A bit of rain and then the temperatures we have been having have certainly started everything growing with a vengeance. Please watch out for any Ragwort that you might have in your fields, it is still green but I have seen a few
plants on my travels. Also remember that even though your hedges might look untidy you should not be trimming them until August because of the wild birds. It used to be July but this year the ban has been extended until the end of August so please do not get caught out. The chilly nights have caught some folk out and had them wondering what sort of rug to put on their horses, but generally everyone seems to have coped well with the changeable weather. Hopefully it will settle down soon and summer will begin. But that brings it's own challenges, nice rock hard ground, poached grass, mosquitoes, midges, oh the joys of summer!
I am often asked by distraught owners about their horses chipping their hooves once the ground gets very hard. All they need is for the 'chip' to be taken off and the area smoothed over to stop any catches. Just like you having caught your nail, sod's law states that that is where you are always going to catch your finger from then on in!! So you file yours to stop them catching, do the same for your horse, just a little to stop them catching it and maybe making things worse.
It was nice to see some new clients in the last few weeks and some lovely new horses, all very well trained or well on the way to being so! A couple are relatively unhandled and are still quite green and fresh but they responded very well and were really very well behaved. Although one decided that my green fleece (once I had taken it off and hung it on a hedge) decided it looked better being brown by dropping it into some mud and playing with it! Youngsters will be youngsters! But she did seem pleased with herself afterwards!
Took a walk up into the Brecon Beacons this morning and checked a couple of herds of the ponies up there. Some lovely foals and one very pregnant little Shetland. Although their hooves needed some attention, the animals themselves, especially the foals looked in good health.
So hopefully a good summer to look forward to and I wish you all the best of luck in your shows or hacks, or whatever joy you have with your horses and ponies, and of course your donkeys!