Unity Farms Inc.

Where horse and rider become one

Calendar update

The website calendar has been updated through the whole year of 2017 with all of the events Unity Farms will be hosting! Lots of fun things will be going on here. We have also posted all of the EC&RP meeting dates for riders participating in that program. 

We do still have availability for arena rentals in 2017, please contact us if you are interested in holding an event here in our beautiful facility and outstanding arena.

Unity Farms wishes everyone a very happy and prosperous 2017, filled with love, laughter, and lots of horses!

why do you ride?

So, last time i checked most people did not ride horses because it's just "something to do". I am sure these people exist but, it certainly is NOT the majority of us. It really is a commonly asked question by many non-equestrians, why do you ride? My immediate thought is, because if I didn't i would surely die! Duh. No but, really... for me it seems to be my purpose and what makes my soul light up, i am far more comfortable in the saddle than on my own two feet. 

I think of this question frequently, along with the other one "why horses?"... and though a single word could be the answer, love, it goes far beyond that for myself. Horses can evoke many emotions in people, for me these range from peace, excitement, joy, accomplishment, to empathy, determination and even fear from time to time. They bring out every part of being human, if you let them. 

Some people may not allow themselves to open up to this aspect of equine interaction, i find it to be one of the best parts! I love that my horse makes me "feel", i have to be aware of myself to get the best out him. Be willing to give him my calmness or hide my anticipation, to control my frustration or embrace the joy i feel to give him my energy. What a wonderful experience to be able to connect with such a different being and have them read me perfectly, sometimes even before i can read myself. 

So, why do YOU ride?? The feeling of freedom, excitement, relaxation, adrenaline, love or to simply be one with your horse? They are all good answers! Whatever your answer may be, embrace it and enjoy the ride.

 

Some thoughts for the competitive rider

Going into this CGA season there are a few things I would like our riders to keep in mind,

You must practice to be successful. Horse and rider teams that have the best communication tend to come out on top, you must ride often to acquire good communication with your horse.

Along with practice being important for communication, the more you ride the more fit your horse will be. It is very important for your horse to be in shape if he is to excel in competition. Doing specific exercises to build muscle and having a good riding routine will improve your horses agility, stamina, flexibility, and reduce the risk of injury. 

Ride to the best of YOUR ability, and your horses. Generally there will be many riders of many different levels and horses with various amounts of training, professional or otherwise. Avoid comparing yourself to others. Instead, go in to ride your personal best and get the best ride out of your horse that you can. You are really only competing against yourself.

Good sportsmanship should be highly regarded, nobody likes a poor sport. Take yourself lightly! If the ride does not go the way you wanted, think about what happened and try to fix it next run. Do NOT come out of the arena in tears or respond rudely to your family, teammate, or competitors "good job"or "good try" comment. If you are always expecting to win or have it go perfectly, you will always be unhappy because that just isn't how things go. Being a poor sport not only takes the fun out of it for you, it also takes the fun out of it for everyone around you.

If you need help, seek it out! There is nothing wrong with having a professional help you improve your skills or train your horse. Many people do not have the necessary experience to correct their own riding or their horses behavior. Do not be afraid to learn and add new tools to your "box". Nobody knows it all.

Have fun! Horses teach us many things about ourselves, they also can be a great source of relaxation or therapy. Literally, enjoy the ride. 

2015-2016 Show Team

We are proud to present our Gymkhana show team for the 2015-2016 saddle series with District 13 at Sumerlan boarding facility. This year we have an amazing group of riders and an incredible amount of them! There are 14 pictured, but we have 18 and this does not count our riders who will be going to other districts. We are so pleased with the amount of participation and are looking forward to a fun year with these wonderful families! 


Campout & Playday

It's time to RSVP for our Campout & Playday! This Wednesday is the deadline to sign up for a fun filled over night event at the barn. Arrive at 1 on Saturday and events will begin at 2, we have 15 different events lined up and will ride till everyone is ready to BBQ and hit the hay! This is only for current riding school members and boarders of Unity Farms. $100 for all events, dinner, sleep over and donuts in the morning before we all go our separate ways at 9am Sunday. Please contact Ashley with any questions or to RSVP! 

Summer camp starts tomorrow!

Western Riding Camp starts tomorrow! Riders should be dropped off at 9am and picked up promptly at 3pm. It is going to be a hot week, please send your child with liquids to drink, a lunch, sunblock, & a hat would be a good idea as well. There will be NO MORNING LESSONS this week and all afternoon lessons will be held at 6 & 7:30, Friday's lessons are questionable since the weather forecast says 108 for that day right now. If anyone has questions please get ahold of me! Let's have a great week & stay cool!! 

In case you were wondering....

If you happened to be wondering what you are paying for when you board at Unity Farms then this post is for you. When you board your horse here with our partial or full care package, you are getting much more than most facilities offer. You are paying for personalized care and for YOUR horse to be cared for as if it was one of OURS.

All boarded horses are fed according to their personal needs with quality hay & grain, plus supplements to help them meet their nutritional & physical best self. If that personal need includes Equithrive or Previcox, we do that, it's included. All horses are fed Simplifly & electrolytes during the summer months.

Both partial & full care boarding include turn outs, we don't want any horses sitting for days at a time in their pen. Pasture turn out, round pen turn out, or hot walking are all available options. Full care boarding horses are groomed and fly sprayed regularly as well.

Horses kept here are put on a regular schedule of vaccinations, hoof care, dental care, & deworming. We handle everything regarding care & upkeep on time, every time and then bill it out on a monthly invoice. This ensures a healthy happy horse year round! Chiropractic & equine massage appointments can be arranged as well. 

When we say full care, we mean full care. If your horse needs hand walked because he doesn't feel well, we do that. Fungus treatment, we do that. Administration of medication, oral or IM, we do that. 

You also have the use of our beautiful facility to enjoy your horse at without all the worry and upkeep. We are constantly upgrading and improving to make Unity Farms more enjoyable for all of our clients. Training & lessons are available for both western & english in private or group settings. 

So, in case you were wondering, wonder no more! Unity Farms is where happy horses live, and where horse & rider become one.

This Saturday!

This Saturday is volunteer day 10a.m. - 1p.m. and our Equine Care & Riding Program will follow directly after at 1:30p.m. This EC&RP meeting will be the lecture portion only due to us having riders & horses unavailable, so we should be done by 2:30 or so! Our Champion & Reserve Champion awards have been ordered for the program and boy are we excited about them!! 

Don't Forget!

This Saturday is Volunteer Day from 10-1 with our Equine Care and Riding Program to follow directly after @ 1:30! We will be scheduling volunteer worker trail rides at the end of March during spring break for those of you who have earned one!