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2021! v Spend the week here at the rescue during your Holiday break!
Kids will learn all about horses, have fun and games, crafts and contests along w solid skill horsemanship building exercises. Lots of horse time and activity!
Monday-Friday 9-2pm. $300. Want them to stay until 5? add $150 for the extra 15 hours!
Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home ex racehorses. This education series is designed to help people considering adoption, or who already have OTTBs!
Join us for a series of educational events here at the rescue. All events start at 1pm unless otherwise indicated. Each lecture/demonstration is $10 per person or $50 for the 6 part series
Sept 25 2021 – Adopting an exracehorse – pros and cons, what do you need, how much do they cost, what experience should you have?
Oct 23 2021- Retraining your ex racehorse. What do they know, what do they need to learn? What do you need to learn?
Nov 20 2021 Non ridable horses. There are so many things you can do w a horse that isn’t able to carry a rider. Showmanship, Liberty, Tricks, Therapy, Come learn and see a demonstration.
Jan 20 2022 Feeding your exracehorse – Nutritional needs of your house in SWFL -what do they eat, how much does it cost and where to get it
Feb 26th 2022 On the track injuries – what are the most common injuries sustained in racing – rehab strategies and what capabilities might they have after healing?
March 19 2022 Trailering your ex racehorse. What kind of trailer do you need for them to fit comfortably and safely? Slant load, straight load, do you get a ramp or a step up? Steel or aluminum? What about your tow vehicle, what do you need to be safe!
Lecture Series $10 each
Join us for an hour of discussion and possible demonstration learning about ex racehorses. Buy one or more! Once we get your payment, we will email you to confirm which date/lecture you are looking to join and send further info along w directions!
Lecture Series – all sessions
Purchase all 6 sessions for the price of 5!
Welcome everyone! Exracehorses and kids are such a great match! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about what we do here! We love our horses and love the kids that come here to our program. This program is a fantastic way to build confidence in a child while promoting teamwork, healthy boundaries, self evaluation, and of course getting out and moving our bodies!
The key component is appropriate supervision. We show the kids how to care for, help retrain, and work with both sanctuary and adoptable horses. It’s a key component of what we do!
It starts w planning, what ages are best suited for which activity? Can we create classes for different age ranges so they get the most out of it? Planning the curriculum takes much more time than you think! The kids, the ages and how many really affect the quality of class, so preplanning is key. The sign up begins with listing it on Facebook and our website, fielding questions from parents, getting the kids signed up, confirming w the parents on everything they need to know, getting waivers signed and that is all before we start teaching. We spend at least an equal amount of time doing these behind the scenes activities, as we do teaching, which I think folks don’t realize. They see the end product of the class.
As the girls continue to come, we spend a lot of time seeing how they progress and making adjustments to each lesson in order to best support them. Teaching someone a skill takes a bit of effort and planning, looking at what they have done in the past, what they currently know, where do they excel , what might be the next goal, and what do they need to work on to become better riders and horseman/women. Making a plan that is encouraging and fun for them, trying to keep them goal oriented but also teaching self evaluation. Theres so much to it!
Ex racehorses go from racing, to riding in a sprinkler, playing broomstick polo, going to showmanship competitions, riding outings to the park, and a whole host of activities that are just so good for them.
The longer a horse is here and exposed to kids camp, the more suitable he or she may be for a local family.
The camps also bring in income to help fund the rescue, the horses hay and vet bills alone are astronomical. It doesn’t pay for everything, but it sure does help!
THE TAKEAWAY. Kids camp is really beneficial, in so many ways, but its a lot of work! If you have a background w ex racehorses and teaching and would like to become involved in a regular basis, please reach out, email@example.com
Have a child that is horse crazy and up for a challenge? Check out our class offerings and educational opportunities
Why is this even important? I have had horses before, I know what to do!
Welcome everyone! First of all, how cool is it to adopt a horse from a rescue? Looking to rescues when you want to own a horse is such a tremendous gift to that horse, and the next horse that can come in because there is a spot open! Theres a lot more to it then you might think though! Through the adoption process we do talk extensively about the horses and their backgrounds and what would suit them – both physically and mentally. It’s really good not to just listen to this, but HEAR this.
Horses coming into our facility from private owners, or coming back from adopters are often with people who consider themselves experienced. But time and time again, we see people who have had horses for years, trained and competed, and cared for or worked in professional barns, struggling with their new horse. On the horses part could it have something to do with change of place, change of feed and hay, change in turn out, change of horse friends (or no horse friends) change in handling, change in stabling – or maybe all of the above? Well then YES!
And what about the new owner, could it have something to do with them? YES! This too! It’s a package deal, for both you and the horse. But the owner is the only one that can make decisions, make choices, the horse has no option other than to react to a situation. How they react, shows you if you have made the right choices, or maybe need to reconsider a few things.
So if it’s hard for those that have had some formal training, how about those who have not? Those that had horses as kids and remember fondly galloping thru fields, maybe bareback, long days spent w the horse and that special bond. But being a kid and riding a horse, is really different than bringing up a young horse. Knowing how to formulate a diet that is appropriate for the horses breed, age, and work load. Knowing how to spot and treat an abscess, knowing how to have boundaries w your horse, ensuring they have good manners that maybe were not so important as a kid. Understanding you don’t bounce like you used to. The fact that we did something, 10, 15, or 20 years ago doesn’t mean we can do it now, at least not well. But if you have an OPEN MIND and are willing to learn and see that is part of the horsemanship experience it’s really a pleasure.
