Bascule Farm LLC

Bascule Farm LLC Top Quality Boarding, Training, and Instruction for Eventing Dressage and Jumpers. Close to Wash, DC.

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Wow!  Never have this happen before!  Stirrup technology has improved drastically since these were designed.  Maybe it’s...
10/03/2020

Wow! Never have this happen before! Stirrup technology has improved drastically since these were designed. Maybe it’s time to upgrade your stirrups as often as your helmet? Thanks for the share cousin Carolyn!

So this happened this afternoon as I was landing from a jump on the Hunter Pace course. Needless to say I cut my ride short. I cut the rubber off to see what happened. While the stirrups themselves are satinless steel, the small hinges obviously aren't. Yes these are old stirrups, but I had no idea. So just a heads up, if you have these kind of stirrups, be careful, they don't last forever.

I've been wanting to get the new high tech breakway stirrups, but his wasn't what I had in mind. I guess now is the time to order them.

Mach One 2016 16.2+ Hanov/TB/Selle Francais gelding.  (Merlin/LoyalPal/Galoubet) going beautifully under saddle and just...
09/29/2020

Mach One 2016 16.2+ Hanov/TB/Selle Francais gelding. (Merlin/LoyalPal/Galoubet) going beautifully under saddle and just started over fences under a rider. Free jumps like a beast. Easy to live with! Comfortable gaits, sound with no vices. PM for more information/video. Mid five figures.

So proud of our Resident Students and their “babies” that went to the FEH Show Friday!  Loch Moy hosts a super quiet, ea...
09/26/2020

So proud of our Resident Students and their “babies” that went to the FEH Show Friday! Loch Moy hosts a super quiet, easy environment to show youngsters! Emily and our 2018 KWPN colt, Note (Charmeur/Ferro/Farn) did such a great job showing a quiet temperament and great movement. Cassie presented the 2019 dark grey Old/TB filly, Sextant 2019 (Sea Accounts/Concerto Grosso/Galoubet) show off their hard work for good scores. Shelby has been working with 2019 Celestial (Golden Globe/Twentyfour Kt Gold/Torey Ridge) for only a week, so Dick jumped in to help get him presented! Shelby and Katie did an amazing job on his braids! He has the “wild thing” mane. Katie presented her lovely Ossipie 2019. The work she’s done with him since popping into Michael Garçons/the horse guru is very apparent! Mr tree trunk for legs scored the best of the yearlings with “if he grows into those legs, he’s going to be big”! Big thank you to Dick and Ted for coming as grooms and being such a huge help! Ted also took these awesome pictures!

Fun day and very proud of the work these ladies are doing with their youngsters! Way to go!

09/21/2020

Tack of the Day! Always something you need at a discounted price!

It’s a complicated dance of non-verbal cues... This man is a genius and should be emulated!
09/18/2020
'It's A Gift': The Calming Influence Of Cordell Anderson - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

It’s a complicated dance of non-verbal cues... This man is a genius and should be emulated!

Watching Cordell Anderson guide a horse through its paces under the bright lights of the Keeneland sales pavilion, one thing becomes immediately clear to anyone who knows what they're looking at – this man is extremely good at his job. On its surface, the concept of a person standing at the other ...

Reincarnation (Rotwing x Bold New Season, Par The Course) 2015 16+ hand chestnut Hanoverian/Thoroughbred cross gelding. ...
09/17/2020

Reincarnation (Rotwing x Bold New Season, Par The Course) 2015 16+ hand chestnut Hanoverian/Thoroughbred cross gelding. Super fancy and very easy to ride for a more timid amateur or junior. Quiet to the fences, has his changes and just needs a bit of finishing/in a program. Honest and even been out cross country schooling. Great brain! Sound, healthy and easy keeper! PM for more info and videos. Low-Mid 5’s.

Charles Owen
09/12/2020

Charles Owen

If you read one social post today let this be it...

These images show the helmet of top US Showjumper Laura Kraut after her recent fall. Laura’s horse was wearing studs and as Laura landed her head was stepped on twice.

Laura sustained injuries to her face but incredibly is back in the show ring today as her helmet was designed to withstand this kind of impact scenario, the PAS 015 (PAS 015:2011) standard, with a BSI Kitemark (this kitemark means the helmet is retested every year).

