Thursday, 6 August 2009

Glencaron Kintyre Classic

Bit late putting these up really as he was born last October but better late than never! The quality is not great because these are scanned off hardcopy photos that I was sent (on paper). KC is out of a lovely big black mare called Glencaron Lady Blossom. Blossom and her team mate Kate were bred to Kintyre Lodge Robbie the season before last. Unfortunately Kate just refused to get in foal but Blossom obliged and the result is the lovely SOLID black colt below.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Dental Day

John was here first thing and Reilly was first up. He overnighted in the yards to make it easier for me organising everyone in the morning and always surprises me how happy he is to hang out in there. I spose as long as there is plenty to eat, he just doesn't really care where he is. He had no mouth issues whatsoever - no sharp edges, no caps, nothing that should be bothering him so clearly he has just been being an ar$e about taking the contact so I can now beat him up and not feel guilty about it (and before anyone calls the SPCA, of course I am not beating him up really!!!). He had an educational rasp and whilst he was not exactly thrilled about having someone grab his tongue and drag it out the side of his mouth, he was a good boy and stood well.

Next up was Bree who was the main reason for getting the vet out and she definitely needed work so out came the power tools. She decided she did not really like them so much so Mr Sed Ative came to the party and we were away. She is sleeping it off now, hehe. Hopefully she will now eat her hay with a lot more gusto and put on some of the weight she has lost over winter.

At this point the weather really shat itself and we had lovely gusty winds and sideways showers. Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a nice BIG warm dry SHED!!!

Last but never least was my dear old Paddlepop poopants (Paddy). He's 20 now and has been with me for the last 18 years. I think I had his teeth looked at last in the late 90's when we moved over here. Bad mother. Seems however I am not really such a bad mother as I was quite right and he has a fabulous mouth with teeth that a 10 year old would be proud of. One tiny hook and some tartar that took a couple of minutes to deal with and he was done!

So, yay! That's done for now, until the next round!

Checking Bree
Reilly looking concerned
Bree & power tools
Educational rasping
Paddlepop Poopants being good

Monday, 3 August 2009


Mmm, Nick's squeezable buns!
Tonight we had pork chops and salad for dinner - the chops from the piggies our friends up the road at Lifeboat Farm raised (we provided a bit of food for them) and OMG they were just soooo nom nom nom!!! We now have a pile of yummy pork in the freezer as well as the beef from the steer we homekilled recently so we're ok for meat for a while!!! One of the things I love, about living here aside from having my horses here with me, is the semi self-sufficient lifestyle we are able to live. The vege garden has a new layer of horse poo dug through it which is currently maturing and this summer we hope to have lots of delicious home grown vegetables - Last season we did OK but there was quite a lot of clay in the soil so some things did not grow as well as we would have liked. Hopefully this year things will be even better!

Had a busy horsey day today and it was so nice that I stripped all the horses naked and the main mob out the back and the ponies are still sans rugs - Weather is supposed to turn tomorrow so it will be rugs back on in the early afternoon I think.

I have the vet coming first thing tomorrow to have a look at Reilly, Paddy and Bree's teefypegs. Reilly has been a little unsteady in the head and is of an age where his teeth are doing things so figure now is a good time to get his mouth sorted for the coming season. Bree has been a bit funny about her hay and is not as fat as I would expect her to be and Paddy has dropped quite a lot of condition over the last few weeks and I suspect his 20 year old teeth are getting sharp. Nobody else causing me any concern at this stage but hope to get through them all in the coming year.

And the photo today is of Nick's lovely fresh home backed rolls. Yummy!!!

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Nice Stuff

Today we had a visit from Dave, who bought Bridie off us back in 2002. Bridie was the very first horse that we bred and is out of my very first broodmare, Genna. Bridie has a full sister, Roxy, who lives at Kismet Farm in Tauranga and I own her half sister, Bella. Roxy's story is here.

Last week I listed something for a friend on Trade Me and Dave's partner bought it. In her email to me she said, "Bridie said to say HI !!!! We have clipped her and is now in work after weaning her foal. Thankyou for the wounderful easy going mare, she is a credit to you and your breeding.", which is all any breeder ever wants to hear from someone who has one of their homebred horses - A warm fuzzy moment for sure.

Dave brought some photos with him of the 'old baggage' so I have scanned them to put up on the blog. Bridie's foal, Stevie, is now weaned and Bridie is clipped and back in work. Bridie is a real stock horse and works stock on Dave and Christine's farm as well as proving to be a very handy trekking horse. She may even start jumping this coming season, a job I am sure she will just love!

Stevie - Bridie's foal!
Bridie and Stevie
Bridie and Baby Stevie
Bridie all grown up