One of the reasons there is little time to ride is because I am visiting the hospital nearly every day. My mother—who is 94 years old—had a fall last Saturday and unfortunately broke her wrist. It seems that this is going to be the end of her independent living. She will be in hospital for another week and then in a care home for a few weeks where she will receive occupational and physio- therapy. The decision will then be made whether she goes home or into another care home. It is mostly likely to be a care home as this is the third fall where she has hurt herself enough to end up in hospital. It will be something of a relief for me if she goes into a care home as I worry every day that she will have another fall, but I do sympathise with her for her loss of independence. I am hoping that the company will compensate, because she has been lonely this winter not being able to get out at all.
I have been hearing amusing stories about Dee from the folks at Briwnant. She is an honorary member of the stables' herd because Red is on working livery and they did not want to separate Dee and Red. The working horses, old or ill horses, and warmbloods receive hard feed every day whereas those not working are just fed field hay. Apparently every now and then Dee decides she quite fancies a feed and tries to come in with those who come in every morning. Sometimes she pretends to be Red – they are not easy to tell apart at a glance as I have them in identical turn out rugs, especially if their hind feet are muddy and you cannot discern Red's one white foot and Dee's two white feet. Red is bigger than Dee, but only by a hand. Alternatively she will try to 'hide' among the big horses and sneak in with them – as if she were small enough to come in unnoticed! They usually indulge her and give her a little feed.
Dee is certainly a mare with plenty of character!