Another former agricultural property, Badbury Hill Barn is our second and smaller yard. Located less than a mile away from our Lodge Hill base, it is an ideal place for our new arrivals and younger horses to settle in away from the busy atmosphere of the main yard and for any injured horses to recuperate. It also provides our younger horses with the chance to enjoy a good all-round education, afforded to them by the exceptional facilities on site.
The three existing barns at Badbury have been thoughtfully converted for use with the racehorse at the forefront of the design.
Two of the three barns have been converted into stabling for the horses, with the internal structure built by Loddon and Claydon. The partitions of the barn are constructed using recycled polypropylene plastic which promotes healthy and sanitary surroundings; due the nature of the material, it ensures the stables can be cleaned and disinfected to a high standard.
The final barn houses an indoor six-horse walker, wash down bays and solarium, with the entire floor of the barn being rubberised by in order to provide the safest underfoot conditions possible for the horses.
At Badbury Hill a deep sand round gallop has been installed providing the horses with an ideal opportunity to undertake slow and steady stamina work, as well as allowing a chance for the youngsters to begin their education quietly away from the busy main yard. The gallop measures 250 metres round, and occupies a quiet and relaxed location where the horses can gently canter around in a nice rhythm, with the deep sand surface all the while giving them a good workout.
In the centre of the gallop there is also a 20x40m school, complete with show jumps, cross-country style rolltops and a baby hurdle. The facility is primarily used during the day by former international event rider Chris King to school the horses. Chris’ expertise in producing young horses and developing their technique both on the flat and over a fence is invaluable, and he also works with some of our older horses to help keep them supple, improve and maintain their technique and encourage them to work and go forward in a balanced way.