Horses for Gorses

Gorse or Furze as it is commonly known here is a highly nutritious, protein filled plant that was commonly fed to horses in winter here in West Cork and all over Ireland. It was harvested and chopped with a Furze machine, you occasionally see them around still painted up as ornaments I have one myself. Our horses and ponies are tucking into the gorse at the moment and I’m delighted to see it as I know it is nutritious andRead more

Connemara Ponies

At Goleen Harbour Farm we keep Connemara Ponies for breeding, Connemara’s are classified as an Irish Rare Breed and it is our aim to breed Performance foals but of old type breeding our foundation mare Kildromin Katie above is a great example of a true type Connemara, they are a hardy breed, easy to keep, friendly and light on the ground. Olive in the feature image is a Blue Eyed Cream, she too has great breeding and when put toRead more

The best cycling roads in Ireland on our doorstep…

Above is the view from close to the top of a long climb (Cat 3) out of Goleen village, looking South to Cape Clear Island and the iconic Fastnet Rock Lighthouse I do believe we have arguably the best road riding in Ireland in terms of the combination of scenery, terrain and low traffic volumes. Ok so the surfaces are not great, personally I use a Cyclocross bike which gives me the option of taking the odd bog road andRead more