Posted by Sheila Macmillan on January 27, 2011
Diary (Early February)
Now that we are back in an established routine again, all is going well. The youngsters - who are actually not that young anymore(!) are doing us proud in their work and general demeanour.
Although I try not to have any favourites, Tesoro, Rosie, Jewel, Ico, Limonero, Floy, Zela, Larry and Timber are particularly "good" at the moment!!!!
With Spring just around the corner, we are now busying ourselves with post-Winter tidying up jobs. The roses for the new "rose garden" have been ordered; the digger has been treated to new tracks (giving Hugh no excuse to leave the garden project mid-flow); attractive plant containers are being constructed; the summer paddocks are being prepared for use in a few months.
A Chemistry Lesson!
Following a pretty hard year (2010) of niggling minor illnesses, which culminated in our beloved Molly, and one of our liveried horses, succumbing to a mild "attack" of Exertional Rhabdomyolysis (tying up), some soil testing of our grassland has been done. The results show that our beautiful Welsh hill farm's soil is deficient in Se (and Cu and Co). A lack of dietary Se is known to cause 'white muscle disease' in livestock, as well as reduced immunity, as does Cu. So, after the rose garden has been planted up, the next major project will be treating our lovely land to some mineral therapy. I am looking forward to a veterinary bill free 2011! I know - optimistic...
All of the above is of course only possible with a team of hard-working, dedicated people. I don't want to speak too soon, but we seem to have a great team here.
Now that we have the Log Cabin - which is ideally located and furnished for riding guests, we are actively marketing the holiday Cottage here to non-riding guests. If you, or if you know of anyone who, would appreciate the cosy comfort and great location of our holiday cottage for a self catering break, please do get in touch!