A world without horses is no world for our circus.
We try to ensure that the horses in our show have a good balance between work and rest, and that at some point in the year they get to go out in the lovely rolling fields of Fennells Farm and be horses. This means that they do not come in, they do not have rugs on but live out in the wild. They grow thick oily coats and live in little herds. For example having done a few good seasons work Full House, our Shire horse, is now out in the valley with his brother High Card.
All the horses, whether they are in work or not, are visited several times a year by the equine dentist, farrier, nutritionist and chiropractor, and are regularly wormed. This the base line of their care, although there are other consultants who input into their health, for example our wonderful vet, Tim Beauregard, our saddle fitter Kay Humphries and outside trainer Lotte Seal.
Everyone Has New Homes!
JIM - 13 year old pure bred Friesian stallion, currently doing his third tour with Giffords Circus. High school trained, good to do in all ways. Available w/c 25 September SOLD
JACK - 13 year old Andalusian grey gelding, currently doing his third tour with Giffords Circus. High school trained, good to do in all ways. Would suit a dressage home / general riding. Available w/c 25 September SOLD
PLUTO - 4 year old Welsh section C bay gelding, broken with basic Liberty work established. Available immediately SOLD
COMET - 7 year old Welsh section C bay gelding. Available immediately SOLD
TOFFEE - 8 year old chestnut Shetland gelding. Good to do in every way, has been ridden by children & currently starring in 2017 show. Available w/c 25 September SOLD
Our horses are given hay and some corn but are basically living like wild horses. They may even be out like this for up to a year as we move and rotate the horses in the shows. My first horse, Eclipse, is on permanent retirement and lives with a brood mare called Pearl, as a companion to her as she has her foals. I don't believe in putting winter rugs on these horses as I think it can interfere with their natural thermostat that is reset by these rest periods out in the wild. Rugs can also be quite dangerous as horses can get tangled up in them.
At the end of 2015 we invested in a couple of lovely Eriskay ponies, Max and Percy. There are now on their second tour with the circus and taking centre stage in the ring with our Hungarian csikos rider Attila Csilo.
Eriskay ponies are a rare breed and now endangered so we are delighted that we are able to give them a home on the farm. Eriskays are renowned for being honest and intelligent with a pronounced level of confidence and affinity with humans, so they will fit right in.