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[*] posted on 17-8-2004 at 07:15 PM
Who are we all???


I'd only just joined the site before it went kaput, so I don't really know anyone, except Jill!

So, I'm Elizabeth. I own one Highland, a 3 year old gelding in my signature, and have defected from welshies, although I still own two plus a thoroughbred.

It's nice to be here :)



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[*] posted on 17-8-2004 at 07:31 PM


I was owned by Jock of Cradlehall (photo in avatar) - 14.3, 19 year old grey Highland (he just kept on growing!). Sadly, he died in Nov 2004. Since July 2006 I have had Bowmore Major Islay Mist who is gradually filling up the big whole that Jock left.
I work with autistic pupils in a mainstream secondary school and have just reduced my time to three days a week YIPPEE!
Spend all my leisure time with my horse-owning friends, , average age 50! Two daughters (one training to be a Vet and will qualify next year - that will be useful!).
One dog: Nellie, an English Pointer.

I don't do dressage, jumping, eventing, endurance and all the other 'competitive' things that go with horses. I'm just a happy hacker and wouldn't have it any other way. Jock, Major and I are very well matched - very laid back!!:)



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[*] posted on 17-8-2004 at 07:47 PM


Hi Silver!

I`m 42 and have a nine year old grey Highland mare on loan who`s green as the hills and sweet as anything! Like Jan, I`m just a happy hacker, or I was until I broke my leg last year! Just getting beyond the basics again and looking forward to riding properly again next year - I`ll complete a Le Trec yet!!

To fund my ambitions I am a sister on a neonatal unit, a demanding, exhausting but most enjoyable occupation! Have recently discovered a way to work my hours whilst having more time off to go out and play! I have no dependants but I do have a fluffy cat who truly lives up to her name!

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[*] posted on 17-8-2004 at 07:59 PM


Hi Elizabeth and welcome. I have been around horses for most of my life but only got my first highland 6 months ago. She's Bonny, a 14.1, 13yr old grey mare and the answer to my prayers. Super reliable, gentle kind and very forgiving.
My OH Bryn and I also own 2 PBA's (funny really cos I don't like arabs) a wonderful old heinz 57 and foster a NF pony.
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[*] posted on 17-8-2004 at 09:09 PM


I'm ordered around by 2 Highlands; 13.3 12 year old Peri, and 13.1 8 year old Honey (mother and daughter, although they couldn't be more different) and a Welsh Cob who thinks it's hilarious to spray me with mud as he gallops away from me in the field - he's the main reason I prefer Highlands, the girls have never done that!

I compete in showing, WH and SJ with Peri, who'll do just about anything I ask her, probably because, despite being a Highland, she's far too stupid to think for herself, but I;m not complaining, I love having a pony who canters across the field to see me and follows me around like a puppy. Honey is mostly hacked around by my mum, although when I need a laugh I jump with her - she likes to take out any frustrations on the jumps - "No, Hon, I've just rebuilt it after you stood in front of it and kicked it over last time, do you have to knock it over again before I've even remounted?!" And that Welsh thing (a 12yo Section D that I've had for 8 years) suffers from what we think is athritis, so limps around looking sorry for himself and biting "his women," as he seems to think of them, at every opportunity.

Also have 4 dogs, 2 hamsters, 3 rabbits, a guinea pig and a cat, and I live at home (as do most 17 year olds, I imagine).
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[*] posted on 17-8-2004 at 10:04 PM


I am Gill and I have two Highlands, cream dun Moss-side Eriskay and grey Abbey (Hathear of Culblean).

I am learning to drive Erry and we recently set out onto roads after spending a few weeks going around the fields. It is real fun though Rebecca has pursuaded me to do a demo for our area so anyone who comes will see how much we have yet to learn.

I hack out with Abbey who is a very sweet and willing ten year old mare.

I am having a go at keeping the ponies without shoes and so far it is going really well, so now I am a hoof bore as well as a worm bore.

Why a worm bore? Well I run Westgate Labs postal worm count service and spend my days talking to people about worms and worming, in order to earn a crust.
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[*] posted on 18-8-2004 at 06:28 AM


Hi, I'm Jane
I have a 14.3hh, 13yr old Highland x Tb dun gelding :D I hack and dressage, only prelim at present. I have owned him for 3 yrs. I have my own business so it's easy for me to fit in riding and time with him. I would really like a pure Highland as I think they are wonderful. I never considered Highlands until I bought my boy. He's so laid back most of the time, although his TB side does make the odd appearance!
Pleased to hear there are other 50ish people on this board.;)
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[*] posted on 18-8-2004 at 07:22 AM


Hi there,

Jane, there are lots of 50ish people on the board, and I daresay like lots of them I am amused by being a junior member at the moment as I had my 49th birthday last week! One of the things I like about the board is the mix of ages and the friendliness.

