News, Rates, Sales Testimonials, and Farm Overview
Lots of rain over the past week as made our pastures nice and green again, but it would be nice to see the sun again.
Indie is doing very well with his new family in Maine, as is Toby who is in New Jersey. Both are now beach boys with a posse of adoring fans.
We are in the midst of a Great Goat Sale (buy one and get the second for 1/2 price); the second Cashmere goat sale we have ever had. Its a good time to shop for goats as they are getting nice and fluffy.
Geldings Darian, Comet, and Zephyr are all doing very well with their training. Darian is the farthest along, and Comet is also well under saddle. Zephyr has been backed and is learning how to steer.
Pasture boarding with good shelter is $250 per month. (See Boarding Services tab)
Well-trained Crabbet Arabian horses are $5,000 to $6,000.
Cashmere goats are $275 for a neutered male, about $450 for a doe, and $700 for a fabulous silver buck.
Horse Sales Testimonials
I thought I'd give you a brief update regarding Antonio.
Well, I have given him the barn name "Munchkin." He appears good with it, and it seems to fit. He is settling down nicely with his new herd mates and getting adjusted to the notion of having a stall. (The horses are brought in twice a day for feeding; he gets his Smartpaks and a handful of high protein grain.)
Yesterday was our fourth ride out on the wooded trails. What a wonderful horse! He was a tad hesitant on the first outing, but by yesterday, he was acting pretty much like an old pro. We go out with other horses of a faster pace, but he doesn't mind lagging behind a bit and then practicing our walk/trot transitions to catch up! He quickly mastered the bridges on the trail, and by yesterday, he pretty much ignored them.
Munchkin is smart and responsive. Many kudos to you and Amy for bringing out the best in him.
Most important, he is kind. Being around him is a joy!
Thank you so much for connecting me with this wonderful boy, whom I already dearly love!
Take care; wishing you all the best!
Ruthy and Munchkin
Hooray, you finally got your dream horse!
Thanks for being patient with him, and I'm sure he is reveling in all of the attention.
Yes. Exactly! Dream horse!
As soon as I sent my e-mail, I thought of so many more things I could say about him. I forgot to mention that everyone at the barn loves him; they remark that he is so sweet and smart. And, he gives his hooves willingly, to both me and my farrier.
And then, there are his beautiful gaits: ever so smooth trot and absolutely perfect canter!
So very well worth the wait!
From Dr. Ariane re 7-year-old Sebastian:
I will keep you posted! Of course share the picture and our names! I am definitely good advertisement! Anyone can contact me that would like as well for reference and for me to share my enthusiasm!!
From Diana K. re 6-year-old Ziggy:
Here is a selfie I took of him and me yesterday afternoon trail riding! It's a good demonstration of how calm he can be that I can take a picture while riding! :) You can definitely use any of them on the site and anything i've shared about him. I don't mind providing some testimonial, you can use anything that's useful.
He has been great and is very smart, he has learned to come when he is called! We've been trail riding again regularly now that the weather is good, and you can really see his Crabbet traits out on the trail I think. He's very brave and has no problem going out alone or in a group. Just this past weekend there was a wild horse adoption event on the meadow where we enter our normal trails, and even with all the cars, people and wild horses penned up, he made it past all the excitement on his own - twice! I've even used him as a lead horse for another horse who was shy about going out into the woods alone.
Sometimes I try new things with him and he always impresses me for being so young- he lets me ride with my bareback pad no problem, and a few weeks ago I tried having him go over some poles that were set up on the ground, I hadn't tried that with him before but thought I'd see what he would do, and he went right over them with no hesitation right down the middle. He's a fun companion to have and I'm excited to see what else we're going to do together in the future!
From Fiona, professional cello player, re 7-year-old April:
She has had a very busy winter, fitting into her new barn and learning all kinds of new things.
From Cat N., re 7-year-old Ruby:
Ruby had her mani-pedi last Monday and the farrier was VERY impressed with her feet. She told me that Ruby's breeder "knows what she's doing" and was really glad that I was on board with the whole barefoot thing. She also said "This horse knows you." because she held Ruby for me for a second when I went to my car, and Ruby tried to follow me. Aw. I think I've gone from "that nice lady who brushes me and gives me snacks" to "You're my mommy!"
Here's a photo my uncle took of my little snorgle-horse. She is SO affectionate.
From Barbara V. re 7-Year-Old Picasso:
Just to fill you in on what Picasso has been doing for the past few months. I now have a horse that I can take anywhere and have fun.
Last Saturday Michelle showed Picasso at Morven Park and they were VADA/Nova Reserve Champion at Training Level. He has had limited showing and at his previous show at Compass Rose he finished first in one of his classes at Training Level and Michelle and he were the judges choice for best costume.
Picasso and I competed in the Battlefield Equestrian Society's judged pleasure ride at the end of September and we came home with two ribbons!! At the end of October we went on the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department Ride where there were over 300 riders and horses. There are marked trails of 9-18 miles and you go at your own speed. I rode him two days and he was great.
- Pasture-based horse boarding in spacious fields with good shelter. A visitor looking across our pastures once called it "Horse Heaven." Amenities include a covered and lit training ring, Natural Horsemanship trainers/instructors, and miles of trail riding all around.
xceptionally gentle and versatile Crabbet Arabian* horses for sale. Several sweet and very well-trained horses are currently available.
- Rare and hardy Cashmere Goats and cashmere fiber for sale. Friendly multipurose animals, the goats do a great job of clearing weeds and brush while growing the softest fiber imaginable. the fiber is natural colored (cream and two shades of brown) and available in yarn and cloud form.