Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Horse news

I've been very quiet on the horse front as all has not been plain sailing. First, Fairfax had an overreach (technical speak for a self- inflicted cut), and then was kicked, resulting in a nasty ( and hideously expensive) cut on his leg. He was having problems settling in, and none of this has helped.

So. Back to work this week, after another two weeks shut up in his box. All well - ish - until yesterday.

Off we set, with another horse for company. All well until companion became unsound. Don't worry, I said. You go back. Fairfax and I will carry on a bit further. 

Bad, bad decision.

It took Fairfax about thirty second to realise that we were on our own, and then all, and I mean all, the toys were thrown out of the pram. His is a big pram, with a lot of toys. He leapt in the air, and then bucked his way back to his companion and tried to gallop home.

" I didn't think you were going to stop!" said companion's rider.
Neither did I. But we did. And returned home in triumph (Fairfax) and shame (me).

"Don't ever, ever do that again!" said the lovely yard manager, who keeps an eye on me. 

I won't.

And Fairfax? He's just fine. Thanks for asking.

22 comments:

  1. I didn't know you had a horse. I have had two very bad experiences on a...pony (that was high up enough!) Getting on one again through choice is something I'm unlikely to do - so I have great respect for those that do. Your companion became 'unsound' - have no idea what that means but I think that's what I become when I'm on one!

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    1. Unsound means lame! And I lost my beloved horse Titch in September, very suddenly. He's a very hard act to follow, and I have a feeling
      Fairfax doesn't much want to!

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  2. I do hope he'll settle down, Frances - and I'm very pleased to hear the yard manager is keeping an eye on you :-) x

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. She's been wonderful to me as I had so many horse problems last year

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  3. Oh dear, Frances. Maybe you'd be better off with a falabella - that way if you were in trouble you could stick your feet down as brakes.

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    1. Falabella...? I'll have to go and look that up!

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  4. Part of the Thoroughbred package, I believe. Well done for staying with him, even if he wasn't going where you wanted:)

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    1. Thanks, ER, and that would be a great excuse if he were a thoroughbred. As it is, he's of unknown origin!

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  5. Well done for staying on, Frances, and getting back in one piece. x

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    1. Thanks, Joanna. Yes. I was quite pleased that I didn't make a sudden exit!

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  6. Fairfax sounds like a boy in the middle of puberty. I do hope he won't cause himself or you any more physical harm!

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  7. A regular stroppy teenager by the sounds of it. Take care with him and yourself.

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  8. Change always seems to take a slight toll on all of us, horses are no different I suspect.
    I'm sure that Fairfax will settle down eventually, it's just a time that he has to go through.
    Glad you're okay Frances.

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    1. Virginia, you are absolutely right. He was in his last home a long time, and is taking time to get used to his new surroundings.

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  9. Oh, dear - I can imagine how you must be missing Titch! Hope Fairfax settles into his new abode soon and that you keep going, Frances!

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    1. I still miss Titch dreadfully. He was a one off. But give us time...

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  10. Horses are wonderful creatures until they decide to do things their way!

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  11. That sounds like a very near miss, so you just be careful. We all saw the last bruise!!

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    1. The bruise is fading but still there. I might post a progress report/photo.....

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