I called the vet today to come out and have another look at Hattie's bump as it doesn't seem to be going down any and I'm wondering if it needs draining and maybe some sort of anti- inflammatory injection. They will be coming out in the next few days so hopefully something can be done other than "wait and see". Also called the hay man to order some more hay for summer and he's all sold out and won't be getting any till June!
That is just fine and dandy as I've only got 4 bales of hay and 3 bales of straw left and apparently the farm shop where I get my feed from, is sold out of hay too. Jacob is ok just living in the paddock with a bit of chaff as a token feed as he can live on air, but Hattie needs her hay. I'm going to have to get a hay replacer like Fast Fibre until my hay man can cut this years's crop.
Just thought I'd share this nifty little stirrup in my collection called a "Groom's Stirrup".
This little stirrup would have had a pouch (similar to a sandwich case) which attached onto the nearside of a side saddle. This photo in Alice Haye's book, The Horsewoman, shows how the pouch containing the stirrup would have attached onto the saddle.
The stirrup itself, buckled onto one of the offside billets (or nearside billets if the groom was riding in an off-side side saddle) and enabled the groom to ride the Lady's horse astride without having to change to an astride saddle or mess about with attaching a bulky groom's pad onto the side saddle.
My stirrup is made from white folded linen or cotton fabric with brass grommets (painted white) with a white doeskin leather keeper. The stirrup iron is made from a plated metal with a hinged footplate so that it can fold flat to put in the case. The footplate only measures 3 1/2" across so obviously the makers weren't expecting any huge men to ride the lady's horse!
Unfortunately, my stirrup is missing it's leather case so it's a bit of an orphan at the moment but maybe one day I will find an orphan case to put it in!
As you can see however, my Mayhew is staying with me ;-)