At Heartford, we offer a range of services for thoroughbreds including broodmare agistment, foaling down, breeding preparation, weaning, horse transport,walk ins during the breeding season and racehorse spelling, which can include specific dietary requirements where these are requested.
All imminent mares are monitored 24/7 and Vet assistance is close at hand if it is needed.Mares are foaled in designated foaling paddocks with safe fencing and fresh clean pasture.Mares and their newborn foals are stabled for the first few days on straw bedding with a foal rug for newborns in cool temperatures.They are weighed and an IgG test is done within 18-20 hours of birth to ensure that sufficient antibodies have been transferred from the mare to the newborn.
A halter is placed on the foals from two days old,as all foals are led from the barn to the paddocks and are also imprinted to ensure a smooth transition from foal to weanling.
Between 5 and 6 months of age, Heartford provides weaning services taking into account the individual horse’s needs. We paddock wean and find that foals settle very quickly when joined by a nanny mare and a few friends.Our Weanlings are fully vaccinated. After the weanlings have settled in the new group with the nanny ,they are led into the barn and stabled for 7-10 days and get lead out into the paddock daily with plenty of floating practice and grooming.
It is standard practice at Heartford for all mares to be fully vaccinated. We also perform our own Faecal Egg Counts (FECs) onsite to ensure the horses in our care are maintained in the best of health and condition. Due to the Boutique style of the farm, we are able to ensure mares are grouped well and all mares get special attention as needed.
We are also able to do walk-ins for mares to all stud farms in Victoria for breeding.
All dry and pregnant mares are rugged during the colder months at no extra charge.
We offer a more personalised horse transport service for walk ins to stud farms in victoria as well as general horse transport,with our custom made three horse angle float, fitted with video surveillance , self draining and anti slip rubber floor.Please call 0401605284 for a quote.