During the coldest week in remembered history, the lake froze solid enough to walk across.
Add that to a three year drought, then the worst flooding last year in hundreds of years…
We haven’t shown too much of Shelly’s training skills. Shelly is one of those natural horse people – she and horses seem to speak the same language. Shelly has been taught by some of the best including John Lyons and Clinton Anderson as well as several nationally ranking local trainers.
We thought you might like to see how it is done. Training a horse is much the same as ‘training’ a dog, or a child. It takes patience, repetition and consistency.
This is the first lesson with Sugar who has just joined the boarders here at the barn. We welcome Marcus, Martha and Grace to High Country Stables. Grace was surprised Christmas morning to see her horse Sugar in her new stall at the barn!
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It is that time of the year!The Paulding County Saddle Club is holding their annual Charity Show on October 24th at Wild Horse Park! This year we are donating to Special Olympics and Paulding Pantry. This is our last show of the season and always the most fun! Bring a canned good to enter the cake walk! There will be a silent auction to help raise money for these charities. If you have an item to donate – and it can be anything – please let me know! Last year we had everything from horsey stuff to kitchen goods to show clothes to Pampered Chef and Usborne books. Don’t forget the costume class! Horses as well as the kids get decorated! Guess what Preacher is going as? I’ll give you a hint “eat more chicken”. Of course, Midnight will be there looking as regal as ever as will all the HCS horses and riders!
If you have not signed up for our winter Fun Days please do so ASAP. I only have a few slots left! Happy Fall!
It is 7 am, the sun is just popping up over the dam, the sprinklers (fed from the nice full lake) have just come on in the first pasture, and everyone is getting ready for the cookout and mini-show for the first week long summer camp.
At noon the parents will show up for a cowboy cookout, and the campers will have their horses looking spiffy with ribbons and saddles ready to go. Then after lunch we’ll watch them show off all they have learned during the week. The parents are always amazed how well the kids ride horses after just on week of camp.
More Riding Camps To Come!
We’ll be doing camps every other week this summer. Shelly is already tired and it isn’t even hot yet! The June 15th camp is full and the July camps are full or almost there.
If you want to attend a camp this summer, the only available spots are for the Friday Fun Camps. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you!) (Shhh. Here’s a secret -I think Shelly might add a camp in August… we’ll know soon.)
Did you see the work we have been doing?
You might have noticed that we have been clearing the last of the pastures below the dam. In the last few weeks we took out a bunch of dying trees and leveled the ground – almost finishing up what we began over 6 years ago when most of the pasture we now have was all beaver controlled swamp!
You can see slide shows of those days by clicking on the albums on the right of the page. (We didn’t have video cameras then!)
Here is a video of what we did.
Cowboy Cookout Update
A few weeks ago we floated the idea of a country cowboy evening at the farm with music , outdoor cookout, kids games, and more. There was not an overwhelming response so we are putting that on hold for now.
Comings and Goings
There have been quite a few comings and goings in the barn lately, but since this post is so long we will leave that to the next post!
Hope your summer is off to a great start!
We’ll see you on the farm!
Our horsemanship and halter clinic taught by AQHA trainer [Bryan Carlise->] on Friday was very successful.
One of the participants wrote to us and said:
I just wanted to say how much Finn and myself enjoyed the clinic yesterday. We learned a lot and had good time doing it. Everyone at your facility was so welcoming! Please keep me in your email contacts and let me know of anymore clinics you all will have in the future.
~ Christa ~
We caught some of it on video!
If you participate please leave a comment on what you thought! Shoot – leave a comment whether you were there or not!
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Due to the cold, wet blustery March weather (rainy and high of 45) we are forced to postpone the horse and pony rides offered for today (Saturday 3/14) to next week on Sunday afternoon from 1-4. Sunday is March 22.
We are planning a couple of interesting demonstrations (riding, jumping, hoof picking etc.) It’ll be fun for the whole family.
We have had lots of calls and messages letting us know you were coming and bring your friends and neighbors – so everybody ask for for nice weather next weekend!Summer Camp Schedule Posted!
The summer camp schedule is up and as always it is recommended to get your deposit in as soon as you can if you want to hold a spot. These camps fill very quickly!
There are just a couple spots left for the April 6-10 Spring Break camp. This will be a horse riding camp focused on trail, halter and basic riding skills.
We appreciate you and your help!
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Well we did it! The Carlisle’s and their horses are tucked into every knock and cranny of the farm but they are here! They have some beautiful Quarter Horses and everyone is welcome to stop by to say hello!
Shelly and Clinton Anderson
Ian and I had a great time at the three day Clinton Anderson advanced training camp in Chatsworth Ga. Ian and Maureen audited from the bleachers while Cody and I worked three full days together to make me a better trainer and Cody a better trained horse! We were all glad to get home – but it was a lot of fun and well worth the trip! Anybody interested in learning some training techniques if I put together a Saturday clinic?
Our last horse show of the season is October 25th at Wild Horse Park. It is our annual Charity Show and if anyone has an item or service they would like to donate please let me know and I will be happy to come pick it up! We also have a costume class and it is well worth the trip to the park to see the riders and horses all dressed up in their Halloween attire.
Our Fall/Winter Camp Schedule:
Fun Days - November 4th & December 22nd – 9:00 to 4:00. All ages – $50.00 for the day, which includes lunch. This is now limited to 15 kids and fills up fast so reserve your spot quickly!
3 Day Camps - November 24th to 26th & December 29th to 31st – all ages – 9:00 to 4:00 – $175.00 for the day, which includes lunch. Camp limited to 10 riders.
Spring Break Camp - April 6th to 10th – all ages – 9:00 to 4:00 – $350.00 for the week. Limited to 10 riders.
The High Country Stables Gang
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