Same horses, new names…..

A myth or not, I have always believed to change a horses “stable name” is bad luck. I cannot say I know anyone who has changed a “stable name” and experienced bad luck but then how do you decide what is bad luck? The life of the horse or your own personal life with that horse?

None the less, I know plenty of horses and owners that have re-named their horses registered name. I do not believe you obtain bad luck for changing the registered name and I can vouch for this in my own personal experience.

When Mr Jones bred his mares Helen and Mary, his late wife Doreen named them Mary So Gay and Helen So Gay.  They were re-named Helen Tudor and Mary Tudor after the farm “Mount Tudor”. We had great success with them and no bad luck during their days, Mary passed away of natural causes a few years ago in her late 20’s and Helen is still going strong nearly in her 30’s. Fantastic ages for Thoroughbreds.

So, I do not believe bad luck is upon me for having (out of my control) to re-name Hevans EV Pascalius and Hevans EV Cateaster.

With the prefix “Hevans” already taken in the UK under the Central Prefix Register, the rules are different in the USA where my horses are registered.  Although “Hevansev” was a prefix available to me here, it made little sense for future foals and was very difficult to pronounce.

Having collected my passports yesterday, I can officially introduce you to the same horses with their new names, REDHEART PASCALIUS and REDHEART CATEASTER.


Evee, same horse new name….





Easter, same horse new name…..



Wish us luck………..

The boys are out…….

Let me introduce you to Katkin 2, a Section A gelding about ten years old that belongs to my daughters, Millicent and Jasmin. They love him dearly and he will stay with us until the end.

He experienced a trauma in his younger days and so we keep him as a lawn mower. He has no other use until now.


Since Reus was weaned he always has been in his own secure paddock with a view of the girls, Katkin on the other hand has been kept on a postage stamp of grass due to him being such a good doer. The girls only treat him as a pet.

Now the grass has gone and we have been left with a muddy winter paddock (keeping Reus paddock clean for the spring) I decided to introduce Reus to Katkin. They have met over the stable door on many occasions with a lot of shouting and screaming. Katkin is a very dominant pony and I didn’t want Reus to get hurt but on the other hand Katkin doesn’t deserve a hormonal colt playing a little too rough with him.

Today I took Reus out into Katkins paddock on a lunge line, it was very entertaining as Reus insisted on wanting to “play” with Katkin, a colts play is unique and was not welcomed by Katkin who constantly reprimanded him. Its was at least two hours before I let Reus go and was happy that they would play “nicely”. Eventually Katkin gave Reus “what for”, thank fully no injuries and Reus has been put down the pecking order.

Best friends…..

Never did I think Katkin would be the Boss, none the less they are both living a happier life and are now like two old men…….

Educating Easter……..

With Catori settled away from home it has given me an opportunity to bond with Easter, frequently using short periods of quality time educating her without any other distractions. I like this weaning process, only once the first 24hrs have passed. Easter has accepted her mum has gone and not there to comfort her, she is calm and absolutely adorable.

Although Easter was imprinted at birth I believe it is very important to expose her gradually to the sights, sounds and procedures she will encounter next year and future life. I spent and completed the same tasks with Reus and Evee and they both have made the last two years showing an enjoyable and hassle free experience. (Reus’s hormones excluded from that statement).

In my experiences, handling/training light weight impressionable young stock is far less of a risk than the four-year old National Hunt store horses I have always been used to…..very challenging.

I really enjoy working with young stock, earning their trust and respect is very rewarding. Starting with a blank canvas is very precious and can easily go wrong if their reactions are misunderstood. The important thing is patience, a calm positive approach and plenty of time.

Learning from repetition, I do not move on to the next stage until the first stage can be repeated without question with any task. Their reward is only ever a good scratch on the neck with a kind tone of voice and never a titbit, that’s just a personal preference.

Here are the task’s Easter has encountered, overcome and completed with A* so far………

Will confidently enter and exit her own stable without question and will stand back from the stable door and wait for her head collar to be applied without moving.


Easter could tie up (next to mum) but now on her own, in and out of the stable.

Can be led at a confident walk from both sides, this was really from her early days with mum to and from

the field.

A tiny venture on the lane which was a fantastic effort to leave the yard, this was Easter’s curiosity taking me not me asking her….


She already was able to pick up her feet with ease and confidence but now whilst tied up on her own with great balance.

Can confidently enter deep water and play….

She has been desensitized all over her body with a towel but now we can use a soft brush, finding those itchy spots.

Asking for a step back, a light pressure to the shoulder has been applied and accepted.

Can confidently walk up the lorry ramp, stand, wait and walk slowly back down.

Here is the process of Easter loading the horse lorry for the first time.

  Content, confident and happy. Job done.

The ongoing tasks not yet experienced……

One of my favourites, “the clippers” especially around the head…..a long working process.

Throwing a sheet over her (even head) from both sides without flinching.

Walking on and over a polythene sheet, seeing blowing balloons, hearing loud music, playing with a variety of objects and the best one of all, the aerosol spray can……

To tie and stand on the lorry and later accept the ramp closed. Eventually go for a journey around the block. This is probably the best education that puts them just right before their first show.

Allowing traffic to pass, with the dark nights the lights on cars I believe is not a true reflection of what a car looks and sounds like. Easter has night blindness so I will be leaving the traffic experience until next year.

Only by teaching her these experiences will make the preparation for showing an effortless task next year but also a valuable education for the future. When leaving the yard at stupid ‘O’ Clock in the mornings, when time is so precious, do you realise how much your yearling has learnt and should never be taken for granted.

Catori is home now and was reunited with Easter over the stable door. It really is an unbelievable reaction as they act like strangers. Easter greeted her mum with the “mouthing” action demonstrating her submissive behaviour, “I am just a baby, please don’t hurt me”!


They are all back out in the field and as you can see, all very confidently grazing away from each other, yet in their comfort zone.




When mum is out of sight and ear shot there is an exceptional window of opportunity to educate a weanling, they are like “sponges” and readily absorb any education offered to them.