Cleveland Bay Horses in Scotland

WINTER MAINTENANCE

17-03-2019

The time of year when every one gets their health checks and catch-ups. January saw the horses' dentals, and all went well with only a few raggedy edges to be filed apart from poor Lizzie, who had to have a tooth out last year and requires regular ongoing work so needs sedation. She is very good and puts up with a lot. Crystal and Jack however have no such excuse and behaved like babies - shouting and getting in a state - so required sedation for a minute of rasping each. Everyone else is more sensible. Tim let the vet have a practise play in his mouth quite happily and then took advantage of his mother dozing at the back of the stall to hang over the door staring intently at everyone else.

February saw everyone getting their annual injections, again only Crystal makes any fuss, but she is getting a bit better.

March sees us getting ready for lambing and Pearl's foaling next month. Hopefully by then the weather will improve and the grass start growing properly so that the horses can stay out. Tim is weaned now and happily goes about with his sister Cori and uncles Lockie and Jack.

Vet Jamie sorting out Lizzie's mouth

GREAT WEATHER FOR FEBRUARY

19-02-2019

The warm weather is lovely and the horses are enjoying being out in the mild conditions. We got the chance to take three out for a hack at the weekend. It turned out a bit more exciting than we anticipated, turned out Lizzie did not appreciate having a selfie stick waved over her head when Jim tried to take a video. However nobody was injured and we learned the lesson!!!

The mild weather has one disadvantage in that the horses get very sweaty in their woolly winter coats but on the plus side they may sweat off a few pounds.

SKY, JACK and LIZZIE

EVERYBODY MAKES IT BACK SAFELY

COLD NIGHTS BRIGHT DAYS

03-02-2019

The weather has been cold recently and we have some bright sunny days which the animals have been enjoying. The ground has been frozen solid for days and we have started feeding the sheep hay but on the plus side the horses have been spotless when they come in at night and we don't have to scrape any mud off them. Here are some recent photos taken in the winter sun.

MORNING FOG BURNING OFF

CRYSTAL, JACK, TIM, PEARL, CORI and LOCKIE

THE SHEEP ENJOYING THEIR HAY

DOUGAL LOOKING FOR FOOD

PEARL SHOWING HER BUMP, DUE IN APRIL

LUCENT GOES SOUTH

28-01-2019

Brackenbrae Lucent travelled south to her new home near Halifax on Friday. She travelled well and we passed her on to her new family who we hope will have lots of fun with her. We hope to meet them all again at The Great Yorkshire Show where they intend to show her this summer

Alison and I took advantage of the dry but cold weather today to hack out on Sky and Lizzie. We manage to get quite close to two separate herds of Roe deer, one of eleven and the other of seven. Its amazing how close you can get on a horse compared to on foot.

Skysail and Lizzie out stalking Roe deer

A MILESTONE FOR TIM

09-12-2018

Brackenbrae Ultimate went out without his mother for the first time. He went for a long walk around the fields, down to the river, and up to the road to look at the traffic with his two big sisters and behaved very well, striding out ahead when he could. His mother Crystal took the separation quite well, she wasn't worried about him leaving the field until he disappeared from sight, then shouted for him for a bit, then grazed distractedly while keeping an eye out for him passing up and down the road. Uncle Jack, with far less excuse, made a ridiculous fuss, shouting all the time that they were away, while Uncle Lockie calmly made the most of the situation by quietly polishing off everybody's afternoon hay!

Cori, Tim and Lucent at the start of their walk

THE WET WEATHER ARRIVES

25-11-2018

The wet weather has arrived and the fields are getting saturated. I suppose the weather has been exceptional for most of the year so in the words of Joe Walsh "I can't complain but sometimes I still do"

We took Brackenbrae Crystal, her foal Brackenbrae Ultimate (Tim) and A Kind of Magic out for a walk today to get the foal some more practise at being out and about. We thought we had a gap in the rain but it turned out not to be so.

CRYSTAL, TIM AND LIZZIE

The new chicks continue to thrive though it will be a while before they are big enough to be allowed out of the horse stall.

MOTHER AND CHICKS DOING WELL, 8 TUCKED IN THERE.