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Two new additions to the stud

Monday, 13 February 2017

"Don’t find fault. Find a remedy."

Henry Ford.

The string out at first lot

It’s a bright morning, but with much more wind than we have had of late it is making it feel colder. There has been plenty going on, both in the yard, and at the stud over the weekend. In the yard my feeder and I have parted company. She informed us she was going to give us a week’s notice anyway, so going straight away was the best thing. I will now be seeing 4 o’clock again on a regular basis, although we have had several applications for the job already and will be conducting interviews this week. We also need a travelling person and two good work riders. If we got those the team would be complete. The horses have been out cantering close to home on the normal polytracks. They are fit and well and look pictures, and they are showing their wellbeing in how they are running at present.

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(L) Mount Nelson ex Seasonal Blossom bay filly and (R) Casamento ex Brushing chesnut colt

At the stud we had two foals yesterday, one at 5.45 in the morning and one at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Both foals are fine but unfortunately we lost one of the mares who had a haemorrhage and died very quickly. It is not the nicest thing and the whole stud will take it badly. A foster mother is booked, but until we can get her swabs done and in situ, we will be feeding the foal every hour by hand. Needless to say Angie was up all night doing that job and David and his crew are supporting as much as possible. We have had foster mothers before and they are usually very good. Let’s hope this one will be as well. I would just like to thank all the staff, Hattie the vet and the people who helped afterwards for their professionalism in dealing with this matter. It is never easy, but it does happen.

The snow at the weekend

Tom Morton being presented with his champange

We had quite a lot of snow at the weekend, which didn’t last too long, but it always makes for a good picture and I took plenty of snaps which will be used later on in the year. I think the weather is due to get milder this week so it may be a while before we see some again. The runner up in the Christmas quiz called in at the weekend to receive his prize. He was one of the founder members of the newspaper horses we had years ago called Cliburnal News who ran for three papers in Clitheroe, Burnley and Nelson. She won three times and gave a group of people a lot of fun. So congratulations go to Tom Morton and I hope he enjoys his champagne.