Bella – December 2020

Tues 1st Dec


< Lovely to have the horses outside the door this morning ๐Ÿ˜‰


Waiting for the farrier >




< Feet all trimmed up today. Farrier does a standard ‘pasture trim’ and we put a barefoot mustang roll on the next day or so, it saves our backs a bit with the general trimming.

Back in their field while we have our breakfast >





Later on we rode them back to the big field which was another lovely hack for usย  ๐Ÿ˜‰



Nice to have some side-by-side riding ๐Ÿ˜‰





What have they seen??? oh yes, it’s the cattle so we give them time to watch and assess them before going through the field. Again, I walk Bella ๐Ÿ˜‰




Sidling up to the gate for me to get back on after the cattle field ๐Ÿ™‚ Such a good girlie ๐Ÿ˜‰








Mark and Stormy waiting for me to remount…then back to following for me and Bella






The last part of the ride…..I can see the field gate from here ๐Ÿ˜‰






Dismounted ready to open the gate

Mark and Stormy ride through the gate
carefully…a bit muddy/slippery there






In the field, riding the track to the shelter

Stormy deciding that he needed to roll BIG TIME……going to be fun cleaning that tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol




Thurs 3rd Dec



WELL…OOPS…this is what we woke up to today…not much snow but with a forecast of more we decided to bring them home again




It’s a mile walk to the horses and I decided it was easier to get Mark there on the quad and he could ride/lead them home, which he did beautifully as always




Bella did keep looking back at me which was really sweet





It was a lovely ride back for Storm, Bella and Mark





< a Highland cow in the trees on the right here….they were fine with it and it moved away to be with it’s herd. It was nice to be able to open all the gates for them




Highland watching us pass by ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last leg for home





Mark enjoying his ride back home ๐Ÿ˜‰






And safely back home





and what they were looking for…breakfast and hay ๐Ÿ˜‰






Nom, Nom, Nom ๐Ÿ˜‰





Fri 4th Dec


Supposedly snow today although we actually only had rain and wind so rugs on last night (we had thunder/lightning here), rugs off for breakfast but an hour later we put them back on, minus the neck pieces, for the whole day and then neck bits back on for the cold, cold night again ๐Ÿ˜‰



Sat 5th Dec

Weather settled so horses back to the big field…and I got to take them back riding Stormy bareback and leading Bella ๐Ÿ˜‰


Walking together to the mounting block

Mounted and off we go





Nice to be back on big Stormy for a ride

Both doing very well, just walked through the field of Highland cows…no problem ๐Ÿ˜‰




off the track onto some nice grass






Last leg and the field gate is in sight ๐Ÿ˜‰


Just a really nice ride this faternoon



Stormy doing what he likes best and Bella doing her thing too…both happy to be back in the big field where they can stretch their legs ๐Ÿ˜‰





After their run and roll they settled down to happy grazing ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚






Thu 10th Dec

Been drizzling and raining for days but got out to have some pony hugs and try out the horses new Mane Charms and Feather that I made for them ๐Ÿ™‚



Stormy’s lovely blue Mane charm really suits him….he tested Bella’s red ones too ๐Ÿ˜‰




Bella with her red/orange/purple charm and fab feather



Sat 12th Dec

Well it’s really been a wet, wet, wet beginning to the month and today it’s still drizzling BUT so desperate to be with the horses, connect and hug them SO out we go for a bit of a play ๐Ÿ˜‰



Started off connecting with a neck rope and in the large round pen. All the basic moves were there and we connected quickly and easily.




I think she’s missed me as much as I’ve missed her.

Beautiful sideways both ways










Lovely circles with some soft fig 8’s and basic COD’s….then I asked for a bit more ‘bend’ in her ribs to make the arc more balanced





Then we went to Liberty…basic moves done really well and some nice draw too





S2M always good on both sides, w/t






Turns towards and away good

Following and draw good





Her big halt/draw was fab ๐Ÿ˜‰





Then did some nice play at liberty with Storm.

Lovely sideways towards




Some nice bend on a circle and some fab familiarisation ๐Ÿ˜‰



How to stay dry when it’s drizzling????
Get under a big horse ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚



Thu 17th Dec

Well…it’s been 16 days since riding Bella and since then it’s been wet, wet, wet. Today thankfully it’s dry at last and I couldn’t wait to get out and be with my big girlie ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s some pics of our fun togetherness today…

Mane Feather Charms in her hair today

Stormy watching me putting her bridle on




Focus whilst doing no reins P2Ps

Light loose rein with longer P2Ps




Lovely to put bum in saddle today

Sidepass over cone both ways, so light




Working on slow, gentle arc in ribs on circles

Just enjoying the ride today




Walked nicely down the hillock and then canter back up





Nice connection after 3 weeks off




Going back down the hillock and then 2 feet on pedestal ๐Ÿ˜‰






Earlier in the day they decided to put one foot each on the medium pedestal ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lovely morning light with sun coming up, horses enjoying the shelter with hay in it






๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stormy and Bella in the shelter this morning ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚








Called the horses from half way across the paddock today…they both came beautifully







Bella’s draw was a fabulous fast canter…she had to swoop to her right to avoid stopping on me ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol






Weds 23rd Dec

Well we’ve had a day of dry weather and the ground is hard and easy to walk on today SO I brought the horses home for Xmas. Love having them at home, to be able to pop in and out to see them, maybe a wee ride and back to the big field later on if the weather holds. So, here I am riding Stormy bareback and leading Bella home today. Stormy was a bit reluctant at one point, think he thought he was missing out on breakfast in the big field, but realised once we were half way that breakfast was in the home paddock and he started to walk forward more ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bella, as always, was a dream, she lead without any hitches, kept to her space by Storm’s hip and kept up with us all the way, even when Mr Stormy went into a small trot and canter ๐Ÿ˜‰



Thurs 24th Dec

Trimmed Ms Bella’s hooves today ๐Ÿ™‚




Her feet are getting better since I’ve gone back to trimming her myself…they’re smaller with a tighter white line, no flare and splits are going ๐Ÿ™‚










Fri 25th Dec

Horses are rugged at night and without them during the day at the moment enjoying their hay and wait patiently for Spring ๐Ÿ˜‰
















Tues 29th Dec

Not a bad day weather today…cold but dry and a good day to take the horses out for a wee walk and play ๐Ÿ˜‰


So lovely to beย  out and about for a while with Bella. Did some fun bits like going between tree trunks…





,,,up on a small hillock and she managed a nice, calm decent from it too…







…also managed a nice foot on the pedestal and then she decided it was easier to just get up on the whole rock ๐Ÿ˜‰




…Lovely job of walking calmly across the small stream and whenever I stood on a rock she sidled over readying for me to mount if I wanted to ๐Ÿ˜‰





Love her new ‘mane feathers’. I made them myself with our favourite colours which are burgundy, orange, silver and some purple ๐Ÿ˜‰





SO…that’s the end of 2020. It’s been a hard year with the Covid-19 pandemic all around. I’ve not been able to work at all and I’ve missed my fabulous students and horses BUT I have managed to have a fabulous time really putting on a great foundation on Bella with almost daily ground work, agility bits and riding and it’s all paying off beautifully now ๐Ÿ˜‰




Happy New Year and may 2021 be a better one for us all ๐Ÿ˜‰

* Shelley – HorseSavvy