When we first visited Butterdon Wood we knew immediately that it was the perfect place for Running Deer CIC. Admittedly the woodland hadn’t been touched for almost 25 years and we had to crawl through much of it on our hands and knees, but it felt right and we knew we could make it our home.
Before starting at Running Deer I had never really felt any closeness or connection to horses. My daughter had riding lessons with a friend who had horses and probably about 5 years ago, I developed an interest in learning to ride though I never did anything about it.
Moving our horses to their new home proved to be challenging but the boys are finally in their winter quarters and permanent new home. Of course we chose the wettest, windiest day in which to do this. But moving them requires people and vehicles, and a coordinated approach because we walked them the 5 miles, rather than transporting them in the trailer.
Working outside can be a real challenge sometimes beginning with considering what to wear and how many extra layers to pack in my rucksack, waterproofs and walking boots are a must whatever the forecast as Dartmoor seems to have its own weather system and the terrain can be difficult.