This was not a decision made lightly but today I said goodbye to 7 of Thordale Stud’s Shetland ponies, basically our breeding stock.
And then Millhouse Independant and his best friend Hammy.
It was the right time for us. My back is not getting better. I am not going to pretend and there were countless other reasons.
Jo and I sat down and wrote down why we should sell the foundations of Thordale Stud and when we reached 20, we decided to go ahead.
For those of you who understand Shetland pony politics, then you will know why we made this decision. There were really so many last straws that we kept forgiving and nothing changed.
They are going to a first class home south and the fact that Hammy is accompanying Indy as his best friend, speaks volumes to me.
I could’ve split up the Stud but they compliment each other very well as a breeding herd and that was what was asked for.
I will miss Indy’s smiling face but this is the best for his future.
Everyone loaded well and we packed their metaphorical spotted hankies with some protexin probiotic for travel and kissed them all goodbye.
They are in safe hands with Eric Gillie. That lorry was like a hotel on wheels. Beautiful.
So goodbye and be good my darling ponies. As I said this decision was not taken lightly but we realised that when you stop hitting your head against a brick wall, it suddenly stops hurting.
Anyway, we still have The Minions, Lyra, Vitamin, Raw Deal, Anderwoo, Charles Buttons Esq and Fivla – they are family. Zoot will stay with us until her new owner takes her.
End of an era. The ponies were lovely, make no mistake, it was just the rest of the crap.