Out and About on a Friday

Two films from yesterday.

The first is me calling Lambie – only have the volume up if you want to hear me screeching!

Next, is BeAnne trying to play with Efstur (no sound) before his Mum muscles in to try and stop them.  I think Efstur and BeAnne are going to be good friends in the future.

I spent the morning with Bjørn, helping him with his ponies.   Yes, these are cows.  I like cows.

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BeAnne put up a rabbit so everyone gave chase.  No, they didn’t catch it despite their best efforts.

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Amina, Bjørn’s German Shepherd dog, played in a sludgy green hill pond.

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BeAnne and Loki joined her.  Unusual for Loki who hates water.  It has taken a while, but Loki is now learning how to be a real dog.

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BeAnne is just disgusting.  And, yes, she rolled and then was doubly disgusting.

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On our way back to the van, we saw a pair of curlew eggs – they were lying in their vague nest. Sorry, but that is not a nest – it is a hopeful dip.

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No day spent with Bjørn is a day without visiting his Shetland ponies – Bergli Stud

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Much galloping, playing and lots and lots of silly billies.

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Always a joy, never a chore.  A lovely day.

Efstur Starts His Training

Here, at Thordale Stud, I start them early.

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In my mind, it is imperative that everyone knows just what a nose-kissey is all about.  What it entails, what is required on both sides and what it stands for.

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Of course, from Day 2 (Day 1 being a day off as Efstur had only just been born), I started Basic Training.

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I am lucky.  Efstur is very inquisitive and his mother, Brá, doesn’t mind.  If I sit down, look at the ground (ie non-threatening) Efstur comes a-visiting.

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And so his training begins. He likes being kissed very much.

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Efstur thinks I am the one that make “mwah, mwah” noises – that, and squeaking about how wonderful he is.

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Investigation is good and encouraged as long as everyone is nice and plays by the rules. For BeAnne this means no biting, no reacting and no having an opinion.  Efstur is eager to make friends and a terrier nip is not the way forward.  BeAnne knows this and tolerates far more than usual.

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Here are a few photos of the many attitudes of Efstur.

“Strike the Pose”.

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This time last week, eh?

Old Friends Reunite

Delia came home the other day – she had been spending time with another herd since Vitamin went off to her Fat Camp.

Having spent the winter with Brá and Hetja, I put her out with them thinking she would be fine as she is an old mare.

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But no, this was not to be.  Hetja decided that Delia could not be in her herd and that she should be kept away from Brá and Efstur at all costs every minute.  She was horrid to Delia

This was not the summer I wanted for my old lady.  She was totally isolated.

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So today I took Delia to Sandness to spend her summer with Lyra and the minis.

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Lyra was very pleased to see her old friend.

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There was no kicking or squealing or great shows of dominance.  Just a nice gentle welcome.

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Delia was amongst friends.

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Delia looked about her…..

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… and then set off to get to know her new herd.

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Delia is a dear old girl and I hope she spends happy summer months with her new friends.  The grass is not long, so she is safe from laminitis, but there is enough to keep her at a good healthy weight.   They are all visited daily, anyway.

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I feel much happier about this set up. I didn’t like seeing Delia being ostracised and set upon by Hetja.  I know nature is harsh, but Delia doesn’t need this type of behaviour.  She is an old lady who wants her friends around, peace and quiet with the occasional back scratch and her daily apple (she eats it whole and relishes all the juice running down her chin!)

Too Many Foals? I think not

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Question:

Can you have too many Shetland pony foals?

Answer:

Nope

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Question:

Aren’t they gorgeous?

Answer:

Yup

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Question:

Should you have more than one Shetland pony?

Answer:

Yup

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Question:

What do you do if one comes up to you?

Answer:

Melt.

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Question:

Do Shetland ponies like nose-kisseys?

Answer:

Yup

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Question:

How many Shetland ponies should you have

Answer:

All of them!

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The Perfect Afternoon

I had the most perfect afternoon today – sitting on a nice bottom-shaped rock, with a bottle of pre-mixed gin and tonic, in the Shetland sun, watching my new foal.

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It was heaven.

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Efstur was bouncing and running round his mother. He is learning in what order his long, long legs go in.  There are many orders – some work better than others.

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Brá is a wonderful mother.  She looks on, runs after her little boy and is teaching him his manners.  She is very tolerant and caring at the same time.

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Occasionally Efstur stops to take a breather or have a little nap, and Brá stands patiently beside him ready to deter tigers.

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But best of all, Brá is letting us get to know him.  Efstur is learning about people.  If his mother says it is ok (and she comes up and has a sniff first), then he follows happily to do the same, as well as having a bit of a rub, nose kissey (yes, I teach them early) and a chat.

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So, after all the worry, that was my afternoon – relaxing with my latest “best boy”.