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Pair O' Docs Farm

Pair O' Docs Farm We offer pasture board, trail rides, lessons, sales, training and leasing of horses of all breeds on 80+ acres of north-central Alabama paradise.

We ask that you please book your appointments about a week in advanced so we have time to plan! Pair O' Docs Farm is a horse farm located on 80 acres of scenic trails in Bremen (aka, Bugtussle), between Cullman and Jasper in north central Alabama. It is owned by Drs. Trygve Tollefsbol and Lucy Andrews, a pair of PhDs (hence the name, Pair O' Docs). We offer pasture boarding, trail riding, Western

We ask that you please book your appointments about a week in advanced so we have time to plan! Pair O' Docs Farm is a horse farm located on 80 acres of scenic trails in Bremen (aka, Bugtussle), between Cullman and Jasper in north central Alabama. It is owned by Drs. Trygve Tollefsbol and Lucy Andrews, a pair of PhDs (hence the name, Pair O' Docs). We offer pasture boarding, trail riding, Western

Operating as usual

Never forget...
03/27/2022

Never forget...

You'll always be a winner if you love the animal first and the sport second. 💛

Makes sense!
03/17/2022

Makes sense!

𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀, 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹

"Poland 2019...Manolo had noticed this tree on the way to the restaurant and on the way back he examined it carefully and then gave it a short embrace.

I have noticed on previous trips together that when tired, he will find a tree he likes and go rest underneath it or by its side. He takes good care of his own trees.

Trees also feature often in his explanations about training for wellness.

This is one of them:

“I remember that a man would come to prune the orange trees on my father’s farm.

First he would study a tree from a distance to assess the overall shape for symmetry.

Then he would cut away any branches that gave the tree an unbalanced appearance.

He would take out wood to open up the middle of the tree so that the inside branches got more sunlight and could grow stronger and thicker.

I came to understand that this was not about how the tree looked, but about how it felt.

If the tree was not balanced, if one side was heavier to hold up than the other side, then the tree was working too hard. It would not rest in autumn and winter after producing flowers in spring and bearing fruit in summer.

It would become tired, producing fewer flowers and fruit each year.

With balance and symmetry came more flowers and more fruit.

Because the tree was not tired, the fruit would be bigger. And the tree could carry its abundance more easily because it was in balance.

I came to see that training a horse is just like that.

You assess the overall horse; you get a feeling for what he needs to find balance. Then you use technique to create that balance.”

This piece appeared in PRE Magazine as one of several written answers to questions submitted by clinic organizer and trainer Holly Hansen and in Hilary Austen's book: "Artistry Unleashed: A Guide to Pursuing Great Performance in Work and Life

Pretty much how it is...
03/16/2022

Pretty much how it is...

😉

Ours are on pasture 24/7 and have very few health problems!
03/16/2022
Peder Fredricson: Turnout Makes A Happier And Healthier Equine Athlete

Ours are on pasture 24/7 and have very few health problems!

A fifth-generation horseman, Peder Fredricson runs Grevlunda in Vitaby, Sweden, with his wife, Lisen Bratt Fredricson. Peder is a four-time Olympian, most recently earning team gold and individual silver at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games with H&M A...

Been there, done that.
03/09/2022

Been there, done that.

If you stare at a horse long enough, you can make it lame in any leg you want.😉

It took a minute to see what's going on here.
03/04/2022

It took a minute to see what's going on here.

Awesome photo...look a little closer!

#marepower
#perfecttiming

Yes!
03/01/2022

Yes!

You should see Mary! She leaves a snowdrift of white hair on the ground after Debbie Glasscock Campbell grooms her these...
02/24/2022

You should see Mary! She leaves a snowdrift of white hair on the ground after Debbie Glasscock Campbell grooms her these days!!!😜

An oldie for today :)
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Clinton Anderson is an amazing trainer!!!
02/23/2022

Clinton Anderson is an amazing trainer!!!

In the partnership you have with your horse, you have certain responsibilities and your horse has certain responsibilities. Your responsibility is to be black and white—to make training easy for the horse to understand. Whenever you are a shade of gray when communicating with your horse, it makes you unclear or inconsistent, which is unfair to the horse and makes it hard for him to understand what you want him to do. Your horse’s responsibility is to respect you. He may not always do everything right, but he should always try to find the right answer. A disrespectful horse doesn’t try. He doesn’t care. He is only concerned about what he wants and what you can give him. Your job is to teach the horse to be respectful by moving his feet forwards, backwards, left and right and always rewarding the slightest try. You’ll always start gently and finish gently, but you’ll be willing to do what you have to do to get the job done. You’ll do it as easy as possible, but as firm as necessary. - Clinton #ApplyTheMethod

Read the book, The Eighty Dollar Champion for the whole story - it's inspiring!!!
02/17/2022
“My Father Was Thankful Every Day”: Harriet deLeyer on Harry, Snowman, and Bonds of Gratitude

Read the book, The Eighty Dollar Champion for the whole story - it's inspiring!!!