If your helmet does not show this 'PAS 015' BSI Kitemark on the label, your helmet is not designed to withstand this level of crush or stud injury.*

What could have been a much worse injury wasn’t just prevented because she wore a helmet, but because she wore THE RIGHT helmet.

You only get one head and one brain, protect it with the best. All Charles Owen helmets are made in Britain and tested in our in-house testing facility.

Please share this post to protect your fellow riders from a future fatal accident and to raise awareness of the importance of the ‘PAS 015’ standard.

Laura wore an Ayr8 on the day of her accident and is remarkably already back competing today.

*SNELL safety standard also provides a very high level of protection for crush and stud injuries, you can find this in our 4STAR helmet. VG1 & ASTM do also provide a level of protection but not to the same level as PAS 015.

Cheerfully!
09/10/2020

Cheerfully!

Free jumping our young stock today at Bascule!! Such fun, and what an exciting, phenomenal group of young horses!! Horse...
09/09/2020

Free jumping our young stock today at Bascule!! Such fun, and what an exciting, phenomenal group of young horses!!
Horses listed in order:
2015 16 h gelding, Reincarnation “Nation” Rotwing x Bold New Season (Par The Course)

2015 16.1h gelding, Rodeo Drive “Rodeo” Rotwing x Louisa LaGlass (Louis Quatore)

2016 16.3h gelding, Mach One “Merlin” Merlin x Epic Win (Galoubet)

2016 17h mare, Faceted “Facet” First Dance x Compass (Concerto Grosso)

2017 16.1h mare Seabring “Seabring” Sternlicht x Compass (Concerto Grosso)

2018 stallion prospect Noteworthy “Note” Charmeur/Ferro/Farn (2 pictures)

2019 perlino stallion prospect Celestial “Teal”, guaranteed to throw palomino, buckskin, and smokey black

2019 mare Sextant “Sexy” Sea Accounts x Compass (Concerto Grosso)
#teambascule #homebreds #youngstock #freejumping #brightfuturesahead #forsale #futureeventhorse #futuredressagehorse #noscopenohope #woodallergy #kneestonose #wheee #goodponies #unicorns #futurestars16h

#teambascule had a super weekend at #svpchorsetrials!! Ainsley and Willie took on the prelim, scoring a #personalbest dr...
09/08/2020

#teambascule had a super weekend at #svpchorsetrials!! Ainsley and Willie took on the prelim, scoring a #personalbest dressage score through super sloppy footing, a steady SJ, and very fluid XC!! Claire and Lance kicked off the second day in the novice, showing improvements in a very calm dressage test (despite a determined horse fly!!) and double clear around their third novice!! Ella and Passport headed into the BN division with a well ridden and balanced dressage test, steady and accurate SJ, and very balanced and accurate XC, just adding a bit of time to their score for 8th place!! So proud of all of our students for riding smart through tricky conditions and giving their horses the confidence to perform!! Love these girls!! #soproud #rhythm #relaxation #accuracy #justbreathe #handsupchestup #balanceiseverything #wheeee #superponies #goodboys #nooneoutglittersthesquad #glittersquad #alldisconopanic #hotmessexpressdoesnthaveastophere

08/31/2020

Great way for virtual learning of some horse management skills!

So happy with these two homebred sale horses!  Rodeo Drive (Rotwing x Louisa LaGlass, Louis Quatore) 5yo 16.1h black Han...
08/29/2020

So happy with these two homebred sale horses! Rodeo Drive (Rotwing x Louisa LaGlass, Louis Quatore) 5yo 16.1h black Hanov/TB gelding under #trainerandy and Reincarnation (Rotwing x Bold New Season, Par The Course) 5yo 16h chestnut Hanov/TB gelding under #trainereliza. Priced in low/mid 5’s. #rotwingbabyrocks. PM for more information

08/26/2020

If you give your child a pony, they will want to ride. You’ll buy them the best pony you can find, followed by a helmet, boots and all the other things pony.

You look for a local barn to ride at where you start to socialize with the equestrian community…………And then life as you know it, will end.

Before you know it, they want to show so you find a circuit …..There will be no more lazy weekends watching tv. You will see more sunrises than you ever thought possible.

Every spare minute of your time will be spent hauling campers, horse trailers and horses and enduring a crazy addiction to practice for the next show.

Your house may be a mess, and your car will be dirty. All because you gave your child a pony. Your weekends will be spent freezing or burning to death on a fold up chair. And their weekends will be spent gaining confidence and friends, learning new skills and having fun and getting dirty!!!!

