Since the herd were forced off the levels just after winter solstice when things got a bit flooded, we had been hoping the land would dry up this month, frost over even, but when the nation had snow we had more rain here in Meare. Winter routine is certainly challenging with 12 members of the [...]
Our farrier gave us some support this month and offered to teach us both how to get handy with the rasp to keep on top of our herd's hooves between his visits. He also donated his old apron and a new rasp. Livvy was brave enough to accept the training. Jac kindly volunteered to be [...]
"How did all the horses and ponies end up at Paintedhorse?" The story behind our most asked question Livvy bought Danny, a hunter, to ride. He was an impulse buy as she was suffering with empty 'stable' syndrome after losing her last horse Frank suddenly. Livvy admits that she over-horsed herself with Danny and [...]
Oh Rio, Rio... Officially meet our newest boy Rio, who is 19, making him one of the eldest in the team along with Jac. His bright big eyes and newly growing out mane make him look at lot younger though. As you can see he is beautiful bright bay like Danny, but with a big [...]
The Heartbeat of Mother Earth: https://youtu.be/dVxoBzXknnY?rel=0 A drum is a voice, alive and with feelings as with any voice. When it speaks, then we must listen and honour the message with our best and noble selves, for it is a voice with great power and it is a voice that is a gift to us [...]
Feel the connection: Equine Facilitated & Experiential Learning Spend time with the herd. Ground yourself in nature. Listen to birds. Break out of your busy mind and become aware of your body, in all its honesty. Listen. Connect. Stand with the herd. Sit with the herd. Be part of the herd. Feel their connection - to you, [...]
Ulha, Grace and Hope take to a game of ball: You may remember the pony people of Paintedhorse got a little bit flooded out in Winter Waterland. We put an old gym ball into their corral to give them some environmental enrichment and they seem to have created some entertainment for themselves.