On Wednesday I shifted Maddie and Summer out of the raceway (they have done an awesome job of chewing parts of it out) and in with their new room-mates, Bernie and Tempi. The foals are still eyeing each other suspiciously so I like to go up to their paddock and stand in the middle which encourages the two of them to get closer as they just cannot help but approach me. In no time they will be playing and their mothers are settled enough now to ignore me completely and carry on eating. I am looking forward to capturing some play photos!
Summer has now been sold to a lovely local family and will be living less than 10 minutes away which is super for me as it means I will be able to see her regularly as she grows up. I know her new owners are pretty excited although I am not sure who is more excited, the kids or their mum! I also know that I am going to have to face up to selling Tempi too, although I have only tentatively advertised her on an on-line social networking site and not publicly out in the 'Real World'. She's just a super package and I am sure is going to make a very lucky rider/owner, very very happy!
The horses are all fat and happy and I have enjoyed having some time over the Christmas break to wander through the paddocks and enjoy a bit of quiet time with them. Enya is always particularly happy to see me and I can't wait to see her under saddle. She is another who is going to make someone very happy, especially with her inquiring and cheerful attitude to life and to people. It's going to be very hard to say good-bye to her when the time comes but hopefully I will be able to find that perfect home which will make it all the easier. She should be under saddle in the coming months and I feel sure she is going to take to that new chapter of her life with great enthusiasm.
As I type this I hear the gentle fall of rain on the roof and am grateful to the weather Gods for providing us with such a wonderful late Christmas present. We've had to buy water already once this summer (never a good sign when you have to buy water in December!) and our hay paddocks have been looking a little sparse but the last few days rainfall should serve well to perk everything up a bit, in preparation for cutting in the coming weeks.
Here are today's photos of, you guessed it, my precious babies: