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Bascule Farm LLC

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

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Photos from The Maryland Horse Trials 's post
09/27/2022

Photos from The Maryland Horse Trials 's post

09/20/2022
Great fun at ClueIQ in Frederick for #teambascule.  We solved the puzzles and found the headless horseman’s skull!  Who ...
09/20/2022

Great fun at ClueIQ in Frederick for #teambascule. We solved the puzzles and found the headless horseman’s skull! Who wants to try the next Escape Room challenge?
Charlie, Carlie, Colette, Cassie, Richard, Vanessa, Sophie!

09/17/2022
Photos from Tamarack Hill Farm's post
09/15/2022

Photos from Tamarack Hill Farm's post

Beginner riding lessons available on Saturdays with Colette!  She is a fun instructor and is available in the afternoons...
09/15/2022

Beginner riding lessons available on Saturdays with Colette! She is a fun instructor and is available in the afternoons for hour long lessons! Learn to catch, groom, tack, and put away after the lesson. Colette will walk you through step by step. Our professors Fancy and Teddy are super to learn on and very safe! Hour lessons are $95. After the initial lessons, month long packages will hold your spot. Email [email protected] or message us through FB if interested! in Poolesville

Resident Students Vanessa on Bascule Gemstone and Bella on R’Finale started their group jump lessons together!  They’re ...
09/05/2022

Resident Students Vanessa on Bascule Gemstone and Bella on R’Finale started their group jump lessons together! They’re so talented and we are looking forward to see them out competing this fall.

NOW HIRING! 🎉Come join a fun team that takes pride in developing top quality event horses! This is a rare horse job that...
09/04/2022

NOW HIRING! 🎉
Come join a fun team that takes pride in developing top quality event horses! This is a rare horse job that provides a generous salary, 5 ½ day work week, option to bring a horse, training/lessons/time to compete, and furnished shared housing on the property (private room, shared bath) with utilities and wifi included. Option to bring a competition or a sales horse (with free board) to generate extra income.
Responsibilities include daily care of horses including feeding, grooming, tacking/untacking, bathing, assisting with stall cleaning, and keeping the barn tidy in a friendly, team-oriented environment.
Location: Bascule Farm, Poolesville, MD
Please send a resume and a cover letter with your interests and goals to [email protected] to apply.

08/23/2022

Happy Birthday Bob Natalie Flanders!

07/30/2022

Show season is in full swing! Sydney K and R'aisson giving 2nd Level a go for the first time recognized at By Chance!! Super canter work and good riding under pressure! Sky is the limit for this young DQ!

Carlie and Shtratego put in another appearance at PSG. Despite a not-so-stellar warm-up, they managed to put down the winning test in the open division. Time to start working towards I1!

Loch Moy Dressage and Olney Horse Trials next week! Stay tuned Bascule Farm Fans 😁

07/25/2022

New video of Bolero! Ready for his own person!

07/23/2022
Bolero

Bolero is a kind, sensible 2006 16.3 bay Oldenburg gelding by Showdown out of a Corlander mare. Though bred for ShowJumping, he has several years of rated Dressage Showing under his belt. He has spent the last 4+ years as an Adult Amateur schoolmaster in dressage and showjumping. He has competed once in Eventing before he embarked on the dressage career. This is a super easy horse to live with. He's light in the bridle without being super sensitive. He canters down to the bottom of fences and is a suitable amateur type. He has few miles on him, so is sound and healthy. Hasn't been living on drugs or maintenance...hes the tough sort. Ready for his own human!

NOW HIRING! 🎉Come join a fun team that takes pride in developing top quality event horses! This is a rare horse job that...
07/07/2022

NOW HIRING! 🎉
Come join a fun team that takes pride in developing top quality event horses! This is a rare horse job that provides a generous salary, 5 ½ day work week, option to bring a horse, training/lessons/time to compete, and furnished shared housing on the property (private room, shared bath) with utilities and wifi included. Option to bring a competition or a sales horse (with free board) to generate extra income.
Responsibilities include daily care of horses including feeding, grooming, tacking/untacking, bathing, assisting with stall cleaning, and keeping the barn tidy in a friendly, team-oriented environment.
Location: Bascule Farm, Poolesville, MD
Please send a resume and a cover letter with your interests and goals to [email protected] to apply.

I wanted to reshare this to remind everyone who has a “stringhalt” or “shivers” horse that there is hope.  Dr Audrey DeC...
07/02/2022

I wanted to reshare this to remind everyone who has a “stringhalt” or “shivers” horse that there is hope. Dr Audrey DeClure has done extensive research and has a treatment protocol that works! https://declue-equine.com

Photos from Bascule Farm LLC's post
07/02/2022

Photos from Bascule Farm LLC's post

Mischa stayed up with us for foal watch and got the experience front and center!  Matilda is a pro and a flashy black/ba...
07/02/2022

Mischa stayed up with us for foal watch and got the experience front and center! Matilda is a pro and a flashy black/bay c**t with 4 whites and a big white face!
2022 foal crop is all here! 5 c**ts and 1 filly.

Great way to give back to the Eventing community!  If you’re not riding, a super learning opportunity!
06/27/2022

Great way to give back to the Eventing community! If you’re not riding, a super learning opportunity!

The Maryland International + Horse Trials and USEA MDHT #2 are coming up soon! We are still in need of a large number of volunteers to be able to safely run these events. If you are not showing, please try to volunteer a day to give back to your sport. Most positions need no experience at all.
Here's what we need for The Maryland International running from July 8th - 10th.

Thursday 7/7 - Need 2 more volunteers to set up CCI-S 3*2*1* show jumping with Judge Kathy White. Excellent learning experience!

Saturday 7/8 - FEI XC plus National Levels
1 Dressage Bit Check
2 Dressage Warm Up
1 SJ Crew
1 SJ Warm Up
Horse Ambulance Driver - good if you have own truck
2 Shuttle Drivers

Sunday 7/10 National Level HT
1 XC Finish Timer
9 XC Jump Judges
1 Bit Check
3 Dressage Scribes
1 Dressage Steward
4 Parking Volunteers
3 SJ Crew
1 SJ Out Gate
1 SJ Timer
1 SJ Warm Up

To sign up go to https://www.eventingvolunteers.com/events/2146 or text/call Gena at 240 388 2400.

If not available this weekend, sign up to volunteer at MDHT #2 on July 16 - 17. https://www.eventingvolunteers.com/events/2147

You will earn a xc schooling pass (or a $60 credit towards an unrecognized event) or a raffle ticket to a VIP package (or $1000, your choice) to the October Maryland 5* Event. You will get breakfast, lunch, after party with dinner/drinks and MDHT logo wear. Dressage volunteers (on top of the above) will earn a spot in the Sept 4th Aviva Nebesky clinic and 1 dressage only entry in a Twilight Event, 8/14 Dressage Show or Pick Your Time/Test Show on Sept 5th. How can you resist all of these perks?

Timeline photos
06/16/2022

Timeline photos

FUN FACT: Blue feed & water buckets are better! Why? Horses like blue! In a 2020 study, KY Equine Research (KER) found that horses were more likely to drink out of turquoise or light blue buckets over red, yellow and green buckets! Their dichromatic color vision causes them to only see blue and yellow, and they prefer blue! #TheMoreYouKnow So get some blue buckets, some #HydraBoost, and keep your horse happy and hydrated this summer! 💙🐴 💦

When the staff puts together a congratulations for our newly minted USDF Silver Medallist!  Tego says “looks how smart I...
06/13/2022

When the staff puts together a congratulations for our newly minted USDF Silver Medallist! Tego says “looks how smart I am, mom!”

06/06/2022

Can’t help but love watching the milestones as the newborns discover life!

Bascule Wine night is a perfect time for our maiden to foal!  Skylar Song (Sam Steele) has a great c**t by Fuerst Impres...
06/05/2022

Bascule Wine night is a perfect time for our maiden to foal! Skylar Song (Sam Steele) has a great c**t by Fuerst Impression! Super proud of delivery team Sophie, Bella and Colette who have learned how to deliver and offer support

Stellar Equine Performance Therapy will be here THIS coming Sunday/Monday!  We have spots open for this talented and kno...
06/03/2022

Stellar Equine Performance Therapy will be here THIS coming Sunday/Monday! We have spots open for this talented and knowledgeable caregiver to help release your horses tension! Casey works on 5* level event horses, pleasure horses and western horses. She has a wide range of training and we are excited to have her back to help keep our horses in THE best shape!
Contact Julie for a spot!

Get in the Habit of Being Uncomfortable: Insights from Michael Jung and “Ride Big” - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventin...
06/02/2022
Get in the Habit of Being Uncomfortable: Insights from Michael Jung and “Ride Big” - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Get in the Habit of Being Uncomfortable: Insights from Michael Jung and “Ride Big” - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

In this excerpt from his book Ride Big, professional athlete performance coach John Haime talks about where we can find the opportunity to grow as riders and competitors, and shares valuable insights from 2022 Land

Ally had her Louisville baby on 5/23 and we named him Line Dance, in honor of Cassie, our line dancing choreographer!  H...
05/31/2022

Ally had her Louisville baby on 5/23 and we named him Line Dance, in honor of Cassie, our line dancing choreographer! Here’s Cassie Bailey hugging the adoreably huge “Bailey”!

05/31/2022

MANY years ago, I did one two-day clinic with George Williams. Two lessons that were a total game changer. I didn’t understand either of them immediately—not even close. No joke, I spent years trying to sort out those two lessons.

The topic? Timing.

He has a series of exercises he calls “kindergarten exercises.” They’re not kindergarten, as in “uneducated,” they’re kindergarten as in “start here—do this first.” Over and over, he’d say “and now, and now, and now” in the same rhythm of the gait.

Timing is a thing I had managed to be pretty successful without a great command of, but when it was introduced so formally and simply, I had to have a good long life-choices think about how I’d gotten along without.

Here’s my favorite example:
The beginning of a trot half pass can easily be misunderstood as a canter aid because the two aids are very similar feeling to the horse. Oops. (Could also substitute haunches in for half pass here)

Let’s say I’m going to start a left half pass in the trot. I ask for left bending in the corner, then when the right front leg is touches the ground, and I’m just before the corner letter, I close my outside aids once and ask for half pass. Not too bad, right? There’s a catch, if I aid for half pass in opposite timing, when the left front leg touches the ground, that’s also the timing for my canter aid. I’ve officially ridden my horse into having to guess. Half pass or canter?

A horse physically can’t canter if you aid when the outside front leg is down. An obedient horse will either pick up counter canter, or take one extra step that brings the inside front down, so he can then strike off to canter.

Outside front leg, half pass.
Inside front leg, canter.

Timing, I tell ya…it might take a lifetime or two to sort it out, but it’s nearly magical when it starts to come together.

Assistant Attending for Foal Watch tonight.  Alejandro is the King!
05/22/2022

Assistant Attending for Foal Watch tonight. Alejandro is the King!

05/20/2022

We desperately need a few more volunteers for our horse trial this weekend!

➡️➡️ITS A SHORT DAY! You will be done by 2!

You get multiple schooling passes, HCF bucks good towards jumper shows, CTs and schooling, lunch, swag and more.

SATURDAY
✨6 more xc judges
✨xc warm up
✨SJ in gate and crew

SUNDAY
✨5 more half day XC volunteer (you will be done by 1)

Sign up here:

https://www.eventingvolunteers.com/events/2246/signup

RIP Bill Redline Massey.  Bill had been a fixture as a photographer at many events in Area II from the 80’s to 2000’s.  ...
05/18/2022

RIP Bill Redline Massey. Bill had been a fixture as a photographer at many events in Area II from the 80’s to 2000’s. More recently, he focused on Models and portraits, but never traveling far from his love of capturing the horse/human relationship. We hired him to take our Hagen grandkids in the fall of 2018. He was wonderful with them, as seen in this photo I took at the shoot. Let’s fill his page with images he’s captured over the years!

Update: When/If there is a planned memorial, we will post it here.
So nice to see how many people he touched!

HUGE congratulations to #trainercarlie on her Silver medal ride today!  It’s been SO cool watching you take this former ...
05/14/2022

HUGE congratulations to #trainercarlie on her Silver medal ride today! It’s been SO cool watching you take this former mister of a young horse to PSG! Well earned accolades for our Anchor Dressage Guru! #teambascule

05/14/2022

Seabring (Sternlicht x Compass, Concerto Grosso) had her Kjento c**t on Friday the 13th! With no help from us! First time mom being awesome!

04/29/2022

Why trainers PUSH horses TOO FAST

Klaus Balkenhol explains, "Although breeders have created a better horse, the market has created a demand for a stronger, healthier, more powerful horse. It's easier to sell a horse that looks like a carefully developed eight-year-old, and not like a three- or four-year-old just beginning his career. If you force it, you can get a three-year-old to physically look like a developed eight-year-old. Too many c**ts remain stallions which, if approved, promise breeders higher prices as three-year-olds. Now 250 to 300 young stallions are presented each year, when only 40 or 50 will be approved.

Few breeders have the sense to geld the yearling stallions and leave them on the pasture to mature naturally. Instead, yearling stallions are brought into a stall, fed too much grain, and at three, look like six- or seven-year-olds. They have muscle mass, but not enough bone structure to support it. They look mature from the outside but aren't . . . and when started to work, degeneration sets in. Competitions also create pressure to push horses too fast as competitions are now scheduled throughout the year without any breaks."

Common Mistakes In Pushing Too Fast
Tightening the noseband: "A horse resists by sticking out his tongue. Tightening the noseband too much puts pressure on the nose and on the poll. If it is necessary to tighten the noseband very tightly, then something has gone very wrong in the basic training of the horse. The horse cannot be relaxed, the first step on the training scale," warns Klaus.

Specializing too early: "Drilling every day in the indoor arena is too intense for the young horse. It's very important, especially in the first two years of training, not to specialize the young horse. Training should include a variety of activities, including trail riding, which is good for the mind as well as building strength with hill work. It should include jumping, either free or low jumps under saddle, including small natural obstacles on the trail, and cavaletti. A variety of work will allow the horse to stay mentally fresh and to enjoy his work. Only when the horse is happy can dressage become art."

Not checking tack frequently: "Saddle and tack need to be checked constantly for proper fit and adjusted as the horse's body changes with growth, and as his fitness improves with the training. If the noseband gets too low, for example, and the skin between the noseband and the bit is rubbed and becomes sore, this causes the horse discomfort and loss of relaxation. Regularly check for sharp edges and bit problems in the horse's mouth and teeth."

Working too long: "The goal of our training is to build the horse's mind and his muscles. Suppleness and relaxation require adequate muscle strength. strengthening requires both contraction and relaxation. Blood flow and oxygenation occur when the muscle relaxes. If the muscle is kept in a constant state of contraction, it loses power and strength, and actually becomes smaller. Frequent rest periods, especially for a young horse at a free walk on a long rein, are necessary. The rest periods are not for a rider's fatigue, but to allow the horse to stretch and relax his muscles. The rest breaks will give you a completely new horse. This is the systematic gymnasticizing of the horse."

Riding when the horseman is tense: "Horses are particularly sensitive to the rider's mood. A rider shouldn't ride if she is under undue stress or doesn't have the time to ride. If the rider has a bad day, give the horse a rest day or go for a relaxing trail ride; don't work in the arena. The horse mirrors the rider's mood."

Not praising the horse enough: "The horse must perform from joy, not subservience. Praising a horse frequently with voice, a gentle pat, or relaxing the reins is very important to keep the horse interested and willing. If the horse offers piaffe, for instance, because he's excited, praise him for it. You shouldn't stop the lesson at that point nor make a big deal out of it. If you don't want piaffe, quietly urge him forward into trot, but you should NEVER punish him for offering the piaffe. - Klaus Blakenhol

Paladin 2020 15.3 Dutch WB c**t. Sire: Popeye-K, VoltaireDam: Suprise, WPL Sarke Prince, Silvio II.Looking for a new hom...
04/25/2022

Paladin 2020 15.3 Dutch WB c**t.
Sire: Popeye-K, Voltaire
Dam: Suprise, WPL Sarke Prince, Silvio II.
Looking for a new home. Partnership as a stallion prospect or outright sale (either stallion or gelding). PM for more info!

Congratulations to Lilly & Fiona for cruising around a big Training at CDCTA to finish with just some xc time!  Fiona lo...
04/10/2022

Congratulations to Lilly & Fiona for cruising around a big Training at CDCTA to finish with just some xc time! Fiona looked like a pro out there! The Aiken winter experience really does bump up the skills before the spring events! #whatopposition #marepower #teambascule #mintedattraining #intheblood

Baby nap time, still chilly enough for baby blankets!   📸: Bella DuPree
03/29/2022

Baby nap time, still chilly enough for baby blankets! 📸: Bella DuPree

Colette is selling some items, so contact her directly at the barn if you’re interested!
03/27/2022

Colette is selling some items, so contact her directly at the barn if you’re interested!

We happily took a group to Loch Moy for their jumper schooling!  Started off with Catherine and Bowie for 3 great Elemen...
03/27/2022

We happily took a group to Loch Moy for their jumper schooling! Started off with Catherine and Bowie for 3 great Elementary rounds! Olivia and Arthur rode beautifully and stayed to support the crew! Julie and Ruleena got over their worry and cruised around for a couple super rounds. RS Bella got to take Princess Romy around BN and Nov and flex her jumping skills! She gave Colette and Rave a lead around the first course and Rave totally figured it all out! So fun to watch! Our Training level ladies Sophie/Stan, Maya/Ribbons and Sophie/Rhaps had super rounds showing all the hard work is paying off! Shout out to Elizabeth for helping us out again on the ground! This was a wonderful and perfectly timed schooling opportunity and we are so grateful to have this venue so close! Maya Kozauer Sophia Kozauer Bella DuPree Sophie Gary Julie Wight Colette Scivally

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20800 Whites Ferry Rd
Poolesville, MD
20837

Opening Hours

Monday 7am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 7am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7am - 9:30pm
Thursday 7am - 9:30pm
Friday 7am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7am - 9:30pm
Sunday 7am - 9:30pm

