Thursday, 28 March 2019

March...March Madness and Mayhem!

We've all been enjoying having Puffin on our calendars this month - a photo of him during his stay at Marsland Nature Reserve - he's a very handsome boy and you can definitely see he has Exmoor pony genes...and he always a super hairstyle! 

To say that March has been challenging is probably an understatement!!  You just never know what is around the corner...and for poor Jenny she fell two weeks ago and broke her leg/hip which was a very painful ordeal for her - when you see the scale of the injury it's clear that she was very brave indeed!  We are so lucky to have the NHS for these trauma incidents and after a trip in an ambulance to A&E, within 24 hours Jenny had had a major operation to pin her hip and leg back together again.  She is amazing us all with her recovery - and the hospital too who released her after just a week in the Royal Devon and Exeter.  Jenny is well on the road to recovery now and hopefully it won't be too long until she is off her walking frame and back to walking independently again. 

It was a daily 4 hour round trip to do visits to the hospital each day and all this co-incided with my mid-week volunteers having left to take up paid employment so it made for some very long days for Faye.  Margaret came every day to help with the pony dinners and make sure Topsy got her extra feeds whilst we were out.  It was such an exhausting time and it's still not really that long since we lost Munchie.

Last weekend the "cavalry" arrived - Katie came to us on her corporate charity day from the Oxford based solicitor firm where she works - such excellent timing as spring has definitely sprung and we needed to get all the fences up to make sure the ponies have their trackways in place - she had a blister by the end of the day poor thing but we really appreciated her help so much.  On Saturday Nicole and Martin came down to help - again all the way from Oxford and by the Sunday we had Katie and her husband David, Margaret, and Nicole and Martin for the morning so it was great to have a big tidy up and get the barn rearranged and get things a bit more organised again after the mad time we've been having recently. 

The lovely spring weather we've had this week means that things have started to dry up - 3 fields were rolled today - what a whirlwind!
Frodo and Katie

Ponies on their track system that Katie helped to set up.
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