Olly lying down

Week 9 of Olly’s Update

On Tuesday Olly had his feet done. Our Farrier, Ryan Darbyshire, is great. He understands Olly's seperation issues and because Olly was only having a trim Ryan came into the horses field and he trimmed him there and then. When we arrived they were all lying down on the brow of the hill in the sunshine. Olly was so content where he was that I got his headcollar on whilst he was lying down and had to give him a gentle pull...

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What a day today has been!

I had planned today to be such a positive forward moving type of day with lots of leatherwork to do and social media and blog writing to schedule but boy did it turn out to be way different......Firstly, I had the dentist this morning, it wasn't just a check up this time neither it was to have some x-rays, a filling and a clean but after numerous terrifying childhood experiences at the dentist I hate having 'work done' to my teeth......Then to top the day off I had to try and get one of our cars into a garage urgently which was proving to be more difficult than originally thought. To cut a long story short...

Week 8 of Olly’s Update

It has been another week of feed, check over and run I'm afraid as work has started to pick up and the children seem to have more and more going on in their social life than I do, so I end up being a taxi. Anyway, Monday (5th) was a special visit because my daughter who is 11yrs old came with me to visit the horses. She's not as horsey mad as I was at her age but that could be a good thing, right?! We didn't have her wellies in the car so she just had nose rubs with Olly over the gate, here are a couple of pictures to show you...

Saddle Making Training – Week 1

Back in November (2017) I attended another training session at the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury...to embark upon the Level 2 Saddle Making training. According to the City and Guilds Level 2 Saddlery specification I am required to make a pony saddle using a wooden saddle tree. The seat must be pigskin or hide, the skirts and flaps must be solid with knee rolls and gussets being optional. The panel should be a Continental or Saumur type and the filling should be wool only. Here is my 16.5" pony saddle wooden tree that I was welcomed with...

Week 7 of Olly’s update

Week 7 of Olly's update is very dull due to the aftermath of Storm Emma/Beast from the East. In true British style the News stations were totally right. We see a flurry of snow and the country goes to pot. I get it though, after living in town for the first 30 years of my life, I have witnessed people driving in snow conditions that would question how on earth they got a licence in the first place but now that we live out in the sticks, a flurry of snow grinds most traffic to a standstill and the only traffic we do end up seeing is eitherthe odd brave Artic lorry perservering with its delivery trip, a tractor or a 4x4 of some sort. My sincere thoughts and praise must be given to the 1000's of farmers in our country who continue to look after their livestock in this weather as well as help their communites to clear main roads and lanes...