A busy start to Autumn for us at Layer Marney

November 1, 2017
Layer Marney Oct 2017 blog

Well just as we thought things were starting to slow down coming out of the summer, we have been just as busy again this month which is fantastic!

At the beginning of the month, we took in another pony for training to harness.  Joey is a 4-year-old black cob cross who had not done anything but just having basic handling so a real blank canvas.  Joey had such a super attitude and willingness to work.  On day one Joey didn’t quite understand that we didn’t want him right next to us for cuddles so we started with lunging to get him working away from us, this didn’t take long as he is very bright.  So day two long-reigning began.  He was very quick to learn and seemed to thoroughly enjoy everything that we were doing with him always having his ears pricked.  We had Joey here for 3 weeks in total and in this time we had him driving in a two-wheel carriage confidently around the village, seeing plenty of traffic along the way.  Joey is now ready to have his education continued getting miles under the belt.  We think that Ellie has a super, forward going little driving she will be able to have lots of fun with.

A couple of our weddings this month included a lovely local one in our neighbouring village of Messing where Hurricane Brian was threatening to blow us away and our second visit this year to Colchester Castle, Jack and Jill even had a chat with a Knight whilst the ceremony took place!

Jack and Jill made an 80-year-old lady very happy with an evening surprise birthday carriage drive organised by her family.  We collected her from the house where she used to live for many years for a trip down memory lane then off to The Lucky Voice karaoke bar in the middle of Soho. London.  She was such a lovely fun character and didn’t look a day over 60, especially the way she hopped up on the box seat with Alan for a birthday kiss!!  Her family wanted us to use our Cinderella pumpkin carriage with as much ‘hot pink’ as possible so we decorated it with hot pink flowers, horses wore hot pink feathers and coaching staff had matching hot pink cravats, she was literally ‘tickled pink!!’

King and Gilbert have done two funerals and a wedding this month and have been foot perfect.  They also had a go at their first pub drive on Sunday which they thoroughly enjoyed; we shall certainly use them for another one soon.  The pub drive front has been just as busy as ever, On one of these, we had the pleasure of taking a lovely 90-year gentleman for a surprise birthday pub drive on Trottie and Billy.  It was very special for Frank as he used to work our local farmland with horses and live in one of the local estate cottages so we were able to take him around lots of the places he had worked the land as a young man, he really was such an interesting chap, a real treat for us as well as him.

Back in February, we bought a young grey horse called Levi from a friend in Ireland, he had just been backed when I bought him.  Levi was four at end of March and I have been hacking him, schooling and doing a few dressage tests, x country schooling and a sponsored ride.  He is such a king genuine horse and Alan has broken him in to drive.  We have now had him in harness perhaps 7 or 8 times and he behaves like he has been doing it all of his life!!  He has been in as a pair with Trottie, Billy and Jack and Jill and on both side of the pole and accepts anything that is asked of him.  Alan likes to have a bit of a play whilst exercising putting the horses in different combinations so he decided to put Jack, Jill and Levi together as a trandem (three abreast), it worked wonderfully!  Levi is certainly proving that he will make a wonderful commercial driving horse for the future and a lovely fun horse to ride and have on the yard. To see a video of Alan doing a trandem drive, please go to our Facebook page

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