Cleveland Bay Horses in Scotland

HOLIDAY VISITORS

30-12-2017

The animals have been enjoying a busy week of visitors coming to give them treats and cuddles. Lizzie had a hack out with Louise on Thursday while the young ones had another walk out without their mothers. On Friday the sheep and horses got cuddles from Sarah, Stuart and Munro and Isobel and Bryan while the rottweiler Murphy, mastiff Caffrey and German Shephard Saskia were shut in a horse box and Felix the cat retired to the back bedroom for the day.

The obligatory photocall at the start of the walk, with Lizzie and Louise, Jack and Alison, Rags and Jimmy, and Lucent and John

Coming home

A very wet Jack with Sarah and Munro

Lockie, our gentle giant, enjoying the unusual attention

MIXED WEATHER IN DECEMBER

23-12-2017

We seem to have been luckier than most of the country this month as far as the weather goes. Jimmy has started riding out Lockie and Lizzie, Alison has been riding Pearl, and I have been riding Jack. Candy and Lucent have got back on track with their schooling after the November weather not having been conducive. All are getting on well.

Lucent out for the first time in a while and behaving impeccably.

Jimmy and Lizzie out for their first ride together

Jimmy and Lockie with Candy

WEEKEND VISITORS

03-12-2017

Helen and Dave came up from Yorkshire for a brief visit yesterday. While Dave went for a cycle run, Helen rode Lockie out for a quiet hack with Jack and Pearl. All went well until Alison and Pearl had a tack malfunction and parted company, Pearl making her own way home. Alison may be a bit stiff this morning but Pearl is fine!

Jack and John, Lockie and Helen, Pearl and Alison

Helen checking out how much Rags has grown since she last saw him

YOUNG ONES AND NEW ONES

26-11-2017

It was a weekend of 1sts at Brackenbrae. New girl Pearl had her first outing under saddle and was very good. We did not know how much she had done as a ridden horse, we knew she had been broken to ride and drive but did not know how much of each she had done. It turned out she has obviously been well schooled under saddle and she behaved nicely. We had her out with Candy in hand to give her a lead and some moral support. The other first was the two foals going out for the first time without their mothers. Ragnald and Lucent have been walked out with their mothers before and gone to shows but now was the time to branch out on their own, all part of growing up. The first few minutes were interesting. We were treated to baby tantrums and lots of shouting for mum but eventually they settled down for a walk. It should be easier next time.

We have also had a reappearance of the local Beaver population. A Beaver, probably a youngster looking for its own territory, has been visiting along the river bank and sampling the willow trees. It even visited our "garden" and gnawed down our young apple tree. Jimmy has set his trap camera but so far no luck with any pictures of the offender.

PEARL ON HER FIRST HACK OUT

RAGNALD AND LUCENT OUT WITHOUT THEIR MUMS

PEARL AND CANDY VISIT THE NEW DISTILLERY

CANDY SHOWS PEARL THE WAY

BEAVER ALERT

CANDY AND PEARL

THE FOALS SETTLED ON THEIR WALK

A BUSY FEW DAYS

14-11-2017

Its been a busy few days at Brackenbrae. We have been sorting out the sheep and sponging them before the tups go in so that we get the lambing concentrated into a short period. The tups go in on the 21st of November this year, a lot later than previously as we want to delay the lambing until we have grass in the spring so that the ewes and lambs can go out to the grass as they lamb.

The horses had their dental checks this week, most were ok and coped with the new high tech dental equipment. Lizzie unfortunately has a bad tooth that needs removing so is booked into the Royal Dick to have it removed on Thursday. Poor Lizzie, her first road trip in years and its to the vet school.

The weather was good at the weekend so Alison and I took Jack and Lockie for a ride while Jim walked Candy. Later we tried a saddle on the new girl Pearl and she treated it as normal so we will do a bit more with her and get her restarted under saddle.

Jack, Lockie and Candy

A paddle and a drink after the walk

Warlord tries out the new equipment

Lizzie gets lit up

Candy has a practise with the vet

PEARL'S FIRST WALK OUT

29-10-2017

A lovely sunny Sunday afternoon so we took Pearl out for her first walk around with Candy. Alison was going to ride Jack out but that would have left Lockie on his own so Lizzie got her first outing for a month. Every one seems to have enjoyed themselves.

Lizzie, Candy and Pearl