Cleveland Bay Horses in Scotland

LAMBING IS FINISHED

17-05-2018

A successful lambing season with not too many dramas is finally over. We are having to bottle feed Sunshine's boy as she has no milk, and another four lambs are getting topped up. A bit disappointing as we haven't had to feed anyone for a few years, but they are all doing well.

Someone couldn't wait for breakfast to get to the field this morning - she came up to the door looking for it!

Spring really is here finally. The swallows are nesting in the sheds and a thrush has set up home right next to the bedroom window.

LAMBING BEGINS

17-04-2018

Four weeks later than usual we started lambing yesterday with first Tuppence producing a single girl and then Betty a pair of girls. Hopefully the rest of the lambing season will go as well.

Betty and her girls relaxing in the poly tunnel.

The fields are saturated but hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow and they can go out to the field.

CANDY GOES OFF TO HER NEW HOME

15-04-2018

On Friday Candy set off on the start of her trip down south to her new home in the south of England. She will be meeting up with her uncle Marshall there. Her friendly nature will be missed but we know that she is going to a good home. Hopefully it will be a bit drier down there just now too.

Candy waiting to load on to the lorry going south

On Saturday we had visitors from Yorkshire. Helen and Sara came up to visit Helen's boy Ragnald and took the youngsters out for a walk. Luckily the weather improved for the day.

Rags and Helen, Lucent and Sara

IS THE WORST OF THE WINTER OVER?

08-03-2018

A sudden thaw is upon us after last week's bad weather. Just as well as everyone was getting a bit fed up of being stuck inside. Instead we now have mud everywhere. Tuxedo has been spending the nights in the polytunnel all winter but with the snow and wind he didn't go out for several days and Wallace and Caesar joined him indoors during the worst of it. Warlord didn't even want to go out into the yard some days. Dunn and Dougal moved into the house field for some shelter from the east wind and to get water when the troughs froze up. Hopefully we can get back to normal now in time for lambing next month.

Given the freedom of the yard, Crystal, Skysail and Warlord have chosen to squeeze into the middle of the shed while their stalls are mucked out. They are standing in the snow that blew in under the doors and in up under the eaves overnight.

Tuxedo, Wallace and Caesar with snow on the bales behind them

Tuppence

WINTER IS HERE

03-03-2018

Four days of wintry weather has seen cold easterly winds and drifting snow. Most of the animals have been stuck indoors for most of the time but even then they can't escape the snow as it is blowing in under the doors and up under the eaves. The snow has even drifted over the width of the river in places.

In the past two days we have spotted a kingfisher and then a snipe sheltering under the bank

Neighbour Jock Wilkie clearing the road

THE BEAST FROM THE EAST

28-02-2018

The Beast from the East struck last night and today giving us 6 inches of drifting snow and biting cold winds. Here are some photos from today of the horses and sheep and their different ways of dealing with the conditions.

JACK AND PEARL LOOKING FOR GRASS

JACK AFTER A ROLL

LOCKIE ENJOYING A GOOD ROLL

JACK WANTS TO BE WHITE

LOCKIE

THE SHEEP PREFER TO CONSERVE ENERGY