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Autumn Fun on Bridge Farm

Yard News Sep 27, 2012

So, it’s well and truly time for Autumn Fun at Bridge Farm

The hay’s in the barn, the horse’s and ponies have rugs on and we’re enjoying some really lovely morning rides out.

There’s nothing quite like an Autumn morning ride out, it’s cold, crisp and clear but lovely and warm when the sun strokes your back.

And; and although we sympathise with all the rain soaked horse owners and riders in the North of England, we do love Autumn fun at Bridge Farm.

We’re also setting up the new cross country jumps at Bridge Farm and happily preparing to munch the great Halloween Pumpkin, that is truly enormous this year.

Bridge Farms Enormous Halloween Pumpkin

Some Photos of our Autumn Rides

Bridge Farm - an Autumn ride out for Belinda and Jody

Photo Above: Shows Belinda & Jody enjoying an autumn morning ride out on Connie and Ginger. Both riders and ponies looking relaxed and comfortable but keen to stride out.

Bridge Farm Connemaras make you happy

Photo Above: Shows Belinda and Sam having a really enjoyable ride on Chelsea and Connie. At Bridge Farm the Connemara’s just make you smile.

 New Cross Country Jumps at Bridge Farm

Just a couple of quick photos to show you the new cross country obstacles.

They look new because they are new and we’re just positioning them to make sure we and the ponies enjoy the most fun while training the Connemara ponies and other horse’s at Bridge Farm.

They’ve still to be dressed up a little and may move around a bit until we’re happy with them, but for now we’re just looking forward to popping the ponies over them.

Bridge Farm Cross Country Obstacles

Bridge Farm Cross Country Obstacles

We’re looking forward to the new cross country jumps making a real contribution to the quality of our Connemara pony training and prep work.

Please let us know what you think on our Bridge Farm Facebook page.

Around Bridge Farm

Yard News Sep 16, 2012

A look at what’s going on around Bridge Farm

As with any working farm and livery yard we’ve always got something that needs to be improved. Add in our horse and pony sales and Bridge Farm can be a real hive of activity at certain times of the year.

We’re always starting new projects and improving the structure of the yard for our clients.

Currently we’re building a new roadway to improve access and keep our feet dry in the winter.

We also have new cross country obstacles on order for the new cross country course we’ll be constructing. Something that will make a big difference to our horse and pony training schedule.

There’s also a million other little jobs that are being done around the farm and a couple of thousand that are constantly being attended to. Horse’s and ponies tend to be a little hard on structures and there’s always farm machinery, stable doors and training facilities that need a little touch up.

So, here’s a few photos from around Bridge Farm. We hope you like them.

Bridge Farm Security

With all the horror stories you hear about assaults on horses’ and ponies and horse theft around the country, we take security quite seriously at Bridge Farm.

You’ll see Roxie in the photos and she’s our resident guard dog, and as you can see she takes her duties quite seriously. She’s a big softy once you’ve been introduced, but if any strangers appear on the yard at strange times, she’s not that cuddly.

There are other security measures but Roxie is probably our most visual deterrent.


Hay Harvest at Bridge Farm

Yard News Sep 14, 2012

Bridge Farm hay harvest

Keeping you up-to-date with what’s happening at Bridge Farm.

Well recently we’ve busy bringing in the hay. We’re quite pleased with the hay crop this year and the hay is looking good.

So, we thought we’d share some photos of the hay harvest with you.

Bridge Farm hay harvest

Bridge Farm needs a good hay crop, it is essential to ensure we have winter feed for our own and our livery clients horse’s and ponies.

In its most basic form, hay is just dried grasses and plants, but there is a vast difference in the quality of hay based on how and sometimes where it’s grown. You can find good basic information on why good hay is essential for horses’ at … Selecting Quality Hay for Horses

If the Bridge Farm hay crop was ever to fail it would mean we’d have to purchase hay from other sources.

The added cost, shopping around to find good quality and transporting the hay would drastically affect our overheads.
The Bridge Farm hay crop

You see domestic horses’ still need to forage and hay is a good substitute for the grass that doesn’t grow in the winter.

Good hay helps keep your horse’s digestion working properly by providing the roughage it needs. Good grazing is best, but hay or haylage are good substitutes.

Your horses’ digestive system is quite complex.

Horses are designed to take in food for about 22 out of every 24 hours. This keeps the digestive tract moving. Failure to keep the digestive tract going can lead to impaction and colic which can be fatal.

The risk of Colic ( see: The Symptoms of Equine Colic), can be  a worry among horse owners and hay is good roughage, it also has a lower sugar content than grass. Especially in the spring as new spring grass is loaded with carbohydrates, which convert to sugars when digested.

So, as good as fresh green grass is for your horse, in some circumstances good quality hay can be even better.

Bridge Farm hay harvest - turning the hay

That’s all at the moment but I’ll bring you more of what’s happening at Bridge Farm shortly … Richard

Connemara Pony Legends

Yard News Aug 25, 2012

The Connemara Pony’s temperament, it’s strong bones and general toughness make it a natural choice for hunting, show jumping and cross-country events.

The breed has produced some of the most famous show jumpers in history:

  • In 1935, Nugget a twenty year old standing 15hh, cleared a 7 foot 2 inch obstacle at the International Horse Show in London.
  • Dundrum, another 15hh Connemara Pony, won five major events at the Dublin Horse Show. The first horse ever to have won so many.
  • Stroller, a 14.2hh Connemara cross-bred, competed in the 1968 Olympics for the British team, and won the Individual Silver Medal
  • Lendon Gray, the renowned dressage rider, consistently competed her Connemara/Thoroughbred crosses, Seldom Seen and Last Seen, with great success in top-level international dressage competitions.

Two genuine Connemara Pony legends are European Champion Ballyowen Maybelle Molly and Sillogue Darkie a European Team Silver & Bronze Medallist:

Other famous Connemara Ponies include:

Marcus Aurelius, who won Gold Medals for eventing in the 1975 and 1976 Pan American games. Custusha’s Cashel Rock, who earned awards in hunter, showjumping, dressage and eventing classes, and the charismatic stallion Erin Go Bragh, who thrilled audiences in eventing competitions.

Connemara Ponies are equally successful in almost all other popular equestrian disciplines including dressage, combined driving and endurance.

They make exceptional Pony Club mounts, are a wonderful addition to therapeutic riding programs and, of course, make perfect trail riders and happy hackers.

However, while the pure-bred Connemara pony is always growing in popularity, the demand for a slightly larger version has resulted in the Connemara being crossed with other breeds, most commonly the Thoroughbred, to produce a larger more athletic horse.

Both pure-bred and cross-bred Connemaras are eligible for registration with the American Connemara Pony Society (ACPS).

New Connemara Pony Stock Now in Training

Yard News Aug 23, 2012

We’ve just returned from our latest buying trip to Ireland with some very nice Connemara ponies and other good quality stock.

A two week touring and buying visit took us to some excellent Connemara Pony shows and to view some wonderful Connemara Ponies.

Not all were for sale, but we did manage to find a good selection that eventually added up to fourteen purchases.

They’re all now in training and we hope to have them available for listing within the next three months.

Our Connemara Pony and Other Breed training photos currently feature:

  • Turbo a stunning full Connemara pony in training who is coming along very nicely
  • Clover – 13.2hh 5 year old Gelding who is the sweetest thing and getting braver and more responsive erveryday

We’ll add more photos and details of our other horse and pony stock as we bring them on.

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