Heels to Horses

A journey from the corporate industry into the world of saddlery

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Getting Back on Olly for the First Time This Year.

Spring time has been particularly wetter than first anticipated but sure enough we got Olly tacked up and took him out…

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Olly lying down

Week 9 of Olly’s Update

On Tuesday Olly had his feet done. Our Farrier, Ryan Darbyshire, is great. He understands Olly’s seperation issues and because Olly was only having a trim Ryan came into the horses field and he trimmed him there and then. When we arrived they were all lying down on the brow of the hill in the sunshine. Olly was so content where he was that I got his headcollar on whilst he was lying down and had to give him a gentle pull…

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Week 6 of Olly’s Issues

It’s half term week and the children are off school. I’ve still had to work and like most parents who also have to work are probably more busier than when the kids are at school, so most of the week apart from Tuesday we have been so busy that we have quickly fed and watered and checked the horses and then run…

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Week 3 of Olly’s Issues

This week the day’s have pretty much mulled into the same result as I was mega busy at work, so from Day 15 – Day 20 I pretty much went up to feed the horses, check they were all ok and went back to work.

The weather has been miserable most of the week to be honest so I don’t think either of us minded. I have also ordered a brand new turnout rug online; I so can’t wait to receive it.

Here is a picture of Olly and my son, Xander having a moment on Sunday together…

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Week 2 of Olly’s Issues…

We were on route to The British Equestrian Trade Association (Beta) International event at the NEC, Birmingham today for the majority of the day…so I had to quickly make up Olly and Eddie’s buckets and feed them in the field first thing in the morning which was all good with no dramas. It was pretty miserable outside with non stop fine rain; Olly was soaked through his rug as the reproof was obviously no longer working…I remember being told in the past to never take a soaked through wet rug off as it could cause a chill to the horse, however upon asking for help on social media about a rug I was inundated with advice and assistance. Apparently it CAN cause a chill to leave the wet rug on and so it is best to take it off …I was unable to remove the rug that day due to being on route to the event…So he had to wait until the next day…

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An anxious Olly returns home to me

Olly Has Issues…

It’s become apparent that Olly has formed two different anxiety issues over time which when you think about it may well be interlinked.

Firstly, he seems anxious when he is seperated from his field buddies, Toffee and Eddie and secondly, he has become highly anxious when put into a stable.

When I brought Olly back in 2011 he didn’t seem to show any signs of any anxiety issues, but that’s not to say they weren’t there. He was afterall only 4 yrs old and what I could gather from his passport and his racing card, that he had been passed from pillar to post across both Europe and within the UK. Eventually he was finally sold off the racetrack just 4 months prior to me meeting him…

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