Sunday, 22 April 2018

Three years ago ...


I lost this lovely pony to colic :(






and I still miss him.  BUT the space he left meant I could give this lovely pony a forever home, which he so deserved....



 and I love him too xx


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Jo

Sunday, 15 April 2018

April ....


Saturday Sunshine :)







Sunday gloom :(





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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Burmese - a great horse!


Burmese was the Queen's horse, a beautiful black mare gifted to her by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).  


Born in 1962 in Saskatchewan, Canada,  Burmese was bred to be part of the RCMP.  She was much liked and was the lead horse for their musical ride by the time she was 5 years old.  In 1969 the RCMP were to perform at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, with Burmese.  The Queen was looking for a new riding horse and on hearing this the RCMP offered Burmese as a gift.  

Burmese spent a few weeks with Corporal Fred Rasmussen being trained for the Queen.  She went on to be ridden for ceremonial displays in addition to country hacks, both by the Queen.
The Queen rode Burmese for the Trooping of the Colour for 18 consecutive years.  In 1981 the Queen was shot at by someone in the crowd (they were blanks), Burmese was unnerved but the Queen calmed her quickly. 


Burmese retired in 1987 and she was turned out to grass at Windsor Castle for the rest of her days.  She died in 1990 and is buried at Windsor.  The Queen commissioned a bronze statue of her riding Burmese which is in front of the  Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Canada.


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Monday, 2 April 2018

March 2018 Review



I finally feel like Spring might be here.  We have had a few lovely days in March, some horrible ones too, but I am definitely noticing a difference - the horses are too!!!  Basil is making progress although we had a couple of dodgy Tuesdays, which is odd.  He is just keen to do something and is feeling a little bit spring like.  Tommy is definitely feeling the joys of spring!  What a difference a year makes for Chesney - now he is having his medication for his PPID he is losing his hair normally and looks pretty good for a soon to be 24 year old.




This is how March looked:

We had snow :(

6th - lunged today, he was very good - amazingly.

7th - rode today in the arena, 12 minutes in walk.  I don't think I can hack out until he is allowed to trot a bit more because I am fairly certain he will just jog all the way!

9th - tried to lunge again today but he was really very naughty and there was not much lunging achieved just galloping up and down the arena.

10th - lunged today, after yesterday I decided I would be silly to get on - he was much better.

11th - rode for 15 minutes today in walk, lots of circles and serpentines.  We had 1 trot on a long side on each rein.

12th - rode for 15 minutes again today, a bit of walk leg yield and the same trots.

13th - lunged, very good today.

15th - lunged again.

16th - rode today, same as before - good boy.  I think he is pleased to be doing something.

20th - farrier today and later I tried to lunge but he seemed sore on his off hind so I stopped.  Not sure if holding his leg for the farrier is still a bit hard.

23rd  - lunged, he seemed to be feeling better and was a little bit silly.

24th - rode for 18 minutes in the arena today.  2 short trots (1 long side) on each rein.  Circles, serpentines and walk leg yield.

25th - rode for 20 minutes today with 1 trot on each rein all the way around the arena.  Walk as above.

27th - again not right on his off hind when I tried to lunge.  Feeling a bit concerned.

30th - lunged again today and he seemed fine.  A bit stiff for a couple of circles in walk to start with but loosened up and then all good.

31st - rode for 25 minutes in the arena today.  2 trots on each rein, whole circuits and he was quite good, not too rushed.




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