Here as promised are a couple of short videos of Red jumping on the cross country part of the Briwnant fun ride, Bank Holiday Monday last. He needed pushing on a little!
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Monday, 2 September 2013
We do not see so often now that she is retired, but we enjoyed visiting her on Bank Holiday Monday after helping out at the fun ride at Briwnant. Dee is looking fit, fat and fabulous. She is always happy to see us and comes to call for a treat, but she doesn’t hang around very long. At the moment she, and a few other non-working horses, are living in a little herd of their own at the top of the Wenallt. There is plenty of grass and the weather is still good – horse paradise I think.
opening of Aro Ling on my other blog.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Dee has her proper summer colour for the first time in three years. She is a dark bay in her winter coat, but much lighter—almost chestnut—in her summer coat. The summers in Wales for the last two years have been so wet and cool that she never really fully lost her winter colour. It is great to see her looking so sleek and chestnut.
She seems happy to see us – but not really interested. She will accept treats but soon returns to grazing – clearly a contented mare.
We looked around for him, but did not see Red this visit. Hopefully we will see him next time.
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
|Red enjoying the race to the hay pastures|
I am about to start a new venture which will take up a lot of time and energy. Things are still at the formative stage at the moment, but hopefully I will be able to announce it fairly soon on my other blog. With this in mind I have had to rearrange some of my commitments and this has meant re-thinking my responsibilities with regard to Dee and Red.
The solution we came up with has been to give Red to the Briwnant Riding Centre and to put Dee on retirement livery. Our primary concern has been the welfare of the horses. They are both settled and happy at Briwnant and we did not want to move either of them unless it was absolutely unavoidable. Dee has become increasingly relaxed over the last year and is loved for the way she has taken it upon herself to look after the weaker members of the herd. Briwnant seems as stable (no pun intended) as any situation can be in these times of recession, and we trust them completely with regard to the horses’ care. The new arrangement means that the horses will not have to be unsettled at all – in fact they will probably be totally unaware of any difference.
|Detail of the above picture with Red in the centre|
With regard to Dee, she will now get more attention more regularly from Briwnant staff so that I do not have to worry when I am busy and finding it difficult to get up to see her.
I do feel a little sadness that Red is no longer ours, but I think this solution is better than selling Red and not knowing about his future. Hopefully everything will work out for the best for everyone.
Monday, 6 May 2013
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
On Sunday the herd was allowed to graze the hay pastures. The news soon got out. Shame it was raining.
|Here they come . . .|
|"Hi Mom!" "Hi Dee - where's Red?"|
|"I may be a tiny, lame rescue pony, but I can keep up!"|
|"Whoa! Scary people behind the gate!"|
|"Don't be daft. They aren't going to hurt you."|
|"Okay. If you're sure . . ."|
Friday, 15 March 2013
All seemed well, when suddenly Dee panicked. I have no idea what scared her but she suddenly lost her confidence, whipped round and headed for home. I think I got a bit tense and forgot to release and then ask her to slow down, hanging on to the reins a bit too much instead. This did not help to calm her. After a couple of minutes I remembered and released and asked, released and asked – and then she calmed down and slowed down. T eventually realised that we were no longer plodding along behind her and Red, and came back down the trail to find us. We tried to go on again but Dee was not having it. There was something frightening down that trail and she wasn’t going to check it out. The slightest urging produced little rears and backing up – her usual napping reaction when I try to take her out on her own. I was very glad it was me on her back and not a less experienced friend.
There was nothing we could do but head back to the yard. When we arrived back at the beginning of the Wenallt trail, we took them both a few metres up the pedestrian trail that we are not supposed to ride – just so that we could end on Dee moving forward as asked rather than going straight home.
She is quite edgy at the moment and she has lost some tone in her hind quarters because she is less active in the winter. Hopefully in a few weeks when the weather gets warmer and there is spring grass she will feel more confident – though spring grass can seem to create a spooky horse. We’ll try taking her out again soon and hopefully get along better. I am not ready to retire Dee yet as I am sure she will still be up for a few more years of trail riding if I can build up her confidence again.
The photograph is one of my favourites of Dee, taken in 2008.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
“Hello, I ride up at Briwnant, and found your blog – well actually I decided to try Briwnant out based on your blog. Red is such a lovely boy, they started me on him back in August after a 15 year break from riding. I had a fall in December from Major which has knocked my confidence a lot as well as hurting my body too! Yesterday I plucked up the courage to phone Briwnant up and booked a short lesson and arrived to find Red tacked up ready for my first ride back from my fall. I just wanted to tell you how wonderful he was yesterday – he was perfect for me, very responsive and looked after me really well and I can't wait to get riding again now. Thanks for reading! J W”
It is so good to receive such nice news of Red. I wish I was able to ride him more often myself, but I am delighted that other people are able to enjoy him. He seems to be a great favourite at Briwnant.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
We got Dee in yesterday and gave her a good check over and groom. She is fine – still a good weight and with a nice shine in her coat. Her mane is particularly shiny and silky at the moment. Today we made a quick visit and dropped her feed over the fence onto her haylage. She is now quite used to and happy with this arrangement for the days I do not get her in.
Dee had been edgy and wound up even in the barn when I was tacking her up, though she was happy to accept her tack and seemed keen to go out. Never mind . . . I’m sure we’ll do better over the next few weeks.
As we left Briwnant Red was about to go out on a ride. He accepted a few treats and cuddles.
Saturday, 26 January 2013
She is certainly more tolerant of certain horses being near her when she is feeding. Last time it was a piebald that she was content to have also standing at the gate while she consumed her feed.