Misty Brae Farm, LLC and Pony Club Riding Center

Misty Brae Farm, LLC and Pony Club Riding Center Horseback Riding Lessons, Spring/Summer/Winter Camps, Horse Boarding & Training, Showing, Official United States Pony Club Riding Center Misty Brae Farm, LLC and Pony Club Riding Center is a Summer Camp service in Aldie, VA, offering Horseback Riding, summer activities, and Pony Club services since 1991.

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The Riderless Horse: one of the oldest and most moving military traditions in a full honor funeral is the riderless, caparisoned horse. The horse is led behind the caisson wearing an empty saddle with the rider’s boots reversed in the stirrups, indicating the warrior will never ride again.

Let’s all join in this Memorial Day weekend to remember the heroes we have lost and the families they leave behind.

Thanks to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) for this portrait of the Riderless Horse. Photo by Shelli Breidenbach Photography.

Photos from Murden-Wade Farriery's post

Photos from Murden-Wade Farriery's post

Congratulations to MBFPC grad  Ashley Kapinos!!Best turned out at the Kentucky Land Rover 3 day.How all those perfect HM...

Congratulations to MBFPC grad Ashley Kapinos!!
Best turned out at the Kentucky Land Rover 3 day.
How all those perfect HM scores in pony club finally pay off.
Ashley Kapinos


Something to think about next time theure "being naughty on purpose"...



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Mobile uploads

THE proper way a horse collects and 'gets on the bit'.
No contraption, bit, or gimmick can teach this. It's about proper biomechanics and teaching the horse to balance themselves.

Photos from Hannan-Moody Team, Century 21 Redwood's post

Photos from Hannan-Moody Team, Century 21 Redwood's post

Brilliant Women in U.S. Horse Racing History
Brilliant Women in U.S. Horse Racing History

Brilliant Women in U.S. Horse Racing History

Throughout horse racing history, women have been instrumental in contributing to the progression and advancement of the sport. Although horse racing remains a largely male-dominated world, women continue to break down barriers as jockeys, trainers, owners, breeders, and farm managers. This Internati...

What Ever Happened to "Serviceably" Sound? - David Ramey, DVM
What Ever Happened to "Serviceably" Sound? - David Ramey, DVM

What Ever Happened to "Serviceably" Sound? - David Ramey, DVM

When I first got out of veterinary school and started looking at horses prior to purchase (usually referred to as a “vet check” or a prepurchase exam), the horses usually fit into one of three categories. The first category was the horse with no problems noted at the time of the exam. That decis...

Timeline photos

Timeline photos

Do you really understand how big your horse's lungs are? This picture is a horse's lungs fully inflated...amazing when you think they are enclosed in a horse's body! Did you know a horse takes in 2x 5-Gallon buckets of air ever second? Think of how much that really is. So, do the best you can to help your horse breathe! #healthyhorse



Thought this was neat and worth sharing🤔

Alfalfa and horses with ulcers
Research from Texas A&M University shows that feeding alfalfa to horses with the potential to be high performers either prevents or is therapeutic in treating stomach ulcers.

Something in alfalfa hay tends to buffer acid production, said Dr. Pete Gibbs, Extension horse specialist. Feeding grain, confinement, exercise and overall environmental stress factors are thought to cause ulcers, he said. Studies have shown that horses will heal if provided less acidic diets.

In the research, 24 quarter horses from 12-16 months old were separated into two treatment groups. One group was fed Bermuda grass hay and the other fed alfalfa hay to meet the daily roughage needs. The yearlings received forced exercise during the study. The horses were examined internally with an endoscope at the beginning and end of two 28-day trials.

It's commonly thought that horses turned out on pastures are better off than those that are confined. However, if grass hay is the only hay they are fed, horses can still get gastric ulcers, he said.

In this study, ulcer scores increased when alfalfa was removed from the horses diets, and they were turned out on pasture. Under the ulcer-scoring system, 0 signified no ulcers, with severity increasing to level 4.

Further work is needed to look at horses with varying degrees of ulceration to better determine the full extent to which alfalfa or alfalfa-based products might help from a feeding management standpoint.

Based on what we know right now, for horses that are kept in confinement, eating feed and getting forced exercise, it makes sense to consider some alfalfa as part of their diet, he said.

Until further research is done, he recommends, horses weighing between 1,000-1,300 pounds should be fed about 1 pound of alfalfa after a grain meal.

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If it ain’t your day, it ain’t your day. I have rides where I get on and it’s just not working. Maybe my horse is tired, or in a mood; maybe I’m tired, or in a mood. But it’s not a failure to live to fight another day. Go for a hack. Get in a good grooming session. Do some groundwork. Very rarely is there something in training that has to be accomplished Today; come at it anew with a fresh mind Tomorrow.

