Onwards and upwards ...

A bit of rain this morning

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

"The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend."

Henry David Thoreau.

Melo Pearl

It is a damp start once again and still raining as we write this. Hopefully it may clear up towards mid-morning. We have a good team of riders in and have been cantering on a variety of polytracks. So far so good. Tim has been on holiday for a couple of weeks so Gabor has been doing the early morning feed and I have been doing the evening one. Team work is of an essence in yards and we seem to have got this going well.

Having a pick of grass

I see that there are more meetings being called off because of the infestation of chafer grubs, which have already given Epsom and Chepstow problems and are now at Salisbury. The experts blame it on not having the right insecticide, which evidently was taken off the market because it was deemed unsuitable. There is one from America, but whether that would be health and safety legal is anybody’s guess. We never had these problem years ago and it is, in my opinion, due purely to the watering regime the racecourses are encouraged to do by the BHA. It makes the grass grow sideways and causes moss like patches. Evidently these bugs love the old plant material and the ground gets churned up, plus the birds come and scrape the turf trying to eat the grubs. It is nature’s way. I am sure if we stop watering we wouldn’t get this problem.

Astrostorm in his new home

Working at his new discipline

It is always great news to hear our old horses doing well in another discipline and the pictures below of are Astrostorm who ran several times for us before we found him a good home. He is now in Scotland and really enjoying life. If you look at our ‘where are they now’ section you will see so many horses that have a happy retirement and live their lives out in just as much luxury as they have in our yard.