Foothills Equestrian CenterSports & Fitness Instruction in Taylorsville, North Carolina
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!
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 understand
Thank you so much Dana for everything
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 knowledgea
here and she has come so far because of Sarah's ...
Brooklyn will continue her lessons here as we are very
satisfied with the services for the money. Love this
I highly recommend this facility to anyone who is looking for a training and boarding facility. You will find that and so much more!
To those looking for boarding barns: hell no! They abuse horses and the pastures are terrible.
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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.
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) ...is 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!!
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?
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.
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.