Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Kai goes on Holiday.
We have started sending the horses off to their summer homes and Callie and Freddie were the first to go this morning. They have gone to a home near Caernarfon, this is the third year Eifion has had ponies for the summer but this is the first time he has had these two and he was really looking forward to their arrival today.
Rosie has taken Old William and Leroy his shetland friend to graze on her property and the next ones to go will be our lovely youngsters Celt , Merlin and Shamrock who will also be going to a property in Caernarfon and this too will be the third year we have had the offer of free grazing there. What a difference this makes to us, to have the opportunity to use other peoples fields for the horses from May to October saves us a lot of money and gives us the opportunity to work on the fields whilst they are empty of equines.
This year the fields are in an even worse state than last year, the long, bad winter has taken its toll on the grass and we are anxious to start fertilising and resting the fields.Work will start on this next week - a long and arduous job!
I have a rather urgent issue to deal with, someone locally has 2 horses which lose their grazing land this weekend. can I help temporarily? I need to think this over very carefully, the owner is looking for a permanent placing for them ;It is not the immediate problem, but rather the longterm I have to think of. If I knew I could find a loan home for them before the winter it would be ok but if I dont then we will be short of stabling - unless some ponies are adopted on the loan scheme.We have two pairs of shetland ponies with no health or temperament problems and they are suitable for adoption but so far we have had no concrete offers. I will sleep on it and look at the case again in the nmorning though time is running out for them so a quick decision is of the utmost importance.
My car is on its last legs and I have to find another quickly, a mechanic is looking one over for me, it is cheap and if there are no major parts about to fall apart then it should last me another 2 years if I am lucky. Fingers crossed it will pass muster tomorrow.If it does one of the first trips I will be doing is taking Paddy on the beach, he cannot climb into my current truck and this one will be easy for him.He is really active at the moment and his wobblers syndrome seems to be causing him little bother so it will be good for him to go for a walk along the sea edge at Dinas Dinclle our nearest beach.It might do me some good too. I keep promising myself that I will take up running again but there always seems to be something to prevent me doing so. In truth the only obstacle is ME! It will be my May resolution, starting tomorrow!Always put off today what you can do tomorrow!
PS: one cat adopted - Fudge the unclaimed stray has left us, his uncaring owners loss is anothers gain, he is a beautiful looking pale ginger and has a lovely nature to go with it.
This time round he should be looking at a permanent home(can we ever be sure of that?) I really hope so, there has to be some faith in human nature or I would go completely mad - no rude comments please.