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!