Cleveland Bay Horses in Scotland



Folds Pearl produced a lovely colt foal for us at 5am on the 7th of May. He is by Barbara Martindale's stallion Brackenbrae Somerled that we bred. We are hoping to call him Brackenbrae Angus after a son of the original Somerled, Lord of the Isles. He had the usual Cleveland Bay trait of his legs being too long for him to get low enough to suckle from his mum. However Pearl allowed us to milk her and he was bottle fed some colostrum. This started him off and he was soon suckling on his own. We let him out to the field in the afternoon and he was soon testing his legs.



A difficult decision had to be faced this week. After the pleasure of having Warlord's company for the last ten years, we have had to let him pass on before he became any more infirm. He had become unsteady on his feet, and a couple of times had fallen and needed help to get up but was still reasonably comfortable and wandering around the field with his long-time companion Lizzie. He has sired eight lovely foals for us from Lizzie, Diamond and Sky, who have all inherited his lovely temperament. He was a pleasure to live and work with and loved his daily groom and cuddles. Always a gentleman, he impressed everyone he met with his calm friendly personality and good manners. He will be hugely missed but leaves us with great memories.



This year's lambing started a few days earlier than expected with Tuppence being first again. Her wee girl is turning into a bit of a character and an escape artist so she is keeping her mum on her toes. It was three days before the rest started in earnest but they are coming thick and fast now. Meanwhile Jack and Lockie went out for a ride at the weekend, probably the last for a few weeks while all the attention is on the lambs.

Tuppence with Groat (?)

A sweaty Lockie is getting fitter for the summer, Jack is just Jack as usual



Brackenbrae Ultimate (Tim) went to his first show without his mum this weekend. We did not go far, approximately 200 metres along the road to Netherton Equestrian for one of Fiona Reed's famous Puddledub shows. It is always interesting to find out how a yearling takes to going out on their own to their first show but we need not have worried as he was calm and interested in what was going on around him. He was however quite vocal calling out to any horse or pony that would answer him. He managed a class win in the young stock class and went on to behave beautifully in the Championship though not placed in a very strong field. We are looking forward to his future outings this summer when he fills out and loses a bit of his winter foal coat.




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



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.