High View Farm specializes in teaching kids how to ride horses, as well as groom them, lead them, and love them. We also offer boarding for your horses.
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“It’s absolutely mind boggling if you think about it.
Your horse gets absolutely nothing out of being competitive for you. Not a darn thing. Of course horses are bred for specific jobs, or they’re bred to be athletic to a certain degree. However, horses don’t wake up thinking about chasing cans, or cows, or flying over jumps.
They have no idea how much money is added to the pot. They have no idea that this is a qualifier. They have no idea that this is the short go.
And DESPITE us... DESPITE our nerves, our flaws, our incorrect ques, our huge emotions, they get the job done to their very best ability. Even when we fail them by letting our emotions get in the way, they come back and they try again. For US. Whoa. Let that sink in. If only we could all be so understanding.
To think of an animal that is forgiving and flexible enough to put up with the repetition of practice, the intense nerves of the rider, the stress of hauling and still meet you at the gate for scratches is MIND. BLOWING.
If you haven’t done so lately. Thank your horse.
If you’re successful, thank the horses that put you there and made you. Thank the horses that gave everything they had for you simply because you ASKED them to.
If you’re still on the journey to success, thank the horses that made you fall in love with your sport and who have helped give you the confidence to want to learn more and be better.
We can never stop learning as horsemen and horsewomen, and by continuing our education every horse in our future will be better off.
Next time you head to the arena leave your ego at the door and thank your horse!”
Pic of my ISH 5 year old, Kearney ❤️
Is it possible for your heart to be broken and soo happy at the same time??? 😕
Aries headed off to his new home yesterday (with three of us in tears as we watched him go) BUT he will have his own kid to love on him all the time and I couldn’t be happier with where he has landed... Unfortunately, it’s a sad realization that I have moved on from instructing to only accepting horses for boarding and no longer any lessons... my time is limited and I’m ready to start a new chapter soon, hopefully with a youngster to start on my own 💜😊 someday when I have time I will teach again as that is what I love to do, but for now, thank you to all that have allowed me to share my love of horses with so many special kids.... 🐴
Congratulations Maggie on your new Best Friend, UC Aries 🎉🎊. We are super excited to have you both as part of our Farwell Family 🐴🐎
Reid likes to share his pony Chico, lucky Miss Olivia gets to ride him often. Doesn’t get much cuter than this 😍💜
High View Farm, LLC
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This..... my Miss Sybil 💜💜
My stall cleaning buddies!
Beautiful sky, beautiful lady 💜
This place may be beautiful but it’s brutally windy and cold in the winter ❄️
Luna and Aries are quite excited to get out this morning!
Lucky to call this place home 😍
Happy New Year from Clyde who is enjoying the new snowfall!!! ❄️
Someone took advantage of the mist and mud today to be able to go in disguise!
This is the only barn help I could scrounge up today 😂
Food for thought when you are thinking about working your horse in cold temperatures... I've never been a fan of being cold, and it has always been hard on me to exercise in the cold weather, so I've always used extreme caution when teaching or riding in cold weather to take the best care of my horses.... No dollar I could ever make would ever make up for a poor choice of putting my horses at risk!
I am frequently asked, and I wondered myself, about working horses in extremely frigid weather like what we are currently experiencing. It can be frustrating for all of us who are trying to keep horses reasonably fit over the winter if they are unable to be safely worked for a long period of time. I've seen this question come up on several pages today, with answers such as: just turn horses out, to ride them in coveralls with 1 of their blankets still on.
I made it my mission today to search PubMed to see if any true scientific studies have been done regarding horses exercising in cold weather. Note: this is not about hacking (walking) or horses playing in turnout. I wanted to know if actual work (trotting, cantering, jumping) was harmful, and at what temperatures.
Unfortunately, there are really only 3 studies that show up for cold weather research in horses-most of the research has been done about cooling hot horses surrounding the 1996 and 2008 Olympics.
1. Equine Vet J Suppl. 2002 Sep;(34):413-6.
Airway cooling and mucosal injury during cold weather exercise.
Davis MS1, Lockard AJ, Marlin DJ, Freed AN.
