The good... Another crop of healthy, happy foals. We only had four foals and were thrilled with the quality this year. Caramia has left for her new home, settled in well and should be a star in the show ring next year. We have nine mares of our own scanned in foal for 2011 and have some quality visiting mares in foal to the two stallions as well. We are also aware of what good friends, neighbours, customers and suppliers we have!
The bad... Well we tightened our belts, we didn't compete but we have got to the end of 2010 with our retired horses happily eating in the field (all apart from Cheeko, Marks old showjumper who colicked back in March) and the odd glass of wine still passing our impoverished lips!
The ugly... Well plenty of time to spend on the internet looking at websites and horses for sale gave a telling insight into so many other studs breeding practices and as times got harder some people clearly had the morals of sewer rats! Mind its good to see how people deal in the hard times so you can see who you want to do business with in the good times!!
The VAT increase and no doubt the diesel prices going up again will cause us to weep and moan in January but spring will be round the corner and in less than four months time we should be back in the barn foaling down the next crop. Roll on 2011!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!