We love our horses and they become part of our family, see what Happy Healthy Horses is all about.
New: We offer a helmet waiver for activities on the farm.
For a limited time we are offering a FREE one-hour natural horsemanship lesson for you every month - a $35.00 value!
We provide individual care, on 35 acres of organic, well-kept pastures. Each horse has about 7 acres versus seven horses on one acre at other stables.... (read more) There is an automatic heated water tank super-large loafing shed with a salt/mineral box and the herd is on a deworming schedule.
We offer a supportive-quiet atmosphere, a large outdoor arena and 36 miles of trails, part of the property is attached to the only public riding trails in Racine County. Board is $225.00.
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Organic fields since 1996!
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With 35 acres of pasture, we plan to have no more than 9 horses kept on our farm.
• "The size of the herd is another important consideration. More than 10 animals are really pushing it. Wild horse bands tend to be small." (Dr. Katherine Houpt of Cornell University)
Why do we care about pasture and grain?
Our pastures and hay consist of Orchard grass, Brome grass, and Ladino Clover. They have proven to be good, wholesome forage for the horses. When a horse requires grain, we feed up to 5#/day of whole oats and/or corn. Each horse has his own feedbag.
• "Green growing pasture is the best source of carotene." Carotene is the precursor to Vitamin A. (Dr. Fredrick Harper of Rutgers University) Orchard grass is an excellent source of Vitamin E. Orchard grass can supply a horse with 3,900 IU/day. Orchard grass hay can provide 1,700# IU/day. Alfalfa hay on average can only provide 100-200IU/day. (Dr. Linda Blythe Oregon State University) The recommended daily allowance is 500-2000 IU/day. (Dr. Gary Pusillo -The Equine Athlete vol.3, no.6)
• Bromegrass hay is 9.6% digestible protein. Alfalfa hay is 12.8% digestible protein. (Dr. Fredrick Harper) In the past, horses were routinely fed 14-15% protein. Today it is more likely to be 8-12%. (Dr. Michelle Henry University of Georgia) Excess protein must be metabolized and excreted in the urine. High protein diets have been associated with colic, laminitis, & tying-up. (Dr. Doug Houselander-Texas A&E & Dr. Nancy S. Loving DVM)
• For winter maintenance, Dr. Matthew Mackay-Smith recommends feeding more fibrous feeds. Long stemmed grass hay's high fiber content is the best forage for generating body heat. When choosing grain, oats produce more heat than a less fibrous, but more energy-rich feed like corn.
• "Horses fed grain are at a higher risk of colic than those with little or no grain in their diet." (Dr. Christine King) "If you feed more than 2# of grain/day, feed plain whole oats. Sweet feeds raise blood/urine acidity causing muscle fatigue, tying-up, etc. Whole oats preserve nutrition and minimize dust." Oats have 9.4% digestible protein and corn has 6.7%. (Dr. Fredrick Harper -Rutgers University)
• Dr. Nancy S. Loving DVM advocates the use of feedbags. "Use of a feedbag allows him to eat his specified amount without interference from others... He'll be happier with companionship and turnout than if you had to confine him to a stall to eat."
• Even internationally known Doug Butler farrier and educator claims, "The best place to keep your horse is a green pasture. A stable is the least desirable unless it's kept clean, is well ventilated, and the horse is worked daily. "
Why don't we keep them in the barn more?
Horses on outdoor board have access to a run-in shed. Horses on stall board are in their stalls at night when the weather is inclement.
• "Horses kept on pasture 24 hours/day are at much lower risk of: colic, respiratory conditions such as heaves, and exercise associated muscle problems such as tying-up." (Dr. Christine King) "Horses housed indoors at any time were 4x more likely to develop respiratory infections than horse kept outdoors all of the time." (Michigan State University study of close to 4,000 horses)
• "Horses in natural settings spend 70% of their time grazing. Grazing activities give positive purpose to a horse's daily routine. Additionally, as members of a species with a strong social structure, most horses enjoy living in the company of other compatible horses." (Dr. Brenda Forsythe Sappington)
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