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

Two arrivals and one away at Toux

It is amazing how quick things can happen when everyone is keen and interested. Toux Ula was sold this week and as I write she is on her way to Norfolk with Gillies, with an overnight stop in the Borders. So that left Ann with no show horses even though entries were in for all our local shows. Plans for the Breed Show in September are having to be reworked.

The two arrivals are a bay colt foal from Maeve and true to form she foaled 2 weeks early. Both are well and no dramas. As it is quite late in the season now to cover her she will given a years rest. Ann has a theory that our mares don’t cycle the same when they have colt foals. Even though we wean the foals at 6 months the coltiness of foals seems to affect the mares. Pictures  to follow as the ones I took are not very good!

 The other arrival is ‘Wiz’, an 8 week old Bengal Eagle Owl.  Taking our sum total of pets to 3. Nash, black 7 year old sprocker and ex racing greyhound 8 year old Davie, who is more intelligent than his own good! Davie is very demanding, but he does understand the word NO on about the third time of telling. You will hear him join in phone conversations if you ring here. Unless the weather is really rough they religiously follow when horses are taken in and out.


Ann is off show jump judging at Turriff Show tomorrow, Monday. The weather hasn’t actually been flaming July. Although winter barley harvest here has started and the forecast doesn’t sound great this coming week.

The flies are annoying the horses when it is warm which we all know is not fine. A neighbour was fencing earlier in the week and he had to stop as the flies were just too much. And these aren’t midges we are talking about!

We have a visiting mare from Orkney that arrived on Friday, another fine grey mare. I belive her mum went of for some retail therapy before catching the ferry back to Orkney from Aberdeen.

Toux Tilly finally leaves tomorrow for her new home looking out onto the Moray Firth. Toux Omar returns having been on holiday with a friend of ours. More on him next week.

I am going to go a polish my camera again and hope for some better pictures or find an new operator. Those who know me would go for an new operator, Sam would mutter something along the lines of a bad workman blames his tools.

31st  July

Welcome to Toux Irish Draught Horses

Welcome to our first blog post. We have been lucky and had just enough rain in recent weeks to keep the grass growing and a good amount of sunshine. In fact we have more grass this year than can ever been remembered. Something to do with slightly less horses only 9 instead of the 15 odd for the last couple of years. We sowed a new 5 acre field of grass after winter wheat last year on about 10th October and finally got it fenced and horses in it.

At Toux we have 8 grazing fields, rough speaking they are 2 at 5 acres, 2 are 4 acres, and the rest are smaller with the smallest being about half acre which is saved for mares and young foals or for anyone who is poorly.

Something I had noticed is the amount of clover that has appeared in some of the larger fields. We don’t have clover in our seed so we believe it came with the haylage we have brought and it past through in the droppings.

Need a game plan next year to spray some of it out.