Took Team Horsetales Junior and the pones to Naulet for a day of TREC training today. Realised our mistake almost immediately when Aude announced that as they were all under 16 we'd have to accompany them on the POR....on foot. Note to self, next time, bring horse.
Lovely day for it though......
Some of it was a bit hilly......they had to wait for us to catch up!!
The girls had a little play with Chester and Seraphina this afternoon, I rarely watch anyone else ride Ches, I think he's carrying himself a bit better than he used to, the nose isn't in the air all the time any more.......
Well the holidays are here which means more time to do stuff with Ali.....today we took her and Fina up to Beaumont to do a 2 day stage for her Galop de Pleine Nature, which is like the usual Galop exams but with less boring schooling stuff and more TREC like things, it's all about the everyday out and about leisure rider.
Seraphina had a nice new set of travel gear (early Xmas present for Ali)
She was a bit reluctant to get in the trailer and leave the others but it didn't take us long to load her and she travelled well. We left her in a box at Isabelle's whilst Ali and the others went for lunch, Tanya and I had to go off to Bergerac for a bit, then I went back later in the afternoon to see what they were up to.
As I arrived, I saw Ali and Fina all tacked up and ready to go.......waiting for the French to finish faffing........
Eventually a load of small ponies emerged from the stables and Ali tagged along behind them.
They all did the PTV course which Isabelle had set up in the school, a bit soggy but never mind....
Seraphina looked a bit out of place with the Shetlands......! But then the little ones went back in and Ali tagged along with the horses and did the course again, here's the video:
She was pretty well behaved overall, occasionally trying to drag Ali over to other horses, there were the usual loose ones wandering about to add to the confusion in the school, she was very interested in one of them!
After they'd finished, we settled her in for the night in her stable, she seemed happy enough......
Farrier came this morning (eventually, over an hour late). Got the ponies in from the field, it's a wild wet and windy day here so they were a bit skittish but settled down with a haynet by the stables.
Took some pics of Ebony's feet before the trim
Bit of a mess.......
She was a good girl for him mostly
only tried to rear a couple of times......!
Her feet are a lot better now, he said she's had laminitis, you can see where the laminae have come unravelled at the toe from this pic of a bit he cut off.....
Ruby wasn't too bad either, she only tried to bite him the once
A couple of times when the wind really got up she didn't want to stay still so he had to let go of her and she flinched away, clearly expecting to get walloped for moving :-(
So now they have nice trimmed feet
Pretty good girls considering how awful the weather is!
Spent a bit of time with the pones today. They weren't too sure about my dog at first, but then she was running round like a loony growling for no readily apparent reason......once they realised she was actually more scared of them than they were of her they stopped worrying!
Ebony is starting to trust us already, Ali spent ages grooming and scratching her and generally being nice to her. We picked up her feet, no problems, hope it'll be the same for the farrier on Friday...
Got some more ticks off her too, and bot eggs......and tried Kinna's old rug on for size, although she doesn't need it yet, very mild here again.
So mild in fact as I was amazed to discover there were about 20 mouches plates under poor old Ruby!! Rubes reminds me of Chester when he arrived, she makes the ears back "I'm cross back off or I'll bite you" face, but within half an hour she'd stopped doing it as nothing bad had happened to her. She stood with her top lip wobbling whilst I removed all the mouches and a fair few ticks.....
When we picked her feet up she wasn't so keen but she did it without too much protest. She was giving everything a good looking at, even people walking along on the far side of the river, I guess they didn't have a lot going on in the last place, their field was down a private lane so there wan't a lot passing by! They haven't met the SNO yet, that should be interesting ;-)
....are two Equine Rescue France ponies who are coming to stay for a bit! Tanya
and I went to do their annual home check a couple of weeks ago, only to discover
that their guardian has moved to Spain and left a friend to check on them "every
couple of days"!!!
They are too fat, their feet, particularly Ebony's are
overgrown they are behind on worming and vaccinations and one of them hasn't
been registered with the SIRE, all of which should have been done. So we collected them to bring them to Tanya's so we can get everything
sorted and start the search for new guardians. Went to get them this morning, they were pleased to see us, came pelting across
the field when they saw the car. Ebony was a bit silly prancing around and
didn't want to be caught at first but we got her after a few minutes. Ruby went
straight into the trailer, we didn't even have to break out the emergency bucket
of feed (Low calorie balancer, naturally). Ebony wasn't so sure, she stood at
the bottom of the ramp for a while, eventually I picked one of her feet up and
put it on there, that seemed to reassure her so I encouraged her forwards again.
