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Camel in the field with horses in the background

two shire horses trotting in the field



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Valley Farm Diary - September 2012

Well, another month has passed and still the hayfield is uncut. Maybe we'll get it in October, that will be a first...

...The adult pony camp took place this month for two days of action packed equestrian activities . Based on the children's camps, everyone had a go at assorted new disciplines and the resulting pictures are on you tube. I really think we should run another one next September.

When things quietened down and we had caught up with all the tasks which had been abandoned in the summer, I decided it really was time to return to training Camelot our Camel. Camelot was last ridden some twelve years ago. Since then he has had an easy life in the fields, chatting to visitors or lying about in his stable. So, the plan of campaign sorted, we lured him into a sense of false security by spending a bit more quality time with him. Every evening he was brought into his stable and every morning led out to the field to get him into the mind of being led about everywhere. In addition assorted people groomed him and picked up his feet daily. Next he was introduced to the camel race saddle in the barn. Saddling him up each day involved me throwing the little saddle harness over his hump and securing the girth, then leading him around wearing it. He made no objections to this so we moved onto the next stage. In the outdoor arena he was asked to lie down whilst we laid a padded cloth over his hump and followed it with his riding saddle. Once secured he was asked to rise and walk round. The first time he tried to stand up after we had saddled him he lost his balance and staggered across the arena like a drunk. After a couple of days he had it sussed and we decided to volunteer my daughter to get on. With Camelot lying on the floor she gently eased herself on board. We were fairly confident he wouldn't get up and run off with her because if just the saddle caused him to loose balance on standing then the weight of a rider surely would. After a bit she dismounted and we unsaddled him. Next day the when the girls went to fetch him from the field he couldn't move his back leg. After examination we concluded he had either stubbed his toe, broken it or pulled it. So that was the end of the training sessions. Two weeks on and Camelot recovered but by now everyone had moved on to other tasks like training all the new horses and Camelot has escaped further training for the time being.

The Make A Wish show at Easton Farm Park was well supported by our liveries who were ferried there in shifts by David with the lorry. The rain held off all day and turned into a real scorcher. Ponies and children all came home tired, excited and with an assortment of rosettes.

A sad note this month, we had to say our final Goodbyes to our two goats, Heidi and Lilly. Lilly had suffered an assortment of old age problems throughout the summer, and then Heidi took a sudden, rapid decline. Aged fourteen and twelve, we decided the kindest thing was to allow both mother and daughter a dignified end together. They will be greatly missed after all their years here.

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