I worked with horses belonging to one private farm in England. The owner ran for joy, but she understood the horses very well and occasionally gained some “bosses”, for example by buying remonts, hunting and selling. My job was to take care of horses in regular work who were staying for the night in the spacious barn and during the day they mostly stayed on the adjacent pastures, fed them, stalked and ride – specially to improve and keep fit, but also to get in (no one knows and no one really enjoys it.)
Horses that are riding irregularly or not at all and live nonstop on pastures, I had to check regularly and sometimes ride in. All the horses that were at least a bit of equestrian use were partially shaved even though they lived in 24/7 mode, their stomach, the underside of their throats and their thighs, and the less they were sweating. the lower part of the body, which has been muddy, has been better purified.
Horses that were not riding (young or old and sick) lived mostly from grass only, horse-drawn horses were mainly fed beetroot cuttings and molasses cuttings with the addition of barley flakes. Only the horses in the race practice or the hunter before the hunt got all the oats. All but a few exceptions had access to pasture for a great part of the day, in the boxes they received very nice, fragrant and rather dry sesame.
Taking care of order has not been so important to the owner as compared to feeding and hunting. The cleaning of horses has been – I can say – my voluntary activity. Owners only cared for them not to be under the saddle and have their horses checked. “There are no people to see us anyway.” But before hunting or racing, the horses had to shine like a new hatchery: Thoroughly shake the whole body (which sometimes took hours for the dust to get rid of the dust), white horses to wash the stains, tails and rinse them in water with an oil to make them shiny and well combed. The bobs leave and entanglements in our stable fortunately did not jump, the practically established owner of the horse mane cut short, some “on the hedgehog”. The tails were basically cut to the height of the hocks and left freely dissolved.
In Northumberland the racing is popular, but rather than the “real” here are so-called “point-to-points”, hurdles races organized by the mountaineers that were originally intended for amateurs (just for every farmer) and for horses of any breed. Gambling fans also enjoy playing starburst slots online with Easter bonus but main attraction is still betting on horses.
Race tracks are mostly simple, with no fancy tribunes and paddocks. At present, these breeds are mainly involved in breeders and professionalization is also occurring here, yet “our” horses went to the races of a friend’s owner, only because the owner himself and her employer was still an elderly lady of relatively more massive body construction.
Interestingly, the horses must be “qualified” by participating in a set number of hunts, while riding in the training and the horses of the horse for point-to-point races was also one of my tasks. with experience of hunting or regular races, they still behaved very well on hunts, they were excellently manoeuvrable, and it was not psychological to make any difference. The season break is known forwards so it is not a problem to choose a place that has reasonable terrain and hunting so fewer pairs are taking part in the hunts running in the middle of the week and are shorter, so we’ve selected the most challenging horses and the horses on them.
But “Northumberland training” was extremely interesting for point-to-point racing. No track, no special care. The trotters were based on asphalt roads. I can say that I have known the whole area around our farm. Still, that was the end of the world and I did not meet my cars; yet all the horses I worked with did not solve the vehicles. The owner had several of her pastures, which were larger and less uphill, with exercise gills on them. Going up to the top (there was no grassland right there …), slow down in the footsteps and step down, repeat it a few times. Several times, we also loaded the horses into the car and left to train on one particularly large and straight pasture belonging to some of my well-known employers.
Another layer of galling work was gallows in the heather; they were always climbing up the hill, and the horses had to raise their feet a lot, or a perfect gym. I have always been doing this work with the owner because she knew where to go safely in the heather. The heaths are often very water-smoked and the tunnels of the wild rabbits that were there … like a mouse. Because point-to-point hurdles are obstacles, I also expected jump training. They did not, explaining: “My horses can jump, it is not necessary to train. In other words, they can jump on a hunt. “Praise the Lord!
England loves horses
The English countryside, even under the Scottish frontier, is hung with horses. These are its lifestyle, though somewhat different than in “horseback” Germany. There are not such frequent shops with riding goods, but in every second hand and almost any clothes trade you will also find clothing for riders, shoes The Northumberland town has several livestock feeds where it was possible (not only) for horses to buy virtually anything from common farmed feed to various vitamins and minerals, branded pellets or muesli to hay , straw or other litter, all packed in original bags and packed packs that take your employees to the pick-up truck when they enter the storage room.
The Northumberland landscape is significantly less densely populated than in southern parts of England. There are not many cultural fields available; all the more heavily covered by stone walls, dotted with white dots of grazing sheep, are scattered over the hills. A very common picture is also the horses wrapped in waterproof thermometers (because they are partially shaved and used equally) grazing between the sheep or together with them pulling out of the round feeds of the slime. Many of these horses live on the pasture non-stop.
Horses can also often be found on roads and public trails; as well as walking walkers with their dogs, usually hybrids of Scottish shepherd dogs and greyhounds (so-called lurchers). Drivers, horsemen and horses often meet here – living in symbiosis, health, chatting (local people are very, very happy and always take time). Who goes faster will slow down. The other party will thank the deceased person, at least by hand. Relationships are maintained here, too: it is quite common that public trails run through private land or pastures. The foot soldiers always close their gates, keep their dogs in order to give the room to the sheep, and behave in a decent way to the strangers. Paths can also be used by riders on horseback; they are always on the pedestrians, whether on their own or on a foreign land. Kindness, respect for others, including pets, is here rooted in people, and it is seen to be passed down for generations without breaks. Who knows, maybe it’s just because it has not yet reached civilization in this part of England …