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“In the mornings I made cups of tea using the whistling kettle and little gas stove in my caravan, and warmed my hands around the mug as I sat on the outside seats, watching the horses in the field. In the evenings I lit the caravan’s traditional gas lamps, piled my bed with the blankets provided and settled in for a night with my book. It’s the kind of accommodation so special that it becomes one of the best parts of your holiday – a far cry from generic hotel rooms.
…A stay at in one of Clissmann’s Glamping Caravans is an unforgettable travel experience – it’s one of those things I’ll look back on and consider myself lucky to have been able to do. This business has managed to turn a disappearing part of Irish history and culture into something accessible and affordable for travellers, set in one of the most naturally breathtaking areas of the country. It is a place for relaxation and solitude, the perfect getaway in Ireland.”
Spring is in the air and everything here at Cronybyrne is looking very green!
The daisies are popping up in the fields, daffodils line the roadside and the evenings are getting a whole lot longer.
The horses and the dogs are loving the nice weather and are often to be found dozing lazily in the sun.
It will not be long now until our season starts in late April…
“You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours!” Sierra & Charlie
It is always interesting to watch our Tinker Horses in the field to observe how they interact with each other and where the friendships lie within the group.
Horses who get on well with each other spend a lot of time grazing side-by-side. It is also common to groom each other and when doing this they use their lips and front teeth to scratch each other.
It is a lovely experience to watch the mutual grooming especially when you realise it’s all part of the equine bonding experience.
One horse generally starts the scratching and the other horse seems almost unable to resist the urge to return the favor.
Horses often start by scratching each others withers but will move up and down each others body, not only rubbing with their strong upper lip but also using their teeth to both scratch and to gently nip.
It is chill out time for our horses in the winter. They enjoy a well earned break with plenty of hay, lazy days and some good old Irish mud! They grow heavy winter coats that keep them nice and cosy and some hipster beards and mustaches for a stylish effect!
During the winter we move them around the farm and feed them bales of haylage we have produced ourselves. There is always great excitement when we come to move them to a new field, all it takes is the rattle of the gate handle and you have their full attention.
Once one of them moves, they all come galloping behind and you can feel the hooves thumping the ground under your feet. You cant help but smile at their playfulness and enthusiasm as they bound past to the next pasture and snort excitedly at the prospect of a new bale of haylage and some winter grass.