Cleveland Bay Horses in Scotland

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES!

20-01-2020

To cap off a miserably wet winter we have had the highest water levels in the river for several years, bursting it's banks below the house and running down the field. The horses are still getting out turn about every second day, apart from King William the stallion who gets out most days, although he very often looks like he would rather not. The sheep and cattle are coping, which is more than can be said of the fields, which are completely saturated.

Last weekend...............now back to this

BACK TO SCHOOL FOR TIM

15-12-2019

The weather has been "a bit on the wet side" recently but thankfully not as bad as some other areas. We are getting at least some of the horses out each day although they do come back in "barkit" as we say around here. So each evening is spent cleaning off the mud.

We started Brackenbrae Ultimate (Tim) on the next stage of his education this weekend when we walked him out on long lines. He reacted like he usually does, with interest in the new approach but with no drama. He has a real gem of a personality.

The foals have not had much work recently with bad weather and abscesses but we got both out this weekend. Bumblebees on strings was the general description of their behaviour which is to be expected as they have been indoors for so long

TIM GETS HIS FIRST EXPERIENCE OF LONG LINES

TACKING UP FOR THE OUTING

CRYSTAL AND SOLSTICE GET OUT FOR A WALK

TIM GETTING THE HANG OF LONG LINING

THE SCOTTISH MONSOON SEASON STARTS

07-11-2019

After a relatively dry October November has seen the wet weather come in with a vengeance. The fields are still green, well the bits above the water are, and not completely mud yet so the horses are still grazing enthusiastically when they go out. We have restricted their access to just two fields to save the others for the sheep to winter in. The herd go out in two different groups, each one going out on alternate days which gives me a chance to clean up the group left inside for the day and them to dry out.

The tups went out on 5th of November so the ewes will start lambing in the first week in April, hopefully when there is some grass. The ewes were all oestrus sponged to bring them into season together for a tight lambing period. As a result Caesar and new boy Gonzo were greeted with an enthusiastic group of girls.

LIZZIE, TIM, LOCKIE and JACK

LIZZIE, CORI and SKY

There is a tup in there somewhere - the girls mob CAESAR

SUMMER PHOTOS

29-09-2019

On a lovely day in June we had a visit from Cecile Zahorka, a professional photographer from Germany. Cecile was touring Britain photographing rare breed horses and ponies for a book she intends to publish about endangered equines around the world. Her website is www.thepixelnomad.com and she can be found on facebook and instagram @thepixelnomad. Check out her sites for some beautiful pictures of world horses.

We had a great time watching her with the horses and how she got their attention. Cecile has recently sent us some of the images from the session and we have uploaded a few and will no doubt use more in the future. We thank Cecile and hope you enjoy them.

ULTIMATE (TIM)

JACK GETS A CUDDLE

LOCKIE LOOKING NOBLE

TIM SHOWING OFF

ANGUS AND PEARL

STILL SUMMER (JUST)

10-09-2019

It has been a mixed sort of summer, weather and otherwise. We have lost old friends, Warlord, Wallace and now Tuxedo and we have a lot of healthy, friendly lambs and two cracking foals. Pearl, Crystal and Cori are in foal for next year but Skysail unfortunately is not, in spite of a lot of effort and expense with AI. Tim is up for sale now and we hope that he will find a good new home soon but we will miss him, he is such a sweetie. He has really enjoyed his first summer of showing on his own and we were disappointed that what would have been his last, Kinross, was rained off.

The foals went out individually with their mothers this weekend and Angus went all the way to the end of the road to see the traffic quite happily. Solstice didn't get that far as Crystal wasn't happy leaving the rest of the herd. Once around the stubble field next door was enough for her.

Trying to get the babies ready to go out - obviously an excuse to play!

FUN AT THE GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW

21-07-2019

Recently we travelled to Harrogate to compete at the Great Yorkshire show. We took Brackenbrae Ultimate (Tim) our part bred Cleveland Bay yearling to compete in two classes. The trip down was uneventful and Tim was relaxed and happy in his stable when he arrived on the Monday evening. He enjoyed all the goings on and seeing lots of different horses around him. The Cleveland Bay classes were due to start on the Tuesday at 4.30 pm but did not actually start until 7pm which led to some tired and bored horses competing with no spectators, especially for the later classes, Tim did not get into the ring until nearly 9pm. Jimmy handled Helen Hennessy's two year old Brackenbrae Ragnald (Rags) who despite being fractious at his long wait managed to win the pure bred two year old class. Jimmy then showed Brackenbrae Ultimate in the part bred Cleveland Bay yearling class and was place 2nd and behaved well.

On the Wednesday morning Alison took her turn to show Tim in the hunter yearling colt or gelding class achieving a 5th place in a very strong class.

It was a nice couple of days meeting friends and seeing Rags again, he has turned into a handsome big lad with Helen down in Yorkshire.

Brackenbrae Ragnald 1st Cleveland Bay yearling

Brackenbrae Ultimate 2nd Cleveland Bay part bred yearling

Brackenbrae Ultimate 5th Hunter yearling

Brackenbrae Ultimate