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Copper Leaf Acres Arabian Horse Farm

Copper Leaf Acres Arabian Horse Farm www.copperleafacres.com Copper Leaf Acres Horse Farm is located in Locust Grove, Virginia, nestled among the Civil War battle fields of Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Mine Run.

We are only a short twenty minute drive from either the towns of Fredericksburg, Culpepper, and Orange, Virginia.

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Thanksgiving treats for the horses!
11/25/2021

Thanksgiving treats for the horses!

Happy Thanksgiving from Copper Leaf Acres Arabian Horse Farm!
11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving from Copper Leaf Acres Arabian Horse Farm!

SCRATCH not PAT!  :)
03/27/2021

SCRATCH not PAT! :)

IS PATTING REWARDING TO THE HORSE?

We often see riders slapping their horse on the neck enthusiastically at the end of a showjumping round or dressage test. Patting is considered by many to be a way of telling the horse that they have performed well – but is this the reward we think it is, or could it cause them discomfort?

Horses are extremely sensitive to touch and many riders use different pressures ranging from a light pat to a slap. To find out more about how horses feel about this, a team of equine scientists at Nottingham Trent University set out to investigate the effects of patting and wither scratching horses when ridden or being handled.

For the first part of the study, footage of 16 competitors in the dressage Grand Prix at the 2012 London Olympics was analysed to see how and when the riders patted their horses, and how they reacted.

Fifteen riders patted their horses, with 12 continuing to do so for over a minute. A significant percentage of these pats resulted in the horse reacting. Most commonly, the horses accelerated – sometimes they changed gait from walk to trot. This could indicate that the horses found the patting unpleasant, or that they took the opportunity to accelerate because the rider dropped the rein contact and/or leant forward.

In a second part to the study, a group of five well-handled riding school ponies and five relatively un-touched rescue horses were patted or scratched four times, for 30 seconds at a time. The study was filmed and the horses’ behavioural responses were noted.

Patting resulted in little behavioural reaction. However, wither scratching seemed to be much more effective as a reward to the horse. Some lowered their heads, moved their upper lips and tried to mutually groom the handler – all responses similar to those seen in positive horse-to-horse interaction.

The researchers concluded that riders and handlers should be encouraged to scratch rather than pat their horse as a reward.

Previous research has shown that scratching the withers consistently lowers the horse's heart rate and can therefore be a useful aid to calm them in anxious situations. Wither scratching may also improve the horse/human relationship as mutual grooming does between horses.

Research team: Emily Hancock, Sarah Redgate and Carol Hall of Nottingham Trent University. 2014.

Image by lhourahane 2012 Olympics - Team Dressage Final, CC by 2.0.

02/04/2021
10/15/2020
Where's my kiss?
01/24/2016

Where's my kiss?

Step one.... clear a path to the barn.  :)
01/24/2016

Step one.... clear a path to the barn. :)

Timeline photos
01/22/2016

Timeline photos

Somehow we have gone from near 80s a week ago to a forecast of 16 degrees tomorrow morning so I spent the afternoon gett...
01/05/2016

Somehow we have gone from near 80s a week ago to a forecast of 16 degrees tomorrow morning so I spent the afternoon getting the stalls ready. To a horse owner this is a sight of beauty. :)

Since the horses don't eat pumpkin pie, this will just have to do.  Happy Thanksgiving!
11/26/2015

Since the horses don't eat pumpkin pie, this will just have to do. Happy Thanksgiving!

What make life on a horse farm relaxing is knowing that horses take pleasure in the simple things in life... like some f...
10/17/2015

What make life on a horse farm relaxing is knowing that horses take pleasure in the simple things in life... like some fresh apples with dinner. :)

Waiting on our babies!  I'll try and get a photo of the newborns when they hatch!
09/21/2015

Waiting on our babies! I'll try and get a photo of the newborns when they hatch!

Off to support Wings of Hope Ranch's "Hoedown for Hope".  Wings of Hope Ranch is a Christian ministry that rescues negle...
09/12/2015

Off to support Wings of Hope Ranch's "Hoedown for Hope". Wings of Hope Ranch is a Christian ministry that rescues neglected horses and rehabilitates them to provide a horse ministry to children facing conflicts or challenges, free of charge.

Evening on the farm...
09/12/2015

Evening on the farm...

Moon while feeding the horses tonight...
08/29/2015

Moon while feeding the horses tonight...

Giving a shot to Talia
08/22/2015
Horse Shot

Giving a shot to Talia

William giving Talia a shot.

Talia saying hello.
07/28/2015

Talia saying hello.

Evening on the farm...
07/28/2015

Evening on the farm...

Did somebody say BREAKFAST!  :)
07/05/2015

Did somebody say BREAKFAST! :)

Just another day on the farm...
06/26/2015

Just another day on the farm...

A little crack and boom headed this way!
06/20/2015

A little crack and boom headed this way!

Proud Papa... Black just learned one of his foals won some first place finishes in North Carolina!  More details to foll...
05/17/2015

Proud Papa... Black just learned one of his foals won some first place finishes in North Carolina! More details to follow.

Today's project which took five hours start to finish... repair the chicken coop floor.  Many of you know I use a 100+ y...
05/09/2015

Today's project which took five hours start to finish... repair the chicken coop floor. Many of you know I use a 100+ year old two seat outhouse as a chicken coop (I converted it a number of years ago by adding a new door and a chicken door and ramp). This Winter we noticed one side of the floor sinking. Tristan and I had no idea what to expect... we started our exploratory surgery on the floor. As luck would have it, they built this old outhouse with a cement foundation. The beams had merely rotted away. We put new beams, sub-floor, and clean shavings... job complete!

Morning on the farm...
04/15/2015

Morning on the farm...

Lazy day on the farm....
03/24/2015

Lazy day on the farm....

03/15/2015

Spring is in the air and the horses are feeling it!

03/01/2015

Got to get boy his exercise on the farm one way or another...

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Locust Grove, VA
22508

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