Horsing around

One year ago today, I collected my new Section C mare, Moonlight. She is now three and very much in foal to a 3/4 Polish Arab, nicknamed Monty.

This is what she looked like last year – a skinny teddy bear who, as a two year old, had not wintered particularly well:

As always, the herd was not at all impressed with the introduction of a newcomer and chased her round the field for ages

As always, the herd was not at all impressed with the introduction of a newcomer and chased her round the field for ages

Moonlight eventually palled up with Cressida, another outsider. Being horses, once the introductions were over, they settled down to graze

Moonlight eventually palled up with Cressida, another outsider. Being horses, once the introductions were over, they settled down to graze

I bought her because, as far as I can tell, there is a distinct lack of decent 14.2hh Pony Club ponies – the type you can muck on with your friends, doing all sorts of silly things, but also be a strong competitor in any type of competition, from one day events to the show ring. These days, they all look far too valuable (ie wimpy) to spend the day riding up the river, as I used to do on Beauty.

So … I wanted to see what would happen if you crossed a native pony with “blood”. Moonlight is a bit “showy” for her breed, but that’s perfect for what I want to do.

Still, all that’s in the future.

For now, she’s thankfully on her way to completely destroying her pink New Zealand rug and when it dies a death, it will be replaced with a plain blue one. Phew!

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