Blacktor Barley is one of our Heritage Approved Dartmoor Ponies born last year.
We work with the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust to help preserve the true Dartmoor Pony which is a Native Breed at Risk.
We handled Barley, like our others, from the age of six months old and castrated him ready to go onto our sales list, and yesterday we travelled him to his new home (a service which we can now provide if you buy one of our ponies), with a young girl keen on having a companion for her other horses and something that she can bring on in the future!!
It was lovely to see him in his new stable – once he decided it was safe enough to enter.
We wish them all the luck in the world and hope that Barley provides the great companion that we know he’s capable of (and we’re secretly hoping to recieve the occasional update).
Well, we’ve definitely had a busy week to say the least, the B&B has been busy with various different groups of Kayakers and Canoeists keen to get onto the River Dart whilst its high. All keeping an eye on the webcam to show the levels rising as it rains.
Also been handling our little foal who is now six months old, recently named Cavalier, I intend to show and compete him in Dartmoor Pony classes when he’s a little older and wiser depending on how he matures.
He was rather filthy the other day so I decided to shampoo him with a special horse shampoo, somehow he even stayed clean through the night! Took him a little time to get used to the hose but as you can seee, with a little encouragement he soon got used to the idea. It tends to be a good idea to get ponies used to various different situations when they are young so we gradually introduce washing with the bucket and hosepipe and travelling in a trailer once they have been handled and lead around the yard.
Washing the pony