The other gossip from the Royal Welsh show was about how FAT the horses are. Now, every six weeks or so, my friends and I have to get our weight checked. She puts a tape around our middles to check this (painless). Whenever our vet comes, she does the same (we sometimes get a lecture). Checking our weight is all about making sure our feet don’t hurt, because, being horses, we just eat constantly and we are quite capable of making ourselves ill without realising it.
So, going back to the show, why isn’t someone taking care of the horses in the ring? The ground is so hard this year, and they are so fat, they must be storing up problems for the near and distant future! Poor shiny show horses – I wish someone cared for you like my people care for me!
My team came back from the show with lots of news. They couldn’t wait to tell me how cute the donkeys were on the Donkey Sanctuary stand. They are beautifully cared for and such good little ambassadors for donkey welfare.
Strange thing is, there was no RSPCA stand at the show. I hear there has been a presence there for the last 24 years, but none this time. Their usual stand was borrowed by the show committee for a display, but the RSPCA elected not to accept the alternative site offered. What a disappointment for many supporters! The stand has provided so much information to so many people over the years. The most frequently asked questions were ‘How can I stop my new puppy from chewing the table legs?’ and ‘Where are the nearest toilets?’ – straight up there, first left and first left by the way.