Thanks Monet - I would love to put him somewhere IH, but as I am in Essex and you are in Devon I would never get to see him. It would have to be somewhere near enough for me to visit him every month or so, and my sister lives in Suffolk.
It would be brilliant if you could ask around for me Cokey. Their livery charges seem very low, and although that is great in one respect, I am a bit worried about the quality of care he would receive there.
Same problem here - I could do retirement livery, out 24/7, rugged as appropriate, checked and hugged (!) daily with ad lib haylage - but not really close enough for you to visit often. I am only 15 miles off the M54 though, so it WOULD be possible from a time point of view. The last one's owner is now working in Texas, but her friend, who used to come and see him from time to time, will let you know how he was cared for if you want a reference of sorts. Pm me if you like, or I think you have my email address don't you?
Hi Jill. I think you are almost 200 miles away, whereas Tannington Hall is about 40. I really would like him close enough to visit pretty regularly - and to be honest if he were in Shropshire we would probably only get to see him twice a year.
I am feeling really guilty even thinking about retirement livery, and so would want to visit monthly at least.
Sorry to chase, but wondered if you had a chance to ask around cokey? Managed to contact my friend on her travels, and her horse is there and she thinks it is wonderful as her mare is out on 200 acres with a herd of 12.
Am I being silly not wanting to entrust my horse to the care of someone else? I am going to email a friend of hers who has been to visit Africa whilst she is at Tannington Hall to see what she thinks.
Thanks. I've heard that my friend's horse is not actually kept at Tannington Hall although she is under their care. She is within a herd of 12 running on 200 acres with sheep and cattle on the Earl of Sutton's land at Blythburgh near Southwold. They are all wormed, checked twice a day by the gate keeper, and kept barefoot (trimmed by a farrier). If the horses can't cope, they are taken back to Tannington Hall and kept in paddocks.
I worry a little bit about him keeping up with the others with his injury (although he is not that noticeably lame it may take its toll if they charge about like loonies!) and also how he would cope without shoes as he has terrible, flat TB feet. Mooching about barefoot in a few acres is not the same as keeping up with the herd on 200 acres.
However - it does sound like horsey bliss, with plenty of grazing. I would be interested to go and see the place in the winter months, as that might give a good indication of how they are all coping. They can be rugged in the winter, but it doesn't sound as if they get anything other than grass, and he is 20 now and can be on the skinny side at times (probably not with all that grazing though).
Sorry Sara, I asked the people that I thought might know about it, and they, like me, didn't even realise that they did retirement livery
I do know that an old friend of mine used to work there years ago, and she was fantastic and would never have put up with anything other than perfect conditions for horses, but that was a LONG time ago, I'm afraid!
Best of luck though, it really does sound like pony heaven. I think that ALL of my horses would volunteer to retire here and now if they got to go there! ;D ;D
Sara - would Surrey be any good? I'm just wondering if my friend who has Fire would consider taking on another retirement livery... She's at Felbridge - off J6 of the M25. Send me a pm if it's not too far. I know EXACTLY what you mean about leaving your horse to the care of someone else!