In the words of the Starks..

..of Winterfell – winter is coming.  And so we have started our winter programme of feeding, turning out, mucking out, bringing in, feeding….and repeat.  It started at the exhausting stage but has since got easier as we got fitter. 

And with the first snowy weather and snow on the hilltops behind us we finished the job if housing the ponies yesterday. We have the hay set up in the first field for the Shetlands and a couple of horses. That will then free up the two remaining front pens so we can empty the back pen of horses and ponies can go in there. We have the dairy cleared of rugs and set up and six cobs are in there. That has left us with a couple of ponies with nowhere to go and so we are planning on building another 5 stables. We don’t need 5 extra stables but that will give us a bit more capacity as well in case we find ourselves with a lame horse or pony that can’t stay in a pen. In the interim we are putting Turbo misty and guiness in the indoor school at night.

We have seen some stables that you buy flat packed and construct on site a bit like IKEA furniture and we are looking to see if we can find anyone in Scotland that does the same thing to avoid a massive drive to Taunton.

Polocrosse has taken a downturn at the moment and our showjumping clinics on Friday have had to stop temporarily. Mostly this is because the outside arena is covered in water and now ice. It’s the worst I have ever seen it. We could probably plan to play waterpolocrosse. But the snow on the hills is glorious…

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For those of you who have been trying to keep up with Hamish’s adventures down under I can report that he is well and happy and still very pale. He has been training with the Grills at polocrosse for the last three days or so. And by training I think he means he is being schooled by them. Anyway he sent us a picture…

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..Ginger Boy is still his usual lovable self.

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In the words of the Starks..

The flash mob show jumping..

..competition was on today.  Why flash mob?  Well we only decided to run it on Wednesday night and bought the extra show jumping cups we needed on Thursday.

Posted it on facebook and told as many people as we could and ended up having a great, if slightly hectic day. We had a 13 obstacle showjumping course set up with a spread a triple plenty of related distances and the water tray. I even made two sets of fillers and got them painted white. I still have to put a pattern on them. The course when it was finished looked like this…

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We spent the morning running 4 individual classes had lunch with cheesy chips available and then in the afternoon ran a chocolate pairs, a horse and hound and the a chase me charlie for the younger riders and a bareback puissance for the older riders.

The bareback puissance ended up at 1m10 before we had the final three horses knock the pole or refuse. Zimba won because as a small pony he jumped relatively bigger over 1m05 than Pablo. It seemed a fair way to decide who got the red rosette. I am hoping that we will get some great photos of these jumps soon from although at about 4.30pm it was getting quite dark for the camera.

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The flash mob show jumping..