14 tonne of lime arrived today and was shovelled and barrowed into and around the left hand yard which is where my new crush (not yet completed) is. Hard work but well worth it - It will be great and just needs to settle. Yay!
Hamish and Isis Hamish and Isis Hamish and Petra Petra
At the moment Hamish has two mares running with him. Isis is by Uraeus, out of an Anglo Arab mare, making her a Dutch WB/Arab/TB cross. Petra is by the Grand Prix SJ sire, 'It's About Time', out of a 1/4 Clydesdale mare. Isis is an exceptionally sweet mare with a beautiful topline and the prettiest head and Petra is a tall, handsome and workmanlike mare with amazing ground covering stride and gentle temperament. I cannot wait to see what these two mares produce.
Glencaron Lady Blossom Glencaron Lady Kathleen Kintyre Lodge Robbie and Aldie Phillipa Blossom and Kate A paddock full of lovelies
Clydesdales are us and all Robbie's Christmas's have come at once! Debi cycled last week and Robbie had three conjugal visits with her, the last being yesterday and this morning Pippa (Aldie Philippa) arrived and promptly came into season, making Robbie a very happy camper but when Kate (Glencaron Lady Kathleen) and Blossom (Glencaron Lady Blossom) rolled up at 3pm I don't think he could believe his eyes!
Last check was at 10.30 am and I knew she was close but we elected to go to bed anyway. At 11.00, lying in bed, Nick got up and opened the bedroom window to have one last look at Deb before we tried to get to sleep. She was up the top of the paddock lying down. As we were both still awake, it seemed silly not to go up quietly for one last look, just in case. I turned the alarm off and we slipped out the front door, I grabbed the foaling bucket on my way past.
As we walked along the longside of the paddock we could see Debi was up and I thought I could see a bag out the back. Nick couldn't see a thing - I think my eyesight astonishes him at times. Sure enough not only did we have a bag but we had two white legs waving about too. I went quietly to see if I could see a nose poking out/make sure I was seeing front legs and, the front legs kicked me! Haha! We stepped back to give Debi her space and she went down to foal. Quietly Nick gave her a gentle hand along with each contraction and the foal was born in a few quick minutes. She lay attached by her umbilicus for an excellent 5 or so minutes before her struggles to rise broke the cord.
She was up in the time it took me to go back down to the house to make hot drinks! As I walked back from the house I could see them starting to make their way to the nursery paddock (we always move them straight into the nursery paddock after they foal as it is the most sheltered paddock on the property with the added bonus of a walk in barn.
It really was a wonderful foaling and both mother and baby are fit and well. Debi has wowed us again producing a lovely 'little' black filly with a super blaze and long white stockings.
This season is shaping up to be a pretty busy one. The article in H&P and subsequent advertising seem to have worked as we have been fielding enquiries from all over the show! The first mare of the season, a very pretty and leggy young TB mare arrived a month ago and is being collected by her owner today, hopefully in foal! Unfortunately she was a very shy breeder and the attempts at hand serving that we made were abandoned as much for her safety as for our own (and Robbie's). A lovely kind mare but she just could not cope with the idea of being mounted. We cross our fingers that Robbie had some success with her under the cover of darkness ...
Mare number two arrived yesterday, a gorgeous mare by Uraeus out of an Anglo Arab mare. Her last foal, by Lansing, is being considered a potential sire. I LOVE mares like this girl. Not only is she pretty and sweet tempered but she promptly came into season upon arrival and was served (by Hamish) within about 45 seconds of being introduced. I wish they were all like Isis!
Robbie has two more confirmed/paid bookings at this stage, Glencaron Lady Blossom and Glencaron Lady Kathleen are both purebred Clydesdale mares by Craigs Sir Keith. The older mare (Kathleen) has had a couple of foals, one by Glendevon Commander and the other by Armageddon Lord Samson. Blossom is a maiden.
Hamish is awaiting lady number two, whose arrival has been delayed by a hoof abscess. Petra is by 'Its About Time' out of a clydesdale cross mare. She has had one foal by a Morgan stallion.
There are a few other mares waiting in the wings and we have some local people coming out to meet Hamish tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to close the books soon. If all the people who have said that they are keen, confirm, the boys will have a good season and we will have some lovely progeny to look forward to next season.
Had a lovely email from Mike with the attached photos of Hector. Mike is more than happy with this 'wee' chap and I have to say we are very pleased with how he is shaping up too - I am almost tempted to find me a nice TB mare to put him over myself! Oh for the time, space and money!
I live on a 25 acre property in the Wairarapa (NZ) with my husband Nick and daughter Amy. Here we surround ourselves with horses of all shapes, ages and sizes. My passion is to breed and raise sport horses for the everyday rider and the stud's catch-phrase is 'Breeding extraordinary horses for ordinary riders'. We have been running the stud for the last decade and just love it! We currently stand two stallions. TF Hamish, a Wairarapa Stationbred and Crossiebeg Brennan, a purebred Connemara. We used to stand the purebred Clydesdale stallion, Kintyre Lodge Robbie who has gone to a new home in the SI and the, now gelded, Mighty Heights son, 'TF Life O'Reilly', who is currently in work with a young rider in Wellington. Our mares are of Clydesdale, TB and Irish Sport Horse breeding and we pride ourselves on producing attractive horses & ponies with superb temperaments and sound constitutions.