Bella – September 2021

Sat 4th

 

A lovely day for a ride. Pony Stormy first off Bella then get to some play/work with Bella πŸ˜‰

 

 

Drag the tyre for a bit and position it for us to do the ‘circling game’. This went really well, familiarisation and moving the rope around was good

 

Circles in walk and trot both ways went very well, must work on us getting the circles consistently circular though.

 

 

We did some really nice turns away and towards the rope and also some full 360’s with the rope around her rump and over her ears πŸ˜‰

 

 

A lovely fun workout, really nice to feel some progress too

 

 

 

Loose rein for a bit and also some nice canter transitions

 

 

 

Big trotting and canter departs around the roundpens πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

Love cantering through the long grass…this will be their standing hay for winter

 

 

A bit of a sloppy jump…..thinking it needs to be raised as she can trot over it easily now.

Then lead Stormy back to the track to end πŸ˜‰

 

 

Sun 5th

 

Just a lovely day today as best friend Kat came to visit as not seen her since the beginning of lockdown 2020 and she took up the ‘sit on Stormy’ challenge too πŸ˜‰

 

 

Kat is a good rider and is used to riding small and big horses so Stormy wasn’t such a big effort for her and Stormy was on his best behaviour.

 

We had a nice ride on the track first, playing with some obstacles and then went out into the grassy part of the field and played with some more obstacles and had fun with transitions

 

 

I think Kat enjoyed her Storm ride and it was lovely to ride with her.

 

 

 

Cantering on Stormy and Kat just laughed which was so funny πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

End of the ride and just lovely to see that big smile. Bella and I really enjoyed riding with Kat on Stormy…have to do it again sometime soon πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Mon 13th

 

A lovely day for a wee hack out today. Down in field near the river Bella stretches her legs

 

 

Enjoying the big field space, Bella wasn’t worried about where Stormy was but then he went up the narrow hill track and disappeared a bit with the red cattle feeder behind her Bella wasn’t sure of things…SO…I got off and walked her up the narrow track.

 

Once up the top I got back on and we had a nice walk and trot up this big field hill πŸ˜‰

We got a nice view of the track back to the house

 

 

Mark and Stormy view their kingdom πŸ˜‰

Then back on the usual track back to their field.

 

 

 

Nearly back to the field and then back on the track of the field. It was a nice shortish circular hack from the bottom of their field around to the top of their field πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Weds 15th

 

Today I took Storm and Bella out to do the same ride as last time but just me riding Stormy and leading Bella.

We started off in the ‘haugh’ field, Bella leading really well.

Stormy was still a bit worried by the end of the field with the cattle feeder but he got really close to it on his own by just going around it and ignoring it.

He didn’t want to ride up the narrow track up the hill, I think because his feet were a bit sore and it’s a very stony track SO I got off and walked them both up it and they were both calm and listening nicely.

At the top I used a tree stump to get back on Stormy and we carried on riding up the big hill together.

Stormy decided trotting and a bit of canter would be fun and it was fab to have Bella trot and canter with us without any tension on the lead rope πŸ˜‰

Once at the top we just plodded along the top track back to the top of their field.

I washed them both down as it was a bit hot and Stormy got a bit stressed so was a bit sweaty, they enjoyed it and then Stormy rolled too πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

Thurs 16th

 

Hoof trimming day today and after I did Bella we went for a short ride around the big field.

We’ve not done this for a while and she was a bit sensitive….I think that she gets like this when in season.

But the ride was okay, nice walk and trot and she started listening to the rhythm and slowing her trot down to the point I could do some sitting trot πŸ˜‰

Her flexibility was good and listening to my breathing in/out for transitions was very good.

Nice ride but need to do itΒ  more again to make it ‘normal’ again πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 18th

Nice day for a wee hack and 3rd time this month we go out onto the flat ‘haugh’ field and try to actually ride up the scary narrow track. This track is a stony track so not the easiest, it also has a steep stony bank up on the right and a steep bank down on the left which has a thick farm electric fence on the left….even I don’t like it BUT it’s great to get this under our belt….

