Mon 8:00 AM EDT531 Starnes Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681-7672, United States
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You and your horse can become more confident and better equipped to handle difficult situations!! International clinicians, Bill Richey and Karen Swanson bring years of mounted police horse training to the table to bring this level of control within your reach. Teach your horse to stay focussed on you on the trails, around other horses and even during crowd control!! Limited spaces and comping available. Act now or miss out!

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Caroline Romanski
· October 11, 2017
I’ve been riding with Dana on and off since I was in high school! Personally I think she is awesome!!! Her knowledge about horses, their health, tack knowledge, etc.
I’ve had some health issues an...d basically I’m starting back over riding again. It’s hard to admit when you’ve been riding almost as long as you’ve been alive?! I never thought I would get this way!
Dana is very understanding and patient when I’m feeling down on myself. She knows how to explain things in a way that always make me feel better no matter what!!!
Thank you so much Dana for everything you have done for me this year������� you’re the best������������������������
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Lindsey Mullen Todd
· February 27, 2017
I rode here throughout college and now 4 years post graduation I still miss it every day! Dana and Sarah are amazing instructors. Awesome herd of lesson horses. Wonderful boarders. Just an overall atmosphere to learn and grow as a horsewoman while having so much fun! Thank you FEC for some of my favorite horse-y memories and skills that will last a lifetime!!! See More
Laura Waters
· February 27, 2016
Both my daughters have been riding at Foothills for over 13 years. Dana's main concern is safety for horses and riders.
Sometimes she has to be tough in order to keep everyone safe. The horses are we...ll cared for and very much loved.
Dana is extremely knowledgeable and teaches us all many things about horses. I wouldn't even think about going anywhere else. Thank you Dana for all you do!!
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Cathy Ann Cain Bartolovich
· August 3, 2016
I give this place five stars and they deserve five stars!
My granddaughter has been taking her riding lessons
here and she has come so far because of Sarah's ...
professional training and Dana's professional training.
Brooklyn will continue her lessons here as we are very
satisfied with the services for the money. Love this
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Elizabeth Broome Kaiser
· May 31, 2016
My daughter started riding at Foothills Equestrian Center when she was 8 years old. She is now 17...She has grown up there. Learning not only skills as an equestrian but learning about responsibilit...y and respect. Dana Dewey provides so many wonderful opportunities for kids to learn and grow with horses. She cares so much about them and feeds their passion with knowledge and opportunity. Sarah Klassett has been a wonderful coach and mentor through the years teaching my daughter so much more than how to ride!
I highly recommend this facility to anyone who is looking for a training and boarding facility. You will find that and so much more!
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Lauren Alisse Waters
· March 11, 2016
I absolutely love riding and boarding at Foothills. I am constantly learning new things in a safe environment, and encouragement, advice or assistance is readily available. I'm very thankful for my ...'barn family', including many sweet and gracious equine teachers. See More
Ann Moore
September 23, 2013
A "list topping" favorite! The place to be if your ambition is to learn, and continue learning skills for becoming a top notch horse person both in the saddle and on the ground!
Kelsey Steller
· February 27, 2017
I rode here in middle, high school, and college! You will not find better instruction or care in the area.
David Moose
· September 30, 2015
Attended a birthday party here and loved it! Staff was professional, facility was nice, and I thought it was a good value for what was included. I would recommend tjem to anyone!
Rachel Doe
· September 27, 2015
I do not recommend this barn. Once my daughter reached a certain point (only walk trot canter and poles on the ground) Sarah stopped paying attention to her. Many people have said this. Again. This is... the last place I would EVER recommend to ANYONE of ANY riding level.
To those looking for boarding barns: hell no! They abuse horses and the pastures are terrible.
If you would like any more info you can call/text- (828)-407-1495
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Abby Cox
· June 11, 2016
Foothills is a wonderful barn! Everyone is so nice, and they take such good care of their horses and riders. They do a good job making sure everyone is safe, and happy.
Meghan Young
· February 21, 2016
Dana is one cold-hearted old lady who is all about the money. There are many people who have left due to the fact that she doesn't pay them for their work, doesn't keep fresh water in the stall, the s...tall are dirty and the riders are just stuck up, and think they are better than everyone else. See More
Jackie Sain Greene
· August 17, 2015
Great place to have a birthday party. The kids had a great time!
Devin Drummond
· May 29, 2016
I had a lesson and it was absolutely amazing! Dana was very kind, smart and answered all my questions, will come back definitely.
Mary L Everette
· November 26, 2015
Love Dana and her ability to make you feel welcomed. Her knowledge of riding is awesome!
Jessica Moore
· February 26, 2016
these camp photos that are posted, are fake. They are using student pictures as their camp pics, when that is a girl riding at sunrise or sunset, and camp isn't during that time. BEWARE OF THESE FAKE ...PICTURES!!!!! See More
Susan Foster
· September 18, 2015
Everything I learned about riding horses that was useful, I learned it at Foothills.
Katelyn Young
· September 22, 2013
Oh no somehow accidentally rated this earlier but I fixed it! I love Foothills!
Clinic with Bill Richey Dec 6 & 7 2008
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Michele Burgard, DVM

This was posted by a farrier friend of mine who I really admire. I can't think of any words that hit closer to home:
I am your farrier....I drive backroads ever...y day looking for you and your horses. I argue with the GPS lady about which turns to make, how far to drive, where to go next.

