Monday, September 19, 2016

How to Care for a Friesian's Mane


How to Care for a Friesian's Mane

This is a video of hair care products and techniques to care for a Friesian's mane. The products I use are Knot No More (used to detangle his braids after taking his hair down), Healthy Haircare Hair Moisturizer (used as a stay-in conditioner and for daily grooming), Pantene Beautiful Lengths shampoo & conditioner. I love these products! I hope they work well for your horse's mane, too!

Happy grooming!

Carol xo



Friday, March 20, 2015

A Day in the Life with Apollo


Apollo & Carol Whitaker
Royal Grove Stables

A Day in the Life with Apollo

This evening was magical with my precious stallion, Apollo. While my children were hanging out with their friends, and my husband was at work, I went out to spend time with Apollo, to muck his stall. 

Mucking Apollo’s stall is always entertaining, as strange as that sounds, it really is. Because he follows me around like a puppy dog and communicates his love for me while I’m mucking away. Apollo's love and affection made this evening as magical and enjoyable as ever…

As I walked out my back door towards our barn, the sun was beginning to go down and the crisp evening air began to set in, it was a beautiful evening with only a few clouds in the sky. When Apollo heard me call out to him, I was welcomed with a loving whinny as he greeted me at his stall door. When I approached him, I gave him a love and fed him one of his favorite treats, a half of an apple.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Hey there, my Utah Valley equestrian friends! ​ I've created a new horse riding club called "Utah Valley Moms Saddle Club". It's for women only (you don't have to be a mom or live in Utah Valley to join.). All ages of women, breeds of horses and style of riding are welcomed! ​ I was inspired to create this club because I love making new horse-loving friends, and it's great for horses to get out and socialize as well. ​ If you would like to join the club, we will be meeting at the Salt Lake Equestrian Center and/or the North Utah County Equestrian Park the first Friday of the month at 11:30 am. ​ I will post notifications about our upcoming rides on Facebook at http:/facebook.com/ApolloFriesianSlallion a few days prior. We will also go on trail rides as the weather warms up. ​ The more riders, the merrier! Please feel free to invite your family and friends who have horses to join too. ​ Plan on meeting at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center on February 6th at 11:30 am, at the east side of the indoor arena. ​ The address & phone are: ​ Salt Lake County Equestrian Center 2100 West 11400 South South Jordan, UT 84095 385-468-1600 ​ * Please note: it cost $5 to ride if you do not have a membership for each equestrian center/park. ​ If you would like to join the newly established Utah Valley Moms Saddle Club, please fill in the Contact Us link to the left and fill in your name and phone number and how many will be joining the club. You're also welcome to contact me if you have any questions or comments. ​ We look forward to getting to know you and your horse! We're going to have a lot of fun!!! ​ Happy trails, ​ Carol & Apollo

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Utah Valley Moms Saddle Club

Utah Valley Moms Saddle Club

Hey there, my Utah Valley equestrian friends! ​ I've created a new horse riding club called "Utah Valley Moms Saddle Club", it's for women only (you don't have to be a mom or live in Utah Valley to join.). All ages of women, breeds of horses and style of riding are welcome! ​ I was inspired to create this club because I love making new horse-loving friends, and it's great for horses to get out and socialize as well. ​

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Playing with My Friesian Stallion: A Day in the Life with Apollo

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A Day in the Life of Apollo ~ 
Playing with My Friesian Stallion

This is a short video of my beloved Apollo and I playing... I had just let him out to go play in our turnout, and this is a video my precious daughter caught of him frolicking as we let him to go run around. He has such a huge personality! You'd never guess he was a magnificent stallion! 

Apollo's the love of my life, next to my hubby and children. He's my equine soul-mate of which I am deeply grateful for. We have sooo much fun together!!! His loving and playful personality ignites my spirit beyond expression. I thank God each and every day for his majestic spirit in my life... 

Apollo truly is what dreams are made of! Xo


Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Day to Remember with Apollo, My Friesian Stallion

A Day to Remember with Apollo ~ 
My Friesian Stallion

Apollo ~ Ster Friesian Stallion


I took Apollo to get collected today. He was such a good boy! He was also one highly potent boy--he had 17 billion sperm! 

After he was finished the vet tech put him in a stall next to another stallion while we did the paperwork. The other stallion and Apollo were huffing and puffing at each other through the bar divider to prove who was the superior stallion. Apollo was all wound up, so I knew I needed to get him out of there.... I walked into the stall to the other side of where he and the other frisky stallion were and called to him, he stopped to look at me and then calmly walked over to me. As the gentleman that he is, he stood perfectly still while I put his halter on and kept his undivided attention on me.

