Down on the farm - Part 1 - A visit from the mobile Farrier, some horses needed new shoes , some just needed a hoof trimming and polish! A nail salon for horses. The van has a small furnace gas heated and various blank horseshoes, the farrier quickly trims and shapes the hoof which is solid like a nail, heats then shapes the new shoe to fit, nailing it in place.
Down on the farm - Part 2 - The horses are untroubled by the attention of the farrier. Here, Sparky gets all new shoes and stand patiently while the work is done. Another horse had shoes for the first time and was untroubled by all the fuss, the smoke that comes off the hoof when the shoe is tried for size didn’t worry them at all. They put their hooves onto stands to allow better access for filing. They looked smart and clean when done - they had a new spring in their step!
This time of year New Forest ponies are getting ready to foal, next time we go in May we’ll see delightful wild foals in the woods and right down on the salt marshes of the Solent. Walking in the New Forest the partridges and pheasants are flying about everywhere, we were still suprised to find a herd of Alpaca in a fenced off field, fluffy faced LLamas bred for their wool