I touch hundreds of horses and I love them. This farrier thing is much more than my job, it's my life. I do more than nail shoes on your horses feet or trim away excess hoof. I train them, help them be confident, assure them life will be okay.

I am the guy who is the first line against poor performance or unsoundness. I work hard to make your horse and you comfortable, sound, and happy.

I pet your dogs, play with your kids, compliment your barn. Ive helped you catch horses, worm them, give them shots and not once did I charge your for these little extras. I'm happy to help.

My hands are scarred and rough, yet gentle and kind. Sometimes I bleed for you. My knees are pocked with hundreds of tiny nail holes and yet you never know I hurt or I'm sore and stiff and tired. I would keep working under any conditions because this is more than my job or my work, it's who I am.

I see happy, well cared for horses with bright sunny stalls and I see horses mired in muck and urine. I work with healthy, happy horses and horses who have given every ounce of their heart and soul for your pleasure. Sadly I also see horses that, through ignorance or neglect, are misused, abused and unhappy. Some days I have to bite my tongue and some days I speak my mind about how you treat your horses.

I am your farrier. Ive watched your kids grow, Ive seen your life bloom. Ive been there when tragedy struck and when you experienced the happiness I wish for you always.

A warm or cool dry place with level ground is all I ask for most of the time. For your horses to stand quietly and to be paid on time.
When you think of me, think of the long hours, the hot days, the rain and wind, think of the good things Ive done for you and your horse.

Think of me as a professional. Think of me as a caring, sincere person who truly wants the best for you and your horse.
You've never paid me for the nails I drive or the steel I shape, you pay me for the knowledge I have. I thirst for that knowledge and I hunger to apply that knowledge.

I am proud of what I do and my vow to you is this, I will try hard to be better tomorrow than I was today. I will first, do no harm and most of all, I am your farrier.

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We are THANKFUL for all of our great students, boarders and friends!!! Foothills Eq Ctr will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Nov 19 - 26

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Kim Marie Frasz Shabeldeen added 2 new photos.

Thursday, October 12 from 5-8pm.
Foothills Equestrian Center IEA Team is hosting a Spirit Night at the Chick-fil-A on 127. Please come out and support our team of riders.

so proud!!

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Dana Leigh Dewey is with Sarah Newman Klassett and 2 others.

Just the best trainers instructors ever!! You ladies rock and that's no bs!!

Laze L Farm Photography added 7 new photos.

Today I got to shoot Nikki & Colt's Engagement session. I met Nikki several months ago shooting. Nikki is one of the sweetest people and Loralyle (the horse) one of the coolest horses ever.

We got to shoot at a barn that I grew up riding at and it is always so fun to see all the places where I used to spend so much time! Nikki and Colt are so cute together and we had a blast walking around the beautiful farm!

Loralyle is a rescue horse who was bought at a local horse sale and had never really been messed with. Nikki started riding her and getting her going and now she is jumping over three feet and she is only 14'2" which is considered a large pony. This little mare has a heart of gold and is one of the sweetest horses I have ever met. I love following their journey and seeing how far they have come.

I can not wait for Nikki and Colt's wedding this fall. It is going to be on Colt's grandfathers farm with family and friends surrounding them. As Nikki describes it, it will be a really large picnic. Thank you guys for rocking your session this afternoon!!

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On August 9 the Polk County Health Department was notified by the NC State Lab of Public Health of a positive rabies report of an Equine in the area of Red Fox Road in Columbus, NC. Any person bitten or exposed to potentially infectious saliva from an equine in this area should contact their healthc...
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Nikki Olivia McGinnis updated her cover photo.

New Post! To The 50+ Year-Old Horse Rider

People often ask me what they need to do if they are older riders. Is anything particularly different for the over 50 crowd?

I know you’re out there. In fact, I know there are more of you (us) than ever before. It seems like more and more middle-aged people are able to maintain their health, finances and activity l…

New Post! Jelly Elbows & Clutched Elbows & The In-Between

Let's look at the two extremes of what can happen in the rider's elbows, and then see what the in-betw...een can do to help us keep quieter hands, more subtle rein aids, and generally become more stable in our riding position. Exercise at the end.

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Maybe I should call this article something like, “How To Maintain Quiet Hands.” That’s because we are more likely to notice the hands of the horse rider more than anything else. W…
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For Sale-cute hunter pony

Jasmine is a 13 year old medium pony mare. Very sane and sound, and never foundered, goes barefoot. She gets along well with mares in ...the pasture, ties, clips, loads, good with feet, and great on trail rides. She has been used for camp and in a lesson program for the past 5 years. She has been used for IEA shows and local schooling shows and could go much further. She's a good mover and always foward, safe, and cute over jumps x-rails to 2'3". She's not push button on changes but does get them if she is straight and foward. She has been outgrown by her lease kid and I no longer have room in the program for her to be a full time school pony. Asking $1700. Located in Hickory, NC. 828-381-0473 or 704-472-6741.

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