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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

FALL BREEDING SPECIAL



FALL BREEDING SPECIAL 

Royal Grove Stables is offering a BREEDING SPECIAL to breed to our Ster Friesian stallion, Apollo, that is also FHS & FSA Provisionally Approved. 

Receive $250 OFF two or more breedings when booked by Nov. 1, 2013. 


To receive a breeding contract or for more information click on the link below or feel free to contact me at carol(at)royalgrovestables (dot)com. 

Apollo truly is "What Dreams Are Made Of"



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Friesian Stallion Renaissance Photo Shoot

APOLLO ~ FRIESIAN STALLION 

Here is a sneak peek of what you'll see if you come to the Utah Valley Renaissance Faire. Apollo & I along with my daughter and her friend will be riding as entertainment Sept. 27th and 28th. 

Carol Whitaker and Apollo, Ster Friesian Stallion

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Utah Valley Renaissance Entertainers


Utah Valley Renaissance Faire 
proudly presents, Apollo, the Magnificent imported Friesian Stallion of Royal Grove Stables for your entertainment.
Come join the festivities at the Utah Valley Renaissance Faire located at Thanksgiving Point

Sunday, July 21, 2013

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR HORSE TOO THIN OR TOO FAT?


HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR HORSE TOO THIN 
OR TOO FAT?

There's one thing that drives me bonkers and that is seeing underfed and overfed horses. Horses rely on their owners for proper care and nourishment. So often I see obese horses and horses with hip bones and shoulder bones stick out and their owners seem to not notice or are uneducated in what a healthy weight is for a horse. 

Horses are supposed to be well muscled with smooth muscle tone without dips and valleys in it's conformation. A horse that is at a healthy body weight has rounded hindquarters and shoulders, a solid back and a nicely muscled neck. If you can see your horses bones either on his back, ribs, hips, chest or shoulders, your horse is too thin! And if your horse is without definition at all and looks like it's pregnant your horse is too fat! 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH MY FRIESIAN STALLION, APOLLO


A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH APOLLO
A hack to remember... 

The other day Apollo and I went on a memorable hack near my home. I live in a serene country setting with beautiful homes and fields along the roadside with lovely trails.

It was a gorgeous sunny day and I couldn't wait to go play with Apollo. After my family ate dinner I went out to our barn, I was greeted with an energetic neigh from Apollo as he trotted quickly into his stall from his paddock to meet me.

His loving welcome warmed my heart deeply. He’s always excited to see me; each and every time he calls out to me I can feel his powerful energy speaking clearly to me—it’s magical!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

MY STER FRIESIAN STALLION, APOLLO, PLAYING IN THE SUN

Apollo ~ Ster Friesian Stallion 

~APOLLO ~ 
PLAYING IN THE WARMTH 
OF THE SUN

The other day my sweet son and I had a ball doing a photo shoot with Apollo. He was in heaven playing in the warmth of the sun, he knew exactly what we were doing as I lead him out to our arena. 

As soon as I gave him the go ahead to run around he spun and kicked up his heals as he cantered off to free lunge around me. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A HORSEBACK RIDING BIRTHDAY PARTY TO REMEMBER


A HORSEBACK RIDING BIRTHDAY PARTY TO REMEMBER ~ WITH APOLLO!

Ah, I had yet another memorable day with my outstanding stallion, Apollo!

We offer horseback riding birthday parties. Each time we do a party I introduce Apollo to our guests, they always ooh and awe over him and are taken back by his incredible disposition and beauty.

Yesterday we had a large group of family members come to celebrated their mother’s 50th birthday. They were all fun and outgoing as they came into our barn. After I welcomed them I introduced them to our horses one by one. My horses were excited to see what all the hustle and bustle was about in the barn as they looked out their stall windows to say hello.

Friday, May 17, 2013

BONDING WITH A HORSE... APOLLO'S LOVING WELCOME HOME


APOLLO'S LOVING WELCOME HOME 


My family and I returned home today from being gone on vacation for nearly two weeks. We had such a fabulous time but boy did I missed my precious Apollo while we were away.

Upon arriving home we brought in our luggage and then my daughter and I headed straight to the barn to see our beautiful babies, Page and Apollo.  As we our back door to our backyard we called out to them and were welcomed with music of loving neighs as they replied back to us. All the horses were out in their paddocks and turned to see us as they called out to us. As we walked to barn they walked into their stalls to greet us.  

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH APOLLO


A Day in the Life with Apollo... 

