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Lakeland Equestrian: Horse Diaries

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Jellybaby – the countdown …

Horse: Jellybean - Unique V - April 1st, 2011

Times are so exciting Jellybean looks superb – in fact blossoming …

She is now 315 days pregnant and her baby looks huge (from the outside obviously) he is now the size of  a, well actually still a german shepherd, but in 5 days time he will be the size of a proper foal and will be no longer classed as premature if born early – how fantastic!!

She’s not due till May 7th but we won’t be surprised if we have an early arrival. Preparations are underway to put her in her Penthouse birthing suite (foaling box- we are shipping Bob out of it!) and we are very very very very very very very very very very very very very very excited. (well i am anyway … !)


Toddy the next chapter …

Horse: Toddy - April 1st, 2011

It has to be said we are mising our Toddy …

… but, we are ever so pleased to report he is dong fantastically well in his new home. He has already taken his new rider around a couple of competition tracks AND managed to pull in the rosettes – good old Toddy!!


What’s Poppy up to …

Horse: Poppy - April 1st, 2011

Being a star as usual Poppy wenet for her very first dressage lesson last week. Despite the fact we usually take her on her travels i the wagon she loaded/unloaded and travelled in the trailer – much to our delight she behaved impeccably.

It was a half an hour journey and when she arrived she stood in the trailer and waited quietly while gray was having his lesson – probably had a little snooze knowing Poppy!

She did really well in her lesson and both rider and horse were quite shattered! She is learning to go forward more and took on all the challenges that were thrown at her really well.

She has been for a couple of hacks out in glorious sunshine (unfortunately that has changed!) and loves it – she is now confident enough to go out by herself which is great.

She’s been up in the school quite a bit and is learning to combat trotting and cross poles – a little uncertain at first she is soon learning to take it in her stride.

She had a day out in the field with Jigsaw and had a great time (well she must have done she came back in mud from head to tail!).

The last few days the weather has been rubbish for going out in the field so she has spent time going in the horsewalker, being ridden, eating and sleeping (in both of the latter she is definitely a proffessional!)

All in all Poppy has had a varied couple of weeks and is still doing really well considereing she is our baby …


Bye to Hero …

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - March 18th, 2011

It was a sad day when  had to wave goodbye to the trusty steed  who was our Hero.

We’ve had some fab times with him, he never failed to bring home a rosette and he taught me to ride! He will be sadly missed, good luck to his new owner …

One of my favourite moments watching Hero …


Jellybaby update …

Horse: Jellybean - Unique V - February 23rd, 2011

Jellybean is 253 days pregnant today and is looking very happy and healthy. She is definitely the sort of mummy who ‘blossoms'(and that doesn’t just mean is getting fat!)

She had her feet trimmed today by the farrier and is looking ready and set.

Jellybaby is currently the size of a lamb, measuring approximately 24 inches and weighing in at about 45 lbs. There’s no wonder she’s developed a bit of a waddle! The foal has hairs on its throat, chin and muzzle.


Practising at Home …

Horse: Bob - B. Grandeur - February 23rd, 2011

Last weeked we seized the opportunity between rain showers (which is always the case in the Lake District) set up a lovely course of jumps and took the horses up to the school.

They all seemed to be on good form and enjoyed the idea of jumping at home.

Bob was mainly practising getting a nice steady rhythm around a nice course. He did plenty of turn backs and was looking at getting the right leg. He did really well and it was a fab afternoon.

Bob goes clear

Up up and away...


Practising at Home …

Horse: Mr Grey - February 23rd, 2011

Last weeked we seized the opportunity between rain showers (which is always the case in the Lake District) set up a lovely course of jumps and took the horses up to the school.

They all seemed to be on good form and enjoyed the idea of jumping at home.

Gray concetrated on slowing down especially between the doubles and getting a nice clear round out of a lovely course.

Gray in the school


Practising at home …

Horse: Miss Rolo - February 23rd, 2011

Last weeked we seized the opportunity between rain showers (which is always the case in the Lake District) set up a lovely course of jumps and took the horses up to the school.

They all seemed to be on good form and enjoyed the idea of jumping at home.

Miss Rolo concentrated on getting the right leg changes after the fence and managing all the turns. They did fab together and she didn’t touch pole (another successful day for Miss Rolo).

Miss Rolo and Faye strut their stuff!


Rolo’s off galavanting …

Horse: Miss Rolo - February 18th, 2011

Our little love Rolo has been off on her travels again today she has been up to Ings for a lesson with Judith Buckley.

She concentrated on flexing and steering today, stopping her leaning into the left rein. She did really well and the lesson was good.

She enjoyed a good clear round at the end of the lesson and as usual behaving impeccably.


Poppy’s first real trip out …

Horse: Poppy - February 18th, 2011

Our brave girl Poppy went on her first proper trip out (where she is allowed to get out of the wagon!) last week.

We took Bob, Gray and Jigsaw up to Ings for lessons with ‘God’ aka Simon Buckley and Poppy came with us. She loaded into the wagon like a pro even though she had to get in first and stood nicely in the yard until it was her turn to get out.

We tacked her up in the wagon for the first time which she found perfectly normal (thank goodness). We braced ourselves for the excitement as she entered the new yard but, no, nothing she took it all in her stride. She even managed to wade through the puddles into the arena (which nobody else was over keen on).

Inside the school she stood for a while watching Miss-electric-bum-Harriet strut her funky stuff on Jigsaw until Matthew climbed aboard.

She was fantastic – she had a very teeny teeny buck to start off with (that was more than likely due to the fact that Matthew hadn’t ridden her for a fortnight and is a good 4 st. heavier than her other rider!) and then gracefully swung into a normal rhythm. She was very brave and we are all VERY proud of her!

Have a look …

Poppy Trip Out …

Just a little trot – the video would have been longer but the video camera operator kept getting behind things and couldn’t see!


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