~Not isolating or confining horses. This means no stabling, no pens, no yards and no individual paddocks! Instead each horse lives in a small herd where they have companionship, mental stimulation, and a reason to MOVE. Movement not only keeps them happy, busy and engaged, it also means their metabolisms fire, and strong conditioned barehooves are achievable in the way nature intended.
~We have a “Paddock Paradise” style track system. This means horses live in the herd on a track which joins all the pastures together. The pastures are rotationally grazed, and aren’t for living on, just eating, so the land is kept in perfect condition with grass all year round. Track systems facilitate more movement than simply turning them out onto large acreage can. It also caters for individuals- for example if your horse is fat and laminitic they can stay on the track and eat the low sugar slow- fed meadow hay. (We are the laminitis specialists!) If they have high energy requirements/can’t put on weight – they can head into the lush pastures for longer and be hand fed as much more as needed.
* We offer half price in-house barefoot trimming. The Science of what shoeing does to a horse’s hoof function, eventual soundness, and comfort in retirement is an undeniable truth. 700% (seven times) more shock travels up a shod horse’s leg. Non horsey people get it….you wouldn’t choose solid steel Reeboks! We can mentor you from careful shoe rehabilitation all the way to competitive barefoot performance because that’s what we do. The track system is integral to barefoot performance and landcare. We’ve trucked gravel onto some sections for hoof conditioning because you can’t ride them on what they don’t live on or aren’t conditioned to. Bad lifestyles and lack of movement cause “bad feet”, not mother nature!
* We use low sugar high nutrition feeds. Sugary hay such as Oaten causes insulin resistance & rotts teeth. Instead horses have 24hr access to high nutrition low sugar meadow hay in slow feeder nets with hay huts. Our mineral mixes are chosen for our pasture composition and soils which are laboratory tested.
*We routinely hear “my horse looks so happy”…..looks healthier….. fitter…..more relaxed…. Displaced behaviors and stress/anxiety almost always disappears. We have horsey companions to sort out many problems the natural way.
* FACILITIES… big shady paddocks of year round feed, some irrigated. Some steep areas for growing youngsters or for the fatties to constantly have to climb! Safe electric fences with minimal wire. Two track systems- one for Fatties/Laminitics, one for everyone else. Floodlit railed arena, 20 m roundyard, lovely brick stables and undercover area to tack up/ store your gear in (not to store your horse in!) Float parking. 200m natural watercourse, pretty, picturesque property as shown 😊.
* LOCALITY …Safe, endless bridle path at the front gate, no roads. You can RIDE to the Equestrian Centre and Adult Riders or SJ clubs, (8mins) ,Ride to Sunninghill Indoor aren(7mins) Ride into the National Park, to the local Pubs- one of which has a hitching rails & water troughs.
Relaxed friendly atmosphere. Full board only, $130 pw includes everything. All enquiries welcome.