“Hello, Treena here! This is me being very grown up now I am 2 (and a bit!) and having a saddle on for the very first time. I was very brave and well behaved apparently, although I’m not sure why that was pointed out because surely I am well behaved all of the time! I did not like the pink saddlecloth on my back however – I was sure it was actually meant to be a hat so wore it on my head for a while first before the humans were allowed to put it on my back, which I still think is a silly place for it to go!”
Treena turned 2 on the 28th April 2014 and is now very nearly as tall as her mum, Daisy! She is definitely one of the characters on the yard with a sometimes inconvenient mix of curiosity and intelligence. She often makes us laugh and is always looking for mischief, as well as being a master at undoing knots when tied up at feed times – because you never know if one of the other horses needs help finishing their tea!
Treena is still very close to Daisy and waits patiently by the gate when Daisy is taken out to be ridden. Eli (somewhat reluctantly) takes the role of chief babysitter/groomer as several of the others get fed up with her games rather quickly, and Daisy is a bit particular about who her daughter is allowed to speak to!
We think she is going to make a lovely riding horse and is now starting her education with learning to wear tack and long-reining out with the other horses on walks. She will not be properly broken in to ride until next summer when she is old enough, and we expect some aspects of her breaking will not be as straightforward as putting her saddle on!
Daisy gave birth to her filly foal on Saturday the 28th of April, it happened in the early hours of the morning and she gave birth alone and unaided. When we discovered the foal it was already clean and dry and was being watched over by a rather bemused mother. Baby was carried inside with mum in attendance whickering softly all the way from the field. Daisy was very concerned about her newborn disappearing underneath her looking for milk and when the vet arrived to give the foal her tetnus injection (that has to be administered within twenty four hours) we had a concerted effort to get baby suckling but failed. The local animal feedstore, Tarff Valley, do not normally hold foal colostrum but as luck would have it they had been sent some things they had not ordered among which was the needed colostrum, Juanita shot into Dumfries to collect it and two hours later having obtained the strength she needed from the bottle and with a bit of effort on our part to help the process she was soon suckling away in grand style and has not looked back since.
Daisy is a model mother, we thought she would be over protective and fiesty and she is certainly protective if any of the other horses dare look over the fence at “her” baby but with us she has gone all soft and gooey and we are allowed to do anything we want with the foal. Baby is getting a lot of handling including being led in and out of her stable every day, just a soft rope around the neck, no pulling or pushing, to get her used to the fact of interacting with humans. She allows brushing and even had her bum washed as she has a little bit of scour due to the fact that some grass managed to grow so mum’s milk was slightly richer than normal. If she gets fed up with human company she backs into you and bucks which would indicate that the word fiesty could also be attached to her!!
We are calling the foal Catriona after the deceased daughter of the lady who has donated the funds for us to build a dedicated arena in which to practice our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. Naming the foal for this wonderful lady’s brave and lovely daughter is the least we could do. as Catriona is pronounced Catreena the foal will be known as Treena for short.
At present Treena is black but she could well turn out to be grey like mum or possibly bay, only time will tell – watch this space! Treena will stay with us until she is three years old and has been broken in for riding when we will endevour to find her a good loan home, that is unless someone took her on as a two year old with a view to breaking her themselves but they would have to convince us that they had the knowledge and requsite skills to make a good job of it. She will stay with mum for a minimum six months when she will be weaned but weaning is not an exact science and we will see when the time comes.