It's Champions weekend ...

It still feels like summer

Monday, 29 September 2014

"A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity 'til he has tasted adversity."


Humphry Repton (Farhan)

It’s another mild morning with a little bit of mist but not like we have had over the past fortnight. There is no wind either and the temperature is amazingly high for this time of the year. There is plenty of dew on the ground, which caught me out as I should have put my wellies on rather than the shoes I was wearing. Wet socks all day. We have been using the Town Canter, Bury Hills and Side Hill at first two lots and all has gone smoothly so far.

Peeps (Michaela)

Swilken was very much turned off at Wolverhampton with the eyeshields working, but the other way. He was very relaxed and never got into top gear. He has always been a challenge as he has so much ability, but wants to do it all very quickly and is such a big horse he can actually do what he likes. The eyeshields may have helped him in that he is much calmer and another step up in trip may be on the way, we have nothing to lose. Our runner on Saturday, Bracken Brae, behaved very well. The ground would be fast enough for her but she came back and ate up and will be out again in a couple of weeks, hopefully we will have got some softer ground by then and a bit further in trip would suit.

A cooling walk after exercise

It’s all go on the stud today as we are moving some of the weanling across to different paddocks, putting the colts and fillies in separate fields. This year we have had plenty of grass growth, which has helped and it looks like we may get some rain next week, which will certainly help the ground we have just moved from. We are also starting some new fencing, dividing one massive paddock into two. The post hammering machine is arriving at lunchtime and we have got 150 posts ready to be put in. There is plenty of preparation work to be done beforehand, which is imperative if you want to get everything in a straight line. I will take some pictures of before and after.