When Harriet deLeyer was a young girl in the late 1950s, she and her siblings would take their father’s horse swimming in the Long Island Sound during the hot summer months. The grey gelding liked to wade up to his chest, and the children would climb aboard, diving off his back into the cool, estu...

It's real.
02/15/2022

It's real.

I can relate!!

I hope this is a very rare occurrence!
02/13/2022

I hope this is a very rare occurrence!

True of most, if not all, horse owners!🥰
02/03/2022

True of most, if not all, horse owners!🥰

🎯

We often get asked why we mount on the left, well: here it is!
01/20/2022

We often get asked why we mount on the left, well: here it is!

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Amen!
01/15/2022

Amen!

Something to think about 😂
credit to The Trainer's Loft

AMEN!!
01/12/2022

AMEN!!

I love Friesians!!!
12/20/2021
The Friesian Horse

I love Friesians!!!

The Friesian Horse is a fairy-tale breed with a fascinating history of hard work as well as a modern-day versatility for today’s equestrian.

Festus, the pony mule, under saddle!!!
12/19/2021

Festus, the pony mule, under saddle!!!

They try so hard to please us...
12/19/2021

They try so hard to please us...

Sometimes I get overwhelmed
Thinking about the horses in need, in pain
Not just the sad, hungry rescues everyone feels sorry for
But the glistening horses at the show barns
The reliable lesson horses
Wrapped up in tension and discomfort like a cloak
Their steely stoicism protects them, they serve us every day until they no longer can

I sometimes think about the bony horses I saw as a kid in Colombia, tethered by a front foot to the strip of grass on the highway
I felt sorry for them
How could their owners let them get so thin? What kind of life was that?

Now I spend my time in upscale barns teaching people with means
And I wonder, how could someone with every resource possible ignore the screaming need of this horse?

The bony horse pulls carts through the streets for someone in poverty and no resources
He is his owners means for living

The shining American horse lives in isolation, overfed and emotionally undernourished
He is his owners toy
Ridden with a sharp kick to the ribs and a complaint about the horse being lazy

What kind of life is that?

At night I see pictures in my head of horses being yanked on, pulled on, prodded, nagged and ignored
It keeps me up
Anything I can do feels like a drop in an ocean
More like a tsunami

Sometimes I think horses need to be rescued from me
From my ignorance
From my unknowing
From trying but doing the wrong thing
In all my mistakes I have caused horses pain, discomfort, fear

I try to pay it forward
Begging forgiveness of the horses I didn’t help, the horses I harmed
With each new horse I meet
Releasing tight muscles
Showing them they can breathe

Sometimes, when I lay one to rest, in my tears
I ask them to tell the ones I love who’ve gone before
That I’m sorry

-Amy Skinner

New photo of Festus
12/14/2021

New photo of Festus

Borrowed from a friend - thanks Keli Anders!!!🤩
12/09/2021

Borrowed from a friend - thanks Keli Anders!!!🤩

Ways your horses might be saying no (Are you listening?):

• Catching issues
• “stubbornness”
• Excessive tail swishing
• Pinned ears/threatening to bite
• Refusing to be tied or stand
• Excessive spookiness/nervousness
• Being “girthy”
• Trailering issues
• Mounting issues
• Bucking
• Rearing
• Bolting
• Refusing jumps
• Gate issues (barrel racing)
• Planting feet
• Ignoring cues and contact

Ironically most people and trainers may include some of the above list under “signs your horse is disrespecting you”

BUT

In most training situations these behaviours are the ONLY way a horse is able to communicate. All these behaviours SHOULD be treated as information and a sign something needs change but usually results in punishment.

Sometimes the more you punish or suppress behaviour the “louder” the horse needs to get just to be heard.

So WHY might they be saying no?

• Fear
• Miscommunication
• Confusion
• Pain / Soreness
• Over-threshold
• Welfare issues
• Missing the 5 freedoms
• Learned Helplessness
• Ill-fitting tack

This is not an extensive list, but a good place to start.

Is your horse allowed to have a voice?

What happens when they say no?

12/09/2021

Absolutely ❤

For sure!
11/11/2021

For sure!

Ahhhhh!
11/05/2021

Ahhhhh!

A recommended technique to help horses understand how the reins work:
10/31/2021
Ground-Driving Training Technique

A recommended technique to help horses understand how the reins work:

Ground-driving has been a successful training technique for centuries, and in a wide variety of disciplines. For instance, trainers at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna rely on ground-driving to teach their Lipizzaner stallions essential lessons on their way to advanced dressage.

Beware! They're out there!
10/31/2021

Beware! They're out there!

This cracked me up 😂

So true!
10/24/2021

So true!

Good Morning All…Cowboyup

Funny for the day!!!
09/05/2021

Funny for the day!!!

Worth repeating...
09/03/2021

Worth repeating...