Last night when I went to feed I had yet another magical experience with my precious Apollo. All of my horses were out in turn out, each were anxious for me to get them as they called out to me as I put their evening meals in theirs stalls.

After placing their feed pellets and supplements on top of their hay I brought my horses, Page and Flash, in first from the turnout. I opened the arena gate and let them canter to the barn, each of which trots into their own stall eager to enjoy their evening meal.  

As I went back to get Apollo out of his turn out he was excited to see me and called out to me loudly, as he always does, he's quite the talker (he talks a lot) I love it so much—hi  voice is music to my ears...  As I replied back to him lovingly he greeted me at the gate with lots of loving kisses, he licked my hands and as I unlocked the gate, he was so excited to see me and was anxious to go eat. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH APOLLO, MY FRIESIAN STALLION


A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH APOLLO... 

A day in the life with my prized Friesian stallion, Apollo...


Apollo was so cute today! I let him out late this afternoon to go smell around our arena, he was in heaven because Page, our mare, was out all day, he had a good old time taking in all the smells as stallions do. 

He was thrilled to be out, he was one happy boy to be able to stretch his legs and take in all the smells he could. As I walked by his side he dropped and rolled, rolling from one side all the way over to the other side, then hoped up shook off the sand and then went about his way smelling some more. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

HORSE THOUGHT OF THE DAY...

SPIRITUAL BONDING... 


Having a spiritual bond with a horse is like nothing on earth... it's the essence of life ~ pure love, divine energy & utter joy! I thank the good Lord above each new day for my magnificent stallion's love & light in my life. He's the air I breathe, he gives me the wings to soar and the courage to believe in me. Thank you Apollo for ALL that you are... You're truly a gift from above in every way... I LOVE YA big guy more than words can say! ♥ xoxox 


Sunday, April 7, 2013

8 TIPS TO EARN THE LOVE AND TRUST OF YOUR HORSE




8 Tips to Earn the Love & Respect 
of Your Horse

Earning the love and respect of your horse is essential for a  happy, fulfilling relationship with your equine friend. Not only does it make for a better relationship with your equine best friend but is imperative for safety.  

Bonding with your horse is highly rewarding, to hear your horse call out to you when he hears your voice, to have him come trotting up to the gate to greet you and to have a spiritual bond is priceless. Knowing that your horse loves you unconditionally and will do anything for you is not only a gift to cherish but it makes for a happy, trusting horse.

People often ask me how I have such a powerful bond with horses, especially with my stallion, Apollo. He’s a magnificent Friesian stallion. My spirit to spirit bond with him is like nothing on earth, it’s as if the heavens opened and showered infinite wisdom and grace upon us uniting our souls as one.  As one visitor stated while watching us interacts with one another, “He’s like putty in your hands… incredible!” He was in awe…

Thursday, March 28, 2013

AN EVENING STROLL WITH MY FRIESIAN STALLION






APOLLO IS DOING AWESOME!

Apollo is doing awesome as ever! His incision is fully healed on the exterior, his coat is even grown over the scar, the only residue of evidence of his surgery is his belly area that was shaved is still not the same color as his winter coat, but soon it will blend perfectly as he's shedding out his winter coat.  

Each evening we go for a walk around out neighborhood, it's so much fun! Apollo absolutely loves it!!! He was sooo happy to get out for our evening stroll the other night... I took his tail bag off but forgot to brush it, it's still a crimpy mess in the video... LOL, that's a first! :)  


To see more video and photos of Apollo visit our website at http://RoyalGroveStable.com Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Thank you! :)


Carol

Monday, March 25, 2013

HOSE BONDING Q&A



I receive A LOT of questions from people that follow my blog about how to bond and connect with a horse. So I've added a Q&A to my blog help others who may have the same questions better understand how to create a spiritual bond with their horse. 

Having a spirit to spirit bond with your horse is truly priceless. Horse's aren't just an animal, their essence is angelic and majestic, more so than any other animal on earth. 


Horses were literally created for us to carry us to victory in times of old and to bring out the best in us and to teach us of our own inner powers and strengths. 

We're blessed beyond measure to have such magnificent animals to lead, guide, love and teach us about ourselves. I hope you find our Q&A insightful and uplifting. 

Below is a link to our Q&A page to help you create a happier, closer relationship and bond with your horse. 

http://royalgrovestables.blogspot.com/p/q-about-bonding-with-horse.html 

Happy trails! 


