Dry with a chance of…

..outside riding as the arena is now starting to firm up now the downpours have slowed down.  Fingers crossed that if the weather stays dry and it warms up we will be able to start the showjumping clinics once again.  Watch this space.

The weather is definately feeling more spring like and the daffs definately agree. They are starting to think about flowering in the hedgerow…

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So since the last blog we have been tidying up the yard. During the half term we had the damage to the runin repaired and at the same time the roof to the store at the back repaired as well. We have now got an electric light in the store and have spent a good while clearing out the detritus from the last 15 plus years. It’s almost complete and then once I have removed the dairy motor and pump we will have a room to store tools and jump wings and games equipment. This will mean that the will no longer be left in boxes on the feed room table (the tools that is and not the jump wings) and the tools can come out of the chokie.

The turbine house for the community hydro scheme is well underway now and we are looking forward to having the road converted to gallops once construction is complete. I keep meaning to walk the future gallops to find it the length of them. Fittening horses is going to be a blast.

And last weekend we had 9 members of West Perthshire Pony Club at the yard trying out polocrosse. They were all really keen and hopefully the will start training. We have Dalkeith and District coming and Edinburgh Pony Club coming for tasters too so hopefully we will be able to get a bigger Scottish contingent down to the Championships this year and maybe get a Scottish tournament organised.

Which is looking even more likely with 19 people turning up to our on foot practice today.

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Dry with a chance of…

Half term…

..week 2 is here and it got off to a great start with an Own a Pony Day on Wednesday.

We woke up to about 3cm of snow and we were a bit worried about how easily everyone would get to us.  As it turned out the snow was worse with us than anyone else and it melted away quite quickly on the roads.  So all 7 riders arrived and we started, after introductions, by getting tacked up and heading out on a snow hack.  There was quite alot of low clouds the views weren’t as magnificent as this one take  on the last own a pony day..

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..imagine the above picture but whiter.

Mollie ran a quiz before lunch which was pizza and chips.  Everyone had a massive amount of horses knowledge.  Either that or they were very good at guessing.

We finished the day with showjumping and prize giving.  We had several clear rounds and everything came down to jump offs.

After evening lessons we had a spontaneous trip to Howe to take Troy Boysey and Billy showjumping.  We got there just in time to enter the 85cm class.  Troy decided make Mollies job hard but decided that he is no longer going to refuse to walk onto the lorry.

Becca rode Boysey around a nice clear course and finished in third place and Beki took Billy around to finish fifth..

I finished the day off trying to track down an errant chicken which hadn’t taken itself to bed and wasn’t hiding in the hay or a horses stable.  I could hear it quietly making night time chicken noises but couldn’t see it anywhere…and then I looked up..

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Thursday was an accumulator day with Waterloo games and jumping and fabulous rosettes to win.

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Half term…

Mud? What mud..

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..as the entrance to the horse field has had a massive area between both gates dug out and replaced with hard standing.  This has made our jobs of turning out and bringing in much easier and it has.made the horses jobs of coming in and going out much much easier.

And this week has been the first week of half term with activities on Monday Wednesday Thursday and Friday.  Monday was polocrosse and Wednesday was an accumator.  Thursday was a Mounted Games Day which Mollie ran.  She spent the morning practicing games and even included vaulting and then in the afternoon ran a competition.  There was lots of laughing and shouting in the morning and fierce competition in the afternoon.

On Saturday it snowed alot and settled. And despite this everyone managed to make it out for their lesson. By the end of the day there was about 5cm of snow. Morgan took some lovely pictures of the horses in the snow like this one of Willow and Reba..

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..seriously that is how much snow fell on Saturday.

So Sunday morning we were pleased to see no more had fallen in the night as we were planning to drive to Dabbs for Mollie and Robyn to take part in the BE arena eventing competition.on Troy and Boysey. There were some great jumps included an little bridge..

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Troy was absolutely in awe of the cross country jumps and unfortunately a knock down in the show jumping and a refusal or two at some of the jumps meant he certainly had a new experience.

Boysey went around the showjumping clear but left a lazy leg behind at the bridge to get 4 faults in the cross country. We reckon he just couldn’t believe that you could knock down the cross country jumps.

Both Mollie and Robyn had such a fun time they are looking to do it again.

And next week we have another half term and 3 days of activities so if you fancy an accumulator day or a play day get in touch as we still have some spaces.

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Mud? What mud..

Indoor showjumping season…

..is here and on Sunday we went off with two teams to blue ridge equestrian centre. The first team was Freya Isla Ross and John. Unfortunately John was sick and after a possible appendicitis scare he had to pull. He doesn’t have appendicitis. So we had three in our team..

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..and in case you were wondering they even had horses..

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And the senior team was Mollie and Robyn and Phoebe and Megan..

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Both teams performed brilliantly with nice sympathetic riding. Neither team was in the ribbons but we all had a great day and are planning more competitions.

So on Monday the roofers arrived to repair the storm damaged roof and at the same time the men building the hydro scheme turned up with several lorry loads of stone which they proceeded to lay down as a road into our pony field from the car park and the front pens. The intention is that the ponies will never need to be turned out or brought on via the road again.

They also dug out the mud in the front field and have laid down hardstanding there so we can in future turn the horses out without standing on the road. They machines also scraped the yard again to remove the mud that had accumulated.

We have even started using the road from the pony field..

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And this week it has been half term for Clackmannanshire and we have had a polocrosse day on Monday and an accumulator day today with a games day tomorrow and an own a pony day on Friday.

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Indoor showjumping season…

Yesterday it was a little bit..

..windy.

That is of course a slight understatement. We can get it a bit blowy like that every so often but still it is quite unnerving to be able to hear the wind blowing so strongly when trying to get to sleep.

The days though are definately getting longer. It was daylight until 5.15pm last night and it’s pretty much getting fully light by 7.20am this morning.

We have been getting plenty of people booking into activities in the half terms but it has been pointed out to me that it’s not really clear what the activities are so here is the other side of the flyer with all the details and prices. Also in case you have missed it we can now take payments by debit and credit cards and this includes payments over the phone. There are still spaces on next weeks activities if you are lucky enough to have your half term next week and spaces for the following week too.

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The other thing that happened.on saturday that I forgot to mention was Milo. He had a cut on his leg and there was a little blood but he was being such a primadonna that he would let me get close enough to check it out. We had to call our vets just to give him some anaesthetic so we could see if the cut was serious or not. The lovely Jenny came down from our vets, Loch Leven Equine, and she had to practically knock him unconcious he was so jumpy and badly behaved. And after all of that it was a very small cut requiring nothing more than a course of antibiotics just to be on the safe side. Milo did not cover himself in glory.

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Yesterday it was a little bit..