Church Farm Ardeley

A Free Range Experience

Ponies at the Farm

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These two little ladies arrived on the farm at the end of April. Peaches and Bambi are very gentle and are best friends.

Since Genghis Khan and his archers decided to jump up on a horse (and discovered they could destroy more villages in much less time than they were before) man and horse have been great pals too.

Peaches and Bambi’s closer relatives grazed feral in the Welsh mountains and dragged carts full of coal through the mines.

Although no longer used in Mongal style devastation in the British Isles (as far as we’re aware), there are many horses still used to  jump things and gallop around with people on their backs, do dances to music, heave logs out of woods and drag around cannons really fast and in front of the Queen amongst other things.

This won’t be expected of Peaches or Bambi.

IMG_0163Peaches, the coloured mare, is in foal as we write and is frankly in no condition and they both currently enjoy  the quiet life; nibbling grass, nibbling each other and having a good groom, a fart and a walk.

Bambi is the bay. She is paralysed on part of her face from an old injury so she needs a nice mushy breakfast and a careful hand with the head collar. It’s nothing to worry about. She just gets a bit dribbly, bless her heart.IMG_0161

We’re all getting to know them slowly. Horses have been used for work because they are big and strong, and as therapeutic tools because they are honest and communicative. Being herd animals they have great social intelligence and are really good at convincing carrots out of people. Please don’t fall for it and feed them anything over the fence because they can become very nippy and naughty and then we have to tell them off.

Some of our Co-Farmers are learning how to be around them, reading their language and understanding the give and take of horsemanship. Others are already leading them around or holding their breakfast for them. There are Co-Farmers who are happy being in the field with them or simply watching over the fence.  Either way they will enrich our day and offer yet another experience to our Co-Farmers. Hopefully we can enrich theirs, too.

Fingers crossed that everything will be well with Peaches’ foal and that very soon we will have a very special arrival on the farm. Please come and say hello as soon as you can, but please remember: No jumping on and riding them around for a bit, no letting them out, no screaming and crying (this applies in general), no frightening them, no canons (as does this) and no bloomin’ tit bits!

Love Rural Care x



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