Here Comes Summer๐Ÿ˜Ž

Yes! We’ve done it! Hal and i have got through our first winter of looking after the horses all by ourselves, and more importantly so have Magnum and Sapphire.โ˜บ๏ธ
Last night they stayed out over I for the first time this year.

I have a huge sens of achievement right now. Both horses are happy and , on the whole, healthy. With the one exception of Hal’s damaged thumb, obody has been hurt or Ill and there haven’t been any disasters. Both Hal and I have learned things, and we have both grown in confidence. Also, our relationship with Magnum and Sapphire has never been so good.

It must be the same for most people who live with any form of disability, but I tend to find they people don’t really believe that I am capable of doing the basic things in life. So looking after horses… Worse than this, people always seem to take great pains to explain exact why I might not be able to do something , and what the consequences of me trying might be. The trouble is that someone is constantly told that they are incapable , even when they are as self-willed and bloody minded as me, they will begin to believe it. Therefore self-confidence is a huge problem for me. So I came into the winter believing that I wouldn’t really be able to cope. I’ve come out of it with two happy healthy horses knowing that I can.๐Ÿ˜„

Hal has also grown in confidence, and his ability and willingness to be hands on with the horses has grown beyond recognition . For example he used to be reluctant to pick up the horses feet, now he does it as a matter of course.

Yes it’s been hard work, and yes I’m still fa too slow at mucking out, but we didd it. I couldn’t be prouder!๐Ÿ˜Ž

Separation Anxiety

Since the vet told us that it was OK to do some gentle work with Magnum we have started walking him out in hand in preparation for riding him. However, we appear to have an unexpected problem. Sapphire has developed the most appalling Seperation anxiety !

I’m used to squealing, shouting and bawling, and a bit of stresssy fence walking, but Sapphire has taken things to a whole new level.

The first time we took Magnum out, Sapphire galloped flat out around the paddock non-stop the entire time from when we took Mag’s out of the field,, until Hal went to catch her in once we’d returned. She called all the time too. When she came in she was dripping with sweat! Last time it was even worse. She ran through the electric fence, thankfully not switched on, and broke two wooden fence poles! Remarkably and thankfully she didn’t so much as scratch herself!

Magnum himself seems to be enjoying being out and about more.his reaction to us taking Sapphire out without him was to jump up and down on the spot a few times and squeal. Then he noticed the hay that Hal had thrown over the fence for him, Sapph was instantly forgotten.
Mind you, I’ve a little bit of Seperation anxiety myself recently. We have been away from home for the first time. Yes, we finally did it ! It was only for one night, but it took a lot of organising, but we did it! Ripley stayed with my parents, our neighbour Lymnne fed the cats, Quincey came with us, and Amy, who was meant to look after the horses when we had to cancel our previous trip, did the honours this time. Because of the problems we’ve been having with Sapphire, I was more than a little worried about leaving her and Mag’s with a stranger. I needn’t have worried. Apparently they behaved themselves beautifully and Amy said she’s happy to look after them again. This is good as it looks like Ii will be going away fairly frequently.

The Reason We Went Away

Some time ago, possibly back in September , I read a Tweet saying that a team of Bofffins in Oxford were looking for people with advanced RP to participate in a 2nd stage clinical trial of a sub-retinal implant . Yep, that’s where I am, advanced, some might say end stage, RP. So I discussed it with Hal and my GP, and my GP referred me for screening. That’s where we went, Oxford Eye Hospital , part of the John Radcliffe , for initial screening.the exciting news is that I am through to the next round of tests! The slightly shocking news is that they discovered that I have cataract s. I will have to go back to Oxford to have the cataract s removed, and for further tests. The implant is a long way off, and there are no guarantees that ultimately be suitable, but you never know.

Exciting times!