More rain as August seems to have mistaken itself for October, but our horses are thriving and we are enjoying preparing the autumn and winter horses despite the necessity for waterproofs.
At Kilduff we are filtering through the early season horses as in batches they school over hurdles and fences and work on the grass gallops. The bread and butter work is carried out at Arlary but these extra few days of cross-training is effective to build different muscles and to get the horses ready mentally for the season ahead.
The water treadmill is in constant use as we build condition and strength evenly and keep the horses' backs in good shape, and our heat lamps are helping to warm and dry the horses, keeping their circulation working to clear lactic acid. We have seen far fewer sore backs during pre training and I am sure that our riders care in saddle fitting, and the way that the horses are being ridden is a big reason for this.
We are tentatively looking for another work rider to join us; with a dozen more horses waiting to come in to work we need an experienced rider or jockey to add to our team. There is an advert on Careers In Racing; click here to see more details.
The rain may cause a problem at Perth tomorrow, and they have an early morning inspection to confirm that racing will go ahead. I know that the team there have been really busy to get the track safe and have directed the racing line over the best ground. They have small fields, but it is a sell out day so we are hoping that it goes ahead.
We have two runners; The Pensionfund has his first start over fences and this scopey type should do well in this sphere in the autumn. Tomorrow is a bit of a tester day as we step him up in trip, but he is a big scopey type who has jumped well, including this morning over our line of ditches.
Effet Special will be at home on the ground having won on heavy in France. He has been off after a nasty hind hoof injury picked up when he ran back in February and this run should set him up for a good autumn.
The photo is of Rivabodiva, during a brief sunny moment this afternoon.