"Tatts" is now a bona fide pack pony. He packed for two days with a decent load in the Snowy Mountians. These ponies were built for this. Looking forward to more trips.
Waler 'Galloping Jack' led the mounted parade at Jindabyne this year again. Jack is named after Brigadier General Jack Royston, 2 ALH BDE, known amongst the troops as Galloping Jack. Photos courtesy of Steve Cuff and Kelly Winning.
Nash went to 'Wooback 2016' this year, to help attempt the world plough record. He had a great weekend, and good exposure, but we had to pull him out from the final--the 8 horse team ahead of him, spooked him. Nevertheless, he 'pulled his weight'---
In May 2014, myself and son Jack completed a 10 day ride through the Namib desert. Jack was the youngest person to date to complete the ride. Ride of a lifetime---------
Video summary can be seen on youtube, https://youtu.be/IrYvASveDHo
Thank you to Shubho Sengupta for the great photo's.
Tatts, Snowy Tatoli, starts his packsaddle training. Saddler John Shortt, Bredbo, is making a custom harness and tree. Tatts is still furry coming out of winter. He wears a traditional Timor pack tree that l bought back from Timor-Leste.
Coming out of Winter Nash will start his harness refresher. He will be feed and worked up to display his pulling power. He has custom made Harness made by Mark Porter of Asterisk Horse Collars.
He will attend all the major draught shows. Nash has done this before, but it has been 5 years. For me, I'm a novice and excited in learning a new skill.
Kuda Timor (Timor Pony).
---is alive and well in Timor. As long as there is village life then the Timor pony will be a part of that life. Now more plentiful in the mountains than the coast, but still used to take produce to market. Maybe in the future when road transport improves the hardy Timor will be relegated to history, but until then it has a purpose.
The pony is a utilitarian beast of burden and some reflect the life of its owners--hardy and worn, but still regarded by their owners but never 'pampered' - not your show horse. The one thing that was uniform was the ponies by far in the majority had hogged manes, the reason for which l enquired but not received an answer.
Horses are packed to around 60kgs some times (in WW2 duty even estimated loads of 80kg). Some are ridden home from market, but mainly led by the owners on their treks to market, which could take 4 hours, maybe 6 hrs.
Their feet were perfect, and in the main in good condition with some exceptions and all pretty much a uniform height.
Mainly bays, chestnuts, creamy's, (palaminos) some skewbald, rarely pie-bald, and even rarer very dark bay/black. The pony is rarely free to roam a paddock or enclosure but tethered on a long rope to a ground peg and left to forage, (as are the pigs, goats, and chooks). Some are left wild to roam around the hills in small mobs. DNA testing will follow from hair samples obtained. Privilege to see this pony in its own 'backyard' - a site few westerners have seen. The locals were incredulous that this crazy 'Malai' (foreigner ), owned Timors in Australia ! --and why is does he want hair from pony ! l found the people themselves, honest, friendly and approachable.
There were stables of Timors in some mountain areas that were destroyed by the Japs in WW2, never the less they survive today.
......Is coming to the Jindabyne Cinema! Two sessions in planning, the first one Wednesday 29th April at 6:30pm. Click the link to register for tickets! (http://goo.gl/abaWaT)