We have had an awful season. Somehow, mainly thanks to NRM, an extra 20 acres and very VERY careful grazing management, we have got all the animals through the last 6 months in good health.
After having had no significant rain since December, the heavens opened yesterday afternoon and it has rained steadily since. This is looking like a drought breaker - Hooray! My only real worry is that now that the rain that has finally arrived it won't go away again and my paddocks will turn from dust to mud!!
Well over the last couple of days we weaned Liath and he has been as easy as they get. Started by putting him and Maude in the yards on separate sides. Both ate their heads off and seemed unperturbed. Meg and Finn were in the paddock next to the yards and showed a lot of interest in Liath. Next day I lead Maude up the road to a prepared paddock at my parents in law. It is so handy having their 10 acres just 1km up the road. Hamish lives there all the time and I am able to use it at weaning time to get a good distance between the mares and foals.
Amazingly Maude dried up over night! I have never known a mare to dry off so fast! Just goes to show that she was more than ready to get rid of the dear little parasite. When Jarrah left us over a week after weaning Finn, she was still expressing milk when she walked!
Liath is now back in with his weanling paddock mates who are treating him with a little suspicion (gee they can pull some mean faces) and I have to give Liath his own bucket of weanling mix and pile of hay whilst Meg and Finn continue to share quite happily. I am sure in a week or so they will all be great mates again. Liath is SO much bigger than Finn!!
We have rain! Steady wet rain - But with the rain has come a drop in temperature and we are decidedly chilly here. Still, can't have it all. I just hope that this rain can be followed with some more of the mild weather we have been experiencing over recent months. I will still cross fingers and hold out some hope for a bit of pasture growth.
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.