Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Well Done Ponies!

We're so proud of Arthur and Rocky!  The results for their Horse Agility competitions were published today and they did brilliantly!

For their liberty competitions which we posted earlier in the week...Arthur scored 98 out of 100, and won 3rd place...and Rocky scored 97 gaining him 5th place...brilliant!

On their lead rein course - they both scored 94 out of 100, which means they share joint 1st place...and they've both been promoted to the more difficult Medium level!  Well done boys!  Thank you very much to Jenny for doing the videoing for us!



Thank you again to the Tiverton Free Spirits group for their collection tonight which raised £22.74 for the ponies...thank you!

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Animal Welfare Act Still Failing

We were absolutely horrified by the photos posted on the Flicka Foundation Facebook page today - a welfare case posted because of the authorities' lack of action in an appalling case of animal cruelty in Cornwall - I won't post the photos on this blog because they aren't suitable for our younger readers...but here is a link to the page https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=598199226980886&id=321163488017796.  The Animal Welfare Act is supposed to be there to enable us to stop and prevent cruelty to animals and there is a HUGE and ABSOLUTE failure of enforcement of this.  Instead the authorities seem to do everything possible to avoid taking any action to help the animals involved, and almost seem intent on working against the very animal welfare charities that are there to help.  Something we've seen many times before!

There is an update this evening to say that after putting huge pressure on the authorities one animal has apparently been euthanised, two are too weak to walk, and the others moved to a secure location.  It is about time we saw prosecution cases being brought and proper enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act.

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Frodo's March "Muddiest Pony" Photos!


Frodo's always been known for his love of rolling in mud and last year's terrible weather led to him becoming the muddiest he'd ever been!  

Last winter it rained continuously from December until February and he never dried out enough to be brushed properly...when it eventually stopped raining we finally extracted the pony from the mud!  Frodo would pick the worst, muddiest parts to roll in...the parts that all the other ponies avoid.  I think maybe part of him knows that it's too dangerous for ponies to be mostly white...white wild mustangs foals are always the first to be eaten!  Best to adopt some sort of colour change!  None of the other ponies choose to be that muddy and they don't even have to go out in it if they don't want to...they can always stay in the yard, barn or field shelter but I think Frodo thought that mud was more fun!

The calendar also features a lovely photo of Peter with Frodo in the spring once he was clean again!

This year Frodo's actually stayed fairly clean, to his credit!  He HATES having a bath but has to put up with it once a year for his outing to St John's Fair in June.

Frodo this week...so far fairly clean, despite the mud!
Clean Frodo at St John's Fair!
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Barnaby and Bisto Having Fun

We were really delighted to receive more photos of Bisto and Barnaby this weekend - they are having lots of fun together!  Bisto was such a lucky boy to find Barnaby and his Mum!



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Monday, 23 February 2015

Snow Showers


This was the view into the yard this morning...and it's been blustery snow showers off and on all day - it only settles for a very short time.  It's been so wet the last few days and it's a good time to remind ourselves that February is usually the worst part of the year and is the end to the winter.  Topsy started shedding the longest hairs of her winter coat on Thursday so she obviously knows that spring is only just around the corner! 

All the volunteers have been off ill at different stages throughout February - I don't think we've ever had a time where everyone was off with flu, colds, and even more serious complaints in such a short period of time.  Even Faye's finally succumbed to a cold - probably inevitable!  



 Thank you everyone for their Easyfundraising efforts over Christmas - this week the ponies received the sum of £24.52, which is a great effort...and takes our overall total raised to £284.48... thank you!  Thanks also go to Jean for donating some rugs for us to sell.

We were pleased to meet Faie, Rachel and Rowan this week who came to see the ponies.  We hope they'll come back to see us again!
Arthur wanted to show Peter his latest rosette!
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Liberty Horse Agility Challenge



Rocky and Arthur having been having a go at the February Horse Agility Liberty Challenge.  It's quite a challenge for us, well done boys!  Thank you very much to Jenny for videoing us!

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Sara's Bicycle


Sara came down with her bicycle today so it was a good opportunity for Arthur to do some bicycle training.  We know he's good with cars and tractors but he was untested as far as bicycles are concerned...he was brilliant...this little pony keeps going from strength to strength!


video

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Clever Arthur!


Thank you again to Catherine and Victoria for coming over today to help with Arthur's training.  We've been practising getting on and off - and making sure he feels happy with the feeling of carrying a person.



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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Hot Branding Code of Conduct

Since Defra finalised the hot branding code of conduct over a year ago, we haven't been able to obtain a copy of it...almost like it's a mysterious secret only kept behind closed doors!  We didn't get a copy through parliamentary routes...we wrote to the Defra helpdesk, and they told us to contact the Exmoor or Dartmoor Pony Societies for a copy...and guess what...the societies didn't even respond to our requests!

So...after trawling through 170 papers on the House of Lords library website...here is the link to the code of conduct for those who are interested in reading a copy:

http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPapers/Files/DEP2014-0299/Code_Of_Practice_Final_January_2014.pdf

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Pack Pony Adventure

Arthur has been a pack pony today - the next step in his training, adding to his skills of being a Horse Agility pony and a footballing pony!


Poor Margaret is out of action with flu, so we hope she starts to feel better soon!  Peter came to help yesterday so he spent some time with Arthur and we took him out for a short walk.  Archie and Sara made a surprise visit in the afternoon and they volunteered to help with cleaning through the bedding - so we did that together as a team effort!



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