Riding Lessons, Boarding, after school program, horses for lease, and more! Family owned stable on the west side of Evansville.
This Super Bowl we have one message for America: In the home of the brave, down never means out. Directed by Chloé Zhao.
All 21 tucked in nice and warm 💜 (video taken last night)
Hoof Beats Stable updated their business hours.
Me and my shadow
Santa visited today
Tristate Simply Santa
Santa is coming TOMORROW!!
Come get your photo with Santa tomorrow at Hoof Beats 12-2pm. Photos and cookies are free! If you’re reading this you’re invited!
Next Saturday! Come see Santa at Hoof Beats!
Tomorrow is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.
Again this year we have a limited number of gift certificates available for purchase. These are good for a set of 4 half hour or whole hour private riding lessons. Message us for more details 🥰🎄❄️
🎅🏼❄️🎄 Santa is coming to Hoof Beats!! 🎅🏼❄️🎄
Dress warmly and bring your family (all pets welcomed!!!) for photos and cookies with Santa!
Saturday Dec 11th 12pm-2pm
*If you want to haul your horse/s in please contact us. All horses being hauled in must have current vaccination records.
Dogs are welcome, must be on a leash.
I'll be in the barn.
By Vivian (Kahl) Jones
When people have come to visit over the years they commonly hear from me I'll be in the barn.
When life gets hard I'll be in the barn.
When things are just right I'll be in the barn.
When the sun shines
The rain falls
Or snow covers the ground
I'll be in the barn.
If things seem to be falling apart or if I'm celebrating the simple things, I'll be in the barn.
When I'm looking for answers or trying to clear my mind, I'll be in the barn.
When I'm looking for myself, I'll be in the barn.
If I'm working or trying to relax, I'll be in the barn.
Even when I'm not in the barn my mind drifts there, I find myself thinking about being in the barn.....
soaking feed for the next day,
mucking or spreading manure,
how to fix a problem I've been having with horse,
tack that needs cleaned or changed or mended,
wounds that need doctored,
if I need to put on blankets or fly masks.
It's where I keep my riches
All my wins and my failures
Everyone of my hopes
You can find them all in the barn, buried in the hay, hiding under a saddle, spilling out of the feed bins, or glimmering with dust in the evening light.
I may be covered in dust, dirt, a mash feed, hair, and hay, smell of sweat and manure, and sometimes there may be blood or tears but I'll be there. I'll be in the barn.
So if your wondering where to find me, I'll be in the barn. If I'm not there I promise I'm on my way.
-author and photographer is Vivian Jones
Nearly Worldly Famous
Big Bubba And Juniper
At the Pet Parade this morning
🐎🍂🍁 It’s fall y’all!! Perfect riding weather!! 🐎🍁🍂
We have several amazing horses for lease this fall!
If you are horse experienced, but not quite ready for horse ownership then the lease program is for you!
We have horses to suite most ages and experience levels. For more info on the program and to inquire about our available horses message us today!
Aaaannnddd that’s a wrap!!
Great show season 🤩🤩!!
THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO MAKES DAYS LIKE THIS POSSIBLE.
Come cheer the Hoof Beats kids on at the last Posey County saddle club show of the year! PoCo 4h grounds show starts at 12. See you there!!
We will have good compost available this weekend and the next several weekends if weather permits. Contact rachelle for pickup info.
One year ago
Head to the posey county fairgrounds today for the horse show! Shows starts at noon. See you there!
Long but good read
Thanks everyone for your continued support!
Why don’t young horsemen and women want a career in the horse industry??? [There is something we can all learn from this]
Over the last few years I’ve had quite a few young aspiring horse trainers come spend time learning from us. A select few decide to keep pursuing, but why do the majority decide to enjoy horses as a hobby and get a ‘real job’?? Their answer has always been the same… Clients.
During their time working here I’m an open book with them. They get exposure to the training side of things, they are welcome to be near when clients are around to witness and learn from those interactions as well as even the office administration and finances.
I have never tried to make the job seem more glamorous than it is as that would be totally disrespectful to each of our students and leave them unprepared should they decide to pursue it as a career.