I got my first pony 5 years ago, Humphrey of Combebank. He came to the yard to be my pony as a very thuggish 3 year old in 1995 and I had to complete my Phd before I took him on - and he had to learn his manners, but we were both very good scholars!

We hack and school and do the odd pleasure ride - his main role in life is to de-stress me from the trials and tribulations of working as an academic and a writer - he ought to be Dr Humphrey too ...




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[*] posted on 18-8-2004 at 12:14 PM


Hi

I am extremely lucky and have a wonderful 14.1hh, 4 year old yellow dun gelding called Stuart (Stuartdene). He is the most fantastic pony, although he thinks he is human and I'm sure if you told him he was a pony he'd pass out!
I broke him in this year (with plenty of help from my fantastic instructor Barbara McVean) and all seems to be going well.
We mainly hack out adn about and have fun although we do show at all our local shows, in-hand classes only to date, but first ridden class looming fast!
Glad to read about so many people having so much fun with their ponies!
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[*] posted on 18-8-2004 at 01:51 PM


Hi

I have a lovely 14.1hh dark grey highland called Barney (Thorn Braveheart), I have had him for just over a year but had the misfortune of falling of him & breaking my leg the second day I had him, therefore we haven't done anything yet but hope to get out & about next year.

I also have my wee Scottie dog called Briagha and my boyfriend Ben (soon to be my husband, two weeks on friday to be precise!) and I work for the National Farmers Union at Ingliston - just next to the RHS ground.

Its great to hear about everyones lovely ponies xx
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[*] posted on 18-8-2004 at 02:30 PM


I am another middle-aged happy hacker. Six months ago I only had one horse, my retired (27 yo) welsh cob mare, and now I find myself with four! First came Lottie, a piebald Irish Cob mare, for my husband and I both to ride, and then came my beautiful Highland mare, Holmedown Chrystal. Then in June, Lottie produced a little surprise for us in the shape of a blue and white colt foal who we have called Minstrel.

Chrystal is 9 yo and has given me a lot of confidence in the few months that she has been here. She is unshod, and I am hoping to keep her that way. She struggles with stony tracks at the moment, but is fine on tarmac and softer bridleways.

We also have 3 cats, a mad 13 month old irish setter called Willow, twelve laying hens (including 3 ex-battery hens from the lady that runs the rescue centre in Chulmleigh, Devon), and five Shetland sheep.

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smile.gif posted on 18-8-2004 at 02:41 PM
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My name is Tina and Im 51,married two grown up daughters,one lovely granddaughter and another granddaughter due in Nov,We have had Highlands for 15yrs,we have our own stallion Johnsondene,two brood mares and two yellow dun sisters,a two year old filly,one section a and a new forest,and of course Saffron a filly born 4th May 04.Two spanials,three cats,12chickens,a rabbit and a goat,and a partridge in a pear tree.....In my spare time I go to work,we like showing and of course being only 5 mins from the sea we have plenty of off road riding.We never shoe our ponies and have yet to have a problem.
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[*] posted on 18-8-2004 at 03:49 PM


I'm Jane, I'm 27 and I live in Kilmarnock with Murphy the enormous cat. I've got no Highland at present, but over the summer was supposed to be breaking and schooling a friend's Fell mare. However things haven't been going to plan and now I'm back teaching english in a secondary school.
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[*] posted on 18-8-2004 at 06:30 PM


i have a 5yo shetland, 19yo IDx, and a 7yo welsh cob on loan at the moment, live in ayrshire and am looking for a highland once the welshy goes home.:cool:
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[*] posted on 18-8-2004 at 08:29 PM


Hi there,
I am Gail, a thirty year old Highland addict. I am blessed with a lovely three year old boy. I stay in rural Ayrshire, in a small village.
I am currently owned by three huge Ragdoll cats, a colliexspaniel dog and Islay, a ten year old cream dun Highland (by Midnight II of Millfield).
I have had the pleasure of her company for two years, and we have been through a lot, including me breaking my pelvis and wrist last year after a fall. She is my first equine, so I naturally think she is the most beautiful, intelligent creature ever! I have always wanted a Highland, and I now have the dream living right across the road from me. Islay looks like a typical, dappled, rocking horse!
I am happiest when out hacking, but am aspiring to one day do some fun endurance rides and when I am more of a grown up(!) getting to grips with dressage. At the moment I am trying to unlearn all the riding I was taught as a child! I still get such a kick out of just talking to her,spoiling her, brushing her and realising that she is mine!
It is challenging fitting my son, horse and other responsibilities in, as I am also midway through a degree in Applied Bioscience (specialising in Animal Science). But never a dull moment, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
My other addiction, aside from the animals, is this board. It never has a dull moment either, and is without exception filled with lovely people and lovely ponies!.


