Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Borton-on-the-Water Horse Racing Stable & Cotswold Village

Racing Stables
A lovely morning saw us heading to the racing stables at the top of the hill over looking Borton On The Water. This was a brilliant experience for Aaron witnessing what life is like on a racing stable yard.
Angela rugging up a retired race horse is pictured below. These horses have just a few years on the race circuit and like all race horses are retired at an early age. They start young and retire in the prime of their lives in horsey years. This yard is special as they keep the horses till they are re homed.

Below and above Aaron was fascinated watching the automatic horse exercise walker. Here the horses are placed in the machine and then it is set at a pace to keep them a super fitness level. There were 4 horses in the one pictured.

This horse is another retired from the racing circuit. He is a beautiful bay Thoroughbred. Free if I want him. I am seriously thinking of bringing him to Wales. I have had horses all my life and would love to ride again. He would make an excellent show jumper or event horse. He had a beautiful nature.

Below and above this horse we fell in love with Bob ( racing name Fade To Grey ) He is a beautiful dapple grey gelding who has recently won the races he has entered.

These horses in these photographs are all current working race horses. They are magnificent creatures. During our visit Aaron also witnessed the horses riding out. Here they are taken in convoy out to the gallops for training.
We both really enjoyed our visit it was very educational for Aaron to see how race horses live and are trained.

Borton On The Water

This was a beautiful village, we parked the car up and wandered along the Riverbank, before crossing the bridge next to the ford, were the duck swam around eagerly looking for treats of food.
We walked up the village looking around the pretty little shops along the way before heading into one of the many cafe`s for a spot of lunch.

Below are some of the photographs taken along the way.

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