These students are in the barn every day seeing and are a part of the hard work that goes into caring for and training each horse. They are a part of the early morning and late evening discussions as we strategize how to best prepare each horse for their owner, home life, discipline and career. They too want to be a horse trainer because they love the horse and many of them have the skills necessary. Hell- they even lose sleep over trying to figure out how to better help a horse and it’s not even their client… They have a love for the horse. But then they get to wondering if it’s really a career they want to dedicate their lives to…
The number one reason most of them haven’t wanted to pursue horse training as a career.
But why??? Well that’s pretty obvious so let’s be honest. Clients can say, do and not do some ridiculous things- many of which are downright disrespectful, self centered and at times totally irrational. But that’s not just clients, that’s humans.
It’s these interactions where people make emotionally based decisions, lose their temper, say disrespectful things without regard for who their impacting and much more that leaves a lasting impact on these young professionals. Now I’m not saying they don’t need to have some thicker skin- life requires that regardless of your career choice. But the real lesson is in what we as horse trainers can do to better set us and our clients up for the best experience possible and what clients can do so they and their horse trainer have the best experience possible.
All of this is rooted in developing ourselves to be the best version of ourselves and well… most people aren’t willing to put in the work and therefore they do and say some crappy things. That’s on them though because Rule #2- “Don’t take anything personally.”
As horse trainers we have to realize there are things we MUST do to protect ourselves mentally and emotionally as well as our business. This protection is what helps maintain a healthy dynamic to where we can enjoy our jobs, horses and the clients we work with. This is a pivotal part of our professional mentorship programs. Here’s a few general guidelines that are simple yet highly effective.
- Set Boundaries (every relationship needs them)
- Create simple processes & systems that are predicable and organized (client intake processes, update processes, systems for handling mishaps and more)
- Clearly & Consistently Communicate (this is often HOW you go about WHAT you’re doing)
- Try to understand where the other party is truly coming from before responding or assuming (answer questions with questions until you have enough information to accurately reply)
- …and more…
As the client:
What can we learn from the fact that the number one reason young professionals don’t want to enter the industry is because of their exposure to the realities of training horses for clients?
- Take the time to learn about their philosophy and techniques your trainer believes in (this makes for a sound investment in your horse and your experience, avoids a lot of basic conversations & uneducated questioning of the trainer’s program that you can learn about before even reaching out to them. Plus an easy way to encourage a trainer to do their very best with your horse is to be able to communicate you’ve been learning their program & that’ll serve you and your horse every time)
- You hired a horse trainer not a pen pal (Be mindful of your trainers time when visiting snd communicating, they have a lot of responsibilities to ensure your horse gets the very best care and education. When you visit or receive an update, you’re only getting a glimpse into the day to day happenings, so if you’re unsure about something ask questions with a curious -not judge mental- mindset to learn, then make your judgement.)
- Make factual based decisions (remember, you sent your horse to the trainer because you trust them, things happen and when they do, flying off the handle with an emotionally fed and based perspective does nothing beneficial and often time only creates resentment because again you may not have all the facts. Ask questions, get the facts, have an adult discussion- that means calm and collected, then make a decision. This goes for trainers too)
- Remember your trainer wants the absolute best for your horse (Principle: you’ll find what you are looking for. So if every time you touch base or visit and you’re looking for what needs improvement or you’re reminding the trainer of how the horse used to be- you’ll find all the holes, you won’t turn the page to allow that horse to move on from their past and one will never acknowledge the improvements. Vice versus. It takes a balance.)
There are a lot of incredible young professionals wanting to serve the horse industry. As a mentor for them I want to do everything I can to help prepare them, and frankly I’m not concerned when one decides another career path- this is NOT for everyone.
But what is for everyone both Professional and Client- is having a healthy relationship that leads to a great experience for both. This takes intentionality, grace, understanding, maturity and plenty more.
I hope we can all be willing to take a step back from time to time and view things from an outside perspective before jumping to a conclusion, sending a text or saying something crass.
It would save us all quite a bit of emotional exhaustion and might even be what keeps a young or even seasoned professional AND CLIENTS in the industry.
At the end of the day, we all want the best for each horse and each other. Let’s do our best, and do better each day, to better serve our fellow humans and horses.
Formally a camp ondessonk horse he is the newest addition to our lesson program. He is settling in this week and will be evaluated and begin merging into lessons next week. Ace is a 21 year old standardbred gelding. What’s one more big dark horse?