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[*] posted on 18-8-2004 at 08:47 PM


Hello, I am Nik and I have a 7 year old very laid back grey dun mare called Endrig Highland Mary (Mary for short, although we don't like it!!) Her foal Vaila born May 06. We also have a shetland called Pippin (the kids now want to call Mary, Merry as they love watching Lord of the Rings!!) Pippin has sweetitch so spends his day with a Boett rug on (best money i have ever spent). They are both lovely ponies and i still can't beleive i have them. I also have 1 cat called Louie, 4 Chinchilla's, 2 dogs and 15 Guinea Pigs. Oh yeah, nearly forgot the 4 kids (10, 8, 7, 3) and the greatest hubby ever for letting me have all my animals and helping me with the ponies when he doesn't know a thing about them. One of these days i am going to get him on Mary!!! ;)
Thank you Claire for making this board!!
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[*] posted on 19-8-2004 at 08:56 AM


I'm Ellie, I am 39 (eek) and stay in Fife, working at Dundee Uni to pay the mortgage and pony bills. I acquired a Highland mare on loan almost by accident in 1990, then bought her and bred 2 foals from her, the rest is history as I now have Kirkcarrion Stud totalling 17 ponies at the moment and 4 due next spring. 2 of those 17 are a Welsh Cob and Welsh Sec A but the rest are all Highlands including that original mare's son, daughter, 2 grandsons (one of those my stallion) and 2 great grandsons now.

I'm primarily a happy hacker and small time breeder/shower in hand. I'm not that great a rider, nor that successful at showing (due mainly to being on my own and limited in what I can do without help) but I have a lot of pleasure from what I do and I like sharing that with others through my web sites on native ponies and the stud itself.

Am just investigating taking on some Shetland sheep and if I can find a secure run/ark a few chickens too. Might pick your brains Jenni about the sheep!:)
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[*] posted on 19-8-2004 at 09:18 AM


I know what you mean about being 39 Ellie. :mad:
I'm 39 live in Devon, have 2 Highlands Woodmills Queen of the May who is 3 and as every one probably knows Fourmerk Hannah who is a yearling and have just put a deposit down on another filly:D Alishadene(see new foal), I do lots of showing with my ponies and I think that this year has been the best I have ever had!! I also have a welsh X coloured mare with a part bread Appaloosa foal at foot who did brilliantly when shown before she was put in foal.
I have 20 odd cats, three dogs, 2 mad spaniels and a collie!!! I am not working at the moment after being laid off earlier this year and haven't looked too hard to find anything else yet, I'll have to start looking soon I suppose.
My OH works away all week at the European space agency in Holland so I have plenty of time to sit on here during the week!! LOL!!

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Amanda/Ellie, dont worry about being 39. The good thing about being 40 plus is that you don't care any more. (Won't tell you what the bad things are!!!). Anyway I'm Jean (49) and have Bridie (Pride of Kildonan) a lovely 13:2hh mare and we do hacking (not that we do any at the moment as I'm not allowed to ride following a leg/pelvis injury, seeing specialist in October so fingers crossed.) She is being ridden by some of the kids/adults at the yard and is a handy spare ride as she is kind and well mannered. I still enjoy being around her and looking after her even though I can't ride at present. I also have a Labrador called Busby who loves the water. His main love though is food!!! I work for BT on Broadband Provision, which is a bit ironic as I am not the best with computers and don't even have one at home.
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[*] posted on 19-8-2004 at 01:13 PM


Well I might not need that much of an introduction as I'm sure you've all seen me hanging around this joint before!!

I'm 25 and live near Evesham with my boyfriend Guy who you will also see floating around this site from time to time. He’s not horsy but enjoys the technical side of things... I haven't got a Highland pony, but we do have a mortgage ;) !! I used to have a very special Highland boy called Duncan who died last year, so I am ponyless at present.