Carol Whitaker
Royal Grove Stables


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

GRAND CHAMPION FRIESIAN STALLION AT STUD


APOLLO ~ Ster Friesian Stallion standing at stud at Royal Grove Stables
Stud fee $1,000 plus $350 for collection & shipping

FHS & FSA PROVISIONALLY APPROVED FRIESIAN STALLION AT STUD

~HAROLD v.R. aka APOLLO ~ 

If you’re looking for an exceptionally high quality, full paper, imported, purebred Ster Friesian Stallion who passes along his gorgeous movie-star looks, luscious hair, high intelligence, gentleman disposition, puppy-dog like personality, incredible athleticism in dressage and driving, with outstanding high-knee action, and amazing work ethic for your breeding program then you've come to the right place!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A DAY THE LIFE WITH APOLLO ~ KISSES



A Day in the Life with Apollo ~ Kisses

Once again Apollo captured my heart deeply... What a sweet boy he is. He is healing beautifully, his health and strength is truly a gift from above.

Last evening as I was hand walking him my husband came out to say good-bye before he had to leave. When we saw him coming from the house we walked over to the end of our turnout to meet him at the fence. I enthusiastically said hello to my sweetheart he welcomed us with a big smile and a joyful reply.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

EQUINE ENERGY THERAPY


  The Healing Power of the Horse's Spirit Therapy
Equine Horse Therapy
Royal Grove Stables offers Equine Energy Therapy I have been a Holistic Life Coach & Lifestyle Fitness Coach for over 15 years. I was divinely inspired with the modality I use for Equine Energy Therapy as a way to better assist my clients in healing emotionally, physically and spiritually. 
Our Equine Energy Therapy captures the power of the horse's healing spirit in addition to energy work by processing emotions and  tapping therapy, (EFT Emotional Freedom Technique) to assist our clients in releasing negative energy, thoughts and emotions. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

INSPIRATIONAL HORSE QUOTES

INSPIRATIONAL HORSE QUOTES

The power of the horse's spirit is like nothing on earth...

I love inspirational quotes, especially 'horse quotes'. My heart & soul is truly touched beyond description when my beloved Apollo. His spirit is magnificent, his essence angelic, his love and devotion to me is unsurpassed. 

I hope you find the quotes below insightful and uplifting. May the magic of the horse's spirit enrich your life greatly. Horse's are a gift from above to mankind in every way.... 

Thanks for reading! Happy trails! 

Carol Whitaker

Images below are of Apollo, Ster Friesian Stallion, Standing at Stud at Royal Grove Stables
(All images are copywrite by Royal Grove Stables. )


Saturday, March 2, 2013

A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH APOLLO





A day in the life with Apollo... ♥


Apollo was absolutely adorable last night at dinner time; once again he captured my heart deeply with his tenderness and love...

After I fed my horses I said "good night" to them one by one, as I walked down the breezeway of my barn. Each of my horses looked at me as I did as if to say "good night" in return.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

BREATH OF LOVE


BREATH OF LOVE



BREATH OF LOVE

The other day I went out to spend some time with my beloved, Apollo, as he rested quietly in his stall. Upon opening his stall door he walked over to greet me as he always does. As I spoke to him I looked into his eternal deep black eyes, they spoke to me with tenderness and love.

I lovingly expressed my love to him and let him know of the sorrow that I felt for him having to have surgery; I apologized for not cancelling his lesson that dreaded day that resulted in him tying up due to the cold weather. He was listening intently and then gently reached out and gave me sweet kisses on my face with his lips letting me know it was okay and that he will heal just fine as he expressed affectionately to me with his energy.

Friday, January 25, 2013

HOLISTIC HORSE THERAPY


Carol Whitaker & Apollo, Frisian Stallion

HOLISTIC HORSE THERAPY

I had such a delightful day with my treasured boy, Apollo... Even now as I reflect back on our special time together I get chills... His magnificent spirit warms my heart and soul more than words can adequately express...

This afternoon I did Holistic Horse Therapy with a new client. I do a holistic spiritual method of therapy which I created called The Healing Power of the Horse’s Spirit Therapy. I was divinely guided as to how to do this type of healing, each step of the way has been a beautiful journey. This method of horse therapy has helped me personally overcome and better understand my health issues as I learned this divinely guided modality of teaching. It's truly miraculous to see my client’s lives change so dramatically by doing my Holistic Horse Therapy.

HOW TO SPIRITUALLY CONNECT WITH YOUR HORSE


Carol Whitaker & Friesian Stallion, Apollo. Photography by Lisa Taylor

HOW TO SPIRITUALLY CONNECT WITH YOUR HORSE

The tender love of a horse is a gift that only comes by treating a horse with love, leadership & respect. The deep bond between horse & human is simply exhilarating to the very core, it uplifts the spirit of beyond expression, it rejuvenates the soul, it enlightens the downtrodden and brings gives relief to the weary.

