Hello all Choccy here again to give you an update of my life in lockdown! It’s a bit strange here as Mum has all of a sudden stopped riding even though it’s very sunny. I’m not complaining as I’ve been able to spend a lot of my days sun bathing which I love to do. My winter coat is very nearly out now so soon I will be my shiny bay with dun bits again, instead of dodgy ginger!
It’s 7.30am and I’m starting my day. Which means breakfast time for our in-patients! As I’m sure you can imagine, our patients are desperate for their feed, so after a quick check of the in-patient board for any medication needed I can feed, helpfully the nursing team make up feeds the night before to help in the mornings. This tends to be my favourite time of day, just me and the horses. I find I can really get to know your four legged best friends, spending some time bonding with them when mucking out and grooming.
To the tune of “Good as Hell” by Lizzo...
“I do my hair toss, check my nails....”
Or “ I get my tail washed, check my nails”.....
Hello, all. Flicka here, taking a breather from my browsing and letting my public know of the exciting times, both ups and downs, I’ve been having over the past few months. The first thing to mention is that Yours Truly was a winner in the Loch Leven Equine Practice Golden Oldie competition! Make no mistake… by all accounts the competition was stiff and I feel lucky from my hocks to my forelock to have won. Let’s hear it for us Oldies! And for Loch Leven Vets - what a great bunch of lads and lasses (more good stuff about them in follow-on blogs.)
Liz and Hugh Somerville BVSc Cert AVP (ESO) MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Surgery – Orthopaedics give their thoughts on supplements, the good ones, the bad ones and making sure your horse is safe.
Hello all my name is Choccy and my mum says I’m 25 years old but obviously she is lying and I’m still in my teens! I have been lucky enough to be chosen as one of the Loch Leven Equine Practice Golden Oldies, although please don’t let me have to meet Hugh because I really don’t like male vets! I’m super excited to be allowed to give a monthly blog on all my adventures which thankfully my Mum still lets me have.
We had the most incredible response to our search for a special Golden Oldie to support over the next year. It has been such a tough decision, we are super lucky to have an amazing bunch of Golden Oldies that we care for which made the decision even more difficult After cutting the initial applications down to a shortlist of 5 we simply couldn’t chose one. So we have decided to support three!
We will share more about them individually in the next few weeks but here is a brief introduction from their owners Victoria Dewar with Choccy, Paul Sargent with Flicka and Ailsa Fossett with Lorna
I love Christmas and all that it brings, but this Christmas feels a little extra special, because for the first time in a long time I get to spend it with my loved ones (and yes, I mean my horses too!).
Flash has barely put one of his big hooves wrong since our last update, in fact he has been pretty phenomenal and definitely completely back to the Flashy boy I know! We have mainly been out on the Showjumping circuit proving that cobs really can - it may be getting a little addictive although we are still busy trying to channel our inner dressage diva at home!
So Flash and I are definitely back on track since the last blog I wrote…..finally! We have been out and about and managed a lovely double clear at Hopetoun Horse Trials and Forgandenny, dressage still needing some work but both of us feeling back to our normal and positive selves which has been much more enjoyable.