Well, since the last post about Domino a lot has happened. She recovered
well from her punctured hoof and was returned to her field. That was a sight to see. As soon as the lead rope was removed she forced the gate open and galloped up the field on a slope too and circled all the other horses in the school herd. Those she didn't circle all came up from all over the field and they stayed like that for several minutes clearly welcoming her back. A lovely sight.
However that was also a bit sad too because by then I had already taken the decision to sell Domino because I wasn't riding enough and she was being used less and less in the school. She was in effect simply eating her head off in the field and not getting enough exercise or training. So this fantastic display of horse friendship was going to be broken up by me.
I pondered all this and had hoped to sell to a lady who also rode at the same yard but she was getting married and couldn't afford to keep her at the time. Then I heard in the summer of 2005 that Kate, the ex manageress of the yard, who by then had moved to Co Donegal and started her own riding stables in Malin, needed a horse like Domino. So, the deal was done and on 20th August 2005 - a very sad day - Domino went on the journey of her life to a new life in Ireland.
She went in the most enormous articulated horse box along with two other horses that Kate was buying from others in the UK. It took her two days to get there with overnight stops at Carlisle and Omagh but she made it OK. I went over to check that all was well and of course it was. Domino recognised Kate straight away and also knew the horses she had taken to Ireland when she had moved so the transition was perfect. Domino even has a sea view when grazing!!
Well, last summer Kate decided to cover Domino with her own piebald stallion and today
3rd June 2007 the result of that union was born!!
At around 7:30 this morning Domino gave birth to a colt. He's also piebald and has four white legs and a white blaze (just like his Mum). There should be pics available in a short while after I have been over there to see Mum and son. Watch this space...