Colleen is now settled into her new home with Laura Palmer in England, and I wish them many years of happiness together! I think she will make a wonderful riding horse as she has both the temperament and the athleticism needed.
Last year we sold Brendan who is Colleen’s full brother. It’s interesting to see how much more substantial a horse she is turning into. I like Cloneen Clover as a sire, and I think he combines well with Saoirse who is an AID mare so quite a lot lighted in bone than my other mares.
We put Loki and Saoirse back in the field with the rest of the herd so they could get some of the spring grass. Much excitement – except from Annabell (Loki’s mum) who stands and watches the fuss!
Both Laragh Laoch (Loki – out of Annabell and by Crannagh Hero) and Saoirse (by Golden Wonder II) are being ridden by my daughter at the moment. Saoirse is now twenty years old but behaves like a three year old – full of energy and fairly bold! Loki on the other hand, only rising three, is as sweet and quiet as a twenty year old should be.
Here they are.
Laragh Gale, one of our two year olds going on three, was out having her picture taken yesterday. She is going to be a large lady, heading for 16hh already. Her mum is still with us, Penny, and she is by Huntingfield Rebel and out of Silver Liss (Silver Skip and Corry Bess). Her Sire is Sir Stormy Breeze who is by Heather Breeze and out of Breezy, a King of Diamonds mare. Gale herself has a wonderful temperament. She has not been backed yet but we hope to do that this year.
I recently bought two bitless bridles (handmade by Elaine Waters in Dingle) in the style of Dr. Cooks Bitless Bridles. We received them in the post yesterday from Elaine, beautiful handiwork, and decided to try them on Annabell and Loki in a lesson at Warringtons Equestrian Centre here in Kilkenny. Loki has only recently been backed and is still very green, Annabell spent many years hunting so she is anything but green.
The two of them, mother and son, rode beautifully and peacefully in the lesson. The only time Loki got a little upset was when he was asked to jump on his left rein, not his best side. However, after one refusal, jump he did. I was delighted with the results and will keep them going in the bitlless. I love seeing their mouths and heads relaxed and pain free.
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I will post pictures of Annabell and Loki in their new headgear later, but here is a pic of one of Elaine’s bridles.
I always love when we move the horses from one field to another and they greet one another by galloping around the field.
Yesterday we moved Mosy, Lilo, Winnie, Balthier and Saoirse into a field with Annabell and Lady as we were moving Annabell to Warringtons for Michelle and Kate to work with her and Loki and Penny in the sand arena.
This was them enjoying the move and getting reacquainted. In the midst of them all you can see Michelle. Standing quite peacefully as a small herd of huge horses clatter about her – she is entirely unfazed!