ISO farrier to come to clients house in New Harmony to pull a shoe
We hope you were able to visit the The Vanderburgh County Fair this week. Morgan and Savana both did amazing with their horses. Some highlights include:
Morgan and her boy Boston came in 3rd out of 18 in their walk trot class!! 5th in halter and 3rd in in-hand trail
Savana and her girl Monkey Sue got 3rd in English halter and 6th in English walk trot!!
Both girls kicked butt today in the speed events too despite it being the hottest day of the year. Good job girls keep up the hard work!
When I look over all the horses in this event this year, I see horses that came to us without any potential of a future, by and large.
These horses were starving, slaughter bound, troubled, abandoned, feral or ill, for the most part.
And to imagine that 100 days could take them to where you see them now is almost beyond comprehension.
What a life changing thing for both horses and humans to Appalachian Trainer Face Off is, folks.
Meet your 2021 ATFO Lineup.
Apply to Adopt one of over 70+ Horses today.
The cut off is Aug 15th.
Keep in mind, most Showcase horses can be adopted now.
You can see updated listings at:
You can apply at that link, see mares, geldings, ponies, minis, drafts and more.
Showcases horses have set fees, and competition horses will be adoptable August 21st.
Learn about the event and plan to attend:
THE 2021 Event will be August 19-21st in Winfield, WV
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Blue flyers are professional trainer horses,
Red Flyers are Amateur trainer horses,
Purple are Youth Trainer Horses, Green are Showcases horses (most of these can be adopted before Aug 21st)
Everything you need to know about the event is here:
Cutest Donkey Ever❤️
If you are looking to adopt an awesome horse look no further
Trainers Changing the Lives of Adoptable Horses from Appalachia in a National Competition
Come join us today to cheer on the Hoof Beats kids at the Posey County Fairgrounds!!
Horse Show starts at noon. See you there!!
Thank you Scott Conner!!!
"HOT" TIPS FOR SAFE SUMMER RIDING
As you prepare for fun in the sun with your favorite equine, make sure you understand how the combination of heat and humidity can take the fun part out the equation — and potentially even turn into a dangerous situation for your horse.
When riding in hot weather, remember to take precautions and use your common sense. Remain vigilant for dehydration and for signs of heat exhaustion, as the situation can quickly escalate into heat stroke. If your horse looks hot and tired, it's time for a drink, a cold bath and a break in the shade.
Consult your veterinarian for more information, or learn more about the signs of heat stroke on our website at https://aaep.org/issue/heat-stroke
We have several senior equines at Hoof Beats.
All horses require specialized care based on their age, amount of work, climate, etc. All our senior horses have special diets based on their specific needs. Many times we see skinny horses and the usual excuse is “oh he’s really old”. But age should never be an excuse for a horse’s body condition. With proper veterinary care and diet, horses are living longer and longer these days. 15 years is no longer considered “old” for a horse. Many horses still compete well into their 20s, which was unheard of 50 years ago.
Here are some of our seniors 💜
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.
Hats off to the smartest horse in the barn and her human, Savana Schneider, who graduates from Mater Dei today!!!
Come watch and support Hoof Beats at the horse rescue today! Show starts at 10am see you there!
We love our buttercup-free pastures!!
Buttercup is the beautiful yellow flowers you see everywhere. 🌼🌼Unfortunately it is not edible for our horses. It’s toxic in high quantities, extremely hard to get rid of, and it takes over the edible grasses. Luckily the horses do not enjoy the bitter taste and will not eat it unless it is their last resort.
We have been working hard to fix our pastures for the past few years and we still have work to do but just look at these happy horses!!
Who needs a kitten??!!
They are through PAWS and will come fully vetted, fixed and microchipped once they ready for adoption
428 S Posey County Line Rd
Hoof Beats Stable is a friendly, fun loving barn, located two miles from USI on the westside of Evansville. We offer both english and western riding lessons, a full care boarding facility, lease a horse program, training, a large indoor arena for riding in every weather. LESSONS; We offer western and english private riding lessons at $20 per half hour in our 120 x 60 lighted indoor arena BOARDING; 18 10 x 10 stalls Tack rooms Hay, grained and watered daily Turn out daily (weather permitting) Full use of facility (includes indoor arena) Hours: 8am-8pm Competitive prices Vet and Farrier available Exercising and training available
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