It has been a busy Summer so far at our headquarters in Staffordshire. Since moving into Lower Linbrook in December 2015, the team has been working hard to improve the already excellent facilities. Initially we had just over 10 acres but in 2016 acquired a further 5 acres and have just secured another 20 acres of adjoining quality grazing land – bringing our total acreage to just under thirty-five. Much of this made up of high quality grass, previously used for haylage and the grazing of cattle. All the fields are surrounded by either thick hedges, or by secure fencing – a combination of post and rail and purpose made stud mesh fencing. We are favourite customers of the local fencing contractor!
With the increased land, we have now been able to invest in further facilities without having to sacrifice pasture to do so. In the last week we have just completed the installation of a new all-weather exercise arena, built by Midland Horse Arenas and with a Combi-ride surface suitable for our requirements. This will allow us to pre-train youngsters, provide on-going and respite training for older horses, increase our sales preparation facilities and develop new skills for retired racehorses.
Another innovation has been the installation of 4 large stables in our pole barn to allow the mares and foals to be accommodated after birth and away from the main foaling area. Our two foaling boxes are each 20 feet by 16 feet and in the main yard, allowing easy access and room to work.
The farm is bristling with the latest CCTV system both for security, and to allow the team to monitor the mares and foals – with cameras covering the foaling boxes, the nursery stables, the yearling barn, main yard, front and rear gates and most of the paddocks. On a wet day you do not even have to leave the house!
We have an isolation area for horses on restricted grazing, as well as an all weather turn-out with a small shelter for when the weather is nasty.
In the coming weeks we will be installing a 5 horse walker supplied by Monarch to complete the facilities and allow us even more scope for horse preparation, and on-going care.
In order to breed the best horses, you need the best facilities. We have already seen the benefits of investment simply through the condition and welfare of the horses – if they could smile they would be beaming all day. We are now able to offer the very best for our own and client horses making Abacus Bloodstock the source of breeding you can count on!