Saturday, December 29, 2012

7 HORSE WINTER FEEDING TIPS

Apollo, Ster Friesian Stallion copywrited by Carol Whitaker

7 Horse Winter Feeding Tips


As old man winter has settled in for the next couple of months for those who live in snowy climates feeding our precious equine family members throughout the day with plenty of fresh water is of the utmost importance to keep colic at bay.

Horses are grazing animals which mean their digestive track is designed to process food all through the day, not just morning and night. Feeding only twice a day was created for the convenience of horse owner’s busy schedules. Hose's are no different from us, they need adequate fuel to stay healthy & strong.   

Below are simple tips to help keep your horse healthy, happy and strong during the cold winter months.

Friday, December 28, 2012

FRIESIAN STALLION PLAYING IN THE SNOW


A Day in the Life With My Friesian Stallion, Apollo...
Playing in the Snow 

A day in the life with my magnificent stallion, Apollo. Photographing Apollo is a team effort by my son and I. Apollo was magical again today... as I prepared him for the photo shoot I took down his hair and while I was grooming him he looked deep into my eyes and tried to hug me as he was standing in the wash rack in the cross ties. Even though he dislikes having his hair done he is always a perfect gentlemen, very patient, loving and kind.

As I walked Apollo out of our barn into our arena my son was adjusting his camera. As we waited I took off Apollo's halter and hung it on the rail beside us. Apollo knew full well what we were going to do, although he eagerly awaited playing tag with me he stood quietly by my side as we stood waiting for my son to be get ready to begin. 


Sunday, December 23, 2012

A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH MY FRIESIAN STALLION

A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH APOLLO

I had a magical day with my precious Apollo, below are images of my day with my imported magnificent Friesian stallion! 

(All photos of Apollo are copywrited by Carol Whitaker of Royal Grove Fine Art)


Friday, December 21, 2012

A Day In The Life With My Friesian Stallion

Ahhh... A day in the life with my precious Apollo! 

Carol Whitaker & Apollo, Friesian Stallion

I had a wonderful day with my sweet Apollo. I taught a lesson in my arena this afternoon, my two students brought their mares to my barn, typically I teach sitting next to the rail but today it was cold so I saddled up my magnificent stallion to stay warm as I taught. 

Apollo was a perfect gentleman as I taught and rode along side my student's mares. Once again my heart was touched deeply by his honor, his power, his respect and his love he has for me...

I know that our incredible bond is the reason why he has such an incredible disposition and obedience to my aids. We had so much fun! My cute student said, "He's amazing! Are you sure he's a stallion?" :) Once again I fell even more in love with my majestic stallion...

He's such a love and a gift from above... I am sooo in love with my beautiful baby! I'm so thankful that dreams really do come true! ♥


~Carol Whitaker


Thursday, December 13, 2012

DREAMING OF FRIESIAN'S


DREAMING OF FRIESIAN'S

The majestic Friesian spirit is breathtaking, magical & empowering! Whether you own your own magnificent Friesian or not, just having photos of Friesian's in your life can uplift your spirit and ignite passion in your life. If its your dream to have a Friesian, or a horse of any breed, then believe in your heart's desire and allow the beautiful gifts of life to lead you to your dream horse when the timing is right. 

If your heart is open to receive then you will indeed receive divine inspiration & direction to fulfill your dreams... In the meantime keep photos of your dream horse in your home, at work and in your wallet to keep the spirit & energy live of your dreams alive and before you know it you will be living your dreams! 

 Happy dreaming... ♥ 

 ~Carol Whitaker 
RoyalGroveStables.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FRIESIAN STALLION CHRISTMAS BREEDING SALE



FRIESIAN STALLION CHRISTMAS BREEDING 


Receive $200 OFF our Ster Friesian Stallion's 
Stud Fee for 2013 breeding season 
when breeding is booked by 
December 31, 2012.

Apollo, Ster Friesian Stallion standing at stud at Royal Grove Stables

Apollo will have limited breeding for the 2013 breeding season, his schedule is filling up fast so if you're interested in booking our beautiful stallion for your breeding program please contact us at http://carol(at)royalgrovestables(dot)com. 


