Featured Below are some Links that are interest to those interested in Natural Care, Training and Living...allowing
horses to be horses!
Check back soon for more very interesting links on natural horse and hoof care!!
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the photos below...
|Nicholas with two members of his family...
|Company is Bliss!
Nicholas had been shown in both dressage and jumping, and had spent the majority
of his life living the typical show horse/stallion existance. He was kept in a stall at least half of his life, and
then turned out in isolation for a few hours at a time each day...as long as the weather was nice. In 2003, I was introduced
to the natural trim, which really only produces great results when horses are allowed to be horses. At first, I was
very skeptical, and I still just turned him out by himself in an attempt to keep him from being "damaged" by other horses.
The 24 hour turnout helped with the developement of decent hoof growth with
the barefoot trim, but his overall health and body condition did not improve until I took the very scarey step of adding his
harem into the pasture one mare at a time. This is a stallion that had been "pampered," guarded from injury
or blemish with kid gloves! He was ecstatically happy to have the company, although at first he was somewhat confused
as to what type of behavior was acceptable. The first mare taught him a few lessons, and he never received more than
a scratch. A great part of this was due to the fact that barefoot horses with proper trimming can feel their feet, and
really "pull" their punches (kicks)!!
That started a whole new life for Nicholas!! I soon added a few more
mares to his harem, and he went back into training to compete in Eventing. His entire demeanor has changed, and he has
become more mellow, and is obviously secure and happy in his world.
Nicholas passed away in the spring of 2005 while breeding a mare. He had
never been more content than in the past few years. He will be greatly and forever missed!