Well it seems that a lot has happened since my last blog post with lives turned upside down in a very short time due to the Coronavirus. I hope everyone is staying safe. A bit of an update on how it has affected our business and life here at Simon Earle Racing.
Horse racing has understandably been cancelled until the end of April at the earliest, to be honest I can’t see racing returning that soon whilst the number of cases of Covid-19 still rise, but we shall see the progress in the coming weeks. With horse racing now off, this has hit us quite hard as we had quite a few, young horses that were homebred looking for a run at the end of the season when the ground was a little better. Typically, the good weather has come, and the ground has dried out, but the racing is not on. With that in mind, many of the owners have taken their horses home to be turned out early. This is totally understandable in these uncertain times. We therefore suddenly have our string cut dramatically.
On the upside and staying positive, we have looked after our paddocks over the winter and now have lush spring grass coming through in abundance. Those horses that I do have still in work are on the horse-walker, enjoying a change in their daily routine and are now able to be turned out after exercise and reap the benefits of the sun on their backs. It is great to see.
So, if there are any racehorses out there needing a break earlier than planned, we can offer grass keep in super paddocks.
We can also offer rehab for any horses recovering from injury with superb facilities – cushioned stable flooring with all stables enjoying a view.
We also have a safe, covered very large horse walker for any horses needing walking work with an excellent indoor school for lunging.
For many years I have taken in a couple of horses for breaking-in so if anyone has any young horses that need starting, I have more time on my hands and would love another project or two. I am able to pick up any horses and operate the horse transport side of the business too so there is no need to leave your homes, I am happy to collect and keep my distance!
It is business as usual for me so we will stay positive, take every day at a time, look to the upside and await the return to racing. We’ll have some lovely horses to run when racing hopefully resumes this summer, and I’ll update you on those in my next blog.
Stay safe all.