 

Walked down first hill, mounted off the bridge gate and then went around the big field. There were some sheep in the field so we kept away from them so they didn’t spook up the narrow gap with us πŸ˜‰

 

The narrow gap πŸ˜‰ YEAH…we both rode up it, no walking our horses today. SO proud of them both going up there and definitely helped with the consistent practise we’ve been putting in πŸ˜‰

 

Letting Storm and Mark go ahead enough for us to trot to catch up πŸ™‚

Stormy posing >>>

 

 

 

<<< more posing from Stormy πŸ™‚

 

Bella watching Stormy come off the hill

 

 

Think Stormy bombed this pic! LOL

 

Treat for a good boy πŸ˜‰

 

 

Going through the lovely sun dappled track back to the top of their field

 

 

 

Home is just around the corner….Mark managed to open the field gate whilst sitting on Stormy and we both rode down the track together πŸ˜‰

What a fab wee hack out xxx

 

 

 

Tues 21st

 

Before riding with Storm and Mark (leap frog and side-by-side games) Bella and I did some ‘arena work’

 

 

We’re working on straightness and straightness on curves so we can start to get more consistency with our shapes in the arena.

 

 

Also working on getting more consistent trot so that we stay in the same rhythm for longer. Working on a slow trot I can sit to and also a faster trot I rise to πŸ™‚

 

Nice wee jump to end on too.

 

 

 

 

Weds 22nd

SO…out early this morning for the 2nd practise with Bella on circles, fig 8’s in the arena looking for relaxed, consistent curves and rhythmic consistent trot. She did a great test in walk and then did a great slow trot fig 8 I could sit to and then a more energetic rising trot fig 8.

What was different today that it worked so well?

1) I was 100% focused on the circle shape, looking just 10m in front of Bella’s ears at all times.

2) I realised I need to put my inside leg on a bit firmer and put my body/seat weight slightly more towards the outside of the saddle.

3) Hold the reins with feel of ‘pushing a trolley’, keep them a consistent distance apart, push with my outside rein rather than turn with my inside rein.

AND

4) Relax and have fun doing it and stop when we’ve achieved it and don’t do that ‘one more perfect one’…just stop, get off and praise a LOT πŸ™‚

 

YAY πŸ™‚ ❀ it was a lovely session and Bella seemed quite surprised for it to be over so quickly but then everything went so well so stopping on a good note is essential for more good work tomorrow and the next day πŸ˜‰Β 
Fri 24th
Managed another practise day today. Slowly, slowly getting better rhythmic trotting and we now have two trots, slow which I can sit to and a bigger trot that I rise to πŸ™‚
Sat 25th
Nice relaxing walk to start today. Then into a slow, soft trot which I could sit to nicely πŸ˜‰
With stops between we go to a brisker trot which I rise to. Her curves are slowly getting better and more consistent.
The trot work is getting more and more relaxed so I try again for some canter and she manages two really nice tries for me πŸ˜‰
SO forward to our next session I will hopefully be continuing to find relaxation in our trot work and gradually bring in more canter work in the small arena area πŸ˜‰
* Shelley – HorseSavvy

Bella – August 2021

Sun 1st August

Not being able to ride or play with the horses every day is hard for me as I get a bit of ‘cabin fever’ sitting around in the house. I just LOVE being out and about walking the dog or being with the horses so every now and then I just have to plonk my bottom on a horse and mosey about to get my horse-fix πŸ˜‰

Today was one of those days, the clegs (horseflies) are bad still and it was warm enough for Bella to want to eat her dinner then stay inside the shelter waiting for the cool of the night SO I asked Stormy if he would mind me sitting on him and just ride around the track a bit. He did a great job of taking care of me as I just jumped up on his back and had his rope halter/rope on him. He helped me find my smile again and he got more treats for his reward πŸ™‚ <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon 2nd

Well, we have cool weather, no flies and a dullish day here…HOORAY….nice fun ride around the new field agility that I set up yesterday. There are some things Bella hasn’t done yet that she did with confidence today and I’m so proud of her πŸ˜‰

 

 

< First off we did ‘touch it’ with her nose to the rope and tyre

and then to the flapping tarp >

 

 

 

 

 

 

< Then we did a lovely one handed weave through the flapping flags

 

and didn’t bat an eyelid going through/under the arch >

 

 

 

 

< We then plodded through the flapping bunting lane

 

and then walked/stopped/walked over the water tray >

 

 

 

 

 

< Next she did a fab sidepass left/halt/sidepass off right over this drainage tube

and a FIRST of going through/under the curtain…TWICE πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

< We then rode through the narrow gateway

and then did our one handed fig 8’s around the tall polyposts >

 

We also started a new thing of trot, try a few strides of canter IN the roundpen. I’m starting this so that she gets used to cantering a circle and inside the round pen she can’t wander off and go back to a straight line off the outside rail πŸ™‚

 

 

