CURRENT NEWS FROM HIGH COUNTRY
EQUINE CHIROPRACTOR'S VISIT
Tommy Behrns our equine chiropractor, came for one of his visits in September. 21 horses were checked and only six didn't need treating. Several had two vertebra out, most had one bone out of place and poor Shimmer had a hip out as well.
BIG GLEN MOVES TO THE MARLBOROUGH RIDING FOR THE DISABLED
Big Glen moved to the local RDA this winter. He was just not doing on the hill and we were running out of ideas of what to try next. Rehoming him down south hadn't worked. The RDA absolutely love him, the perfect gentleman, lovely to handle. lovely to ride and very placid in the big arena. He has just completed his first term there and it looks as if it is really going to be a good home for him.
AERIAL TOP DRESSING WITH HERBICIDE TO KILL GORSE AND BROOM
It has taken us a wee while to get round to spraying with a helicopter, something like twenty years but it is a very costly enterprise. We have only been able to do it now because we have new next door neighbours and they had booked the helicopter and we tacked on to the same trip. Rod looks out the window and up the hill several times a day to seek out yellowing and dying scrub!
FORTH COMING TRIP BEING PLANNED
We have been approached by an English doctor currently working out of Oz. She and two friends are planning to ride the length of the South Island and if it all pans out they will be taking three of our horses on the trip. The young lady arrives in NZ in January to get to know the horses and start their considerable training in a new enterprise far removed from beginner trekking based on their home turf. The big bonus about these three horses is that they already know each other, which they wouldn't if four strange horses were gathered together. All very exciting. At the tail end of the hopefully successful trip the horses will be trucked home again to put their hooves up and relax.