SIRRUS - Irish draught x thoroughbred, 15.3hh

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'Sirrus', like Dandy, has been with us since 1996, when we purchased them together as 9month old foals. They have been inseperable ever since, and are constant companions both in stable and field. Sirrus is a very quiet, demure little mare, and will do anything you ask of her - she is always there to watch you, follow you, and learn with you. She makes a wonderful ride for those lacking in confidence, but also is great fun for the more experienced rider as well, with her really gentle manner.

She has hated a bit in her mouth all her life, and when we discovered the Dr Cook's bitless bridles in 2010, she was our first horse to try one out - from moving with her ears back, her head on one side, and a mouthful of grass between her teeth, she started riding with enthusiasm, straight, and with self assurance. I only wish now that I had listened to her earlier, but knew of no other way at the time!

She is our most popular riding horse, and most reliable. If you ride her you will love her and want to take her home with you. The slide show below will show you her commitment to her handler! She is a great little horse.

Sirrus was entered into the Summer of Sport Challenge in the International Horse Agility Club competition.  Watch this space as she advances up to First Level now.

13th October 2012: - Sirrus did really well in the Summer of Sport Challenge with a grand score of 97% and joint 4th position at Starter Level. She has since progressed to First Level, and is developing her strong connection with Lissie, her handler. She will soon be at Liberty around the course! Watch this space.

Incessant rain since September has meant that Horse Agility has been brought to a temporary halt but we are all looking forward to starting again once the rain stops!!

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Sirrus' Barefoot Trims

Problems: None in particular.  Sirrus was 18yrs when she went barefoot in November 2012, and we gently rode her along lanes throughout the following soaking wet winter, then introduced her to the tracks and hills of Exmoor in March 2013 - she has ridden like a dream ever since, with rock crunching feet.  Who says you can't ride barefoot over Exmoor?!  (Nov 2013)


Sirrus has been ridden almost daily throughout the summer, and goes from strength to strength, and sstill loves the hills and moors with our customers.  Her recent health issues have included a mass of small sarcoids on her hind right leg, and sore skin on her back, both of which we have treated with great success with a simple wash of bicarbonate of soda solution every other day.  Although her coat turned a little ginger, her skin improved and the sarcoids completely disappeared!  (Nov 2013)

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