 

< Then we sidled up to the fence and I grabbed the rope

while we did some nice circles dragging the tyre nicely

 

She did a fab job doing fig 8’s around the round pens whilst I held the flapping flag (on her shoulder, down by my foot, up on my shoulder and also over her rump ;>

 

 

 

< Next she sidled up to the tarp on the fence and we rode about with it sitting on her withers…another FIRST today

and then rode around a bit with it flapping down her sides, on her shoulders and also over her rump >

 

 

 

 

< Last but by no means least we popped a wee jump and had a lovely canter back to the mounting block πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Tues 3rd

 

First time ponying Stormy from Bella…all went fabulously well

 

 

 

 

Then onto riding Bella round the agility course which is a lot of fun and using our games for a purpose now πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pony’d Stormy in walk and trot then gave Bella some time grazing as a reward πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

Weds 4th

 

 

 

Another ponying start to today’s morning ride out and Bella doing really well with it πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then onto the field agility stuff but today we had another purpose as it’s supposed to be windy and raining on weekend so time to gather the obstacles up and put them safely on the side of the track. This was fun as we cantered over to the flag and took that back, then cantered to the tarp and brought that back too

and finally we cantered over to the tyre and walked that carefully back. Having the purpose is a great way of using all we’ve learned and we used a lot of stuff today including: sidling up to gateways and ropes on the fence, over tarps, under archways and through flapping curtains and flags, leg yielding when dragging the tyre

and also lovely transitions between backup, walk, trot and canter πŸ˜‰

It’s really showing how good our foundation of ground work is and letting me know if we need more work in certain area’s. To be honest Bella is doing so well, her flexibility is fab, her transition and turning seat cues are great, her sideways and lateral moves are pretty solid now and we have a great partnership πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

What a beautiful girl she is and It’s lovely that she and Stormy get on so well πŸ˜‰ Love these two big beasties <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thurs 5th

 

Another early morning ride with Bella….starting off with ponying Stormy to the long grass for a bit of a graze πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Put his leadrope on the fence and let Bella have a few mouthfulls of grass before we do some training πŸ˜‰

 

All the agility obstacles are gone for a bit but we still have the big roundpens to play with SO I start with a fig 8 in walk around them, then trot with outside circles added for a bit of variety and Bella is getting so much more flexible now πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Then we do some canter around the pens but I only ask for half a circle each way as it’s only the start of cantering on an arch/circle. She did really well both ways.

 

 

And then I go and get Stormy back, pony him towards the track, jump off Bella, undo her saddle a couple of notches and allow her some grazing as a reward. Loving this big girl, she is so a cool cucumber and everything is coming together so nicely πŸ˜‰

 

<3

 

 

 

 

Sat 7th

on/off rain last couple of days and more to come so just manage to pop down to Bella today and trimmed her hooves. I’ve been doing a bit of trimming every two weeks and it’s not only easier for me but it’s quicker for her and also keeping her feet balanced.

 

Mon 9th

Rain, rain and more rain….

 

This part of the track gets flooded a bit but it drains well down the hillock to a stream so that’s good. The horses had their dinner with me then made their way back to the shelter to keep dry. The rain didn’t last all night and they went back out onto the track to graze during the night πŸ˜‰

 

 

Sat 14thΒ 

Well I sprained my back on Wednesday so not a lot going on for me apart from resting, resting, resting until it’s better. Feeling sorry for myself but managed to get out to see the horses today which cheered me up no end. Watched as Mark exercised Stormy then asked him to lead Bella around for some exercise too which went very well…here’s some pics from their fun afternoon πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bella and me hanging out together πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and what a fabulous jump Ms Bella did…first time jumping while being led and a first for Mark doing it too πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

Happy bunnies <3 πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

Mon 16thΒ 

Today Mark did another great job riding Stormy and leading Bella on a wee hack to the house and back. My back is still a bit too tender to attempt riding at the moment but Mark did a great job ponying Bella so that he could get Stormy to the house to be trimmed by the farrier πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farrier trimming Storm’s hooves πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weds 18th

Well it’s been 12 days since riding Bella and today she was not only as good as I left her all that time ago but she helped me enormously with being a good girl while I rode her and she was great therapy for my back and it feels less sore now from her lovely swaying back movement πŸ˜‰
Back still not perfect but improving daily πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thurs 19th

 

GivingΒ treats at dinnertime the horses usually do some small bits of training…today they decided that trying to stand on the pedestal together was a good one πŸ˜‰Β 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tue 24th

Been a while since riding but my back is feeling much better now and actually sitting on a moving horse in walk is quite theraputic as it moves my muscles without me tensing them. Some pics from today….

