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Bridge Farm Summer 2013 – Bringing in the Hay & Puppies

Yard News Jul 30, 2013

Bridge Farms Emma - a beautiful Golden Retriever pup

Summer 2013 … where do the days go?

Phew!! it’s been hot, hard work and tiring but so far, Summer 2013 at Bridge Farm has been great fun.

Aside from the great updates from new happy Connemara pony owners like Tina, Susie, Rebecca and Johanna …

Comet arrived Thursday, and has settled in very well and it’s like he’s been with us forever already, and everyone at the yard is making a fuss of him. I can honestly say that buying Comet has been a great experience Belinda has been fantastic phoning me all the time keeping me informed of Comets progress and letting me text her all the time with my many questions … Rebecca

Very pleased with the vetting, vet couldn’t fault him at all! No-one is more excited then Emily about bringing Sky home on Friday … she is so happy, she really did love him to ride. Think that bond is forming already  … Joanna

… We’ve also had a great hay crop, which should see us through the winter. there’s nothing as pleasing as seeing a barn full of new hay.

Summer 2013 and a good crop of hay for Bridge Farm
Bridge Farm brining in the hay in Summer 2013
Hay making at Bridge Farm, Essex in Summer 2013

And not forgetting the best fun of all … Puppies

They’re growing fast and getting into everything, but they are some of the best looking young dogs we’ve ever had. The Golden Retrievers are beautiful but the fox red retriever colouring is really stunning and you can see why they are one of the most popular dogs to own today.

Bridge Farm puppies - growing fast and looking good

Emma and Meme (below) are really quite special and we’re planning to put them in pup. If you fancy owning a gorgeous Fox Red or a fantastic Golden let Belinda know of your interest and she’ll get in touch to let you know when they’ll be available.

Bridge Farms Emma - a beautiful Golden Retriever pup
Bridge Farms Meme - a stunning Fox Red Retriever pup

Well July is just about over and August just around the corner

No Summer holidays planned for Bridge Farm, but lot’s of enjoyable work with our new Connemara ponies and bringing on the horse’s and ponies that are still waiting for their new families.

We feel very lucky sometimes, as there really is nothing better than doing what you love and enjoy.

I’ll leave you on this beautiful Summers day at Bridge Farm, with what makes us feel it’s a job worth doing …

Well I was choked when the judge placed us first and over the moon with my handsome boy, whom I love so much and shed a little tear or three.
Our first show and our first red rosette. The judge loved him and agreed with me that he is a handsome boy, although Fionn already knows that!
Fionn is wonderful, love him to bits, best thing I’ve ever done was to buy him … Tina

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

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