Flora, the two-year old filly and Arthur, the year-and-a-bit old gelding, are still enjoying themselves on their summer pasture some distance away from home...feels like they are on summer camp! Every day though, we go over and check on them, deliver some nutritious meal and a handful of goodies like early apples, and most importantly, we say hello and give a cuddle...Henry loves to talk away to the two little ones for a while...
At home, the fields have dried out so wonderfully that we can enjoy the once-in-a-year opportunity to ride around the land! How different from trotting along the road! And no worries about riding right into the night, the only thing bumping into you in the semi-dark might be a rabbit or two!
It is still pretty much summer, and there just isn't that much work to do for the horses on our farm - the potatoes and sugar beet and manure heap are still growing, it isn't really timber season yet...and after all, the weather has just been too nice and hot recently! Much better to go out with the horses in the evening and have fun on the beach - and because this is such a special thing to do, we thought we'd share it and offer you some useful tips...
On a fine late summer's day, Winnie and I took to the challenge to cross into County Kerry via the Priest's Leap road. Long ago, a priest is said to have leaped on horseback from there to just outside Bantry, to escape a pursue by soldiers and their dogs.
We looked long and hard at the challenge of leaping all the way back to Bantry in one go, whilst devouring sandwiches (me) and grass (Winnie), but we just couldn't be bothered in the end. Seemed too far for us beginners of serious leaping (see previous post on leaps for Trec Ireland...). Instead, we enjoyed a fabulous slow descend into Bonane on the Kerry side, where we had a rest in the shade of a magnificent beach tree, and then we trundled back home. Not as fast as leaping, but certainly as tireing...a proud 30 km in 5 hours! I wonder how long it took the priest and his horse? I bet they didn't get as much time to enjoy the wonderful views of Bantry Bay...