On to Aria; well the little she devil has beaten me, I give up!
The battle over the electric fence has frustrated me for 2 weeks now, so she’s finally got her way! Mainly as I was worried about the safety (one day I found three stakes pulled up and strewn across the field, and 2 snapped tapes) and also her not trashing the rest of the good grass in the field carting around! We had good growth in the last month so I’m hoping the grass will last, although we are in a better position than last year where I was already haying the field! As I can imagine everyone can relate, it’s so hard to protect the lovely grass/ground before it becomes a wet bog once the rains begin, lucky for Autumn she has her new Equilibrium mud fever boots to protect her.
Arias not been clipped yet as I’m probably giving her one more year before she needs it as she is not yet in full time work, although the other night I regretted it. She was extremely hyper in the arena when being lunged, literally running rings round me. A good 15 minutes of constant canter or fast trot before I could get her to calm down, to be on her side though, it was the first time this year she’s been worked in the dark so was probably a bit nervous. A very sweaty horse by the end of it but luckily sweat rugs at hand, and a cosy rug for the night once dry. I am desensitising her to clippers in preparation and have managed to get trimmers near her neck and face which is progress so hopefully in time for next year she will be as well behaved as Autumn…!
I’m getting into the festive spirit by trying the horses with different treats at the moment to see what they like – so far, they’ve had pear, plum, parsnip and swede which they have loved. I tried them with banana and had a mulchy mess spat back at me when both Bob and Autumn decided they didn’t like it!! Aria did seem to like it, so I tried mashing it up into their feeds…and suddenly they all love it! May try making them the fruit and veg on strings to put in the stables for some entertainment whilst in each night, and then come up with a fruit/veg combo for their Christmas day treat.