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Post by Jo on Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:56 am

Hi, I am Jo and I have a 4 year old Shire called Trelawny - I have had him since a yearling and we have been bitless from the start. We are also treeless and barefoot. I think this forum is a really great thing and gives me the chance to chat to like minded people when all around me are traditionalists!!!!
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Post by Admin on Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:13 am

Welcome to you and your beautiful horse
sunny cheers sunny
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Post by Cyndi on Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:22 am

Hi Jo!

I love the pic of you on Trelawny! You look so tiny on that gentle giant.

I'm excited about having like-minded people to talk to as well.

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Post by PiePony on Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:56 pm

I am still reading introductions to familiarise myself with the members.

I love Trelawny.

I don't think Arthur will grow so large. He is pure bred Shire horse, but a first foal for his dam Brickell Lily by Brickell John Little, himself around 17hh, not an 18hh plus giant.

I treated myself having contacted Shire Breeders and bought at weaning last year. Never knew they were a different species to Thoroughbreds.
I would love to know more about your training and raising of Trelawny.

I weigh 7st 6 lbs and looking at Arthur as a yearling he probably could manage me now, since I do not represent a huge amount more than the difference between gorging on Spring grass and lean times. But I will play on the ground and respect his growth and need for maturing bones and joints, such a lot of maturity to go on there.

Wondered how you approached bringing on Trelawny, they are big babies when you are a slight human on the ground.
(Although my TB was 16.2hh and a big enough baby for me to lead and introduce to traffic on road walks in hand)

Love to hear your story. Is this a breed you have a lot of experience of or is Trelawny your first Shire Horse?
Susie xx PiePony
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Post by Jo on Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:58 am

Hi
Trelawny is my first Shire and I had him as a yearling - he is 4 1/2 now. They are totally different to any other breed - so gentle, yet cheeky, and not thick as some might think. Trelawny likes to think things through but picks new things up really quickly - like every time he is good when a car passes him he gets a small treat - (we havent done a lot of road work as we live in a very rural area with access to acres of woodland and farmland). Shires mature slowely and the trick is not to rush your chap. they dont mature until they are 7 or 8. My boy is pretty tall as you know but he hasnt finished filling out yet (getting to be a major problem with rugs!). I want to train him to harness but wont do that until next year.
Basically I just spent hours and hours with him - and took him on lots of doggy walks. He was quite balshy when he arrived and the breeder had bribed him with polos which took a while to sort out but he is just such a gentle soul it may sound daft but we just 'know' each other. We both have our off days and thats the time when a simple grooming session, or just sitting in the field with him is all that is required. There are some photos of him in the gallery - take a peek
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Post by PiePony on Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:41 pm

Arthur is definately cheeky with a big brain.
You lucky person having plenty of off road riding.
I think I am just stunned that I reached my 50's and had not realised that Thoroughbreds are horses but Shires are something else.
I mistakenly thought he would be slower, not with such a huge stride, relatively easy, no, Arthur is oblivious to the destruction he causes, he turns around, forgets he has grown a few inches and things break.
Even if I wanted to shut him in I dare not, he climbs.
More like a giant puppy dog than a horse, with a bit of hippo thrown in, he loves water and mud, but my last two horses, my Gypsy Cob, Daniel and my Shire, Arthur, have a good firm hold of my heart strings.
Enjoyed your photo's now I have found the personal albums, all nice but my favourite is the camping picture. xx
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Post by Jo on Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:57 am

They are definately oversized puppies! And Trelawny is still clumsy - although not as bad as he used to be. He can shift when he wants to - and he too ploughs through anything in front of him whereas other horses would tiptoe through daintily (including hedgerows that I can not get through - and am left hanging from a tree branch. He just turned around and said what are you doing there??!!!) He doesnt like walking through mud very much - -doesnt like getting his feet dirty I guess- but enjoys water.
They are tremendous fun - I laugh every day with Trelawny. and despite his size, people who are generally wary of horses feel really comfortable around him because he is so gentle.
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Post by saddlechariot on Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:41 pm

Really lovely to see working animals. Trelawney is magic. You will have loads of fun.
Simon


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