Fair Winds Farm Offers A Variety Of Services For Horse and Rider
-Starting young horses.
-Training and preparation for Mare Performance Test/inspections.
-Full training packages
-Training and competing horses.
Please contact us for prices and availability.
Young Horse Starting/Training
We believe you only have one opportunity to start a young horse correctly. Starting young horses, starts from the moment they are born. We interact with all of our youngsters in short increments and always end with positive, fun sessions. We find it very important to train and start horses in a way that they can best understand, which is basic herd mentality.
All of our youngsters are started in the round pen. The round pen is a great tool when used correctly. It is a very valuable training method that can be used to achieve incredible results. Round penning is about awareness, not about physical exhaustion. The round pen creates a safe, controlled environment. We use it to teach ground manners, learn voice commands, develop control, build trust, but most important we consider it a classroom. Any horse that comes here for training, no matter the age or experience will start with basic round pen training as a way to introduce ourselves.
Under Saddle Training
Our goal is to always end every session with a happy horse. Training should be fun, challenging and educational. Our program is designed to suit the needs of each horse and rider. Our foundation is to have all of our horses relaxed, supple, light in the hand, willing and responsive to the seat. Our training includes cavelleti work, trails, training outside of the ring, trot sets and strong basic dressage fundamentals. For the rider we focus on a correct balanced seat, as this creates confidence, harmony and better communication between horse and rider.
Raising Young Horses
We offer a safe, natural environment for young horses to grow up in. We understand that the younger years are the most important for horses development. Our horses are turned out and raised in a herd with at least one older mare or gelding. Horses need lots of room to grow and develop. Raising young horses in a pasture with a herd offers many benefits. Foals can learn early on about balance over different ground such as puddles, fallen limbs, holes, etc.. This builds good bone, strong feet, athleticism and a braveness. Horses growing outside get their grazing instincts met and are constantly allowed to move around tend to have less issues with colic. Being in a herd allows them to build relationships, but most importantly they are happier horses.
We also offer sales, preparation for handling at breed shows and inspections for any young horse
We offer a clean, safe, quiet place for mares to deliver. Our barn was built with breeding and foaling in mind. We have four 12' x 24' stalls with comfort mats, lots of ventilation, fans and camera's in each stall to keep a close eye on the mare, as she gets closer to delivery. Our stalls are cleaned and sanitized before the foal is born. We use straw for delivery, as it won't cling to the wet newborn or mare the way small wood particles can.
Most mares foal without difficulty. We allow the mare to foal undisturbed and unassisted. If a problem becomes apparent, we are there to assist and always have our vets on standby.
Following birth of the foal, we monitor the mare and foal to make sure:
-Foal is breathing normally.
-Foal is bright and alert to its new surroundings.
-The foal should make attempts to rise within 30 minutes following its birth.
-Mare is non-aggressive, curious and accepting of her newborn.
-Foal should stand and nurse within two hours of birth. If the foal has not nursed within 3 hours, we will call your veterinarian.
-Foal should pass meconium (the first sticky, dark stool) shortly after birth.
-Mare should be bright and alert. We allow her to eat as soon as she is ready and supply plenty of clean, fresh water and hay.
-Once the placenta has been expelled, we examine it to make sure it is intact, particularly at the tips of the horns.
- We will save the placenta in a safe place for for your veterinarian to examine.
It is essential that the foal receive an adequate supply of colostrum. Colostrum, the mare's first milk, is extremely rich in antibodies. It provides the foal with passive immunity to help prevent disease until its own immune system kicks in. A foal must receive colostrum within the first eight to twelve hours of life in order to absorb the antibodies. If a foal is too weak to nurse, we may need to milk the mare and give the colostrum to the foal via a syringe or bottle. The foal should be tested before twelve hours and if IgG is deficient, it can be supplemented.
Once the foal has had a well baby check up, we allow the mare and foal to go outside. Letting the mare move around helps with her pain and allows the foal to stretch his legs, movement is great for their mind and health.
For the first month the mare and foal will be in a private paddock, turned out at the coolest parts of the day. Foals have a very hard time regulating their temperature so its very important to make sure the mare and foal do not get too hot. We gradually introduce them to other mare and foals. We find it incredibly important for foals to interact with other foals to learn social behavior.