It’s been a busy month here at Clearview! We’ve attended or hosted horse shows almost every weekend, and plenty of folks have visited the farm to trail ride, stay at our bed and breakfast, and enjoy the companionship of their equines. Enjoy our photo roundup of the highlights!
Special Feature – Happy Independence Day!
First, we hope everyone had a fun, safe holiday weekend over the 4th of July! No doubt plenty of you enjoyed cookouts, fireworks, and time with family and friends. But if you own dogs or keep your horses on your property, you’ve probably had to think about how to keep your animals calm if you live near neighbors who set off fireworks or within hearing range of a professional display. And while the 4th is already over this year, Labor Day is coming up fast.
Check out this helpful list of tips from HorseChannel.com on safety measures to take for your horse, donkey, or mule before the next holiday involving fireworks (Source: http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-news/2012/07/04/horses-and-fireworks.aspx):
- “In most cases, it’s best to keep your horse outdoors where he won’t feel trapped. However, if your horse isn’t accustomed to being out at night, keep his routine consistent.
- A large turnout area is preferable to a small paddock. If your horse is in a small area, there’s a risk of him running through the fence.
- Check your horse’s stall or turnout area for any hazards such as broken boards or holes that could injure him if he does run around.
- If your horse is in the barn, leave a radio on playing soothing music. The background sounds can help dull the shock of firework noises.
- Watch out for your own safety and don’t try to stay with your horse in his stall or next to him in the pasture to comfort him. If the fireworks do cause him to try and escape, you probably won’t be able to stop him and will risk getting yourself injured in the process.
- As a last resort, if you’re certain that your horse is going to have trouble, ask your vet to administer a sedative beforehand.
- Start planning ahead for next year. The best defense against fear of fireworks is to desensitize your horse to unexpected sights and sounds using positive reinforcement.”
Thanks for the great tips, Horse Channel!
Word in the Herd
Update on Miracle
Our rescue Haflinger mare Miracle has a clean bill of health and now loves trail rides!
It’s so rewarding to see how far she has come. When she first came to the farm, she was so skinny that her ribs showed and we had to monitor her diet carefully to help her gain weight. Now she’s the exact opposite at a healthy weight and now needs exercise just like any other horse to keep her fit and muscled. We’re continually doing groundwork with her, and she’s coming along beautifully.
She gets along with everyone she meets, including our gaited mule, farm dogs, and even a potential suitor! This handsome Haflinger is Ajax, and he may just be Miracle’s new secret admirer. If anyone wants to go on a couple’s trail ride, why not go on an adorable pair like this?
Leisure Time on the Farm
Summer time is great for trail rides and just enjoying the farm scenery. Once the chores are done and any training sessions are completed, nothing beats an evening ride. And of course, our farm dogs often tag along for fun.
Finally, we had a real treat recently! One of our farm guests mentioned that she had always dreamed of riding a Fresian, and since we just so happen to have a Fresian on the farm, we were more than happy to oblige! We just loved her outfit and how striking horse and rider looked in this photo.
Music City Donkey Show
July was jam-packed with horse, donkey, and mule shows! First we hosted the Music City Donkey show right after the 4th of July weekend.
We had some super star miniature donkeys compete – beautiful, intelligent, and adorable! The hospitality was splendid, and everyone had a wonderful time!
We hope to see everyone back next year!
Mule and Donkey Celebration
The next weekend didn’t have any shows coming to Clearview, so we got together with friends and brought some of our mules to the Mule and Donkey Celebration in Shelbyville.
The classes were impressive, with plenty of talented mules and donkeys competing for top honors.
Folks could enjoy a wagon ride during downtime.
Laurie Wilson and Toby got a ribbon in the flag race.
And the show even awarded ribbons to the farm dogs!
We wrapped up the July shows by hosting the Pleasure Walking Horse Association of Tennessee for a day of classes celebrating flat-shod walking horses. Since Shelbyville is often considered the Tennessee Walking Horse capital of the world, it was only fitting that we host a show in their honor.
People love walking horses for their comfortable gaits and sweet, gentle dispositions, and we saw plenty of those prized qualities in the horses that competed in this show.
Equines and Services for Sale
Tinker Belle – $2500 OBO
Tinker Belle is an 8 year old POA-registered pony, 55 inches, ideal for a child or small adult. She’s got a gentle, patient temperament and is great for games, poles, barrel racing, and trail riding. She shows great potential in pole bending with natural lead changes. Tinker Belle has been ridden by a retired judge on the trails these past 4 years. Consequently she is happy and laid back. With just a bit of games training, she could make some kid a great pony for games or a wonderful trail horse for a small adult. She is steady, easy, broke, sound, and needs a good home.
Corona Extra Chex Stud Service – $850
There’s still time to take advantage of Corona Extra Chex’s impeccable bloodline and stud services! As you can see from the photo below, he is intelligent and fearless when learning new things. He quickly took to manipulating poles like a pro!
Contact us anytime to schedule an appointment to meet this sweet, personable stallion!
Upcoming Shows and Events
We’ve got two excellent, family-friendly events at Clearview to finish out the summer before all the kids are back in school. First, the Cowboy Mounted Shooters Associations will be back for a Western Mounted shootout. For more information about the sport, visit http://www.cmsaevents.com/home/. Then the Tennessee State Appaloosa Horse Club is sponsoring a show open to all breeds and ages, with a variety of classes to suit everyone’s equine interests.
August 8-9th, 2015
Western Mounted Shooters
Phone: (931) 632-0408
August 15th, 2015
Tennessee Extravaganza Fun with Friends
Open Show - All Breed – ApHC Pointed
Sponsored by: Tennessee State Appaloosa Horse Club
Starts at 8:30am
Judge: Susan Stafford
That wraps up the news for July! Join us next month as we recap some of these upcoming events and bring you more photos and highlights from Clearview Horse Farm! Take care for now!
Comment Questions: Did you attend any of the shows this month? If so, which one? We would love to see your pictures and hear your trail riding and competition stores in the comments below or on our Facebook page!