We are supported by two excellent vets – Dorset Equine and Summerhill Equine Practice. Our farrier is Dan Hubbard who has many years of experience (he used to shoe my pony!). We work closely with Dan and his team who provide an excellent service which is important for any racing yard. We are also supported weekly by Teresa Dufosee who brings many years of expert knowledge in providing physiotherapy treatment for the horses. Horses are individual athletes and need attention to maintain their wellbeing throughout their training career.
All our horses are provided with Horsewear rugs to make sure they are the right temperature, particularly when the winter months arrive. They are normally clipped out in October and re-clipped at 6 week intervals.
The horses are fed on Redmills hard feed 3 times a day and supplements are added when necessary. The haylage is home grown and made during the summer months, it is wrapped and stored next to the yard.
If a horse needs to be turned out to keep fresh, we have expansive paddocks close to the yard which can accommodate them. During the summer whilst they are on holiday we have large fields on the farm for them to enjoy.
Each member of staff is responsible for 4 horses and I encourage them to report any signs of indifference that they may spot. The staff build a close relationship with each horse and get to know their characteristics over the winter months. They take much pride in turning them out to an extremely high level, especially when going to the races. We all work together to make sure the horses have the maximum attention and support to maintain their optimum fitness and wellbeing.