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We breed Lusitano x rare American Bashkir Sporthorses, and Warmbloods. We take the time to train our horses gradually, preparing them both physically and mentally to begin their careers as riding partners and athletes who will shine in competition. Our horses live naturally in large pastures with run in sheds; our main herd spends more than 12 hours a day crossing small open fields, woodlands, wet areas, and navigating steep hillsides. While our horses learn to tie at a very young age, and are groomed and handled on a regular basis; their training does not begin until the winter before they turn four years of age. They begin their schooling very gradually on the longe, and progress to work on long lines before they are backed usually late spring to early summer. When they have developed a degree of balance and a clear understanding of the rider's aids, they begin cross training on our trail network. While our horses school with cavaletti early in their training (first at the walk); light jumping over obstacles does not begin until the age of five or six, and that is over very low natural obstacles on our trail network. Our horses are familiar with cattle; and on occasion we use Alan's small herd of Polled Herefords as a confidence builder, using our horses in training to move them to summer pastures. We are a small farm and all schooling is by the hands of Marla Merante, trainer. We know our animals intimately and take pride in their schooling in hand and under saddle; unlike larger farms in the industry, we do not use student riders to assist with the schooling of our horses.
The American Bashkir is prized for: being remarkably hardy and barefoot; substantial bone; handiness over daunting terrain; being very easy keepers; a trot that you can sit to and enjoy for hours: and a temperament that is loving, curious, and eager to please- resulting in a horse that is a pleasure to train, ride, and spend time with. While our American Bashkir horses are very similar in type to the agile Iberian horse revered for centuries; we also have the utmost respect for the extended movement that comes so naturally to the warmblood, and are also breeding BWP/ NAD Warmbloods. By crossing Lusitano (look for our RHFI suffix- I for Iberian) with American Bashkir horses our aim is to: maintain the prized hardiness, comfortable gaits, and temperament of the American Bashkir; to achieve optimal conformation and movement, athletic ability; and to add the courage of the beloved Baroque Portuguese Lusitano.
Our training program is rooted in: natural horsemanship, classical dressage, Centered Riding (c), trail skills; and a foundation of cross training to prepare young horses for versatility, longevity, and success in any future discipline; in a location where Lyme Disease continues to be rare. Our clients in both the US and Canada, love the sensitivity in our mounts; we take pride in creating responsive "dance partners" -- the wonderful fusion of art and horses. Whether you are looking for: a talented Baroque or Warmblood partner with a strong early foundation; a loving well put together foal; a boarding facility in the mountains; a day of competition; riding instruction; or to enroll your horse into a training program specific to your needs -- we invite you to our facility in the Adirondack Mountains of Jay, NY.
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RHF offers workshops and Retreat With Your Horse Weekends, to nurture creativity, and to promote relaxation and well being in our hectic, stressful world. Attend and enjoy: Private Instruction; Yoga & Stretching For Riders, Drawing The Horse, Soulcollage®, and Feltmaking Workshops; and our beautiful Trail network. Visit our EVENTS page for upcoming: Training Clinics, Workshops, Retreat Weekends, Drill Team Sessions, a variety of Potluck Get Togethers, and One On One InstructionWeekends with Marla tailor made to your specific needs -
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