Horses are delicate creatures. They are always at risk of banging into sharp trees and fence posts, tangling themselves up in wire, bruising their feet on rocks, going lame from hard ground, going lame from soft ground, eating too much of the wrong thing, and getting bits of human flesh stuck between their teeth.
So we go to great lengths to ensure the safety and general well-being of the five horses that live here, from regular dental and podiatry checks to fastidious paddock maintenance.
Unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen to even the nicest horses.
Last week one of the dogs (I hate to admit it, but I'm pretty sure it was Bill) got hold of a horse. We intervened just in time, but the horse's leg is pretty well mangled.
I shouldn't really be too surprised- Bill is a known sheep-killer.
Blade, don't cry! It's just a bit of fun! The little horse will be fine, just a dab of Superglue and he'll be good as gold, I promise.