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September 3rd 2015
Published: October 1st 2017
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I slept in until 8am, but woke feeling refreshed. We had coffee, and Libby had already let the horses in. (Because of flies, horses are kept in the field at night during the summer and in the stables during the day. It switches in winter.) We then went to run errands: to the hardware store for chain to keep the bad person from switching on the electric fences, some plumbing supplies to help hold the jumps in place … and then to the outlet mall, so that Allison could get a sweater to wear for the funeral on Saturday. We also bought Cornish pasties for lunch (which we took back to the house.)

Just before lunch, one of the two vets scheduled to come today arrived. Allison is going to use one of the livery mares to breed her own foal: she'll get the semen from a stud. (I also learned that stud farms enjoy inheritance tax exemptions in the UK, which is interesting.) The vet looked at the mare, said she wasn't in season, then gave her a jab to help bring her into heat. She should be ready for AI on Tuesday. In the afternoon, it looked like it might rain. We finished building a jump that Allison had cleverly created out of scrap wood. It says, "Pemsey Farms" on the top rail. We then prepped Iggy for a ride, and the second vet showed up. I went back to work on a report, while Allison dealt with the vet and went for a ride.

William and Molly arrived in the afternoon. We had a lovely chat. They did some grocery shopping, and Allison made a delicious couscous with butternut squash for dinner. After dinner (and a phone call for me), we went to the pub, which was hopping. It was fun to walk up the road to the local village pub, and everyone was very cheerful.


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