What exactly does that mean?
Quote from Milestone Equestrian FB page
“Horses are very much an “exotic” type pet, not like a dog or a cat, and require a lot of experience to properly manage and care for, or at least a lot of monetary output to pay someone with experience to do this for you. I’ve been around horses 20+ years and still don’t know everything, and the amount of education the general public lacks on horses is huge. There are so many common misconceptions about horse care that don’t happen to the same extent with more popular pets such as dogs or cats. I wish it was more mainstream for proper care of horses to be discussed along with their behaviours and how to read them. Anyone whose experience with horses stems from mostly watching movies or seeing them in passing is missing out on so much about them.”
We offer all kinds of support to adopters, but what if they never ask? Being able to ask for help is really important for life in general. When you are responsible for a horse, and you notice a behavior change, a loss of weight, change under saddle, its important to figure out what is going on quick. The most common issue we see is folks waiting too long, letting a behavior or medical issue fester, and something small becomes a major problem. Then the horse is turned into a rescue, or if adopted, returned to the rescue w a host of problems.
WAYS TO HELP YOUR HORSE TRANSITION
DIET– Keep your new horse on a diet as close as possible to what they had here. Changes in feed or hay along w stress of a new environment can lead to colic. Especially a change in water, they may not. like the taste, its important to monitor water intake, make sure he is eating and pooping and peeing properly. Keep an eye especially that first week. That doesn’t mean you can’t make changes to their diet , but keep him consistent for a while, make changes gradually, if you change something up and you are seeing it’s not working, change it back.
STABLING – often our horses are out 24/7 w a few hours of stall time a day for vet, farrier, or just to be under a fan. Horses do better when they are turned out, w a group and have free choice access to quality hay. If you keep your horse primarily stalled, you will end up a a horse different than the one you adopted. We require that all adopters keep horses out at least 12 hours or more a day unless there is a medical reason that precludes this.
Ground work– start going for walks, doing some groundwork, simple lunging sessions, work on bending, backing, going over poles, its important to start to work on your partnership and keep their mind busy with activity! Desensitize them using tarps, flags, wands, anything that helps them learn that its ok to see new objects, but they are absolutely safe with you! This often sparks their curiosity, and helps them gain confidence. Boundaries are so important, we can’t emphasize this enough.
RIDING– Start slow. Your first ride should not be out on trail galloping thru the forest. Get to know them at home. Be sure that they stand for mounting, that they walk off only once you have asked for that, that they have a great whoa. Be subtle with your cues, have light hands, be a balanced rider, give praise. Be kind.
ISSUES – Behavior or medical, please reach out so we can help! Most of the horses, because they come w injuries are with us a long time. We know them well and know their past histories, we can help or find you someone that can!
Getting your horse off property, desensitization exercises and healthy boundaries!
Whether you are looking for a part time job or a life long career, applying as a volunteer or maybe considering your own horse, we have a new program that meets your needs
Safety, consistency, time management and best practices are keys to horses
As an employee, volunteer, horse owner – you want to understand how to correctly do a few things to start. As an employer, you want someone with a solid set of basic skills, horse related but also a good work ethic, time management, critical thinking, and solid communication skills. This can be lacking across the industry.
Our First Course is Sat-Sunday March 13-14th 2021
- Horse handling – how to catch, halter, lead, go thru gates and turn out procedures
- Mucking- types of shavings, how to muck quickly but efficiently. Bedding for injuries and stall rest
- Nutrition and feeding protocols
- Wound treatment
- Tie, groom and bath a horse (learn quick release knots, cross ties, ground tie)
- Tack – the basics
- Colic – how to spot it and what to do
- Lameness- spot the first signs of lameness
- Hoof Abcesses- how to spot and treatTime Management – learn how to accomplish your tasks
- Getting a job How to find one, and what questions should you ask of your potential employer? Are you looking for full or part time? This course will help you bring much needed knowledge!
Class goes 10-3pm March 13th-14thCost $150 for the two days, bring a packed lunch and a refillable water
Long hours, in all weather conditions, with horses that are not always cooperative. Working with horses might be tougher than you think!
COMING IN JUNE (7th-11th)
A week long immersion course with well known professionals here each day to cover specific careers in addition to delving into the above topics in depth! This will be a fairly fast paced week!
January saw the adoption of two horses and the intake of one. As we move into February we are preparing one of our horses, Wonder What’s Next for spinal surgery. He has been diagnosed with Kissing Spine Disease. We and we will transport him to Brandon Equine where Dr. Richtor will perform the surgery. He will remain in the clinic for a few days then we can bring him home. There will be 3 weeks of stall rest, then an additional three w some specific exercises, and then a reassessment.
Salty Celebration, aka MAC will be getting a reassessment for a torn tendon. He was injured back in Nov/Dec and came to us mid January. He’s expected to need a few more months of rest then be suitable for flat work, lower level dressage, trail riding. Dr Richtor is the vet who saw him initially with his previous owners, so she will continue with him here.
Feb 14th We will be at the Nawty Hogg for Valentines Day.
Feb 22nd We will be at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort for a a benefit for the Gulfshore Playhouse
The Girls POWER UP Program sees the addition of Weds 4:30-6:30. This class is limited to 4 students