to be a long way on ...

why didn't i do all this years ago?  because i didn't know how....

Saturday, October 17, 2009

PMG & Fords (of two sorts..)

PMG first - that's Peter Maddison Greenwell - did a lecture demo at a local EC last night; Steph came down from Scotland, and Vic & Nicola, and loads of other people. 

I didn't post last night, as it was late and I wanted to reflect before commenting.

One spectator got thoroughly told off by a lot of people, including me, and I repeat here what i said quite vociferously at the time - if she thought PMG rollkurs his horses, she needs her eyes testing.  She clearly didn't understand a thing that she saw, in particular that.  She left at the interval, having had that altercation.

  1. he was showing us what we shouldn't do, as well as what we should!
  2. the breed has a tendency to "curl back" and if you're busy showing people what they shoudln't do, it's bound to have an effect!
  3. he doesn't have the horses warmed up before they come into the arena, he warms them up in front of you whilst lecturing, so you don't see the finished product immediately.

also, I have to say (and i've said it to him in an email) I think he relaxes more himself when riding with one hand than with two hands, I think he spends so much time riding one handed it's more comfortable for him.

What was really clear was the "body stop stop" - that is, stop the horse by stopping your body!

It was also really clear how to do shoulder in (not that that'll help me replicate it, but helps understanding of what to do, LOL).

The garrocha work was fantastic - on a 21 year old horse that was SOOOO supple it was unreal, proof that good gymnastic work will help a horse keep going into a good old age!

and the Q & A at the end was interesting - Trudi, i specifially asked, on both our behalfs, whether or not he thought good high level work was achieveable bitless, and he thought it was.  He'd had one experience with a Dr Cook's, and after a little play with said horse and bridle, had it soft etc and thinks it can be done. (i still think, the more so having seen him, that it's all in the seat!).

So that was last night.  no pics, sorry.

Now, fords, today.

Ford 1

Steph stayed over and this morning we went down with a view to riding molly up to Blackdene, using that arena, and riding back.  This was all very successful - Molly was very good going up, despite a halt as she clocked the YO's dog through the willow and we had to wait until it came up to Steph and Steph was in front of us, but then she was more than happy to go under the willow and take the lead most of hte way to blackdene, including on the road.

She worked well at the Blackdene arena, as I expected, as there's a  good space there unlike the one at Harbour House.  Here's some pics of Molly ridden by Stephanie - we forgot to take any pics of me!

then back down the way we had come - and she went THROUGH  the ford, of her own volition, without a lead - steph was behind us and to our left.  VERY pleased with that.

She needs a clip, though!

Ford 2

Gaynor lives at a cottage near where there used to be a ford and moved her horse down to there - this is all part of the same estate as the yard i'm currently on - with another horse and owner.  Had a falling out with other horse's owner for reasons that need not be gone into here, and asked me if i'd move Molly down there - you may recall that i mentioned this when i moved back to HH, had she known i'd wanted to move off blackdene she'd have asked me then.

anyway, I've decided to do that.  it'll be just the 2 of us, and the 2 horses, very quiet, i'm so HOPING that molly wil be cool about it, she's shared a field with GAynor's Charlie before for a year or so so that shouldn't be a problem ...

I'll be able to use the arena at the main yard over the bridge, and YM has said that if it doesn't work out for Molly there'll be another stable ..

Whilst moving AGAIN after only 2 months is probably not ideal ... we think it'll actually be good for molls in terms of new tracks to longline on (i've never ridden that half of the estate anyway) less traffic altogether, there'll only be us usually using that track

plus we're allowed to put big bale in the field, which will work out much better over all.  they won't be rushing their food when they come in, and won't be screaming to be in at lunchtimes over the winter!

So that's next weekend.  We had wanted to do it tomorrow (would have made more sense for me, as partner's away this weekend) but it'll be next weekend, YM says, whilst she sorts others out and lets people know

We have to poo pick the field, as it's only small, but that's not a hardship (it'll be a benefit, LOL)

Thursday, October 15, 2009


by ten to 7 ....

anyway, time Molly had her massage i thought it's a bit late to try going out, but nontheless set off - of course, someone had closed the d*** gate again!  so i thought i'd see if i could at least get it open 

no, was the answer to that.  after about 5 minutes trying.

and then it was getting dark and couldn't have gone on even if i HAD got it open!  so went back up the arena and did a lot of walk work

in one way, that'sa concern, but so long as she stays moving on, not so bad, and she did some nice work...

and even better - we got rein back, which i haven't managed for a while!  i'd done a couple of flexions ridden, and don't know if that might have helped... anyway, one step back, walk forward, halt, one step back ... three times, and ithought that's a really good place to stop!

and the midges were held off my scalp by my wearing my buff... a bit warm, but if it saves the scalp, i don't care!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


you'll remember i said we were struggling wtih flexions at previous yard as molly woulnd't stand at all... so plani tonight was lunge, but i was being eaten alive with midges on my specs, in my ears, under my gave up and back into the stable, and thought, let's see if we can start flexions again.

Well, not the best on the planet, need to watch dvd (new one and the one steph took last year) but Molly did manage to stand pretty square, didnt' protest more than a smidgeon and i think that was as much my technique as anything...

so now i know we're back to relative calm for that, i'll be getting back into doing those as well


and it rained most of the day

and still no simba.....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

seamus heaney

is reading his stuff at Newcastle Civic Centre tonight, and we have tickets, so I am giving Molly a day off.  

In the meantime, we haven't seen our cat Simba since yesterday afternoon at about 4.30 pm (as i was going out to the post) so we're a bit worried; another cat from the street went missing a couple of weeks ago....

Monday, October 12, 2009

1/2 hour

in the arena, first time since what, last monday?  not perfect, but better.  got some nice walk and some pants walk.  trot?  in and out. There's really NOT the room, she wants to move on and before we know it we're at a corner, and can't really get balanced in the space, especially as i want to keep her moving forward.  Did get some nice strides on a circle, though, and a couple of times could feel her carrying me momentarily...

I'll be pleased when i get the hacking cracked and can ride up to blackdene and use that arena!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

loooong walk on the lines

i did think about trying another hack, but thought that given the nice weather, and the fact that i had time, it made more sense to do some more confidence building on the lines.

The original plan was to try to take her up the track by the drive, which involves a narrow gap between a huge log and a fence (normally the geldings are in that field, but haven't been moved back into it yet after the summer).

That plan went pear shaped when bellows could be heard across the valley (i think, chap trying to get his horse through the gate that i managed yesterday :-)) but molly i think thought the bellows were ahead of her, and wasn't having any of it.

so instead of that we went under the willow, along the lane, over the ford, through the gate on the right beyond that, along the bottom of that field through the (open) gate into the next, diagonally up to the left to the top of the hill at the far corner of that field, turned left along the top, through the narrow gap (open gate) and along the top of the first field, left down the hill back to teh first gate we'd entered through, back over the ford and then round the 20 acre and up the hill to the yard.

One hissy fit from molly, half way round the 20 acre just before the gap in the hedge at the middle, resolved by putting her on a circle

and my mistake?  i kept my jacket on.  I was totally melted by the tiem we got back to the yard.  it had been a bit nippy when we set off, but the sun got up, and most of the ride was sheltered from the wind .. phew.

and she's back out without a rug.  forecast not to rain for a few days....

i'm knackered.