Student Blog from Paul Curran (Ireland) and Jessica Bailey (Australia)

Student Blog from Paul Curran (Ireland) and Jessica Bailey (Australia)

2nd Mar 2022

This week we were placed to work in Kildare yard. Kildare yard is the primary yard that both

mares and foals arrive to post foaling from the foaling unit. Here we looked after general the husbandry of the young foal which includes administering any medications, farrier procedures and veterinary work that is required for both mares and their foals. Most foals that arrive in this yard are usually no less than 5 days old. Our yard foreperson at Kildare yard is Laura who has managed the yard for several years and is very talented with dealing with very young foals. The work involved at the yard is both enjoyable and also extremely rewarding,


During our time this week we were hit with storm Eunice which made a lot of tasks extremely challenging. We had 4 seasons in the one day, in the words of Jess it was wetter than an otter’s pocket. Interestingly enough it was Jess’s first-time seeing snow, being that she is from Australia. We also partook in extracurricular activities and have set up a weekly football Astro-turf game against the Irish National Stud staff, thankfully bar a few bruised shins (and egos) there were no casualties! Some of us also brought our golf clubs and took a visit to the local driving range, with some of us showing off some very rusty golf skills. We also integrated a few trips to our local watering-hole so, all-in-all it was a great week for everyone!


Our lectures this week varied from the male reproductive tract with Vincent O’Connor to a remarkable farriery lecture with our head farrier Martin Leahy. We also welcomed a guest lecturer in Tom Wilson who is working on a revolutionising platform buying young stock and using data analytics to find value at the yearling sales. In preparation for this lecture, we all had to watch a YouTube podcast with featuring Tom which we found very thought-provoking and gave us a great insight to Tom’s work. The class found this to be one of our most interesting and engaging lectures to date. On Wednesday our very own Helen Boyce who gave us an introduction to teasing which is very important this time of year and we will be implementing this practice in the yards almost daily in the breeding season. On Thursday Ben Shoare, the Jonathan Fitzpatrick Scholarship Business Intern, gave us an informing lecture in Equine Business.

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