THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

3 December 2013

HORSEPLAY


Today, has been frantic what with Christmas cards arriving and needing to be written and lots of other STUFF, but I managed to get out for our walk after lunch. I witnessed some fantastic behaviour from one of this year's foals and last year's foal number three, whose size is laughable given his age. The six month old is taller than him by at least a hand. They were playing like Jack and Snippet minus the growling and snarling. I know Foal 3 (skewbald) is male but I couldn't be sure of the sex of the bay. Better not to guess given my previous embarrassing errors. Here they are:












In the end they gave up and the bay galloped off with a doppelganger friend.....



Back to mum:


The dogs weren't behaving much better:



I took some nice shots in the sun over the weekend but I'll put those in next time. The new car is brilliant; solid and flora-free. Funny diesel engine with only three cylinders. It sounds a bit like our Land Rover but is half the size. I feel safe in it and that's the most important thing. I'm rushing this post a bit as I know I won't be around tomorrow night.....it's OB's school disco. Nothing like that at primary school in my day! Trigger is coming home for the night for the first time which is taking some considerable organisation and scheduling. So, until next time, a VERY rare photo of me taken by partner who will henceforth be known as M as partner takes too long to write. I am picking up poo, which feels rather appropriate at the moment. 


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    1. I once took a copy of the 1980's Virago edition of 'The Well of Lonliness' as a reference to a Barber......it didn't go down well!

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  2. Anyone would think Spring was in the air..
    With all that poo you should have great compost.

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    1. Actually, we have a hole in the cover for the inspection chamber whose drain then goes off down to the septic tank and I chuck the dog poo down there!

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  3. I didn't realize horses played like that. Just like dogs. : )

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    1. It's so sweet to see, particularly with that plush coat with legs sinking into it.

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  4. Watching animals play and interact is always fascinating.
    Your frosted leaf photos in an earlier post are beautiful--I can imagine a collage of them, framed.
    What a relief to have a better car as cold weather settles in. I can't imagine the 'growing things' and the damp were healthy!

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    1. No - I think you're probably right. It didn't feel like a healthy human environment at all.

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  5. Playing animals are so much fun! Thanks for the post!

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    1. They really did look like they were having fun. I've seen younger foals doing it before, but not the older ones.

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  6. What great photos! They looked like they were having such fun, and I did laugh at the baby then going back to mum for a top up!

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    1. The mum soon walked off looking slightly irritated!

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  7. You captured such great photos of the foal playing, just there at the right time, lucky you. I do love that skebald though, I've a soft spot for the coloured ones. Glad you add that you are picking up poo, you could have been there all day if it had been those leaves you were trying to get!

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    1. THOSE leaves are driving me mad. We rake them up and look behind us to see more have fallen. Grrrr.

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  8. What a wonderful sequence of photos! The New Forest colts do the same and it is fascinating to watch. It seems to be a mixture of testing dominance and learning how to mount a mare. When they start playing "Let`s mount Mum!", they can be severely put in their place!

    Most of the local colts have been rounded up and removed here. I expect some of your Dartmoor foals will be off when the round ups get to them?

    Good luck wiht Trigger and the Winter Routine. I know how short the days seem now, when evening feeding has to be done before dark (about 4.30pm !).

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    1. Yesterday was a bit of a disaster involving OB and emergency dental appointment. I ended up bring Trigger back later than I expected but the sunset was exquisite.

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  9. Wonderful photos of the ponies and dogs playing. It looks like fun all round! Your grass looks like mine at the moment, more leaves than anything else.

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    1. The garden is probably at its worst and the dogs running round aren't helping. Their poo seems to have evolved to look like leaves which is very annoying. I must look ridiculous walking slowly around scanning the ground.

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  10. Beautiful photos Em, they brightened my day - thank you!

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  11. Poo picking- a job I am all too familiar with!

    Great photos of the horses- haven't they got woolly? Hope it doesn't mean a horrendously cold winter on the moor.

    Enjoy the disco! :-)

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    1. The disco didn't happen for poor OB - infection under a tooth and little sleep the night before meant we were at the dentist and collecting antibiotics all afternoon and he didn't feel well enough poor love.

      Those ponies have coat to make some considerable amount of excellent clothing!

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    2. Oh No! Poor OB. What miserable timing. Hope he's on the mend soon x

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    3. He got through school today but I'm a bit worried he's not better than he is. Still painful without the drugs.......hmmm.

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  12. Wonderful photos! I do love the ones with the bay draped over the pinto and then the two bays galloping off in unison.

    Poo picking. Remember doing lots of that as a child-part of my chores!

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    1. That draping is fantastic isn't it? So sweet.

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  13. Aye shovelling **it! Hubby does that here. He says it's the dogs but I wonder! lol!

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    1. I love the idea of you husband getting caught short in the garden!

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  14. Too much poo in my life too-but with all the pets it's something you have to accept or trample in! Love the photos of the ponies playing-similar to that of my cats only on a much smaller scale. Delighted to hear the car is making you feel better.

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    1. The Gabapentin is even better than the car!

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  15. Glad to hear that the new car is running smoothly though I think I'm going to miss the photographic tours of your old vehicles varied flora & fauna :-)

    Lovely to see the ponies frolicking on the Moor and it must be wonderful being able to watch and photograph these beautiful animals so near to your home :-)

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    1. It's a privilege David. Don't worry, everything gets covered in moss up here eventually, so I'm sure the new car will be sporting some soon, just not INSIDE I hope!

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  16. Great sequence of photos. I would guess sthey are colts - very coltish behaviour anyway.

    Glad the new car is dry, waterproof and not like a moving botanical garden! Hope Trigger enjoys his night in and your son enjoys the Disco.

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    1. I refer you to my reply to CT regarding the disco! Trigger didn't eat any of his hay last night as he was obviously gorging himself on grass, which is great. He might actually put some weight on! x

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  17. Great action shots of the ponies and Jack and Snippet. I'm so glad you like your new car - hope you've given it a name :)

    Hope OB's tooth gets better soon.

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    1. He's a lot better today - thank you!

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  18. A neighbour is down to 2 ponies & has asked if he could use our pasture next Summer; I do at times miss our horses there to amuse me and admire their beauty. Funny how our Other halves wait to pickup the camera at are most undesirable moments, is it not? Ha !

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    1. Absolutely! No nice pictures of me at all! It's so windy here today that I hope nobody catches me with my hair going crazy.

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  19. Other halves are like that aren't they? Great action shots on those beautiful Dartmoor ponies. One of the great pleasures of walking on the Moors bumping into them. Lovely memories:). You have such sweet dogs too.

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    1. I've managed to get rid of the links in settings by the way! The dogs are very sweet....most of the time.

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  20. Fabulous pony play Em , now there are some cards in the making .
    Trigger needs some up close and personal shots now that he is home.
    Ha, love the poo patrol shot ,a regular routine around here too .

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    1. I was in such a hurry and so stressed yesterday that I forgot the camera for Trigger. It's pretty wild out there this afternoon but I might try....bit grey too....hmmmm - maybe tomorrow.

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  21. It looks like everyone was having fun on Dartmoor, a lovely post!
    Sarah x

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  22. Amazing horsey photos! They certainly look like they are having a lot of fun!! As do Snippet and Jack! Glad you are enjoying the benefits of your new car :)

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  23. We really love the car already. I NEVER loved the Megane; not even when it was new!

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