Easter updates to the Horse track

Well we have been very busy this Easter, we have had 3 mend work over 2 days delivering 40 tonnes of road planings , spreading and rolling them.  We decided to dig out some areas and put a deeper layer of planings down as some areas such as around the stables and water butt couldn’t cope with just a surface layer of planings. The exciting thing is where we dug out the earth we could make our mound bigger, so now we have a lovely big mound for the horses to play on. We have fenced it off at the moment to let the earth settle and to grow herbs and wild flowers on there.

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As you can see on my previous posts we have planted roses that will grow into a large dense bush , we have this weekend planted Lavender, Thyme and Rosemary the opposite side of the track. We have also cut some Willow whips that we will plant up in a few days after we have soaked them for a few days in water (this water will have the Willow growth hormones in and will be fantastic to use on other plants) IMG_0202

A productive Easter at Fountain Cottage.

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Planting around the track

It was very exciting this weekend, we planted 30 feet of Hyde Hall roses, they will grow into a thick bush with long lasting fragrant flowers, so it will make a good shelter against the wind for the horses and an enjoyable addition for the human herd!  I have also just checked the Gorse we planted last year in The Grove and its doing well.

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A very good article explaining why horse don’t need rugs

http://www.wolnekonie.org/science_en_thermo.html

This article is well written and informative. We keep 8 horses here at Fountain Cottage and they all don’t wear rugs, except on the rare occasion, Charlie the 24 year old ex race horse has a coat on, but only because us humans think he needs it not because he is struggling or shivering. Sometimes one of the herd may shiver but this is nothing to worry about and as soon as he or she has some food, they get warm from the inside.

Chiron in the rain

Chiron in the rain

This was Chiron Horse this morning after a long night of heavy rain. See how the outer hairs have acted like the thatch on a house roof and carried the water away. The under hair layers were completely dry and warm. It’s the layers of different types of coat that help to keep them warm and dry.

The herd chilling out

These are Mels words – It is safe to say I spent most of today’s daylight hours on the track today, and because it was “worm count poo sample picking” today, I was watching the horses closely. The amount of interaction that goes on and probably goes unnoticed makes me adamant I will never, ever, isolate or stable my horse(s) ever again. Horses belong in a herd, and if you look closely, it’s pretty clear for anyone to see.

herd chilling