The rain, it has rained – quite a lot by the looks of things.
Everyone is doing well. The grass bellies are going. It is a very slow process, though.
Unusual friendships are being forged.
The bigger ones are all being ridden regularly.
Little Albie is turning into bigger Albie.
We have dropped his afternoon feed but he still has milk and cereal in the morning.
He looks well on this.
Albie has developed into a sturdy independent Shetland pony. Just what we wanted. When he sees us, he just thinks food or love will come his way. He relies on the rest of the herd to be his friends.
Tor is still very important in his life and come spring, we may wean him off her. It is all in his head. She doesn’t let him nurse.
This time last year, Delia was wearing a rug 24/7 but it has not been nearly as cold or rainy and she is maintaining her weight well.
Little Newt is putting on weight.
He has spread out a bit more. His thick Shetland woolly foal coat is coping superbly with the rain. It just flattens down and he remains completely dry underneath. Very efficient. He has paint on his back from the auction (different colours indicate different destinations once sold). This paint is solid and not budging. I am not going to cut it out as that will interfere with the effectiveness of his winter coat. It will brush out when his coat falls out in spring.
Newt likes carrots. He is finding his place in the herd.
One of us. One of us!