Horse welfare is paramount ...

We are hopefully on the mend

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

"I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate

 that falls on man unless they act."

G.K. Chesteton.

Astrodiamond (Yaz)

It’s a warm morning, very unusual for this time of the year. This temperature was forecast and it should last a couple of days, but there is plenty more rain on its way. We have had a quiet morning cantering up the hill on the grass with the older horses and once again the two-year-olds have just walked around the indoor ride. Their temperatures are beginning to stabilise, but they are being filled with antibiotics on a daily basis and it should be starting to make them feel a little bit better. There will be no rush to get them back as that can do more harm than good. We will continue to monitor the older horses with blood tests if they are to run.

Comrade Bond (Sophie)

Topamichi did everything right yesterday, moved into contention perfectly but failed to pick up as expected and although his blood test was fine, you just have it in the back of your mind that there could be something on them. It is typical of a horse that is not right to fall in a heap at the furlong pole, which is what he did. I may run a couple more at the weekend but we will be very careful and if they run similarly, shutting up shop will be the order of the day.

Walking home after exercise

I can’t believe this thing with the jockeys who get banned in Dubai.  They get fined huge amounts and get put on the forfeits list, but are allowed to run in Britain with the Emirate authority not seeking the BHA to ban them here. It is just like saying you can be sent off in a football match and banned for four matches, but you can play in France and Germany who don’t recognise the FA’s jurisdiction. If you are signed up to the rules, any decision should be upheld by everybody. These fines do look out of all proportion and the situation needs looking into, but I still think it is a stupid situation for everybody to be in.