Most of our horses are barefoot!
08/26/2021
Bare It All: How Top Sport Horses Are Competing Without Shoes

Most of our horses are barefoot!

The Swedish show jumpers have been the talk of the town lately, and it’s not just because they won the gold medal and jumped more clear rounds than any other nation at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. If you heard anything repeated over the livestream, it was probably that two of the three Swedish eq...

Horses: they're worth it.💞
08/12/2021

Horses: they're worth it.💞

Letter from a Groom

Yesterday was a hard day. I loaded a horse onto a trailer. I kissed that horse's neck, just like the last million times, and told him to behave himself. Not that he was going someplace bad. I actually didn't know where he'd end up. I told him to behave because any decent horseman or woman will respect that quality and treat that horse well. I don't know if he will get that respect. But I know he will behave.

Yesterday, I touched a horse for the last time. He had only lived 28 days. I stayed with him during his very first 24 hours. I lifted him to his feet so that he could nurse. Every 20 minutes. His color changed from dark wet sleek to fluffy baby brown. And many days later, when he was much stronger on his spindly legs, in a big green field, another mare kicked him. So I kissed his neck and told him to go run and play.

Yesterday, I held a horse in the Winner's Circle. I smiled as we became part of history. The world could see what that horse had done. And I had helped him. It was just one day, a few minutes really, but one of our best and I was proud. So I patted his neck and said "good boy".

Yesterday, I walked into the barn. I'm always the first person there. It's early but I don't mind because twenty pairs of eyes look at me eagerly and nicker to me with breathy voices. I kiss a few muzzles but not everyone tolerates the nonsense of a late breakfast so I quickly get the grain. Their voices are music to my ears.

Yesterday I waited, my whole heart hurting as you stood in the field with a broken leg. When the vet finally showed, he drove straight down to where you stood shaking and immediately started grabbing needles and pulling blue liquid. I was his only helper and he instructed me through the din of my uncontrollable sobs. I held your artery and told you that soon you wouldn't hurt anymore. I let go and then fell to my knees to lay across your neck.

There are pieces of my heart out there. And I don't know which goodbye is worse. When it's cold, I pray that you have enough hay to eat. I hope that someone cares enough to give you water and exercise and a pat on the neck. Are your feet trimmed? Did you get your spring shots? Does your leg bother you still? Do they rub liniment on it or ice it or is it completely healed? I still see you in the barn. I can still see you in a picture, but every day when I walk past your stall, there is another horse there.

I will give my best to him too.

There are pieces of my heart out there. And the best goodbyes come with the knowledge that my horse still has a job and a home with horsemen and women who respect him.

Words to the wise...
08/05/2021
What Ever Happened to "Serviceably" Sound? - David Ramey, DVM

Words to the wise...

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...

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1193 County Road 18
Bremen, AL
35033

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

(256) 287-1694

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Pair O’ Docs Farm - Where good horses learn to be better!

Pair O' Docs Farm is a horse farm located on 80 acres of scenic trails in Bremen (aka, Bugtussle), between Cullman and Jasper in north central Alabama. It is owned by Drs. Trygve Tollefsbol and Lucy Andrews, a pair of PhDs (hence the name, Pair O' Docs). We offer pasture boarding, trail riding, Western and English pleasure instruction and horses for sale or lease. We have a trainer and a farrier to keep the horses' hooves trimmed and to work on training issues they may have. We have a variety of breeds and ages of horses including spotted saddle horse, Paso Fino, racking horse, Tennessee Walking Horse and quarter horse. Some are proven broodmares. We have a round pen for lessons and an arena area that is large enough for barrel racing or dressage training. There are enough trails to ride a couple hours without running out of new scenery. The trails include stream crossings, hills to climb and large open spaces as well as shady tree-lined two-horse-wide trails. We care about your safety and can provide helmets for a limited number of riders (bring your own ASTM-approved helmet if you have one!). Shoes or boots with a heel are recommended. We train for a gentle, people-loving temperament and a smooth ride. Our trainer uses gentle natural horsemanship methods which results in a calm, trusting horse that wants to please his rider.

Call or text us at 256-287-1694 (home, leave message), 256-339-7327 (cell, text) or email us at [email protected] for answers to any questions you may have.

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Comments

I plan to ride from 2-4 this afternoon if anybody wants to come? I will have Trigger loose for one ride. He's never caused any trouble but just fyi. I want him to see the trails.
The guys are working on drainage at the farm today and wanted everyone to know that you may not be able to get up the driveway while they are working. Have a great Christmas you all!!
Potential new boarders came to check out the facilities and liked us!
Kaitlyn really enjoyed getting to ride. She had a great time...of course she wants to come back😊
I'm feeling guilty - how about you?
Just for fun...
Jesse Gail Sharitt Mauldin is our equine podiatrist!
Mmmmmm!
I don't believe in bragging but hey yeah!
Very cool horsey hairstyles!!!
Some timely advice...