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

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


Caerba Legacy end of the season

So all mares have been covered and still two to scan to confirming they are in foal.  That should happen this week. One mare has a lot of cysts and it is proving difficult to find a heart beat. Although her humour has changed so Ann is fairly confident she is in foal.

One more field to top and tidy up before Autumn sets in. We use an aerator or slitter to treat our fields . I think this year of all years it has showed its worth as grass has been in good supply and steady growth. They say a slitter can help produce 30% more grass and it saves on spreading fertiliser. Hopefully if the ground dries up some more we will slit all our fields again. It is a great boost to surface drainage. With horses they really pan the ground being not cloven hoofed so the slitting helps break the surface up without destroying the grass. Plus you don’t have to shut the fields off from the horses whilst you do it.

We haven’t got very far with our field shelters. The steel legs have been modified to a more secure footing so they should get planted this coming week. 

Sorting through some old photos and I came across this picture of Caerba Legacy as a foal. The scary thing is this looks very much our current colt foal!

Talking of raves from the graves there was this picture of Caerba March Mavis from her hay day. Well she is enjoying her retirement and keeps the others in order. Unfortunately over time like most of us here she has far more grey hair now than she should!

21st August

Toux Omar

We have all had hair cuts this week including Toux Omar and myself all with a No6! He looks quite hansom now with his hog mane. This is all in preparation for the Breed Show of the weekend 9th September. So three horses and 4 ‘grooms’ are going down. Lorry is getting serviced this next week and tested in preparation.

Omar has a fair tale to tell. He is a younger full brother to Caerba Legacy. Unfortunately he was a surviving twin and was born with misshapen legs. Thanks to Ardene House vets he survived to become quite a character. He is very easy going but determined as a youngster to go where he wanted to go and was prepared to drag anyone along with him. Thankfully he has grown out of that now. He is always playing boys games who ever he shares a field with and never stands still for very long and soon comes up to greet you and follow you where ever you go.  Omar enjoys a hack and is only really spooked by roe deer that suddenly appear and jump up in the forest or near the tramlines. Being a working farm vehicles are not a problem to him.

This week we had one more sortie to pull the remaining ragwort that was missed earlier on. It seems this year it has sprounted in places it has never been seen before. One plant in a shelter belt between some parks was exceptionally big. Such that the roe deer have been thrashing their antlers on its!!  See the lighter coloured stem towards the bottom. Well at least that is one chore out of the way until next year.

Looking around the countryside there are still many fields with tansies in and horses. A friend on the west coast had field full of ragwort and the deer used to come down and graze the field and it looked a real eyesore. It took him about 4 years of spraying and pulling of the plants to really get on top of it, but it certainly looks much better now. So it is possible to crack the problem without too much grief and we hope in time more people will do something about their ragwort.

 14th August

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