Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Sir Alf doing the Do!

Fabulous new arrivals of Alf and Ali - both a bit posh for our little yard being Prix St George level peeps but since Ali seems quite lovely and he is obviously a TopBay we'd thought we'd let them in!  Here are a couple of pics of Sir Alf in action showing us how its done .... and just to prove its not just talk about how gorgeous he is (17hhShire/TB cross!) Here is further evidence of him being wooooed by one of Fairview's little ladies, SunnyBunnyBean.  Well, who can blame her, he is quite delicious from the tips of his toes up to the tips of his ears well for those that can reach up there ....   

Friday, 12 October 2012

Jumping Clinic


Saturday 27th October

TinTin Van Rijkevorsel – 3 x Olympic Eventer, here for the day to help you and your horse jumping!

TinTin is a great coach Olympic/ Four Start eventer specialist helping find the right exercises to help you and your horse find balance, straightness, confidence to create a harmonious jumping partnership!  

So if you are ShowJumping, CrossCoutnry, Hunting come along for some professional support .... 

Jumping on the Martin Collins Sand and Clopf surface, and if the weather/ground is good jumps are out in the field ….

Limited spaces - Call Minnie on 0774 777 0987

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Paddock Paradise!

To manage and improve the grazing at Fairview we are putting in a track system for the winter turn out - I found this interesting page that I pasted from someone else who has a similar sized paddock and took the time to do some tests "tracking" their horses movements - with some interesting results - making the system work as a rather large hrose walker! :  

Tracking Movement:

So how do you know it’s working?  The biggest comment I get from folks is… “but my horse has run-in board and is kept in a large pasture they can move all the time.”  I tell them that’s a great start but unfortunately the horse is still on lamanitic grass and though you think they are moving all the time so far my findings show they really don’t!  How do I know?  By GPS tracking of course!

3 Acre Grass Turnout (good):
  • Time: 12.5 hours
  • Distance: 2.2 miles
  • Speed: never went faster than a walk
Feeding SMHN on the Track (better): 
  • Time: 11.5 hrs
  • Distance: 3.3 miles
  • Speed: 10x during the day was at a strong trot or canter
Spreading Hay Around the Track (best):
  • Time: 8hrs
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Speed: 8x during the day was at a strong trot or canter