5 Tips For A Better Fitting Bra
5 Tips For A Better Fitting Bra

5 Tips For A Better Fitting Bra

We’ve all heard the instructions: Sit back, stay up, lift your chest. We all know following those commands improves our balance, improves how our horses work underneath us, and helps us stay on should things go awry. That said, many of us are ridi...

Timeline photos

Timeline photos

To create throughness with correct bend when your horse is crooked...

Imagine your crooked horse as a kinked hose. You need to straighten him to get the kinks out and get the water (his energy) flowing. Then you can bend him correctly.—Annie Morris

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz


Answer time!
What’s wrong with this rider and how would you fix it….
This is just a sketch, so obviously my intent is a factor here.
Some mentioned uneven stirrups- great point! But when people ride with uneven stirrups it’s USUALLY because they keep losing one, it FEELS long, so they shorten it. (DON’T DO THAT!!)

This rider‘s right hip is higher than the left hip. This causes the right leg to scrunch up. This is SO COMMON!!!
And I know, I know, rider is technically in the middle of the saddle, however, The best way to correct this problem is to scooch over to the right, high centering the left seat bone in the middle of the saddle, and then dropping the right seat bone down into the hole. When I tell people to do this, they initially feel like they are falling off to the right. Sorry, but get over it. Lol and if you were doing this on your own, just know that I usually tell students six or seven times to, “do it more,… exaggerate more, even more,… yup, further to the right, keep going,…” but when you are used to riding with one hip higher than the other one, it takes a lot to undo that muscle memory!!! The goal is not to get your seat bones even during this ride. The goal is to fix your body so that you have complete mastery over your seat bones, and that requires some serious exaggeration.

It’s just like when we supple really green horses by bending, and leg yielding, and counter bending, and bending some more. By the time those horses are approaching second level we are then working on straightness. But you can’t have true straightness until you have suppleness. It is the same for the Rider.

Once I get writers to really actually put the left seat bone in the middle of the saddle and drop the right seat bone down into the hole this position creates, suddenly they feel strong in the right leg, their right heel finally drops down, they can finally bend the horse to the right, and they can, usually for the first time in their lives, actually leg yield a horse successfully to the left.

We do all of this over positioning while traveling to the right. When going to the left, often their default position is just fine. But some riders need to scooch over to the left while going left, just not as dramatically (assuming the problem is their right seat bone is chronically high like in the sketch)

Dressage is not the art of sitting perfectly straight on a perfectly straight horse- it’s sitting however you need to in order to train the horse’s body, and your own! EVENTUALLY things get pretty even, but when we just try to get even, we typically skip the supple part. We skip the awareness part. We skip the part where we are actually effective!!!

And if your right stirrup feels long, for Pete’s sake, don’t just shorten it. That will just compound your crookedness.

A truly great way to double check this on your own is to drop the outside stirrup and post with only the inside one. The rider in the sketch would find this easy to the left and very difficult to the right. 






Be in the moment! ✨ 🐴


The basics



Megan D, a c1 member of MBFPCRC on Samy competing in the 1.20 meter jumpers at the Swan Lake Stables Holiday Jumper Show...

Megan D, a c1 member of MBFPCRC on Samy competing in the 1.20 meter jumpers at the Swan Lake Stables Holiday Jumper Show.


Classic 💛


Spur strap as a cup holder ?!

Helmet Lab research will have big impact on equestrians
Helmet Lab research will have big impact on equestrians

Helmet Lab research will have big impact on equestrians

Stefan Duma and the Helmet Lab team at Virginia Tech are developing a system to evaluate equestrian helmets. Ultimately, they want to reduce injuries for riders by providing helmet manufacturers with a blueprint for how they can develop the best helmets.


credit to Sporthorse Apothecary


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Aldie, VA

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Apparel order is done 😁 Will be dropping it off at MBF in the apartment by tomorrow evening!
Congratulations to Tori H of Misty Brae Farm, LLC and Pony Club Riding Center! Thanks to Total Equine Veterinary Associates, Tori & a guest will enjoy Auditor Passes to Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson Show Jumping Clinic at Rutledge Farm on October 12
We took 3 ouf our grandchildren for their first riding lesson on Saturday and WOW, talk about being impressed! Went from 3 kids ages 6,7 and 11 being pretty nervous to wanting to go back as soon as possible! They loved the experience.
My granddaughter, Caroline, is taking weekly lessons at MB, and is interested in possibly working at the barn over the summer. Another rider's mother told me it's possible for the kids to work and help out with the summer camps. Could someone give me more information on that, and how I might be able to get Caroline involved? Thank you!
KELLY'S FORD equestrian center FUN SHOW !! February 24th in our heated indoor arena