Sunday, January 18, 2009


Vuzarma(Hamlet/Purioso) naps in the sun. She is in foal to Concorde and is showing her pregnancy.
Crispin(Sandreo/Jet Set) is sporting a set of frost covered wiskers.

It is cold with temperatures dropping to -25C at night. For those who think in Fahrenheit that is about -5. There has been no wind which makes it tolerable and the horses like to stand out in the sun during the day. The moisture from their breath freezes onto their whiskers. However, horses totally enjoy the cold weather as long as they are well fed.

We have to make some adjustments as all diesel tractors and truck have to be equipped with block heaters and kept plugged in during the cold weather. Water is a concern but the pipes are buried past frost penetration and bowls are insulated and some have heaters. Training is usually on hold except for those with heated arenas. In the cold climates most foals are born in the spring when the weather warms up

Friday, January 16, 2009


Congratulations to the McKenna family Morgan, Kelly and Peter on the purchase of ZANIENTHA. "Zoe" will be stabled and trained at Gingerwood stables.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Winter Training.

For those of us who live in the colder areas of the world winter training is a special challenge. The horses which are not in training enjoy the cold weather with their winter coats protecting them. When in training horses have to be carefully cooled out and blanketed after work.

In the Chrismas season Martha had the opportunity to ride Zenosa (the chestnut on the right). She is four year old and has had one foal by Lord Sinclair. As she is back in foal to Lord Sinclair this is the end of her training for this year. She has been with Cindy Matheson (on the right) for the last two months for training.

Zenosa is by Tango out of a Purioso mare. Tango is a Jazz/ Contango son which is currently winning in Holland at PSG.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Fresh Snow for New Years Day

The new year brought fresh snow and the weanlings took full advantage of the wite stuff.