 

Ride Bella…lead Stormy for a bit….then I take Stormy’s lead off and we leave him grazing whilst we do a bit of transition work around the field πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Lovely look along the glen…LOVE those ears πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

Catch Stormy again and lead him a bit more before going back onto the track πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weds 25th

Making up for lost time I manage to get out early again to ride first Stormy and then Bella πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Stormy I just plodded about, giving him a big of a stretch and flexing to both sides. We did a couple of agility bits which I put up again yesterday and then I took him back to the track to get Bella set up. Bella today did some lovely walk/trot transitions with some great halts and nice backups. We then did some nice cone leg yield weaves and not a bad left and right turn on the forehand πŸ˜‰

We then did all the agility bits which included trotting over the tarp and through narrow bunting gap and onto the water tray with all 4 feet. Through the curtain which has 6 strands hanging down now…she walked first then trotted through so will practise this for relaxation throughout. We then played ‘touch it’ with her nose to the hanging tarp and the rope that is attached to the tyre (didn’t drag it today) and she did a really lovely trot weave through the tall flags. Next we did the jump, she had a bit of wind under her toes and she did a wee jumpity jump (not quite a buck) SO I used the round pens to trot around to get her calm and reconnected, did another jump nicely and then came back to the round pens and just trotted around them in a fig 8 on a loose rein until she relaxed again as she was power trotting a bit. It didn’t take her long and once she was reconnected I took her down the wee hill and cantered her up again with lovely relaxation, walked a bit and then let her relax grazing when I jumped off πŸ˜‰

 

Thurs 27th

A lovely cool morning this morning so out to ride Bella again πŸ™‚

 

Pony’d Storm for a bit first, then onto some fun play work. Sidepass along the fence was fab, light and easy peasy.

 

 

 

 

 

Using a rope on a tyre is great for (1) dragging and (2) using for circles. Bella’s first try in walk and then a bit of trot went well. I was using two hands but hope to start using one handed cues soon πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Fri 27thΒ 

A really lovely ride again today, made it out in the afternoon and not too hot but didn’t do too much. Firstly pony’d Stormy off Bella again, did some walk and trot then left him to graze for a bit on his own πŸ˜‰

 

 

Lovely trot around the field and then onto some fun agility…..under the arch…

 

 

 

 

….trot through the bunting lane and then onto the water tray (you can’t see it but she is squarely on it) ;)…

 

 

 

….then a fab relaxed walk through the curtain and then back up half way through it πŸ˜‰ …

 

 

 

…then sidepass along the drainage tube and onto a nice wee jump….

 

 

 

 

…then we did 3/4 of a canter to the right around one of the round pens, down the hillock and canter left up the other side…

 

 

 

….lovely canter and onto riding with the flag in walk and then trot too πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

…just love this big girlie…..pony’d Stormy back to the track afterwards too πŸ˜‰ <3

 

 

 

 

 

Mon 30th

My pics first then the ones Mark took πŸ™‚

 

SO today we took Bella and Stormy out for a short hack out in the fields by the river. It’s been empty of farm animals for a while now so it was a lovely opportunity to ride in some big grassy fields πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Bella and Storm really enjoyed themselves, Bella worked on walk and trot, circling around Stormy while he grazed. She did the ‘gateway’ no problem today, had problems last year with it.

 

 

 

 

She wasn’t phased when Stormy went in front or dragged behind, it was just lovely to be together riding somewhere different πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

Took them both down the field to the water trough to get water after their ride out as they were thirsty.

Following Stormy on Bella

 

 

 

Stormy enjoyed being somewhere different, all horses can get a bit bored of doing the same things or just being in the same place so this was a lovely change for us all πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

Riding out together cheers us all up and these fields were fab…nice and flat with grazing destinations along the way πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

We walked up the last hill..Stormy and Mark cantered up it big time…fab to see them having fun πŸ˜‰

They drank together when back home in the field…so cute xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Tue 31st

The last day of August and another cooler day for a ride out. We decided to do the same wee hack out into the fields below where our horses are along the river πŸ˜‰

 

Mark and I walked the horses down the first big hill and then mounted from a gate

 

 

 

Really lovely to get the horses moving in the big fields. We did lots of transitions of h/bkup/w/t and canter

 

 

 

Lots of destinations with grazing for rewards

 

 

 

 

Super fun and a lovely canter back up the hill to our field…first Stormy

 

 

 

 

and then Bella and me πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly we did another FIRST today….leading Bella from the quad bike πŸ˜‰

Then took them down to the water trough after the ride to let them drink…..

