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This week, I am feeling important

These days, I tend to lead a quiet life as you know. I have, I suppose, largely retired as a public figure and enjoy my peace and quiet here on the yard. Lately, though, it seems I am in demand!

My Auntie Jane in the North sometimes asks me to send her some tail hair. I find this quite a personal request really – we have never met – but she says Auntie Jane is a good egg and does clever things, so I spare her some tail now and again. She uses it to do pottery. There is a technique called Raku and they use tail hair like mine to make patterns. Last year, Auntie Jane gave her a pot which had been decorated using my hair. Imagine! *whispers* There is a rumour that it may be awarded a place in the new kitchen as well.

Clever Auntie Jane!

Anyway, a few weeks ago, she asked for some hair again but here’s the thing: I need my tail! There are a lot of flies around at the moment, it’s hot, and our tails are really useful for swishing. And I also have another call on my valuable time -I am going to a show, so best tails are needed!

My local show is Cardigan County https://cardigancountyshow.org.uk/. I have been there before, in the coloured pony class, but this year there are special classes for Rescue Horses and Ponies like me! There are two classes, one where we are shown in-hand and another where the ridden boys strut their stuff. The classes are sponsored by my good friends at RSPCA Ceredigion.  They will be judged equally on history, condition and turnout, and conformation. Everyone has to submit a little story with their entry and then turn up for judging on the day. I am very excited because I love a day out!

As you know, I have a companion now. His name is William Bach.

William Bach

He is not a rescue pony but there are two classes which he can go in, so he will be coming with me. I will have to give him a few pointers on how to behave, trot nicely in-hand and how to leave me for short periods, but I am confident that we will have a great party. Come and join us if you can!

You see what I mean about being in demand?


Big day yesterday


This is my friend Bill. He came to stay in February when he wasn’t very well at all. I have been looking after him since then.  He and his friend Ben were lucky ponies: not only did the RSPCA rescue them, but some other kind friends sponsored their rehabilitation while they stayed ay my yard.

The Pettifor Trust is a Swansea charity, which raises money for needy animals. One of their many responses to the plight of horses in 2013 was to contribute towards some veterinary expenses of four ponies which had been rescued by their local group of RSPCA inspectors.

So, to begin at the beginning, Bill and his friend Ben were spotted by the good Inspector Nic, who arranged for them to be removed from their desperate starving plight – hooray for the RSPCA!

All these ponies needed to be gelded before rehoming and Bill’s operation was not straightforward. In fact, he had to go to horse hospital to have a special procedure – hooray for the Pettifor Trust!

It’s a sobering thought that if Bill had been left with his breeder, he might have died, but even if he had survived a winter’s starvation, he would have been an oddity, and would have finished his short life at the abattoir by now.

His good luck continued yesterday, when he went to his new home. Another old friend of mine (sshh, don’t tell a soul but it’s my farrier) made friends with Bill while he was here and yesterday, he fetched him home to live with his family’s driving ponies.

I wish him well.

Old Friends


Last week, she went off down to Laugharne for the day, to see some old mates of ours. Horlicks was rehomed from the RSPCA YEARS ago. He has had a great time with Liz, taking part in every sort of activity possible and excelling in all of them. For someone who began life as a rather plain (sorry mate) little vanner, he has really flown the flag over the years, both for his type of cob and the RSPCA rehoming process. Liz has adopted and fostered countless other horses and ponies as well as Horlicks, so she has been a really important member of the Wales team.

Liz and Sally out for a hack

Liz and Sally out for a hack


While out on our hack we visited Marmite for a photocall as well. Marmite and Horlicks used to go to lots of shows together, wowing the judges with their versatility and good nature.

Hello old friend

Hello old friend


Horlicks’ competition work now is riding club dressage. He a wise old boy and always brings home a rosette. Not for him the grind of daily schooling on a circle and endless lessons. He knows his job and does it – with that extra bit of sparkle and presence which you need for high marks.

The lovely filly Chloe who is also in these pictures, is the latest addition to their yard. Her name is Chloe Valentine because she really was that special gift (inspired there Gareth!). Although only five years old and still immature, she is showing some real promise and flair.

Chloe climbs on her lap!

Chloe climbs on her lap!


And of course the little guys must not be forgotten. Spike and Freddie have a great life too. They are great playmates for the other horses and dogs and are a constant source of pleasure to the holiday makers at the yard as well.