2. Equine Vet J Suppl. 2006 Aug;(36):535-9.Cold air-induced late-phase bronchoconstriction in horses. Davis MS1, Royer CM, McKenzie EC, Williamson KK, Payton M, Marlin D.
3. Am J Vet Res. 2007 Feb;68(2):185-9. Influx of neutrophils and persistence of cytokine expression in airways of horses after performing exercise while breathing cold air. Davis MS1, Williams CC, Meinkoth JH, Malayer JR, Royer CM, Williamson KK, McKenzie EC.
In the first study, scientists found increased ciliated epithelial cells in the broncho-alveolar lavage in horses that exercised in cold weather, indicating damage to the respiratory tract. This is a similar finding to studies that have been performed in cold weather human athletes, and led the authors to conclude that breathing unconditioned (not warmed or humidified) air does in fact contribute to airway inflammation in horses.
Study 2 tested horses breathing 23 degree F air at 5h, 24h, and 48h post exercise. The authors did find bronchoconstriction (narrowing of the airways) at 48 hours post exercise, and concluded that exercising in cold weather may be a cause for lower airway disease in horses.
Finally, the third study looked at horses 24 and 48 hours after exercise breathing 23 degree F air, and concluded that there were increased neutrophils (white blood cells), as well as inflammatory proteins, up to 48 hours after exercising in cold air. The authors were concerned that these findings could mean that horses were more susceptible to viral infections after exercising in the cold.
Where does that leave all of us? My decision after viewing the literature today is that I'm going to avoid true exercise (cantering/jumping) when the temps are below 20 F. We really need more studies done in a natural environment (outside, not using treadmills) in colder weather for more information, but there is enough scientific evidence currently to show that at least some damage is done to the respiratory tract at temperatures 23 and below.-Dr. Yates
*********Edited on Dec 30: I posted this in the comments but it's buried at this point, so I wanted to move it up here:*********
I wanted to jump back into the conversation to clarify some of the questions that have been asked and debated. First, I want to ask people to please be respectful of one other. Some of these debates have become overly contentious.
Secondly, since this post has now been seen over 400K times in different parts of the world, I wanted to reiterate that the original intent was to get guidance on sport horses (h/j, dressage, eventers) WORKING (NOT trail riding or turned out) in the Midwest USA/Great Lakes region. For those not familiar with our weather, we tend to have wild temperature swings in the winter, where it may be 30 deg F, but then have 2 weeks of 10 deg F-minus 0 temps. Our horses are most assuredly NOT acclimated to extreme temperatures, but the question always arises if it is too cold to ride.
Many people have mentioned racehorses/Amish/working ranch horses. I'm very aware that there are many northern tracks that race in the winter, as well as ranch horses and Amish buggy horses that continue to work cattle and drive their families to town. It would be interesting to scope and do serial BALs on those horses to determine if their cytokine/neutrophil levels match these studies or are significantly different.
Finally, several people have asked for the specific materials and methods for the studies. I don't have the full text of the first 2 papers, but the M and M for the third is as follows: 9 adult horses (no breed mentioned) trained on a treadmill 3 times/week for 12 weeks. The exercise test was 5 min walk at 1.8 meters/s, 5 minutes trot 4 meter/sec, and 5 minutes canter 6.8-9.5 meters/sec. The samples were collected at 24 and 48 hours post exercise test.
Thank you to everyone for the great discussion!
Poor buddy still hasn’t been stable enough to get the cat scan done. They are still battling a mild fever and trying to get his blood work in better order before he can be sedated 😕... hoping by Monday they have him in better shape to get the cat scan done so we can get this guy on the mend!
Minus needs some extra prayers today... He is unstable with a fever and some not so great bloodwork. 😞 They were able to scope him yesterday and did find some sort of a mass by his stomach entering his intestine, but they really now need to do a cat scan which they are unable to do until he is more stable. He needs to have anesthesia to have the cat scan, and with his current condition they can't take a risk of putting him under.....
Update: no big findings yet, kept him last night again to do more work ups today. It’s a blessing they haven’t found anything terribly wrong, but very frustrating that we have not been able to find any answers to help make him feel like himself again...