 

 

LOVE that they drink together…they’re a fabulous pair of beauties <3

 

 

 

 

 

  • Shelley – HorseSavvy

 

Bella – July 2021

Thurs 1st

 

Early afternoon Mark and I go down to the horses to shampoo their tails as Stormy’s was pretty yukki. Also did Bella’s mane and her undercarriage so all nice and clean now πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bella’s new leather headcollar arrived and this afternoon I put D rings on the noseband to make her new bitless bridle. I ride Bella in her new headcollar bridle this afternoon before giving them their dinner πŸ˜‰

Headcollar looks good on Bella and Stormy πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New bridle fixed with it’s new D rings and ready to ride πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

Fri 2ndΒ 

Up early and give breakfast, poo pick track and then ride Stormy then Bella πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ Love having our morning rides, really working out well, the day is cooler and the horses fresher πŸ˜‰

 

Bella talking to the calves in the next field πŸ˜‰

First ride with Stormy today

He did very well, nice slow walk around, bit of trot and a long canter to end with πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Bella was happy to do a lot of trotting today, she chose the gait today like yesterday. Nice bit of walk but great trotting with very few stops at the cones today and a lovely long canter from the lower bit of hillock to a cone with a wee jump to finish on πŸ™‚

 

 

 

I LOVE that her mane is parting more down the centre now…to me that says her spine from ears to tail is becoming more flexible and she is more symmetrical πŸ˜‰

Ended with both horses having a bit of a graze on the pasture before going back on their track πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

Sat 3rd

Out quickly after breakfast today so nice and early again. Bella did 2 wonderful RtR’s again, one in each direction and included walk, a lot of trot and some great longer canters with also 3 jumps, down and up the dip/hill twice, a sidepass over a drainage tube and some really lovely small fig 8’s using very little rein πŸ˜‰ She is so much fitter now and doesn’t sweat, which helps in not attracting so many horse flies, and we managed to do it so much quicker today so had a nice bit of grazing after I dismounted before going back to Storm on the track πŸ˜‰

After 5pm it started to drizzle and it is now raining which is fab as it’s been SO HOT here. I know the horses will be loving the cooler temperatures. No pics though as just got on with the exercise today.

 

Tues 6th

 

Had rain last two days but today although the grass is wet the weather is pretty mild SO rode both Bella & Stormy this morning nice and early πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weds 7th

At last…a day that is cooler and with a slight breeze that meant Mark, I and the horses can get out for a happy hack down the track to the village πŸ˜‰ It was a really lovely hack out, the horses nibbling on herbage along the way (knapweed, cow parsley, ash tree leaves, raspberry leaves and much more)…another great bonus to bitless bridle riding πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hacked all the way into the village and back today…SO pleased with both horses, they did it so well, despite being plagued with horseflies! Really enjoyable hack out with the horses and Mark πŸ™‚

 

Fri 16th

It’s been so dripingly hot here at the moment and with plagues of horseflies (clegs) which are really nasty biters. Both Bella and I get bitten a lot so nothing has been going on with training at the moment, we just have to wait for cooler, breezy weather. BUT yesterday afternoon Bella’s new big horseΒ  Flyrug from Ruggles arrived and today she has her first day of calm without having to swish, bite and stamp to get the darned things off her. It’s also kept her cooler so hopefully she will be more rested and feeling more comfortable πŸ˜‰

 

Bella comfortable in new flyrug…..off to her ‘boudoir’ for her mornings rest after breakfast

 

 

 

 

Another really hot day so best to stay in the shelter, no flies were biting her so she’s much calmer. Dear Stormy and Bella slept for quite a while in the shelter together. They are out in the cool weather grazing all night so this is their sleep time πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

Bella & Stormy….such beautiful horses, love them to bits πŸ˜‰

 

First day of ragworting today, not much around the track or hill sections. Will check out the main field tomorrow and then check each week until September. This one bag is so much less than when we first started ragworting 11yrs ago…we’ve managed to get on top of the huge amount that used to be in this field..our hard work is paying off πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

Sun 18thΒ 

Well we actually had a bit of cooler weather SO Bella and I had a wee play…think she enjoyed it as much as I did…yeehaa πŸ˜‰

 

Sidepass over drum then trot over it

 

 

 

 

Lovely connected trot weave

Very nice trot over the tarp….

