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They are all on the mend

Thursday, 13 November 2014

"Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve."

Tehyi Hsieh.

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Astrowolf (Jimmy Quinn)

It’s a damp, cold morning with quite a bit of wind out on the heath, which makes it much cooler. First lot have been having a breeze up the Warren Hill polytrack and the rest have just stayed in the indoor ride doing good winter work. All the temperatures have settled down well and there is no coughing. We had a loose one in there yesterday which is a good sign of them recovering.

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Blue Bounty (Reece) breezing in the blinkers he will be wearing in his race tomorrow

Angie and I visited a stud farm in Norfolk yesterday. It’s run by two sisters and is where I will be giving a few of the horses a rest in the near future. A break away from training, in at night, turned out during the day, if the weather is ok, for a month to six weeks at this time of year can do them the power of good, especially the fillies. We will be sending a few there in the next few weeks.

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The new surface in the indoor ride

Owners often ask what difference all these added headgear types do for horses, ie blinkers, visor, hood, cheek pieces etc can do to improve horses, or not. In America blinkers are  worn by the majority of horses and it is amazing how many two-year-olds wear them first time out. They will tell you it is to make them concentrate and I think when you are working on the same track you are running on it may be true. I use these additions sparingly and it is for the same reason, just to get their mind concentrated on the job in hand. Blue Bounty will wear a set of blinkers for the first time tomorrow and it will be interesting to see how he performs in them. Sometimes they work sometimes they don’t.