Thursday, 5 July 2012

Summer horses

As I am grounded at the moment - no riding for at least 6 more weeks have been pottering about with my camera  - here's some photos of some of the horses here at Airdits Farm enjoying a ray of sunshine at 5.30 one summers morning last week.

Amelie is recovering well from her hock operation and enjoying the company of my new mare, Flicker.
Jerry watching the sun come up.
Ams and Flicker.
It's good to see the early morning sun.
Tammy - you got any grub on you then?
20-years old and looking fantastic, shire TB x - Reuben
Gorgeous Garth - star of many a blog post.
Wa'sat over there?
Dougie and the rest of the boys.

Cornflakes is back at Airdits...

Let me clear something up right  away - in case you think I have food on my mind and am referring to a bowl of yellow crispy things that you eat with milk, I am not. Instead I am talking about a fantastic big horse that I bred. An Irish Draught x WB he was born here five years ago. He went as three year old to a great friend of mine who hoped to bring him on to event. For various reasons the dream didn't work out so I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to buy him back.

Cornflakes as a shaggy yearling - a boy with a fabulous, easy going temperament

I have admired him from afar a few times now and to have him back at home for a while is going to be great. He has of course grown in the time he has been away and has matured into a really handsome, big horse. His slight Roman nose is made attractive by his white markings and he really does stand out in a crowd.
Then and as a strapping three-yr-old, still with lots of growing to do.

Once my shoulder is fixed (I will blog about that later) I aim to do a bit of everything with him, bit of show jumping, bit of dressage, take a turn cross countrying and possibly some cubbing with the local hunt come Autumn time. First I will give him a few weeks in the field. 1 - because I can't ride at the moment but also because I think he will benefit from a little time relaxing.
So to my husband's alarm my horse numbers are creeping up again - Me? I couldn't be happier!

Back home this week as a 16.3 5-yr-old

 Here is a fun video of Cornflakes meeting up again with old friends Jerry and Garth - not horses were hurt in the making of this film! :)