For more informational about Apollo's full paper pedigree, and to see more pictures and videos of him please visit our website at

http://RoyalGroveStables.com

Merry Christmas & a prosperous New Year to you & yours! 

With love,

The Whitaker Family 

Friday, December 7, 2012

A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH APOLLO ~ MY FRIESIAN STALLION


xoxo Carol Whitaker & Apollo, Friesian Stallion xoxo


A day in the life with Apollo... :)


I had such an AWESOME time with Apollo this evening. After I finished teaching riding lessons he had admirers come to meet him. He loves to show off so I got him out of his stall so he could strut his stuff in our arena. 

He was soooo dang adorable & very hyper in the crisp evening air! He obeyed me proudly as he did his tricks AND THEN the real fun began... We played tag, his all time favorite thing to do! That's when the playful puppy side of him came shining through, he was so excited to play he could hardly stand it!!! As he played he followed me like a big black Lab prancing about as he reared and curled his neck in play doing the Spanish walk in a frisky way as he chased after me, he was an absolute riot! :)

Then I free lunged him. He ran around bucking like crazy as he took off running with his knees up high and his tail flying in the wind as as he showed off powerfully before his admiring public. Then the moment I took a step back and said "come" he immediately turned and trotted towards me quickly as he approached me he stopped directly in front of me with both ears standing at attention towards me with full attention and love in his eyes as if to say, "Here I am mom!" ♥ He touched my heart deeply, that was a moment in time I shall never forget, it was magic, it was mystical, it was a bit of heaven on earth! 

What a LOVE he is! He continued to follow my every move with his eyes focused on me and every now and again he would reach over and give me a hug as I stroked his face while answering questions about him. Never in my life have I known such an amazingly tender-loving horse, let alone a stallion! His magnificent spirit lights up the world!!! 

And to top if off there were 3 mares tied up in the turn-out that I had just finished teaching next to the arena and he didn't even pay attention to them, he was only focused on me ~ what an awesome gentleman he is! Words can't adequately describe the spiritual bond which we share--he truly is my equine soulmate! 

Not a day goes by that I don't give thanks and count my blessings twice for having his majestic spirit in my life. He is literally a gift from Heavenly Father of which I will be eternally thankful for forever & ever... ♥

~Carol Whitaker

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

HEALTH BENEFITS OF FEEDING PRE & PROBIOTICS TO HORSES



Apollo, Friesian Stallion

HEALTH BENEFITS OF FEEDING PREBIOTICS & PROBITOTICS TO HORSES

I love my horses like they're my children; I want only the very best for them, including their diet. Many horses live a life in a stall or do not have access to green pasture as a result of boarding or lack of land to supply the needed nutrients found in fresh grass. Unfortunately, the equine gut can be sensitive and to change, rigorous training and non activity resulting in colic, which can lead to death.

An excellent way to protect your horse's delicate digestion track is to feed him prebiotics and probiotics daily. Prebiotics and probiotics aid the digestion as food is ingested both in the stomach and intestinal track resulting in higher breakdown of hay and grains and well as optimal absorption of nutrients. Just as we need prebiotics & probiotics in our diet to aid in optimal heal so do our equine family members.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

5 TRAINING TIPS FOR A HAPPIER, SAFER HORSE


David Macmillan training Apollo - Ster Friesian Stallion

5 TRAINING TIPS FOR A 
HAPPIER, SAFER HORSE

To have a happy horse that's in excellent athletic condition takes time & being disciplined by making training a high priority in your daily to do list 5 to 6 days a week. If you don't have the time to ride then hire a trainer to come to the barn to train your equine companion(s).

Horses are no different from us, the more constant you are about training the better they feel both physically, mentally and emotionally, not to mention they're healthier, happier and more vibrant as well. A happy, healthy horse will have fewer illnesses and will be less problematic under saddle, resulting in a deeper bonding relationship between the two of you.

Training doesn't mean only going around in an arena endlessly day in and day out; it's about incorporating all levels of training from ground work to highly trained dressage or reining movements.

Below are 5 tips to train your horse more thoroughly and intimately. The more quality time you spend with your horse the more enriching your relationship will be.