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Lakeland Equestrian: Horse Diaries

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Squeaky clean …

Horse: Poppy - February 16th, 2011

Before our horses go on any outing they always have to have a bath. We are lucky as on the yard we have a lovely warm wash off area (unless the pipes freeze in minus 12 conditions which was a nightmare!) which the horses all enjoy.

As she is only 3 we weren’t sure how well Poppy would take to her shampoo and set, however yet again we struck lucky and it turned out she was perfectly happy with the idea of getting clean!

Peachy clean …

These boots are made for walking …

Horse: Poppy - February 16th, 2011

This week Poppy has had a brand spanking new set of shoes!

She has always been good at having her fronts shod but this week was the moment of truth as to how she would behave having her backs done …

We all breathed a sigh of relief when we realised we could tick the ‘100% shoe’ box as she behaved PERFECTLY!

There's nothing to this!


Any chance of the Jimmy Choos on these??

I promise to do my best …

Horse: Uncategorized - February 16th, 2011

Just to let you know Brandy’s waistline is steadily decreasing. Still no treats and lots of hacking out …

Please pay attention to our strict safety procedures and dress code for hacking out …

I may look like I work for the council but my motto is 'Be Seen, Be Safe'

Also as part of my strict exercise regime he has been helping the farrier (very handy with a file and a hammer this boy!)

I wonder if heels would make my legs look longer??

Our new boy …

Horse: Mr Grey - February 16th, 2011

Not to be forgotten, our little gray also loved his trip up to Rowallan.

He did fantastically well considering he is relatively new to the game. He took on all that was thrown at him and managed to hold his own. He jumped high and wide but didn’t manage to collect any rosettes this time catching 4 faults in a couple of his classes. He made 2 jump offs but wasn’t quite on the money. We are working on slowing him down but keeping his snappy enery that catapults him over the poles!

Plenty of time for him to shine yet though and he was definitely the most popular of our horses. There was many a show jumper wanting to take him home this weekend!

Have a look at his performance …

Gray – unlucky 4 faults

Bob is back in the driving seat …

Horse: Bob - B. Grandeur - February 14th, 2011

Our superstar is back!! Bob finally put in a double clear performance after what has seemed like ages of us waiting for that gold dust like moment of a double clear.

Over a 1m track he put in a lovely steady and even round (well done Matthew) to acheive a beautiful blue rosette (just pipped to the post on time). We were so pleased there was much celebrating. He paticularly enjoyed his lap of honour!

Bob’s Double Clear

Lap of Honour!

I also have to say that over the whole weekend his behaviour was impeccable, he never put a hoof out of line! Good old Big Bob!

Miss Rolo’s outstanding performances …

Horse: Miss Rolo - February 14th, 2011

As ever we can rely on these girls to bring home the money! Miss Rolo was as always a superstar, she behaved impeccably (in the wagon/collecting ring/arena/new stable) and managed several 3rds and a fifth.

Faye and her make the perfect team and she completed all her classes with a combination of 8 faults – pretty impressive considering she entered 6 classes in total.

Below is some video evidence of the weekends performances…

Miss Rolo bringing home the winnings – first round (90cm)

She just luuuurves bringing home the winnings – lap of honour vid …

Weekend away …

Horse: Uncategorized - February 14th, 2011

At the weekend we ventured North to Rowallan AC. near Glasgow, setting off on Friday afternoon and returning on Sunday Night we all had a fantastic time. We took 3 Horses, 2 children, a dog and a pony all were well behaved and successful in their own way!

Where’s Rolo off to?

Horse: Uncategorized, Miss Rolo - February 9th, 2011

should i stay or should i go?

Today Rolo has been of f
to her Dressage lesson and
she’s definitely learning a
few new tricks. She was very well behaved as usual  and it stayed dry (most of the time!)

Who’s the Gran-Daddy??

Horse: Bob - B. Grandeur, Jellybean - Unique V - February 9th, 2011

Now that we have formally introduced the Daddy to our ‘Jelly – baby’ it is time to delve further and find out who are the Gran – daddies!

Firstly our gorgeous B. Grandeur is out of the world famous Grannex

Grandad Grannex

and his mum is named Oleander (which is very strange as an Oleander is a plant which is VERY poisonous to horses).

Jelly baby’s Mummy was sired by ‘Let’s Go V.’  who is one of the Offspring of the extra – ordinary Voltaire who has produced both show jumpers and dressage champions …

Grandad Voltaire

Jelly baby’s maternal Granny was called Janine (they don’t half have strange names for these mares).

Looking at the genes involved we are expecting a graceful showjumper with a ‘penchant’ for dressage, a Bay (Grannex has never produced a Chestnut) with 2 white hind stockings (just like both parents and grandfathers) and a blaze (just like both parents and grandfathers) so all in all a beautiful little foal with massive potential (here’s hoping!)

Miss Rolo’s (packed to the brim) week …

Horse: Miss Rolo - February 4th, 2011

Miss Rolo has been out galavanting again this week the lucky girl. She happens to be an early morning girl and always gets worked first which seems to suit her.

On Monday she was taken up to the menage and worked hard on her straight lines and paces where she is doing well.

Tuesday she went out for a long hack – the weather was warm and she took Brandy (the Jack Russell) with her for company they had a nice canter up the fell and she came back for a good roll in the lunge pen and a stand in the sunshine.

Wednesday was her jumping lesson in Ings where everyone had a fab time. She didn’t touch a pole (she is always very careful) and was jumping high.

Thursday she was lunged in the ‘Whittaker’ which is certainly building up her fitness, she is looking like a different horse and is fast becoming the ‘best-muscled on the yard!

Today she has yet again climbed steadily into the trailer and set off to Lindale where she is having a dressage lesson. She is going to be the best ‘all rounder’ on the yard!

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