Quick trip to Tufts University on the coldest day of the year 😩.... this little guy has been feeling bad for a while now and we haven’t been able to pin point it or make it better, so he’s off for a little vacation with the big docs! Hoping to get some answers in the next couple days, and be able to bring him home! 😊
This is sooo true... all too often many people have to get rid of their horses because they aren't good enough, don't behave well, aren't learning fast enough, etc... but these horses were soo talented and beautiful movers.. I find that most of those horses WERE actually good enough, they just didn't fit into the same training mold as that particular rider/trainer could handle. So because the people wouldn't try and find what worked for that particular horse, they just moved on and discarded them like they are broken.
Sometimes, just taking a step back and taking a good look at the situation, and approaching it in a different direction is all that is needed. Sooo many GOOD horses get discarded because they are in the wrong hands 🙁... then they get the brand of not being good and are often passed by many other hands that could potentially help them!
A little trial and error is sometimes all it takes, try one thing and it may work with one horse, but the other thing may work with another. I've seen many top trainers use the same bits, same techniques, same everything on every single horse that comes into the stable, and they wonder why some horses don't work out 😉
There are many riders who do not like riding or training mares, often, so they explain, because mares can be more reactive than geldings.
And what I have found, personally, is that the reactivity of the horses I rode was in quite direct proportion to the reactivity that I brought to the mix.
I used to get into all sorts of adversarial situations with horses. I grew up in the 1950s, in very rural western Massachusetts, just 8 miles south of the Vermont line, and most of the old time horsemen of that era had grown up using horses for work and transportation.
60-65 years ago, when I started to deal with horses, there was a strong belief in "You got to make him mind." "Don't let him get away with that." You got to show him who's boss." And so on.
So for too many years I bought into those attitudes, and only when I started to avoid being reactive and confrontational with a nervous, or reactive horse, did I begin to be able to ride them without nearly the struggle that I had back in the years that I equated their reactivity as being "bad behavior."
Now, I think I can truly say, I almost never ever get into it with a horse. By "almost" I mean things like if I went into a stall, and the horse whipped around to kick me, I wouldn't stand there and let that behavior be acceptable. But as for being a patient rider and trainer, I am so much more patient, now that I don't compete at high levels, than I ever was when I was on that "gerbil wheel" of advanced eventing.
So many riders can do one or the other---Be a soft, calm trainer, or be a tough high octane big time competitor. But, ideally, try to be both at the same time, if you like to compete.
The mares I ride now, to get back to that, are calm and easy because I am calm and easy. It took me too long to figure it out, which is why I write these posts, to encourage other, younger riders and trainers avoid making as many mistakes as I made.
You will be around some very successful riders who are "rough" and they almost always have excuses why it is OK. I know that from having "been there, done that."
It is not OK. Be better than that.
A few of the things that make my heart happy ❤️😊
This right here is why I love what I do 💕
The famous Buster getting some love ❤️💙
Pearl is pretty sure that being clean is overrated 😳
Some cute minis I had the pleasure of body clipping today!!! They are a lil bit sleepy right now as they weren't big fans of it 😁
This is for all you barn moms out there!!! Thanks for supporting your kids 😊💕
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Amen! Raise each other up, don't knock each other down. Everyone is working on different things, each horse is completely different, and everyone is always working on improving something.... so in the end, just be kind to everyone.
This is so very true... everyone blames the horse, but 99% of the time it is the rider/handler.
Soo sad and so easily preventable.. everyone always needs to remember no matter how much they think they know their horse it is a flight animal and can react unexpectedly at any moment... my other pet peeve is leading a horse by the end of the lead rope, so dangerous and can set you up for disaster... I preach safety all the time and for good reason. Always make sure your making the safest decisions for you and your horse.!
I know my students hear me say this all the time, and for good reason...
"When we spend time with horses every day, it’s easy to become a bit lax in our handling skills, especially when we’re working with horses that we trust. Ultimately, horses are flight animals who are much larger and more powerful than we are. When we become too comfortable, accidents can happen."
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