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Horse Care 101 at Allison Creek Farm!

Allison Creek Farm is excited to announce a new educational series! Come out to the farm to learn Horse Care 101 with all your favorite horse locals. Some classes, seminars, or workshops will be taught by us, others by the appropriate professionals. Cost will vary, hopefully with a few free ones!

Some of the topics we are considering include:

    • Vet: when to call the vet; vaccines; dental floats; deworming
    • Farrier: whens and whys of shoeing; hoof care and common problems
    • Nutrition
    • Breeding perspectives: vet, stallion owner, mare and foal owner
    • Saddle fit for both english and western disciplines
    • Buying a horse
    • Barn management: erosion and mud; grasses and hay; common local plants that are poisonous for horses; fencing; shelter
    • Basic horsemanship demonstrations; working with youngsters
    • Hauling: trailer safety; hauling and backing workshops

First event: Rope Halter Workshop – March 8th (link).

Do you have topic to suggest or questions? Comment on this page, email Amanda: amanda@allisoncreekfarm.com, or call her at 706.338.1358.

Rope Halter Workshop – March 8th

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Photo credit to Jennifer Elder

We are excited for the first workshop in our new educational series! Rope Halter Workshop with Stacey McCoy. Stacey will give a presentation about rope halters with one of our horses. We will discuss safety, why and how they work, and how you can use them to improve communication and safety with your horse. Then we will all settle in under the pavilion and tie your first halter!

Date and time: Thursday, March 8th, 2018 – 630p to 830p.

Location: Allison Creek Farm – 2131 Watson Spring Road, Watkinsville.

Cost is $25 per person. Rope will be provided. And you will get to take your halter home!

Notes:

  • Reservation required by March 5th (so we can get your supplies!)
  • Parking in the main pasture.

Call or email Amanda with to reserve your spot – 706.338.1358, amanda@allisoncreekfarm.com.

Rider Biomechanics Clinic with Stephanie Mosely – May 2018

Stephanie Mosely, www.theempoweredrider.com

We are excited to announce a Rider Biomechanics clinic with Stephanie Mosely! “Stephanie has dedicated herself to teaching what top riders actually do to achieve amazing results. Horses and riders from every discipline and level of experience can benefit from her calm and clear style.”

She works with all levels of riders and all disciplines. From both classical and western dressage to hunters, reiners, and barrel racers, all riders benefit from Stephanie’s clinic.

Become a better partner for your horse by learning how your body language, position, and balance affects your horse. Open or improve the lines of communication with your equine partner.

Clinician: Stephanie Mosely from The Empowered Rider.

Dates: May 11th, 12th, and 13th of 2018. Ride times will be posted prior to event.

Location: Allison Creek Farm – 2131 Watson Springs Road, Watkinsville, GA.

Auditing is free! Participation is available in private or semi-private sessions. Three days of semi-private, one hour sessions are $300 per horse/rider. Private sessions are available for an additional fee. One hour lecture after lunch every day. Lunch option can be added for $15/day with gluten free and vegetarian options. Stalls are available at $20 per night.

Participant testimonials: http://www.theempoweredrider.com/testimonials

Call or email Amanda to schedule: 706.338.1358 or amanda@allisoncreekfarm.com

Basics of Lunging Clinic

Lunging our horse helps us establish that the horse is relaxed, listening to cues, and ready to ride. It requires a different set of tools for communication with your horse as you are controlling your horse from the ground and not from their back. This clinic will focus on the basics of communication for lunging. Body language, controlling speed, how the heck to attach the lunge line to the bit, keeping the horse at the end of the lunge line, and more.

Clinician: Amanda McCoy

Date: March 11th, 2018 at 1pm to 5pm.

Location: Allison Creek Farm – 2131 Watson Springs Road, Watkinsville, GA

Auditing is free. The clinic will be limited to 4 participants for a 4 hour clinic. Participation is $85 per horse/rider team.

Cantering with Confidence Clinic

Cantering with your horse can be an exhilarating experience. But sometimes it is difficult to find a good balance between powerful and forward while keeping the canter controlled and comfortable. Stacey will help you release the tension so that you can communicate effectively with your horse.

Tension creeps into your body if you are afraid of the speed or that first powerful push that your horse needs to start the canter. Unfortunately, that tension flows to your horse. Fear and tension will cause your horse to potentially become worried, leading to spooking, spirals of tension, unbalance transitions and more.

Clinician: Stacey McCoy from Allison Creek Farm.

Date: April 8th, 2018, starts at 1p to 5p.

Location: Allison Creek Farm – 2131 Watson Springs Road, Watkinsville, GA.

Auditing is free. The clinic will be limited to 4 participants for a 4 hour clinic. Participation is $100 per horse/rider team.

