Warm still, fine late summer weather but definitely a hint of autumn in the air.  A wonderful few days away fishing in the wilderness of the Outer Hebrides, many laughs with friends old and new and a reminder of what a magnificent country Scotland is, restorative stuff and heartfelt thanks to so many of you for your kind messages regarding Isla Pearl Fisher – clearly a special horse for many people.

brooding skies

Equally restorative to watch all 31 horses out at exercise yesterday and to be delighted with the condition of every single one of them; a testament to the diligent hard work of Catch and the team while we were away. They are in a good routine now, lots of exercise – long trots, long slow canters, some faster work – going steady enough overall but increasing little by little, every horse turned out for at least 3-4 hours each day and they seem in a good place mentally and physically – a long winter season ahead so important to take them into it in the best possible heart.

Gold Opera (Isla) twice a winner last season this horse continues to strenghten and should progress firther this year.

Gold Opera (Isla) twice a winner last season this horse continues to strengthen and should progress further this year.

We are going to be very busy here with more horses to come in and it is a particularly good time of year to focus on their individual development and make plans.  We won’t have any runners until the later September meeting at Perth so I will try not to bore you with the trivia of what the horses are doing each day; an occasional post no doubt but as ever plenty of pictures and short videos will be appearing on facebook, instagram and ocasionally twitter. Some of you pretend you like seeing these in which case do like the Kinneston facebook page and follow “kinneston” on instagram and there’s always @kinneston on twitter as well.

Not for the first time Mrs A proved rather more proficient than trainer with fishing rod

Not for the first time Mrs A proved rather more proficient than trainer with fishing rod (note midge net round head!)

But I continued to excel in the post lunch nap stakes

But I continued to excel in the post lunch nap stakes

Meanwhile back at Kinneston carrots were being harvested in ideal conditions

Meanwhile back at Kinneston carrots were being harvested in ideal conditions

And the view of the mainland from the ferry on Sunday morning

And the view of the mainland from the ferry on Sunday morning