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. 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.

SOLD Jackson 2014 smokey buckskin QH gelding

“Jackson” is a 2014 15.1hh smokey buckskin registered Quarter Horse.

Stacey bought Jackson as a 2 year old and developed him into the steady Eddy he is today. 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.

SOLD 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.

More information, pictures, and video will be uploaded shortly.

SOLD Superman 6YO 15.1 Black TWH gelding

SOLD – Congrats to his new owner!

Superman is a solid black 6 YO Registered Tennessee Walking Horse offered at $4000. This gelding stands very nicely built at 15.1hh. He has a more stocky build than most TWH we see, and is well muscled to carry you over whatever terrain you want. He is naturally gaited, and his gaits are smooth and easy to ride at any speed you choose. He will happily walk all day if that is what you want to do, but also can get his energy up for a spirited ride if you change your mind! We mostly ride non-gaited horses here but have really enjoyed working with Superman, he is quite the character.

Superman has been in Stacey’s training program for 60 days, and has a solid foundation. He has been ridden extensively on the trails and does well. He is barefoot and remains sound despite the heavy work of the last few months.  He has come far since he started with Stacey, gaining confidence every day.

He is extremely affectionate and really enjoys human interactions. He is sensitive, paying close attention to his human, wanting to please which makes grooming  him enjoyable. Superman has lovely ground manners and really is a sweet horse.  But being a sensitive horse, he is not quite ready for a beginner. His current owner was hoping to use him for police work, but decided Superman wasn’t going to cut it as a police mount, so we are helping her sell him.

 

Avi – 14.2h 6YO Paint gelding

Avi is an adorable 2010 chestnut and white grade paint. This 14.2hh gelding is offered for sale at $6500 (negotiable to right home). His naturally very forward. He has 3 great gaits. Avi is sensitive to seat and leg cues, and is developing really good control over his shoulder and back legs. He has been in consistent work for over a year now, no lameness issues. He is mostly trained on the flat, with lots of long trail rides. Jumping fundamentals have been added to his training program once a week starting in Oct 2017. He loads and hauls well, stands for grooming, bathing, farrier.

This gelding is very forward, and soft in the contact. He is still learning to relax and trust the hand, he was extremely above the bit when he came to us. But he is learning to work over his back and developing the muscle to carry himself. He has good conformation, beautiful feet. Has gone barefoot, but is currently in front steel shoes. Despite his crabby ears, I have found that he actually likes to work and tries hard for me. He greets me when I come to the gate and follows me around the barn yard. He is relatively unflappable hacking on the trail, and very sure footed. Crosses water, bridges, banks, rides well alone. Walks, trots, and lopes on loose rein on the trails.

He has a natural talent for jumping, there is no stop in this guy – very brave. I highly recommend him as a foxhunter, trail horse, jumper, or eventer.   We are going to be taking him to a few local schooling shows. Look for us out and about. I will happily give a lessons to introduce you to him, he is a great little mount, with a fun personality.

As you can see in our pics and videos, Avi needs someone his size. If he had a little more size on him, I would keep him for an event prospect. Come and meet this fun pony – email Amanda@allisoncreekfarm.com or call 706/338.1358.

Getting Ready for Riding Weather Clinic with Stacey McCoy

Join Stacey McCoy of Allison Creek Farm for a clinic to get yourself and your horse ready for the approaching warm weather. It is almost time to be hitting the trail regularly! We all need a little confidence boost to build trust  and communication with our equine partners! Participation is full!  If you would like to be on the waiting list, please fill out the registration and we will notify you in the event of a cancellation. Auditing is free!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

  • 9am – Tack and Gear workshop with local leathersmith Susan Akins. Everyone knows that one of the fundamentals of horseback riding is having safe, practical, usable tack (a little bling never hurts though, right!?) We will walk through how to how to clean and inspect tack for safety and usability.
  • 10:30am – 2 hour clinic. Focus of the clinic is building seat aids and balance. The purpose is to improve confidence through the keystone aids of the seat. We will start with a little ground work then work through some grids focusing on trot-canter transitions.
  • 12:30pm lunch – Please bring your own lunch. We will be discussing knots during lunch.
  • After lunch we will be out on the confidence course until 4pm. Stacey will be present to help you and your horse work through your questions.

Dr. Dana Peroni of Covered Bridge Equine has agreed to join us in the afternoon perform chiropractic adjustments for horses. Cost is $100 per horse and your horse will need to rest after it’s adjustment. Due to the physical nature of the job, she can only adjust 6 horses. Space is limited! Please indicate on your registration if you want to sign your horse up for an adjustment.

We are talking to Dr. Bryan Hooper of Eastside Chiropractic about joining us to perform chiropractic adjustments for humans!! Let us know if you are interested, and so we can get back to him with a number.

Jennifer Elder will be joining us to take photos! Thank you Susan, Dr. Peroni, Jennifer (and hopefully Dr. Hooper!) for joining Stacey to make this a fun and informative event.

Please complete the online registration below via Google Forms. After your registration is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email with more information about the clinic and how to pay the fees.