So much has changed over the last few weeks in the yard! It feels more like May than it does end of March/April. In light of the Corona virus outbreak, our point to point season was cut short, with the remainder of it being cancelled as with under rules racing. This means the pointers have gone out on their summer holidays and a lot of horses have come home early for their summer break, which keeps the yard very busy. The last few weeks has meant getting all of our summer turnout ready, checking fences and water supplies to the fields. Uncle Nick and his fencing expertise were needed to create a couple of new paddocks.
I have been really busy with the breakers I have six to do at the moment, four 2 year olds and two 3 year olds. All are at varying stages of their education. Claire does the ground work of join up and long reining and I do the getting on when they are ready. The two 3 year olds have been hacking out confidently around Adlestrop village and then made a start doing some work in the school. The two year olds are at varying stages, one of them is a Torranado colt that we backed last December as a yearling. He has come back following a holiday that has allowed him to grow and strengthen up, he is going nicely in the school. The others are just going through and finishing their education, I made a start leaning over them a few weeks ago and in no time they were riding around the yard. It’s so rewarding to see them learning and growing all the time in confidence, becoming happy horses that know their job and can be brave and feel secure.
So although there isn’t any racing on at the moment we are still lucky to be very busy, our summer work has just come a month early, here’s hoping we can get back to some normality soon and we are already looking forward to next season.