How many stallions that are in a middle of a confrontation with another stallion would turn and walk away to be with their human mom? Needless to say, that moment took my breath away... He didn't even look at the other stallion while I was standing next to him waiting for the vet to come and tell me the results of his sperm count.

Once again, words can not describe the spiritual bond Apollo and I share. our bond is what fairy-tales are made of... And for that, I am thankful beyond expression...

Apollo truly is, what dreams are made of! xoxo

 Carol & Apollo

Monday, March 24, 2014

Apollo, Ster Friesian Stallion

APOLLO! 


Happy Monday!

I hope you're all off to an excellent start to the week. I had a fabulous weekend with my family and Apollo. We had a welcome home luncheon for our "foster" daughter, Lindsey, yesterday after church. 

Apollo was in our turnout in our backyard during our family festivities, he loved showing off for all our guests, he trotted around and then after saying "hi" to those next to the fence, he would turn canter away powerfully showing off his magnificent movement and he did the same for those who stopped by on the opposite side of our property near the street. People always stop and watch him when he's out, and boy oh boy did he ever give them a show. He was loving all the attention and excitement in the air!

It was so much fun to watch him strut his stuff! I just sat watching him in awe at his beauty and grace as he entertained our guests and neighbors walking by. He made our party that much more enjoyable and unforgettable for all who came.

And to top it all off, my daughter received this stunning image of Apollo that daughter's friend, Maddy, took last weekend at the Utah Horse Expo. Once again, she captured his magnificent essence beautifully.

Well, I'm off to ride Apollo now... Have an awesome week everyone! xo

 ~ Carol & Apollo

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Apollo Performance at the Utah Horse Expo

Apollo's Performance at the Utah Horse Expo

This past weekend my beautiful daughter (she's riding the black horse), her friend and I had the pleasure of performing at the Utah Horse Expo. Apollo had a ball showing off to the audience! As always he was the star of the expo. 

Friesians are truly magical, they touch everyone's soul regardless of their discipline. They're breathtaking looks, luscious black shiny coat and hair, and their huge trot and canter captures the heart all who see them perform. Apollo has a lot of suspension and is very forward moving, riding him is truly exhilarating! 

I had a blast riding him around to heart pounding epic music followed by doing a Q&A with the audience. Below are photos of our show; the photos were taken by Chris O'Shea of the Utah Horse Expo.

If you would like to hire us for an outdoors event or horse expo or if you would like to have Apollo as part of your breeding program this year contact us at RoyalGroveStables.com 

Apollo truly is What Dreams Are Made Of... 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How to Bond Spiritually with Your Horse


How to Bond Spiritually with Your Horse

Having a spiritual bond with your horse is highly rewarding.  Knowing that your horse loves you unconditionally and will do anything for you is priceless.

People often email me how I bond so deeply with my beloved horses.  My horses are like “putty in my hands” as one spectator stated after seeing Apollo and I interact together as I was showing him off to his fans.

I'm well-known for my spiritual connection I have with my Friesian stallion, Apollo. I'm close with each of the horses I've owned and bonded with them from day one. Our first-day meeting is as though I had raised them from birth, they connect with me like family.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Apollo ~ Friesian Stallion


My daughter's friend, Madeline, took this stunning image of Apollo. I absolutely love this photo of him! xo

Apollo truly is What Dreams Are Made Of!

~Carol Whitaker


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Day in the Life with Apollo ~ My Friesian Stallion



A Day in the Life with Apollo... 

Apollo melted my heart today, as usual... After my family Christmas festivities my husband and I went on a walk around our neighborhood, we walked down the street in front our barn. Apollo was in the turnout back next to our backyard on the opposite side of where we were walking.

As we were walking I called out to Apollo and he instantly look up to see where I was as soon as he saw me he came over as I walked up to meet him at the fence. As he came up to me he softened his big black eyes and put nuzzled my face with loves. After I gave him loves and continued on my walk he followed me as much as he could and then stood watching us as we walked away.

Monday, December 9, 2013

A Day in the Life with Apollo ~ My Prized Friesian Stallion


A Day in the Life with Apollo ~ My Prized Friesian Stallion 

The photo above is my little slice a heaven... a trail to paradise that leads from my home to my barn which is the home of my beloved Friesian stallion, Apollo.

I had such a magical weekend with my sweet boy, Apollo, just spending time with him hanging out with him. I relished in the moments of him sharing lots of love and kisses with me. 

Last night when I brought Apollo in from our turnout he had snowballs under his hoofs (I need to have his shoes pulled), as I opened the gate to let him into the barn without a halter or lead rope I told him to walk slowly as he was walking on balls of snow and trying to keep his balance. As I spoke to him he looked deep into my eyes and intently listened to my every word... I felt his spirit connect with mine as he understood each word I spoke.