 

 

 

….then a nice canter over tarp πŸ˜‰

 

Lovely connection today

 

 

2 feet on small pedestal…first time EVER a horse has even tried this πŸ™‚ She’s SO clever πŸ˜‰

4 feet on big ped from a distance

 

 

 

Trot through the narrow bunting lane twice then a lovely canter through it twice too πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

 

 

4 feet in water tray and then familiarisation of me going under her belly πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

Jump…then….BIG JUMP πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

2 feet in hulahoop and then one foot on wooden block with me πŸ˜‰ She learns so quickly if I give the right cues and time to think πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

Tues 20th

Too hot to do anything again but we went down and cleaned/refilled the water butts by the shelter and the trough on the track. I then put the old water into the water tray obstacle and we had a small impromptu play with S&B πŸ™‚

 

Bella with her flyrug on and only a neck rope, she just takes a drink to start with…..

 

 

 

 

….and then just walk on and gets all 4 feet cool in the water.

 

Stormy, at liberty, looks…..

 

 

 

…tests and then walks straight on too…must be lovely to have cool feet in such hot weather πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

Thurs 22nd

It was lovely and cool this morning and I took the horses some nice herbage to munch on after their breakfast. Was thinking of having a wee ride on one or both of them after poo picking the track BUT they both went and laid down for a rest so decided I could not disturb them if they were tired…they’ve been up most nights moving about and grazing so resting in the morning is what they need….I will ride another day πŸ˜‰

 

Herbage laid out then in my basket ready to take to the horses

 

 

 

 

< Cleavers &Β Meadowsweet >

 

 

 

 

 

 

< Cow Parsley & Knapweed >

 

 

 

 

 

 

< Rosebay Willowherb

 

 

 

 

 

< Lovely to see them out on the track this morning.

Stormy enjoys his herbage >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After breakfast the horses take a nap together

 

 

 

 

 

Then after a roll Bella decides to go back into the shelter, she prefers it there…where the flies can’t get to her πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

Fri 23rdΒ 

Well….today…we had a BREEZE and it was so much COOLER…..YEEHAAA, am hoping this lasts as it was so pleasant.

 

Lovely to see the horses moseying around the track rather than hiding from the sun in their shelter.

 

 

 

They were calm, happy to be out and after their dinner they followed me down to the ‘play area’ for some fun and treats πŸ˜‰

Just played about with a small tarp as it was so nice being with them and not being bitten by horseflies myself today πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 24th

So nice and COOL this morning when feeding the horses their breakfast. I poo picked the track and then took the opportunity to ride Ms Bella. It has been 17 days since last riding her but she didn’t put a foot wrong going around the long grass paddock. She did lovely transitions with walk, trot and canter, did a lovely large fig 8 in trot around the found pens and a calm, happy jump into canter to finish with πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such a fabulous girl, she is my shining light, my heart and my soul. She makes me smile and brings huge amounts of joy into my life <3 <3 <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tues 27th

A little bit cooler this afternoon so a little fun with umbrella play πŸ˜‰ LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thurs 29thΒ 

Nice cool morning with a light breeze, no flies and horses grazing on the track so a great opportunity to ride early today and I did, both of them πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

 

Lovely ride first with Bella….walk then trot around the field with Stormy keeping us company when we rode by the track fence πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

Great focus and good energy with a lovely jump and canter to finish on.

 

 

 

 

I just rode Stormy slowly mostly in walk with a wee bit of trot interspersed πŸ˜‰

 

 

 

 

He enjoyed being out in the big field with a few grabs of grass as a treat.

It was just lovely to ride them both today, would love to get back to riding them a bit each day and then moving onto more fun agility stuff too πŸ™‚

 

 

Sat 31st

Not being able to ride or play with the horses every day is hard for me as I get a bit of ‘cabin fever’ sitting around in the house. I just LOVE being out and about walking the dog or being with the horses so every now and then I just have to plonk my bottom on a horse and mosey about to get my horse-fix πŸ˜‰

Today was one of those days, the clegs (horseflies) are bad still and it was warm enough for Bella to want to eat her dinner then stay inside the shelter waiting for the cool of the night SO I asked Stormy if he would mind me sitting on him and just ride around the track a bit. He did a great job of taking care of me as I just jumped up on his back and had his rope halter/rope on him. He helped me find my smile again and he got more treats for his reward πŸ™‚ <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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