Great how things grow at Toux

Toux Wise Guy, Maeve’s foal has certainly grown. Two month’s old now. It is getting to the point now that he needs to have to wear a hat now as he is getting very adventurous when he is taken in and out of his field and stable. Everything is just too interesting. He doesn’t seem bothered by tractors and trailers. Watching him the field and he never rest for long. Unfortunately he doesn’t have a play mate yet until he is weaned.

Another person who has grown up is Toux Seamus.

He is of to be broken soon and here he is doing some preparatory work. Everything he took in his stride. The saddle, loose stirrups and being lunged. The only aspect he wasn’t too sure of were the long reins.

 Luckily the school was weeded before the picture was taken but that is 18 months the school has been down and it is just perfect. the Building behind is one of two stable blocks.

Finally a quick snap shot of Caerba Legacy playing in his field!

28th September

Muck away

What do you do with your horse muck?

We have tried to turn a problem into a benefit at Toux. The muck is barrowed out to our muck heap and we empty the heap twice a year. Each Autumn and Spring time.  The muck is left in heaps and turned over every so often and composted. Usually the heap will get up to about 66 to 70C temperature and this should kill all the unwanted bugs etc over a few months.  As you can see our heap has gone and has been spread onto one of the paddocks. This saves having to buy fertiliser to feed the grass. And while the muck is absorbed into the ground it gives us the chance to sort out the old fences. We usually leave the field empty for about 2-3 months depending on the weather. We spread it with a tractor and old Zetor muck spreader and it is just an afternoons work.

Generally we have enough muck to treat only one field at any one time. So each field gets a covering every 2-3 years. Before you know where we are the heap has started to grow again!

the finished product doesn’t really smell and is just like the dark brown compost you see in the garden centre. The old hay is rotted down and there is no way of knowing it was horse muck. It is hot and a lot of steam is given off when it is spread. So there really is money where there is muck.

20th September

Toux at the 32nd. Irish Draught Breed Show

As our horsebox cools down after a blustery trip home from the 32nd Irish Draught Breed Show at Onley Equestrian Centre near Rugby I was handed a scribbled note from the assistant to the assistant sub editor!

The two youngsters which Ann recently sold were at the Show, Toux Ula and Toux Tilly, and they both really did well. Also in the Aberdeenshire entourage were Toux Omar and Bulwark Lady Luck who sire is Caerba Legacy. 

 Here  is Omar doing what he loves best! Thanks to Real Time Imaging and there are even more photos of Omar on their website. Not bad for a TWIN. As for the three grooms that attended I gather from the giggles that they had sufficient to drink and eat and generally had a super time.

So 3 horses out of 6 in the Filly Young Stock Class where out of Caerba Legacy. Toux Ula, 2 year old, was Female Champion. Ann recieved many favourable comments about Ula especially from the Irish who thought she she was best horse of the Show. But her age and lack of competition experience burst her bubble in the end. But there will be other years.

Omar was highest placed owner breeder in all of his 3 Classes which included I D Gelding in hand and  Show Cob. But his excitement did run away with himself as he bucked twice whilst the Judge was riding him ~ silly boy. But then he obviously was enjoying the party.

Toux Tilly and Sharon were awarded the plate for the furthest travelled to the Show.

The best part was that everyone got home safely and the horsebox did it’s bit without breaking down, thumbs up for Volvo even through the wind and rain from Katrina was a bit much and closed the main Scottish bridges on the way home. The horses arrived back without even sweating up. Thanks to Sam W for putting these words together. 13th SEptember


Change in the air at Toux ~ September

September brings the end of the stud season. Our last visiting mare left us yesterday. Six mares this year and five confirmed in foal, all on their first covering. We hope to get the scan pictures soon.

Caerba Legacy, Kyle to us, is looking forward to being ridden again, not that I expect he realises it yet! We are fortunate to have very close by fantastic hacking country. Not just up and down tram lines but 1200 acres of forest with plenty of tracks and very rarely do you have to come back the way you left. Several of the surrounding roads are quiet and have wide verges. As you may expect we meet lots of dog walkers, huskies in training, cyclists and of course other riders and the odd tractor or two.

With the change of seasons we occasionally get unfriendly fur beasties about. Especially as harvest is nearly completed around here and they no longer have the crop to shelter under. As the say if you have mice around the farm you don’t get rats and visa versa. At the moment we don’t seem to have either. Talking to our Presly Pest Control man he reckons the last winter really sorted them out and that is why we don’t have them at present. However here is some one who always checking to see if anything is about.      5th September