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A sharp frost

Monday, 19 December 2011

"Christmas is the day that holds all time together."

Alexander Smith.

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Riding round the indoor school

A coldish morning after some snow flurries yesterday, we had a good hour of snow on the stud and were white over for most of the day. According to the forecasters it is going to warm up during the week and rain is on its way. We may have a couple of runners this week on the all-weather but it will be into the New Year before we get some more jumpers out. Everything has been out and had a canter that needs it and the yearlings have had a good exercise in the indoor ride.


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Abby working to get the main yard finished

Iain has gone up to Garrowby once again to collect another four horses to come back in. We are starting to get fuller now in the main yard with the painting and refurbishments nearly at an end. Thank goodness. My yard maintenance man, Ryan, will be delighted to see the back of the steam cleaner for a while.


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Another lot going round the ride


I have been using cardboard for the last couple of years for bedding, as the straw you could get was much too short and dusty and the farmers only like it in big bales which makes it hard for us to handle. Other forms of bedding were becoming extremely expensive. Now I have sourced a very good supplier of top class wood shavings and will be using those for the foreseeable future. There is no dust and they are warmer than the cardboard.


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One of the cat's nine lives at risk


The staff survived the Christmas bash which went down very well on  Saturday night, and we didn't have any non-runners on Sunday Morning.


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Battery Power who returns from Garrowby today