Saturday, 9 January 2010

Megalicious and a Reilly Update

Yesterday Nick took some photos of me riding my Megaliscious Megalump so I will share those. She is just SO MUCH FUN! Did you hear that? Perhaps I will repeat it for anyone who didn't quite catch it. Meg is STUPENDOUSLY FUN! We have access to all the hay paddocks now and as they are not grazed and the gates are all open there are acres to play across. She's fat and unfit, just like me, so we both huffed and puffed and had frequent rest breaks but I think she had as much fun as I did. I cannot wait until she is a bit older and we can do more stuff but for now I won't push it.

Just before Maude went 'bunny boiler' on Meg
I am not this pale in real life, honest!
Watch out Fox-Pitt, here we come - Badminton 2013! Haha!
I think we are both grinning here
Reilly has settled in to his new holiday home well. Kim has had two rides and he has worked his magic on her and has her firmly under his spell. Apparently her grazing owner's gelding has fallen in love with him too, haha! Nothing like a bit of man love to keep a boy on his toes I spose. I have a couple of photos from Kim so will share them today too.

Arena work
Say 'Cheese!'
Who IS that handsome devil?
The hay is done for another year and what a beautiful harvest we have this year. Lovely leafy green hay that smells honey sweet with clover and herbs. The contractor had his baler set up so sweet that we only ended up with 420 bales but they are BIG, heavy/dense bales so I am very happy. Unfortunately I won't have any spare for friends but I think it has been a good season so there should be plenty of hay about the place. We had our friends/neighbours helping us so getting it in only took a few hours - just as well we got it all in as we were working under big rain clouds and that night the heaven's opened and it fair tipped down! Perfect timing really but a little stressful watching the clouds and feeling the spits of rain on the wind.

Scary clouds!
Hay on the ground
Inside a bale
Home Shed Bay I
Home Shed Bay II

And last but definitely not least, Enya is now officially on the market with an ad put on Trade Me yesterday. I hate the overuse of the word stunning so have not used it in my ad but I really do think she is an absolute stunner - Hopefully she will attract the right sort of home and I will have another lovely youngster to watch grow from a distance.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Bye bye Reilly - Hello Missy!

Kingcroft Tickled Pink
Reilly headed off to boot camp yesterday morning. It was all a bit sudden in the end as the transporter that I use (Steve/Woodville Horse Floats) has not had a run to Wellington for weeks but was delivering a mare (Missy) for Robbie and offered to make a one-off trip over the hill for me. Just as well he did as I took my horse float in yesterday and turns out it is going to cost me a few hundred dollars to get it road legal - bugger!

Reilly loaded very kindly. He was a little unsure because he has never seen a truck before but Nick lead him and Steve and I just linked arms behind him and gave him a little encouragement and on he went. As soon as he had arrived I had a pxt from Kim and a pile of txts and he apparently settled straight down to the very important job of eating the mid calf length grass in his paddock, after having a bit of a cuddle of course! Can't wait to see the two of them together - it's about time he had a bit of an adventure too.

Missy has come from Alfredton and will be Robbie's final 'date' before he heads off on his long journey to his new home in Oamaru. She's been here before as was bred to Hamish by her previous owners andI now own the resulting filly. Missy is a very nice type of mare with quite a forthright personality. I own her first foal, by Hamish, Saffron (TF Zafferano).

Speaking of Saffy, I went out with my camera to take some photos of Mack yesterday and took a plastic bag with me (very handy for ears forward shots) but Saffy just wanted to eat the damned bag! I managed to get a few pretty amusing photos of her and Mack being eejits. I also got a couple of beautiful Twinkle that I will share.

Our hay was cut the day before yesterday and the contractor managed to do all but two paddocks - unfortunately the paddock up the road was just a bit too problematic for him to get in and out of and the smaller of the two here at home was the same. No matter, should be plenty in the four we got cut plus the big paddock our neighbours are doing across the road. Not looking forward to humping all those bales tho!!!

Pretty girl
Bags of fun anyone???

Plastic bag wrapped around my leg? What plastic bag?
Perhaps I can parachute with it?
Mack would like the bag - Saffy says 'I don't think so!'
Trying for lift off again
Saffy and her baggy

Monday, 4 January 2010

Outside foals by TF Hamish so far this season ...

To Oringi Clyde (Pride) and TF Hamish, a colt (awaiting photos). To Court Aboard (Girl) and TF Hamish, a chestnut [going grey?] colt (photos included) and to Naazarene and TF Hamish, a bay/grey colt with lots of bling (photos included). Now we have one more outside mare to foal and the foaling season will be over for another year.

Colt foal out of Minty (Naazarene)
Minty's foal
Minty & her baby
Girl and her boy
Girl and the new baby
Girl's baby boy
Mummy kisses

Congratulations Robbie and Tessa!

It's a boy! Born this morning at Jo's farm in Keri keri, a lovely bay colt with a near perfect dagger shaped blaze and two long hind stockings. This mare was scanned empty so this foal is a lovely surprise for the breeder.