You will be there the day he or she takes the first few steps of canter, the first taste of a jump, first ribbon, first championship. And they will make you SO proud. Other parents will congratulate you, but you feel weird saying thank you because it's not you on the pony, it’s your child. It's everything that they did, they achieved. And right before your eyes, your little boy/girl will be transformed from the baby who bounced around on their rocking horse into an exceptional young horse enthusiast on the hunt for the next pony finals or maybe even the Olympics!

When you give your child a pony , you give them more than just something to ride. You give them a sport, a talent, hope and dreams. Friends, a new family, a place to learn about life, room to grow as a person where they can push their limits, and bravery, and courage, and memories. And they will have ALL of these things, simply because you gave your child a pony.

Because you gave your child a pony, you too will develop new/lifelong friendships, developed solely from the same passion for the sport. You will have a equestrian family because you gave your child a pony.

Then one day, many years from today…they will be in their room and a certain trophy will catch their eye. And they will pick it up and realize instantly that when you gave your child a pony, you also gave them a childhood that they would never forget, at this point, you realize that everything you gave up along the way and sacrificed was totally worth it…..

All because you gave your child a pony🏆 🐎❤️……. #thisiswhatitsallabout

Nap time in training barn!
08/22/2020

Nap time in training barn!

#teambascule had a super educational time at #waredacahorsetrials this weekend with some strong highlights! Ella and Pas...
08/17/2020

#teambascule had a super educational time at #waredacahorsetrials this weekend with some strong highlights! Ella and Passport started out the weekend strongly, with a #personalbest #dressagescore and a really great ride and clear around the show jump as well! Unfortunately a miscommunication late in the XC popped her out of the tack, but the ride preceding the error was lovely!! Maya and Ribbons carried on into Sunday with a steady, consistent dressage test and two phenomenally ridden jump rounds, looking like a miniature pro!! So proud of both of these ladies and how far they’ve come, as well as their INCREDIBLE attitudes no matter the circumstances!! 💕 #lovemyjob #wehavethebeststudents #soproud #minipros #chestnutsquad #glittersquad #nooneoutglittersthesquad #buildinghorsewomen #getitgirl #girlpower #nailedit #workhardplayhard @ Waredaca Horse Trials

A basic principle broken down to detail for understanding.
08/11/2020

A basic principle broken down to detail for understanding.

So much of daily work has about as much drama as that old saying, watching paint dry.

Strength training is fundamentally simple, once you grasp the physics of engagement.

As a horse is asked, for example, to turn right, the inside leg of the rider creates a forward and out pressure.

But the careful rein and outside leg counter-pressure takes that forward and left "drift" and shapes it back to the right.

This takes the inside hind leg of the horse on a flight path that puts the landing hoof more forward and left, as if it was going on a path between the two front legs.

Because that inside hind has been placed more under the actual center of the mass of the horse, it has been "loaded" in the sense that when the inside hind leg now straightens, it will require more force to lift the mass above it.

We have made the right (inside) hind into a weight lifting leg.

After a bit, we will change direction. Now we will reverse the process, and turn the left (new inside) leg into a weight lifting leg.

We know that weight lifting can, over time, build strength and musculature, and, very simply, this is the process that is at the heart of much dressage based schooling. It is not complicated, once you understand it and learn how to do it.

Sure, the horse will resist being turned into a weight lifter, because weight lifting hurts, so we do this little by little, over months and years, not days and weeks.

The word "dressage" has been turned into a mystery based word, when all that it refers to, so much of the time, is basic physics of lift and motion.

The people don't who understand it probably haven't studied it enough or practiced it the right way.

Get a teacher who knows, and learn, if you have any interest----.

Time to get entries in for our closest Horse Trials!!
08/09/2020

Time to get entries in for our closest Horse Trials!!

In an effort to reduce the amount of time that our officials, staff and volunteers are on site, and thus reduce the amount of person to person contact, the management of the Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials has decided to limit the number of horse & rider combinations at our September 5-6 Horse Trials to 250 over both days. If you are planning on entering our event, please do so as soon as possible (we close for regular entries on 8/18, at which time late fees will go into effect).

