Teddy arrives for breakfast & dinner daily by our dining door.
This week we had a lovely Indian family of adults who came for a farm experience and the first one up for a ride on dear Ziggy, our part Clydesdale horse, was the 76 year old grandmother who has never been on a horse before. Amongst a lot of laughing she had her hand-led ride around the arena and then all the rest of the adults did too. You are never too old to try new things!
Training has taken a hault at the moment as our garage is being fitted out so that all horse gear and farm gear is put in cupboards and shelving. This takes heaps of time so something had to go and it was the training. Once I have that done, we will get back to the horses and donkeys.
Shadow and Cassie, the two donkeys, are first at the paddock gates to push their way out onto the lush driveway grass as there is very little grass inside the paddocks at the moment. They are so naughty. They are living on haylage and hay mostly now.
Please note our front page for details in pink of what is on each day. It is especially useful for you to know when we are going to the market. Just phone (09) 292-9231 if you want to know anything I can help you with. The old phone number is not working mostly even though we have had it repaired by Spark many times.
Better weather is close now. We have been busy all through the winter so if you want to come and see us, please phone first as there is a limit to how much my staff and I can do. I am no spring chicken now!!
Tiffany produced a lovely girl foal on 25th October. I hope you will come and see her. She can be a little skite roaring around the paddock at only weeks old bucking and carrying on for our notice. It was funny because Brittany, our granddaughter, went to get all the horses in and she came back to me and said "they won't come as they are all gathered around Tiffany and her foal". I said "foal, she is not due to have her foal for another month" but there she was without any human help bright as anything. Whew, what a relief. So being Brittany who found her we had to find a name starting with 'B' and so she is called Becky.
Rebecca Tasker and I have just made up a little show for people to see in the summer months. We have Merlin, fetching squeaky toys, Casper doing the Spanish walk, Jodi jumping through hoops, Tiffany and Becky - well I don't know what yet! - Star doing his usual on a stand and Dannyboy saluting. Sally the sheep may bounce a ball back - you never know! Whatever, they are having fun and I think you will enjoy the antics.
After 4 months of me not riding Bella she has commenced again like a real angel. Took her to Waitawa Regional Park and enjoyed the stunning views without having to think about my horse playing up so I guess now that she is 8 years old I can say she is properly 'broken in" - what horrible words. She is now gentled to a stage where we are a partnership.