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Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014

Hello Everyone!                                                           

Phonephotos244.jpgOh my, this winter has been a cold and wet one!  Today, we are having the second half of a huge snow storm with 7 inches already on the ground and the snow is still coming down.  It’s snowing so hard that I can barely see the barn!  All the horses are tucked-up in their stalls munching hay with no worries about deep snow, slippery ice and power outages.  Hummm…  Maybe I should have been a horse!

The winter weather has certainly put a damper on the lesson program, but the Pony Parties have been very fortunate.  With parties almost every Saturday, we’ve only had to postpone one, and that was just until the next afternoon.  Don and I enjoy every party with all those happy children and wonderful families.  We smile so much on party days that our faces hurt by evening!
PaintingwithGwen.JPGPainting with the horses is always a fun addition toGwenthereluctantartist.JPG any party.  The horses help each child paint a picture that they can then take home as a party favor. 
As you can see, some horses are more enthusiastic artists than others.   But they always appreciate a big “thank-you” kiss for their efforts! 

The Princess Unicorn parties are still the most popular parties.  Bahjah, our magical, black unicorn with the long silver horn, brings squeals of delight from all the little princesses in attendance.  I received a great call from the mother of one adorable princess who celebrated her 5th birthday here last spring.  The mom said that her daughter still talked about Bahjah almost every day.  As an incentive for improved school work, it was arranged for this girl to come for a special visit with Bahjah.  Horses are just so good for children – and adults!

Giselle-1-2014.jpgLittle Giselle, aka Gigi, is doing well and gaining weight nicely.  You may remember that Don and I rescued her from a neglectful owner in late November.  She is strong enough now for a few of my smaller students to take for short rides.  We plan for her to be our granddaughter Mila’s first pony, and also to use as a party pony - the fabulous, tiny, white unicorn.  So far, Giselle has proven to be a gentle, safe pony, especially with our little granddaughter.  Mila just turned 2 yrs. old, so she’s not quite ready to really ride yet, but it won’t be long!

We welcomed two, new boarders to Stonecrest Farm in January.  Tido is a handsome Paso Fino gelding and Daisy Mae is a rare Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse.  Each has a special personality that makes them fun additions to our horse family.  Their two owners are wonderful ladies that we are blessed to now call our friends.

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Stonecrest in the Snow - 2011

Spring Newsletter
April 2011  
Happy Spring Everyone!  It was a long, cold, miserable winter (see photo), but spring is finally here.  The horses’ hair is flying as they begin shedding their heavy, winter coats.  All sessions of grooming seem to leave the groomer with as much hair on them as is left on the horse!  Of course, the birds are making good use of that soft hair to line their nests.  We recently welcomed our annual visitors, all the way from Argentina – the barn swallows! 
Newsletter #1:  This is the first Stonecrest Farm Newsletter.  I hope to send one out at least every quarter.  So many new things are happening that a newsletter just seems necessary. 
Riding Lessons:  Due to popular demand, I am now offering basic riding lessons for beginners.  We will concentrate on learning balance, establishing a firm, independent seat, and developing light hands.  I’m working on my schedule now, so call to reserve your spot.  Cost: $40 per lesson, or save at $150 per month for 4, individual, hourly lessons - usually at one-per-week.
“Hello Horse!”  This pre-riding, lesson program is still the foundation of my teaching.  All potential riders must first learn to handle horses safely on the ground before riding lessons begin.  By learning how a horse thinks and communicates, students have a real advantage as they progress.  Cost: $25 per 45-minute lesson. 
New Horses:  Please welcome Lucky Duck and Cammie!  Lucky Duck is an adorable, Quarter Horse mare that joined us in Feb.  She is LuckyDuck.JPGtrained both English and Western and is a solid citizen for ground work. Cammie is a big, gorgeous, Paint mare who is retired from a successful dressage and jumping career.  Cammie has that mellow, been-there-done-that attitude.  Both mares are gentle, affectionate and fond of children and nervous adults ;) 
U.S. Equine Rescue League Fundraiser:  Saturday, April 9, 2011, found approximately 60 Girl Scouts here at Stonecrest Farm earning their Horsemanship Badge.  All the participation fees were donated to the USERL to help rescue and rehab abused, starved and neglected horses in central and western NC.  The Scouts learned about the breeds of horses, tack, care and feeding, grooming, the language of horses, and much more.  Emma Pony joined Lucky Duck and Cammie in providing each Scout the opportunity to groom a horse. 
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The Girl Scouts begin to arrive.

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