We will be requiring compliance with the current USEF mandate that masks/face coverings be worn at all times. We will also be conducting temperature scans for all those entering the grounds and anyone registering 99.5 or higher, as well as any individuals in the same vehicle, will not be allowed to remain on the grounds, so please monitor your temperature prior to the event. Refunds (minus office fees) will be provided in the event of a COVID-19 scratch.

The Equine Documentalist
08/07/2020

The Equine Documentalist

How important is bone alignment of the horses digit?

I still see so many debates about whether a broken back hoof Pastern axis is just a reality and should be accepted.

A perfectly straight bone alignment of the digit is very rare, but with all of these studies linking a broken alignment with pathology (pic1-3), where do we draw the line between what is within a working tolerance and what is predisposed to pathology!?

If we have a healthy hoof with healthy and minimally distorted caudal structures, on the whole we will have a reasonable hoof Pastern axis. How can we accept the alignment we have when there are obvious distortions of the hoof capsule affecting the toe to heel height ratio and therefore alignment!? And if that foot regains better alignment once it goes barefoot, with correct management, does that not tell us that where we were before was not optimum!?

Watch and read at these links for more information.
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For a debate on this subject follow this link

https://www.theequinedocumentalist.com/post/the-truth-about-hoof-pastern-axis
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For a videocast on the reasons for attaining a straight bone alignment watch this.

https://youtu.be/xggVpfmO9BI
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For an article on the influences of bone alignment read this.

https://www.theequinedocumentalist.com/post/hoof-pastern-axis-influential-factors

Who needs a derby hat??
08/04/2020

Who needs a derby hat??

It's (finally) Derby season!! Get your perfect hats for the occasion here!

Never done learning!
08/04/2020

Never done learning!

The hoof is what you make it!

Whether you’re barefoot or shod, the hoof is a product of its environment, our podiatry interventions and management.

Of course conformation and biological diversity play a role, but before we attribute bad feet to the horses genetics, we have to ask ourself a question.
Have we created the best environment for that hoof to be its best? Because regardless of the breed and whether it’s shod or not, right input = right output (Fig 2-3). Knowing what the inputs are is the key.

Assessing the hoof you have is the first important step in recognising where you are and where you should be (fig 4). Know the ideal!! (Fig.6)Then you have to recognise the forces in play stopping you from getting there, and those forces could well be you, the farrier or the owner.

Further reading in the captions.
For more reading on The hoof being a product of our input follow this link..
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https://www.theequinedocumentalist.com/post/the-hoof-it-is-what-you-make-it

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20800 Whites Ferry Rd
Poolesville, MD
20837

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This former working student waved from the highway as we passed by on the way to Virginia. Miss you guys, but we're Florida bound!
Hello Julie how are you?
LILLIAN HEARD here this Sunday for another clinic! So excited to have her see how much progress everyone has made since she was here last. ONE opening left for a Dressage lesson ($135) on Sunday! Message if you're interested! https://www.facebook.com/313139995400235/photos/a.594178457296386.1073741827.313139995400235/680345625346335/?type=3
ROLEX 06 is for sale! Quiet sensible 16+ hand Hanoverian/Swedish WB mare. Pretty much a Novice packer with some Training level miles. Would excel in a program! Great first horse, could be a show hunter or dressage horse exclusively! Healthy with perfect ground manners! $15k and contact Julia directly to try her! [email protected] or call 240-481-8693
June 24th SUNDAY Clinic with 4* rider and GREAT Clinician, Lillian Heard!
JUNE 24th: 2018
Finally selling our super amateur friendly Rocky! Rocket J Squirrel. 2011 16.3 hand chestnut Hanoverian/Trakehner gelding. (Rotwing x Sunrise Sonata (Stravinsky x Whats Up, Wendesohn)) Rocky is a homegrown we have steered to straight dressage, though he does jump. He's a quiet, sensible Adult Amateur friendly mount starting Second level movements. His gaits are smooth and easy to sit. He has shown a few times with an amateur and really needs to find his person who can take him out and compete him. He's easy around the barn, clips, loads, trailers, stands for farrier and is completely healthy. Easy keeper and has spent time living out.
Will any of you be coming to Colorado for USEA championships?
INDOOR DRESSAGE SHOW FEB 18th, 2018
SUNDAY JAN 28th, 8:30am to 7pm
Graceful Marys 2010 Rotwing baby is for sale! Contact Mike Huber at [email protected]. She's in Ocala FL now.