Tying your horse to your trailer with HiTie

A few months ago AC Farm Services installed an Easy Care HiTie to our horse trailer. We first got the opportunity to tie horses to it at Shakarag’s Summer Hunter Pace and fell in love with it immediately. The HiTie has quickly become one of our most treasured tools when traveling. Our horses are happier, and that makes us happy.

What is a HiTie? It is a 4ft fiberglass “arm” that is bolted to the exterior of your horse trailer. It stows away for travel and is easy to engage for use.

Why do we recommend the HiTie? Most importantly, your horse’s comfort and safety. Additionally, it is handy, useful, and easy to use. The HiTie gives your horse freedom to move while restricting how far they can move. Your horse can graze, reach water buckets, even lie down.

What is the benefit of using the HiTie? When horses are tied from above their ability to pull back and fight is greatly reduced. In addition to this, the Hitie’s flexible fiberglass and bungee means that your horse, if they were to pull back, is less likely to actually break away. The manufacturer says the fiberglass has a tested strength of “up to 72,000 lb.” Additionally, the adjustable bungee accessory is designed to tear away when it is under great stress. In the event of an emergency, and your horse needs to escape, it can do so.

How does the HiTie work? As your horse pulls back, the HiTie and bungee slowly increases the pressure. This is preferable to a lead rope tied at eye level because if a horse pulls back, there is nothing to suggest they step forward until they reach the end of the rope, and by then the spooking horse may be in full flight or fight mode, increasing the likelihood that they will break away. Remember, all new tools need proper introductions to horses, but in our experience the horse can challenge the HiTie a little and they stay safely tied.

We recently heard a story about a distracted horse owner who tried to drive off without loading his horse. He had his gelding tied to the back of his trailer. He got in his truck and pulled away, not remembering his horse was still tied out of sight. Luckily, the horse escaped with only minor injuries. One of our clients watched the horse struggle to break free brought their trailer the following week for a HiTie installation. Not only is her horse in full view of her side view mirrors, but with the bungee her horse will be able to safely tear away.

 For more information visit ACFarmServices.com.

Here is a helpful video of the HiTie in use from Easy Care:

Art 2 Ride Meet-up Oct 28

We are proud to host the Fans and Followers of Art2Ride (and their horses!) on October 28th at Allison Creek Farm.

There are no scheduled trainers, this is just a meet up for us to work our horses together and build the community. This is the first time we have hosted an event like this, so we are open to participant suggestions.

The facility has a $20 per rider fee, and I thought we’d start around 11am and go til midafternoon. Email (amanda@allisoncreekfarm.com) or call (706.338.1358) if you have any questions.

The farm address is 2131 Watson Springs Road, Watkinsville, GA.

SOLD Shadows Premium Blend 2008 Smokey Palomino Missouri Fox Trotter gelding

Shadows Premium Blend, a 2008 registered Missouri Fox Trotter.  ‘Premium’ is an smokey palomino gelding offered for sale at $6500.00. He is 14.2 tall, but he thinks he is taller. Premium is gaited and his color is phenomenal.  You really need to see this horse in person to appreciate him.

Premium spent 30 days this spring in Stacey McCoy’s advanced training program with outstanding results. Then he spent the summer carrying his owner over miles and miles of trails. He is honest and willing on the trail, though a little fast as many gaited horses are. He is familiar with water crossings and bridges.

Premium ties, stands, clips, and loads. He is sound and well-mannered.

 

Jackson 2014 smokey buckskin QH gelding

 

“Jackson” is a 14.3hh smokey buckskin. He is 3 years old and is a registered Quarter Horse. We are currently asking $6500 for this nice gelding. We expect him to mature around 15.1hh.

Jackson is currently in a training program with 60 days completed. He has a relaxed walk, nice trot and canter, all with nice long strides. Jackson is athletic and could go in any direction you like. He would make a great hunter pony or a trail horse.  He is very quiet on the trails and calm around traffic, crosses water, bridges, etc. Stands for farrier, grooming, etc. Loads and waits patiently on the trailer… this gelding has the manners of your favorite horse. You know, the horse that is a pleasure to have in your stable.

 

Jackson has the personality of a seasoned been-there-done that horse. He is calm and level headed. Jackson would make a great horse for a beginner. He is sensitive to the aids and responds well without being overly sensitive about his surroundings. This is a gelding that has been started right, with respect given to his growing body and brain. He is still young, and sometimes shows his goofy, teenager side.. but never by misbehaving. He likes to pick up things with his mouth (which I find adorable) and still very curious about the world.

Soapy 6YO Dapple Grey QH gelding

“Soapy” is quite the looker! He is a very stout 16.2hh and is a stunning dapple grey gelding. He is a registered Quarter Horse.

Soapy is green, with consistent walk/trot and some canter under saddle. He is extremely athletic and needs a rider who will put him to work. He has good ground manners and stands for grooming, bathing, and picks up feet, etc.

Asking $2500. More information, pictures, and video will be uploaded shortly.