Brave Charlie - and news on feet

Jane&Ziggy

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I wanted to take Charlie for a walk yesterday, but I felt unusually anxious about it, so my husband came along and led him for me for a while.

While he was in charge we went to visit the multicoloured cow, whom Charlie has met once before, and its much more scary companion, the big log.

This time he wasn't remotely bovvered, which seems to be his default state:

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After this we walked home, and just at the gate met my friend Catherine with her 3 native ponies (New Forest, Connemara and Shetland) all being led. Charlie had a minor meltdown when he was asked to return to his field rather than going off with this instant herd, but Steve got him up the path in the end!

I am also very pleased to say that today I managed to pick up all 4 feet and pick them out without any fuss and bother.
 

joosie

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Remind me again how old he is?
Mouse was 16 months when I got him & we started the walking out straight away. It is so good for them to get out and see stuff! By the time he was ready to be backed and hacked he'd already seen pretty much everything there was to see!
 

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He is 17 months old @joosie , he was 16 months old when I got him.

I did walk him out straight away, he had been regularly doing walks of an hour with his previous owner. Trouble was he stepped on my tow and broke it and that has had me field bound for a bit, but we're starting again now. He is very keen to go out and fascinated by everything - apparently it is the age where in the wild they would be leaving their birth herd and travelling (alone sometimes) to look for a new herd and range.
 

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Oh.... I thought he was a lot older for some reason! He's about the same age as Lexie then!
 

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He really is handsome - how big is he?

I think he's about 13.2 or 13.3 at the moment. My guess is he'll make a solid 15hh.

He doesn't come over so well in photos, in the flesh he is really striking. Everyone who has met him whistles through their teeth and says, "Nice!" or "He's a looker!" which I have to say is very gratifying. He moves well, and he has charisma. Which, as Terry Pratchett would say, knocks spots off charism'tma!
 
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I think he's about 13.2 or 13.3 at the moment. My guess is he'll make a solid 15hh.

He doesn't come over so well in photos, in the flesh he is really striking. Everyone who has met him whistles through their teeth and says, "Nice!" or "He's a looker!" which I have to say is very gratifying. He moves well, and he has charisma. Which, as Terry Pratchett would say, knocks spots off charism'tma!
It is rather nice to have people admire them! With Ramsey, being all white and silvery, it was usually little girls. With Hogan, it seems to be men! I Think he's just "butch" ! Charlie is definitely a looker - it'll be fun watching him grow up!
 

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How lovely :) Isn't he smashing?

(Also, please don't be too hard on yourself for feeling anxious - you're processing a lot of change right now & your foot is still healing :) )
 

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It is rather nice to have people admire them! With Ramsey, being all white and silvery, it was usually little girls. With Hogan, it seems to be men! I Think he's just "butch" ! Charlie is definitely a looker - it'll be fun watching him grow up!
I get gosh do you ride her. But I think they expect her to be pulling logs.
If she'd said no to bring ridden, she would be pulling logs ha ha. ;)
 
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Sorry OBC I hadn't realised he was so much older. How does that happen to a baby TB, that he is unhandled at over 2?

That was pretty much how my YO did things when she used to breed. She'd have the foals in for weaning, when they'd get used to being in a stable and being fed, having a headcollar on and handled a little, then they'd be turned away with other youngsters and older mares until they were old enough to start working towards being ridden. They've bought many unhandled 3 and 4 year olds during the years I've been there, so it must be quite a common thing.
 

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Sorry OBC I hadn't realised he was so much older. How does that happen to a baby TB, that he is unhandled at over 2?


He is not a TB he is homebred warm blood. The owner only breeds to keep the yards stud status. The get completely left not handled at all even when they are moved fields they are herded in to the new one not led at all.
 

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He is not a TB he is homebred warm blood. The owner only breeds to keep the yards stud status. The get completely left not handled at all even when they are moved fields they are herded in to the new one not led at all.

Oh, I was thrown by his resemblance to Ginger! I see. My RI bought a Hanoverian filly from Germany, and she arrived having been herded into a transporter and never otherwise touched. I think you are very brave!
 

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That was pretty much how my YO did things when she used to breed. She'd have the foals in for weaning, when they'd get used to being in a stable and being fed, having a headcollar on and handled a little, then they'd be turned away with other youngsters and older mares until they were old enough to start working towards being ridden. They've bought many unhandled 3 and 4 year olds during the years I've been there, so it must be quite a common thing.
I have heard of it, though I find it a surprise still. Richard Maxwell writes about the horses coming across from Ireland for the army who pitched up in London never having been touched or seen anything. It must be mind blowing for them.
 

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I have heard of it, though I find it a surprise still. Richard Maxwell writes about the horses coming across from Ireland for the army who pitched up in London never having been touched or seen anything. It must be mind blowing for them.
It must. But YO likes to work with the untouched ones because she says they're bored and enjoy something new to do and learn (and because they haven't been spoiled). They can be very shy initially but their natural curiosity soon gets them over it. Plus they seem to latch onto her as their new leader but I can't tell you how she achieves that!
 
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