I’m Impressed!

I chose to start my PRE farm/business for a few reasons which are explained on my website, www.kensingtonridgefarms.com one of the reasons is, I like a few others have a theory, mares are contenders in the dressage arena! However, I personally, like many of you if not most of you love stallions. Who does not love a handsome, strong, noble stallion. That is what the breed is known for. Movies, fairy tails and dreams are made with Spanish STALLIONS in mind, not mares. A few farms/breeders and trainers have begun to look past the norm and step outside of the box and single out a select few, mares to train for competition. Mainly dressage for now but in time hopefully it will be for more disciplines. It will all depend on what our “girls” show us they are made of. I for one am extremely impressed with what is sitting in my barn right now. Alba and Capitana are “MORE” than expected and its only been 8 days. The personality on these two girls is remarkable. After a grueling trip, quarantine, new country, new people and language, food, environment etc. they are happy and curious even playful as you can see. Now girls, lets see what you’ve got! ?

The PRE / Andalusian Mares Have arrived

Hello Kensington Ridge Farms followers.  Our girls have arrived.  They are safe, healthy and tired.  It will be sometime before they recover from their journey.  I don’t like to rush to jump in the saddle.  I want to build a bond and get to know them.  I believe that if they trust you they will do anything for you.  Which makes training much more enjoyable for rider and horse.  I am already enjoying the interaction I am having with each girl.  They could not be more different from one another.  First we need them to settle down and rest, then the vet will give them the “all clear”.  Farrier will come in and make any necessary adjustments to their feet and finally the saddle fitter will custom fit their saddles.  Then we begin building up their fitness level and finally the training will start.  However, the fitness training and dressage training will all depend on the horses ability and willingness.  I will not force anything. At KRF will always take our time bringing a horse along.  There will be no exceptions to that.  The animal’s wellbeing always comes first.  Continue to check back for updates and you may follow us on Facebook for more current updates at Kensington Ridge Farms.

Kensington Ridge Farms Trial by Fire

I have been told, when writing a blog I should:

1.)Give Helpful, industry-specific content that: 1) gives readers a useful takeaway, and 2) shows you’re an industry expert. I /we will do our very best to provide you with helpful, industry-specific content, but more importantly we will provide you with our personal/professional experiences at the farm.  Everyday  is a learning experience.  I / we are more than happy to share what we can with our clients.  The more you know about PRE’s the better your relationship will be with your horse.  I will not pretend to be an industry expert.  I am learning everyday just like you are.  I have a team that are experts in their fields which range from Equine Boarded Surgeon, Farrier with over 30+ years of experience and Breeders, Trainers and a Coach with over 100 years of combined experience.  However, we are all learning new things everyday.  So who really is an expert these days with all of the knowledge available to us.  I choose to take it all in and I will share what I can with you.  Feel free to ask me/us any questions on this blog if I/we don’t have the answers I will do what I can to try and help you find the answers.  – Shelly Swetnam, Founder/President Kensington Ridge Farms