Offering clients both permanent and seasonal agistment, Segenhoe Stud is a specialised broodmare farm that was purpose built from the ground up in 1998, on virgin horse country. The property enjoys approximately 10km of Hunter River frontage, allowing ample irrigation to sustain the high-quality pasture of the property.
Segenhoe also agists all other stock for its clients with weanling and yearling agistment, which can lead into sale prep, while we have also recently developed a 120-acre spelling and pre-trainer complex on the property to cater for the further needs of our clients’ racehorses.
Known as the Segenhoe Spelling Complex, the new part of the farm offers a diverse selection of spelling paddocks that include large 20-acre hilly paddocks with natural pasture ideal for horses that need time to mature.
Large irrigated paddocks with improved pasture is available for horses to roam around, while smaller one-to two-acre irrigated yards for horses that need individual care have also been developed.
The 12 fully irrigated paddocks with walk-in stables are ideal for colts that may need to be stabled on their own, while all paddocks have tree-lined lanes for shelter and quarantine purposes. A purpose-built undulating 1200m irrigated grass exercise track has also been constructed, allowing for specific regimes in the pre-training process to be worked into a program for each individual horse.
Having also recently acquired a 538-acre area known as the Glenbawn block, this part of Segenhoe consists of a very good mix of alluvial soils and undulating hill country. This area of the property is divided by the Hunter River and we have access to the crystal-clear water that flows through it. Once fencing on the eastern portion of the Glenbawn block is completed, this will become the main area for all our broodmares and foals.
Some of the other services Segenhoe Stud offers to clients who agist on the property include:
Purpose built to cater for your valuable mare and the resultant foal, Segenhoe’s foaling area consists of the foaling unit as well as the foaling yards, which are floodlit on a 12-hour timer so nothing is ever missed by our experienced staff.
Segenhoe’s staff members are attentive and extremely diligent at what is one of the most important times in the life of your mare. Experienced with all facets of the pre-and post-natal care, our staff ensure your mares and newborn foals are always Segenhoe’s number one priority.
The heavily pregnant mares are kept in foaling paddocks only a short walk from the individual foaling down yards, all the while under the watchful eye of our experienced staff members. Once it is clear that a mare is ready to foal, she is separated to foal down in one of several individual foaling down yards.
Your mare and foal will spend their precious first few days under constant watch of our knowledgeable staff whilst they bond in their own personal space before being moved at around four days of age into a slightly larger individual yearling run.
After a week together they will progress into a small group paddock with other mares and foals of similar age, which is an important step for their development not only physically, but also on a social level.
Renowned for achieving an excellent fertility rate, Segenhoe Stud walks out up to 150 mares each season to all the major stallion farms within the Hunter Valley region.
Over the years Segenhoe has built up an excellent relationship with theses stallion farms and with their assistance has enjoyed a high level of success on all fronts.
The impressive fertility rate achieved under the guidance of Dr Cameron Collins, who is one of the leading reproductive vets in Australia and lives close to the stud itself, has continued to grow and is a major focal point in the high level of success achieved by Segenhoe.
As we have our own truck facilities, all mares and foals are constantly under the careand supervision of Segenhoe staff and will only be taken straight to the required stallion farm and back, reducing stress to the mares as well as their young foals.
Foal handling and weaning
This process generally starts in February and consists of spending five days educating the young foals before being turned out in a mob of fillies/colts with a nanny. We concentrate most of our effort into teaching the young foals to have a head collar on, how to be led and also to have their feet picked up in preparation for later life.
It is this constant repetition that allows the foals to gain the necessary experience that will help them further in the yearling preparation phase. Once this process is finished they will go into a paddock with similar-aged foals in readiness to be weaned about a week later.
Foals are weaned from the mares in a way that causes minimal distress to both. With the mares being gradually removed and transported to another part of the farm, the foals are left in a paddock they know and are familiar with to minimise stress and potential injury.
With the education process having already started with the young foals, once they have reached the weanling stage, this process is continued to maintain consistency. The level of repetition ensures that by the time they reach the yearling phase they’re well educated and are easier to handle.
In Jan/Feb, Segenhoe Stud employs the services of an experienced freeze brander and liaises with clients on any special requests they may have.