All in the Preparation

According to my OH, who is a professional decorator, “it’s all in the preparation.  So today was a day of doing just that – getting ready. Having arrived a day early, though, we could take our time.

A leisurely breakfast and then on to see Kappi and Waffle at their wonderful livery yard down the road.

We were allowed to use the indoor school and thought it would be a good idea to let the boys stretch their legs and run around a bit.

Daisy and Flossie led Kappi and Waffle round first, letting them get used to their new surroundings.

The wind was “blowing a hoolie” outside which did not help. The school was very noisy but no one seemed to notice.  They were fine and enjoyed running around.

Waffle got bored first and came in to investigate a plant.

He then had a roll in the sand.

After stretching their legs, we brushed Waffle and washed Kappi.

And then back to they went to their cattle-stall while the neighbours watched on.

Kappi had his roll too.

Lunch and onto the showground where we constructed our electric fenced paddock.  The boys will live theret between classes and then they will go back to their livery yard for the night.

Other competitors were beginning to arrive too.

Not stopping, we cleaned our tack.

 

So that’s us, ready to go tomorrow to compete at the Icelandic Horse Society of Great Britain Summer Festival and British Championships.

Please keep everything crossed.

Arrived Safely

After a lovely peaceful ferry crossing from Lerwick to Aberdeen, we arrived at our destination safe and well in the early afternoon.  We only had one detour.  Personally, I blame the Sat-Nav who was not ready for the new Queensferry Bridge and subsequent road layout.

This is the van after 20 hours travelling.   Waffle insisted on tipping over every bucket of water he was given.

Kappi and Waffle are living in a lovely enormous cowshed where they can see other Icelandic horses, a bullock and one Shetland pony.

Both the boys are seasoned travellers and they took everything in their stride.   We checked they had water, gave them a big pile of food and they will be left alone for the next 24 hours to rest and stretch their legs.

It is lovely here and we are now happily esconced in our hotel just down the road.  Although the boys will be left alone, they will be checked regularly.

The locals are nice too!

On the boat

The weather is turning, the forecast is very bad, so panicking, we packed our bags, loaded the van and are leaving Shetland on tonight’s boat rather than tomorrow’s as there was no guarantee the captain would take livestock based on tomorrow’s forecast.

Northlink have been brilliant. Having first said there was no room, they managed to find us a cabin and space for the van so huge relief all round.

We are taking Kappi and Waffle and are off to West Linton, just outside Edinburgh for the Icelandic Horse of Great Britain Championships.  Daisy is riding while Floss and I are probably getting in the way!

Wish us luck.

(in the bar!)

Orchids and Ponies

Wherever I go in the Minion field, I have a determined follower who wants Sudocrem on his nosey just in case it gets slightly sunburned.

I usually put a dab on as Albie is very insistent. 

The rest (Storm and Tiddles) have to wear a headcollar and put in a half-Nelson before I can get near them with the cream.

Two fields down live Brá and Hetja, my Icelandic horse mares.

Last week Hetja’s nosey got sunburned and I am dressing it daily with the cream so it is healing up nicely.

She hates it but I insist and, with the help of a carrot, I can plaster her nose.

The mares are both looking good now and Brá has put her weight back on.  I am relieved.  It was my fault she got so skinny – Dreki needed to be weaned sooner.

The orchids are appearing in the fields.   They are very special and I love seeing them in all their different colour varieties.

 

And on the way home….. a “swimming” hill sheep gorging on the bogbean growing in the loch.

Most days, I see Foula.   We have been having some superb weather recently.  It is due to rain this week.  To be honest, we could do with a downpour – the ground is very dry and I need the grass to grow.

 

Goodnight Puzzah

I don’t know what happened. I don’t know what I did wrong. I would turn back time and learn from my mistakes if I could.

This morning I found Puzzah dead in his field.

The other three appear all fine.  Lambie seems a bit subdued but that could be me watching everyone like a hawk.

I have spoken to a Shetland sheep expert and talked through a few theories.  We are none the wiser.

I checked them all last thing last night and they were all 100% fine, eating and happy.

It is a huge shock to us all.

I pray it was a one-off.

Rest in Peace Puzzah.   You were an awesome dude. You will be missed.  Again, I feel robbed.