I have plenty to keep me occupied though! I have just started a new job managing the membership and competition office of UK Chasers and Riders They are a national organisation who manage approx. 40 off road riding and x-country schooling courses around the country. I am also responsible for running the UK Riders challenge - the only national competition series for unaffiliated riders in dressage and Showjumping… with finals coming up in early September eeeek!

I also do part time consultancy work as a Landscape Architect for a small firm in Evesham to help bring in the pennies, and when I am not doing that I run www.nativeponymart.co.uk our own little internet concern advertising Native Ponies for Sale and wanted etc.

As well as that I can be called on to do some graphic design, create websites and what have you as and when required/ I have time. Of course I look after this website too, which is quite a big job in its own right these days as the site has grown; you’re a demanding lot!

If I had more time/money I would love to have another pony, paint more, write more and be more sporty… maybe next year!! (I used to play Premiership rugby, but maybe something a bit less full on?!)
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[*] posted on 19-8-2004 at 04:45 PM


I'm Kath I'm 58!!!!!, but it still shocks me when I see the fat old woman in the mirror.Have had horses most of my life but only got my Ben when I was 50.He's a dun 11yr old gelding,he stands 13.3hh & his proper name is Quaich of Craignetherty.He was a bit of a horror when he was young, but he's settled down into a really sane & reliable pony.I no longer show him(or compete at all) as I've no transport & he's not shod.But we school or hack quite happily & I hope to be able to keep him for the rest of his life.:):)
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[*] posted on 19-8-2004 at 10:32 PM


Hi, I'm Lynda, I own Forrester of Whitefield 14.1hh cream dun gelding he is 7 years old, and have owned him since he was a yearling. We have already done loads of different activities in our time together, and he has been fantastic in restoring my confidence.
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[*] posted on 20-8-2004 at 07:21 AM


Hi, I'm Julie, 30 and live in Chobham, Surrey. I have a two year old highland gelding called Greadhaich of Talisker who I show and plan to bring out under saddle in a couple of years. I also have a 6 year old welsh cob mare that I have just bought, called Danaway Welsh Model, I hope to do some winter shows with her.

I have a 5 year old daughter who is also pony mad and work 2 days a week in the local tack shop, although I tend to spend more than I earn!!
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[*] posted on 20-8-2004 at 09:41 AM


Hi, I'm Caro (36) and live near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, not far from Penny Smith's Nashend Stud. I'm owned by Rignell Ruari, a 14hh 16year old gelding who used to be a lovely rocking horse dapple grey but is now mostly fleabitten grey. Ruari was my first highland and I bought him as an unrideable companion pony for £425 4years ago (they threw in 6 bales of hay and a bag of feed as well). I rode him when my other horse went lame and he went from strength to strength doing dressage, sponsored rides and quadrille until last year when he did dreadful things to his tendon in the field overnight. He is now concentrating on his eating skills and hopefully might be sound enough to hack next Christmas.

Last Christmas he was joined by Lyncrest's Musketeer (Miffy) a 6 year old cream dun gelding who is the only highland in the world that we have trouble keeping weight on! Miffy was very green when he arrived but as he gets the miles under his belt he is proving to be honest sweet and forward going (unlike Ruari who is the sweetest pony in the world ever but is spooky and no one would accuse him of being forward going!). Miff is doing dressage, starting to jump and is in the quadrille as well as lots of hacking.

I'm a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser but mostly design and implement share schemes and advise on share schemes issues for companies in the South of England. Hubby is a lot more interesting as he's a writer and comic and presents "On your Farm" for Radio 4 (6.35am on Sundays if anyone is up mucking out at that time!).

We've also got 3 dogs (2 lurchers and a JR terrorist) and 2 cats (big hairy mog and an asian monster).
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[*] posted on 20-8-2004 at 11:48 AM


I am Heather and have 2 highlands, the lovely Charlie (Kylesku Pipe Major) who is 7 and is obsessed with food, and, the diva herself Islay O' The Glens, who is 2 and if human would be the teenager from hell! You know the sort, micro mini, bare midriff, piercings and tattoos, smoking, drinking and out all night chasing boys!! She would definately be jail bait, even when she is not in season, she flashes her tail around!

I also have Teazle, a jack russell x lab dog who will be 9 on Friday 27th Aug. He is also obsessed with food and no picnic is safe when he is around, he turns into 'fingers malone'!

There is also the long suffering Graham, my husband and we will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary on the 30th of August.
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