There’s no mistaking a happy horse that lives in the comforts of safety and peace. Their joyful spirit is undeniable... the welcoming calls of their whinnies as they see us approaching, the tenderness of their hugs as they wrap their mighty necks around us, the welcoming kisses they freely give and the comfort healing power of their spirits heals the heart and soul… these are just a few of the powerful attributes a special horse brings into our lives if we but delight in them as we too desire and crave to be treated.

If you open your heart and soul to allow your spirit to connect deeply with your horses spirit by loving and respecting them as you would a child you will create a deep spiritual relationship that will span the test of time. Leave your worries and cares behind the moment you walk into the barn. 

Be entirely in the present moment by connecting your body, mind and spirit when you're with your beautiful horse. Allow your whole self to be the current moment as you enjoy the precious time you share with you equine family member and friend by focusing only on your body language, thoughts and feelings of your horse as you spend time with him or her. 

As you do you will be able to quiet your mind which will allow your heart to open to hear the thoughts and feel the high, loving energy of your beloved equine friend, and soon you will hear the whispering so your horse's heart just as he does with you. It is an enchanting experience that will change your life forever, but you can only experience this if you are 100% in the present moment.

So today make it a point to be in the now as you spend time with your beloved equine friend and feel the love of your horses’ spirit to connect with him more deeply and powerfully than you ever have before.

Carol Whitaker
RoyalGroveStables.com

Monday, January 14, 2013

THE LOVE OF A FRIESIAN


Carol Whitaker & Apollo ~ all images copywrited by Royal Grove Stables

THE LOVE OF A FRIESIAN 

Happy Monday my horse loving friends! :)

I had a wonderful start to the day... I bundled up like a snow bunny this morning and headed out to our barn to feed my precious horses, as I opened the door to our backyard I called out to my sweet horses expressing "good morning" as I headed to our barn. My awesome Apollo gave out a delightful "Good Morning Mom!" whinny as he turned around in his paddock to look at me as he pranced happily into his cozy stall to greet me.

As I opened the barn doors he whinnied some more but this time quietly as he was anxious to give me my morning hug before eating his breakfast. As I opened his stall window he reached out his beautiful head and placed it on my chest to nuzzle me as I wrapped my arms around him while I expressed my love for him. We always give each other a good morning hug before feeding breakfast, Apollo loves his hugs!


Apollo is such a gift in my life... he's a priceless treasure from above to enlighten my life in magical ways that only one can truly understand if they experience it... words are unable to express the spiritual bond we share. His powerful presence radiates brilliantly from him as a beacon in the night. He's highly intuitive and has a heart of gold... I still pinch myself that he was created for me, I know this to be true as I feel that he is part of my spirit and I his... he completes me.

I've never known a horse that verbally communicates as much as my sweet Apollo, he talks to me ALL the time, I love it! And best of all I know exactly what he is saying... it's simply magical!

Apollo the sunshine in my eyes... His magnificent spirit warms my heart and enlightens my soul each new day which enlightens me in unfathomable ways. He made going out in -2 degree weather this morning an absolute joy! What an amazing stallion he is! 'm still on cloud nine...

The power and love of Friesian stallion is like nothing on earth! I'm thankful beyond expression for my little slice of paradise! And I'm deeply grateful that dreams really do come true! 

~Carol Whitaker
www.royalgrovestables.com

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH MY FRIESIAN STALLION, APOLLO



A Day in the life with Apollo... 

I had a sweet couple stop by to meet Apollo today who is going to breed their mare to him this spring. He was so cute! After I removed his blanket and brushed him down I took him out to our snow covered arena on a below freezing day to show off is amazing character and talents. As we entered the arena I took off his halter & lead rope and then began telling them about Apollo's phenomenal pedigree and background.

As we chatted before showing off my spectacular boy Apollo stood by my side waiting anxiously for my command, although he could hardly wait to play he stood proudly next to me.

As we began to show off his tricks he did so willingly and playfully. As I asked him to show off his amazing canter & huge trot he turned and ran and bucked as he was finally able to play. As he free lunged around me he would look into the eyes of his admirers and then on command he turned and came to me upon my asking.

He showed once again just what a majestic stallion he truly is! Oh how I love my precious Apollo! <3 nbsp="nbsp" p="p">