swordlestown little stud naas kildare ireland
Swordlestown Little
County Kildare Ireland
Tel. +00 353 (0)45 895610
Fax. +00 353 (0)45 895612

The Sales are approaching rapidly...
Picture perfect even during their time-off! Right to left: Arcano colt, Lilbourne Lad filly, Lilbourne Lad colt and Lilbourne Lad's full sister.

... but the Prep is right on schedule!

Time is moving incredibly fast, with the Breeder's Cup taking place this evening and tomorrow and the last Flat meeting in Leopardstown on Sunday, Winter is definately knocking on the door.

We are fortunate this year to have the help of Manuela for the preparation of our four foals for Goffs. The date with destiny is approaching fast and our four pupils are making progress every day. They are getting fitter and stronger and are really settling down into their routine. It is vitally important to us to turn them out as much as possible right up to when they ship to Goffs. They come in mid-morning for their walking excercise and a late breakfast. After that they get to spend the rest of their day out again. 

A lot of time is spent practising standing, walking, showing. These are our Lilbourne Lad foals: above big pic and right: filly ex Khatela, and colt ex Nisriyna whose sister won a Group 3 in St. Cloud this week. Updates like this are most welcome!

The foals come into their boxes in the evening when they get their feet attended to and they get an evening feed, tailored to each individual's needs. It is of utmost importance to have their feet in the best possible condition as the surface in Goffs is hugely abrasive and they get very sore after the first day's showing. The saying  "No foot, no horse" is hardly ever more relevant than at the foal sales where it is vital that they can walk without pain of any sort.  Huge emphasis is placed on a foal's ability to walk like an athlete. A busy foal gets more shows than a yearling does and this is very hard and hugely tiring, both mentally and physically for those babies. This is why they must be well handled and as fit as possible without doing too much for their immature skeletal system. It is quite a difficult balance, every foal is different and it is just like training a horse for a race. 

The future of both the foal but also our finances, is decided in those two or three minutes it gets to spend in the sales ring.  No pressure.....!

Assistants supervising at all times!

Manuela and Tom, the A-Team!

Guess where I am?

Swordlestown Little, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland.
Telephone. +00 353 (0)45 895610 Fax. +00 353 (0)45 895612 Email.