At Blue Hills Thoroughbreds, on arrival all mares will be weighed and drenched. Their feet will also be trimmed on arrival if required and if mares are in foal they will be scanned to confirm a positive or negative result. A photo will be taken and all of this information entered into their own individual chart. Otherwise the mares will fall into the routine schedule of being trimmed once a month and drenched every six weeks. At drenching time they will be continually weighed, this enables us to monitor each mares progress individually.
Through Jen’s very successful breeding experience, with the support of a vet, mares can be prepared for the breeding season at Blue Hills Thoroughbreds for your convenience. Mares can be placed under lights, paddocked individually or run with other mares. This it ensures that the mares are ready to be covered, either on farm or the stud where the stallion stands, making the process less stressful on the mare and time spent away from home minimized. Upon return the mares progress throughout pregnancy will be then monitored at Blue Hills.
Mares will be vaccinated one month prior to foaling for tetanus, strangles and salmonella. For foaling down mares, owners can also have peace of mind that their expecting mares are monitored 24 Hrs a day being housed in a flood lit paddock at night until they have foaled.
Once your mare foals she will be placed into one of our mothering paddocks for approx one week so both mare and foal can be monitored closely. Mares that have foals that are born with problems will be boxed in our large stables until they are fit to be placed in the mothering paddocks.
In the event of a difficult foaling, we have the services of a local veterinary practice which is also on call 24 Hrs a day 7 days a week. For any other major concerns Oakey Veterinary Clinic is no more than 30 Km away.
WEANLING'S AND YEARLING'S
Weaning will commence at approx 5-6 months of age. Some foals may need to stay longer with their mothers for extra growth and nutritional value (i.e. some premature foals).
They will be stabled for this period for approx two weeks, during this time they will be halter broken and handled extensively.
Branding is done towards the end of March with either the Blue Hills brand JJ over wings or the clients personal brand,notification will be emailed or posted out prior to branding.
Once the weanling's have finished their stabling they will be handled weekly and continue to have their feet trimmed once a month and drenched every six weeks. At drenching time weight and height measurements will be recorded for our Nutrition Support Program to assist with monitoring their growth progress.
This program is at no extra cost to you, it simply gives you and us a picture of the progress of each individual animal. The lifeblood of any successful horse operation is producing sound, clean, well-grown weanling's and yearling's. This program recognizes that to achieve this, individual growth parameters must be carefully monitored. Any abnormalities can be spotted quickly and adjustments made to the nutritional intake of any individual animal if required. They will continue to stay on our Nutrition Support Program while residing at Blue Hills.
Yearling's will have the same weekly handling as the weanling (a quiet horse is a happy horse). Trimming and drenching will also be done the same time as the weanling's.
Any new horses will be weighed and photos taken before being released from the arrival yard.
All young stock will continue to be handled extensively beyond being weaned during their stay at Blue Hills Thoroughbreds and not just left in the paddocks and forgotten about until breaking in.
At ‘Blue Hills Thoroughbreds’ we strive to achieve the very best for our residing horses and through your support we hope to continue to develop our property to be an outstanding horse complex and one well above all others.
Blue Hills offers full time foaling services and care. Every effort is made to assure the utmost in comfort and safety to both mare and foal.
For pregnant mares, owners can also have peace of mind that their expecting mares are monitored 24 Hrs a day being housed in a flood lit paddock at night with 24 hr camera surveillance which is connected to the computer and television in the house until they have foaled. Once your mare foals she will be placed into one of our mothering paddocks so both mare and foal can be monitored closely.
Mares that have foals that are born with problems will be boxed in our large spacious stables until they are fit to be placed in the mothering paddocks. In the event of a difficult foaling, we have the services of our local veterinary practice which is on call 24 Hrs a day 7 days a week. For any other major concerns Oakey Veterinary Clinic or Gatton is another option.
AGISTMENT PRICES (includes GST)
$ 20.00 per day
$18.50 per day
$ 17.50 per day
$ 16.00 per day
$ 16.50 per day
$ 14.50 per day
$ 17.50 per day
$ 16.50 per day
ADDITIONAL COSTS (includes GST)
Done on arrival - every six weeks thereafter
Done on arrival if needed - every four weeks thereafter
$ 11.00 per week
Supplied by Blue Hills Thoroughbreds
includes education and stabling time
24hr supervision until foaled
Billed directly to clients from attending Veterinary Practice
Arrival Times for all horses:
NOTE : BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL IN ORDER FOR TIME TO BE SET ASIDE FOR YOUR VISIT AND CONVENIENCE.