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Back in the 'shire.

So, who wants to see a lot of photos of my pony?! :D C'mon, I haven't been around in a while. You miss me spamming your flist with pony photos. Admit it.

A self-portrait of sorts, taken on my walk up to the stables. This is the village brook, real name River Emma, a tributary of the Great Ouse. I freakin' love this waterway.

A view from my paddocks of the arable fields beyond. Love this view, too.

The view, this time with Pepsi. There's a footpath that runs diagonally across the next field, and we had to put in the gridded wire because peoples' dogs kept running into the field and having a go at the horses. Which was nice.

Beatrice comes to say hello.

Bless her heart; I wanted to put Pepsi out in the main field for a bit and, to prevent anyone being kicked, I decided to move Beatrice. I tried to persuade her to step over the tape, but she knew she wasn't supposed to be on the other side of the fence so she refused - even with me standing there with a bucket of pony nuts! In the end I had to pick up her feet and walk her over manually.

Pepsi was pleased with the temporary arrangement, however.

I like this because it's such a great pose - especially from a pony who's turning 29 in a couple of months - buuut at the same time, I do see the skinny and wince. Her age is not an excuse. Unfortunately, all she wants to eat is grass - she's very fussy about her hard feed, I have to make and serve it just so - and won't touch hay in summer at all. If I could plonk her out in a field like this all day that would be great, but even an hour is too great a risk for her. So instead I give her opportunities like this, and hand-graze her when I can. :/


When not stretched out, she doesn't look too bad (although there's no topline to speak of).

A sheep in the next field stood up on its back legs to eat one of the saplings, and Pepsi did NOT approve of this AT ALL. I'm pretty sure it was just a good excuse to run around the field like a numpty.


Note how she's taking a mouthful of grass with her.

I have no idea what is going on with this pose. I think it might be a very bad downwards transition. :P

Out and about for a walk this afternoon. I love her halter, Ben bought it for me in Australia. <3

Coming back through the village.

Today, Pepsi had to neigh at All The Things.


Cute - she's just spotted Beatrice who, despite Pepsi's worst fears, had NOT been abducted in our abscence.

In pursuit of her nut-dispensing ball that I'd just rolled across the field.

And Little Brother, the youngest and most annoying of the resident farmcats.

Also, are there any photography people out there who are savvy with ... processing photos? Or whatever it's called when you tweak 'em. See, I took this photo of Pepsi - it was another of the "OMG WTF SHEEP" reactions - and I really love her pose; holy fancy footwork for a goldie oldie, Batman! But because it was a very nearly missed point 'n' click (she just launched herself from a standstill), the colour is a bit blah and the sky non-existant. I tried putting it in black and white, but the blank sky stood out even more. Any ideas or tips?


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Jun. 15th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
Photo manipulation is not my thing, but I do know how to use digital art programs. I added a bit of blue to the sky and altered the brightness/contrast settings a little. Not sure if it looks much good, though! I could do the same with a larger sized version if needed, it only took me 5 minutes.


Oh, and Pepsi is such a handsome horse! I love how he has so much personality :)
Jun. 15th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, you absolute star! I love it! :D Would you mind doing the same to the larger version if possible (which is here: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9053238382_7eb581c870_o.jpg)? There's no rush, and if it's a pain in the arse don't worry about it. But I will be forever in your debt. :)

I do a thing called the 365 Project, you see, and my aim is to take all 365 photos and print them in a book at the end of the year (Blurb is awesome). I'd really love to use this picture of Pepsi, but to print it I need a large version to get the best quality result. It will be a personal, one-copy book, but I will of course give you artistic credit in it. ;)
Jun. 15th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Okay, all done :) I can't upload it as the file size is too big. Message me your e-mail and I can send it there?
Jun. 15th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
Awwww Pepsi!

She does look lean, but I think it is the pose as much as anything. When you see her standing normally she isn't FAT but she also isn't skin and bones. If she likes the grass would she take a grazing muzzle? Works wonders on Ranger! Orrr does she eat beet? Might help her get some weight on.

Very jealous of her new halter as well!
Jun. 15th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
She has worn a grazing muzzle before, but she needs to be watched because she's a houdini at getting out of them; I'll be doing that when she moves south with me, Mum is super busy as it is without having to take time out to watch my naughty pony! Ha.

I thought all beet would be too high in sugar, but I've just done some quick research and Fibre-Beet sounds like it might actually be safe - just got to persuade her to eat it (one of her rules about feed is that it has to be only slightly damp. Too wet and she won't finish it. I swear, I should let the stupid mare starve...)!
Jun. 15th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
Haha Ranger just wears holes in all of his >.> Bloody ponies!

I'll check the bag when I'm home tomorrow, but I think Speedi-Beet is Laminitis Trust approved. Plus only takes 15 minutes to soak instead of 24 hours. Ranger gets it for his breakfast as it supposedly fills them up so they don't gorge on grass (I'm not convinced, but it makes my parents happy and it doesn't do him any harm...) and we are quite paranoid about what he gets fed. We tend to feed it quite soggy, but maybe you could add chaff or something like that to soak up any extra water?
Jun. 15th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
The Fibre-Beet claims to be good for topline and conditioning as well as older horses (also Laminitis Trust approved). Although 15 minutes soak sounds very useful! Pepsi currently gets high-fibre nuts (which she loves - that's one thing she will eat, anytime, anyhow) and a laminitic-friendly chaff that I can't remember the name of right now. She might well eat beet, no harm in trying. :)
Jun. 15th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
So I just did the smart thing and googled Speedi-Beet...it looks like they are almost the same thing, Fibre-Beet just has alfalfa added to it. Hi-Fi Lite (which we also use...) is pretty much chaff but has all the low-sugar, Laminitis Trust stuff. We did find with beet though that last time Willow was on box rest she devoured it, but she now won't eat it. However, that might just be because she's awkward >.>

Also feel like I'm starting to sound like a feed company advert!
Jun. 15th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Hehe, maybe a little - but an extremely helpful one! I'm going to start her on the beet and see how it goes. I have, recently, been looking at the Top Spec Anti-Lam - buuut Top Spec is ridiculously expensive. Unless it's the only option, I don't really want to be paying £30 for a bag of feed. :s

Haha, well Pepsi is awkward too ... it's a Little Bay Mare thing.
Jun. 15th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
This is all preparation for the day Ranger finally stops being so easy to keep weight on ;) Ooofft, yeah that's quite a lot! HiFi Lite is less than £15 for 20kg usually, and I think the Speedi/Fibre beet is similar. Plus beet goes a long way :D

I think it is. They are a terrible burden ;)
Jun. 16th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
There is an unmollassed Hi-fi now as well, which is what I feed my two. Even the lite version has surprisingly much mollasses in there.
Jun. 16th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC)
My two are on Top Spec anyways- if anti-lam is similar we could just move everyone onto it.

Jun. 16th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Great photos! I think Pepsi looks quite good. A bit lean, but not skinny, which is perhaps what one would want in a horse at risk for laminitis?
Jun. 16th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC)
I think she looks great! I'm so distracted by that incredible field of yellow though - so gorgeous!
Jun. 16th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Beautiful horses!!
great pictures btw <3

I wish I could tweak the photo for you, but I just don't think I could fix the sky or anything with what limited photo editing programs I have. You might need somebody with Photoshop to give it a go.
Jun. 17th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
Pepsi! ♥

Seriously, for her age she looks terrific.
Jun. 20th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
Pretty kitty!
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