She got stuck with both forefeet on so I did the same with a hind and then she
was in. They were good as gold during the journey, when we arrived, Ruby backed
down the ramp like a pro, but Ebony decided she just couldn't go backwards so we
opened the front ramp for her.
They said hello to the residents....
...and were very calm really. No silly mareish squealing for a start! Took a
load of big fat ticks off Ebony, going to have to give them a thorough going
over I think.
Got loads done today, went out for a hack this morning with the Speed Twins, Gary and Hollie, here's the map and photos, we did a bit of ditch jumping practise, Gandalf and Polo, no problem, but Sorcier had to be persuaded over most of them!! Gandalf wore himself out again trying (and failing)to keep up with Sorcier.....
Then this afternoon I went out with my girls, Skyfaxa was very good about Fina cantering away....
...in fact nothing bothers her as long as she can eat grass!
Discovered on the way back that she'll do some nice lateral moves if she thinks it'll get her to the grass on the verge!
And we discovered some pretty spotties, one of them looks a lot like Sky's sire, must find out who they belong to.
Went for a walk this morning, a quick tour round the village turned into nearly
2 hours as people kept stopping to talk to me. Some workmen with a digger were
very interested in Sky, she didn't worry about the digger at all as there was a
nice green verge to eat......
We practised jumping ditches.....
...and climbing up banks (the grass at the top was obviously better!)
She's such a mud monster...... but you can still see a few of her
When we got back her feet were nice and clean from walking through the grass so
I used the rider's rasp to smooth the edges, very easy to use!
Did a lesson for Hollie and Polo today. He's a strange little chap, he really doesn't like big people. He'll let Éowyn march straight up to him.....
.....but he'll run away from me. Spent a good couple of hours on Monday getting him to trust me enough to let me touch him. Then today we were back to square one. Hollie and Éowyn could go straight up to him and put his headcollar on no problem though.
Tried his new bit out today, he hasn't been happy with any of the ones he's had before, he pulls a lot and always snatches the reins out of Hollie's hands just like Chester used to do when he first arrived, the result of too much heavy handedness in the past probably.
So today we did some stuff with no contact at all (the opposite of how she has to ride at Poney Club) and he seemed much happier.
I just wish he'd stop looking at me like I'm about to eat him! Guess it'll take time......
Time for the Beaumont Christmas TREC! Got up at stupid o' clock to load the boys in the dark and the rain, Gandalf
won't load unless we put all the lights on in the car and open the doors at the
front of the trailer. Ches doesn't care because he knows there's hay in
Drove to Beaumont in the rain. Unloaded and tacked up in the rain,
you get the idea. Lots of other nice dry clean horses emerged from various
trailers all rugged and booted, ours were muddy and hairy, never mind. Went down
to the map room, there were various letters to add to the map, not sure about
the significance of them, never mind, got on and got going. In the
Ali's pony wasn't too chuffed about leaving his mates and going
out with strange horses, lots of ears back and at one point tried to kick
Gandalf Never mind, still loads better than
the pony from hell we ended up with last year......
checkpoint one in the rain, nice bit of hot soup to keep us going, the team
behind arrived and Ali's pony, recognizing some of his mates, got a bit
unneccessary and started rearing, had to read him the riot act, he soon settled
down. We carried on, in the rain, mostly went the right way, got to checkpoint
Glass of wine and some charcuterie this time, and we were handed a piece of
paper explaining that the letters on the map are for the clips you have to punch
your card with, but you must only clip the card if the clip is where the letters
are, there may be some letters without clips or some clips in the wrong place,
so don't clip the card with those.....
It's not usually so
On we went, still raining, the tracks were getting nice and
muddy by now, at one point we cantered up a hill, well the other three did and
Ches set off after them but couldn't work out why he was running and not moving,
he'd found a huge patch of mud and was just wheel spinning in place, the others
looked back to see me laughing and laughing....he eventually got some grip and
we charged up the hill.......
Last checkpoint and more wine and nibbles,
Ches managed to knock a tray of them out of the guy's hand sadly
for him it was all meat so even he didn't try to eat any off the ground. He did
try to eat the plastic bin bag though......
Back to the stables, still
raining, put the boys in a box with some hay, and hung around waiting for the
rest of the teams to come in. The littlies on the Shetlands arrived back, the
SNO had a brilliant time, Mike possibly less so trudging through the mud for
Then it was food time, slap up lunch by a local traiteur with more
wine of course and chocolates, we had to keep an eye on the SNO who kept trying
to sneak off and steal the chocolates from the other tables.
prizes, we were't last in the club section (!) but came fourth out of 7, and got
an extra prize for the best fancy dress.We got a bag containing some enormous
dried sausages, jars of paté and walnuts. And Mike got a bottle of bubbly for
trudging round in the mud.