Thorndale Daily Routine

5.45 am

Mat Nicholls my head lad arrives in the yard to feed all the horses. He walks into every stable, checks the water and manger*, feels the horses legs and straightens their rugs. He then feeds them a bowl of Vixen racehorse cubes.

*If horses haven't drunk their water or eaten all their feed overnight, Mat would immediately take their temperature to check they are ok.

6.15 am

All the other staff arrive for work and immediately start mucking out their four allotted horses (each lad looks after four horses). They then go into the tack room where there is a board with their name on and alongside it the name of the horses they are due to ride that day. This is a list that Kim and Mat put together when they decide what exercise the horses will be doing that day. The lads then tack up their first horse.

7.15 am

First lot pulls out, they walk and trot around the loose school/ménege for about ten minutes. They will then be sent off on their pre-determined exercise. Each lot takes just under an hour. After each lot, the horses are returned to their stables or turned out in the field for a couple of hours (weather permitting). A total of four lots go out and after that the lads sweep the yard and go home for lunch at about 12.15pm when Mat then goes around the yard and feeds all the horses a bowl of racehorse nuts for their lunch.

3.30 pm

The lads return having had lunch and an hour’s snooze! Evening stables comprises of bringing horses in from the fields, putting horses onto the horse walker, mucking out and grooming the horses and cleaning tack.

Kim and Mat goes around every horse and checks their legs and general wellbeing. This is especially important after work mornings and schooling mornings.

5.30 pm

The lads finish and go home (or to the pub!) and Mat will feed the horses another two and a half bowls of racehorse cubes and have a final look round before heading home at about 6.30pm.

10.00 pm

George will have a quick wander round to make sure every horse is happy, and might feed an extra scoop of feed to the odd horse.

Then Bed!

Bailey’s Blog

18-01-2018 07:00:45 in General by Admin
Plus 5 dry and very windy when driving in. Amazingly Thorndale Farm had electricity first thing this morning. All the local villages were out including  Andoversford, so no papers to pick up on the way in as the garage like everywhere else was closed and dark. When I say amazingly.. No electricity really does bugger up the day as it is impossible to muck out 65 odd horses when you cannot se...

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