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(301) 972-8943

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While my two #fourfieldssporthorses #unicorns are having a post-season holiday, I’d like to put the spotlight on this client horse, Rocky, owned by Sara Norman!! He is extra special to me not only because he is one of Bascule Farm LLC’s #homebred #rotwingbabies from one of our favorite ex-show now-lesson horses, but also because he was one of the horses that I had a part in training when he was young, and eventually he found his way back into my program when purchased by Sara Norman (won’t let me tag you, Sara!) a couple years ago. He has been such a pleasure to work with, and getting to watch him grow, strengthen, and become more educated over the years has been such a blessing, and I am even more excited to continue to watch his partnership with Sara develop, as they were absolutely meant for each other! Also - for anyone considering the Equiband system…highly recommend! It’s done wonders strengthening his hind end and topline, I’m a believer! #rockstarhorses #greatclients #somuchfun #equiband #hannovarian #dressagehorse #dressage #winterbootcamp #eventersdressagetoo
Every day people are discovering the natural social distancing properties of horseback riding. The August Issue of The Equiery features tips for finding a lesson stable and highlights some of Maryland's lesson stables and discover centers. If you are looking for a way to exercise and practice social distancing - consider horseback riding. Bascule Farm LLC Farm in Poolesville offers lessons and training with a focus on dressage and eventing. http://www.basculefarm.com
Coming Up August 25 - August 31 Aug. 27 Waredaca Expert Day with Stephen Bradley Aug. 29 - 30 William Faerber Clinic Bascule Farm LLC Aug. 29 - 30 PVDA Licensed Show Waredaca
Coming Up This Week: March 13 U.S. Pony Racing Young Rider Clinic, Aiken March 14 - 15 Marriottsville Ridge Farm Preview & Liquidation Auction March 15 Bascule Farm LLC Dressage Schooling Show Call The Equiery to find out how your event can be included.
The #fabulous #fourfieldsmarcella yesterday in Bascule Farm LLC’s clinic with LillianJHeard Eventing!! #winterbootcamp #werkwerkwerk #producednotmade #noscopenohope #bravelikealion #dontbeweird #prettiestgraymare #biglady #baddestgrayontheblock #grayzfordayz #allthatglitterseventing #atgeventing #glittersquad #allthatglitters #isnotgold #sometimesitsgray #prelimpony #supermare #loveher
Coming Up This Week 11/15 The Eyler Stables Horse & Livestock Auction Horse Auction, Thurmont, MD 11/16 Waredaca Pony Club Hunter Pace, Gaithersburg, MD 11/16 Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program Freedom Cup, Port Deposit, MD 11/17 coexist.stables ISHS Show, Mt. Airy, MD 11/17 Lillian Heard Eventing Clinic, Bascule Farm LLC, Poolesville, MD Want to know how your event can be included? Contact Tracy at 800-244-9580 to find out.
Coming up this week: 10/14 - Lillian Heard Eventing Clinic, Bascule Farm LLC, Poolesville, MD 10/14 - 18 - The Maryland Horse Trials @ Loch Moy Farm Week with the Pros Clinics, Loch Moy Farm, Adamstown 10/17 - 20 - The Dutta Corp Fairhill International Horse Trials, Fair Hill NRMA, Elkton, MD 10/18 - The The Eyler Stables Horse & Livestock Auction Eyler Stables Fall Round Up Sale, Eyler’s, Thurmont, MD 10/19 - Lauren Hart Positive Reinforcement Clinic, Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue, Mt. Airy, MD 10/19 - Free State Riding Club Open Show, FSRC, Bowie, MD 10/19 - Horses On Pointe Benefit for Great and Small, Wyndham Oaks, Boyds, MD 10/19 - #MarylandMillion, Laurel Park, Laurel, MD 10/19 - 20 - The Maryland Horse Trials @ Loch Moy Farm Fall Starter Ht #2, Loch Moy Farm Adamstown, MD 10/20 - InterSchool Horse Show Series (ISHS) Show, coexist.stables, Mt. Airy, MD 10/20 - Maryland Hunter Pace Circuit Marlborough Hunt Club Hunter Pace, Marlborough Hunt Club, Upper Marlboro, MD To see more dates, pick up a copy of The Equiery at your favorite retail outlet, or visit read.equiery.com Call 800-244-9580 to find out how your event can be included in this list.
So much fun to be able to see and have the opportunity to work with one of my previous sales horses and his new girl building their relationship so successfully and improving together!! Check us out at Bascule Farm LLC www.basculefarm.com so we can help you find your perfect horse and for lessons, board, or training!! #whyidowhatido #lovemyjob #cloudatlas #ottbsdoitbetter #glittersquad #forlife #allthatglitterseventing #atgeventing #allthatglitters #isnotgold #sometimesitsgray #socute #lovehim #loveher #thecuteness #icanteven #perfectmatch #matchmaker #trainerandy #teambascule #goodboy #everyhorseneedsalittlegirl #everygirlneedsahorse #pushingpower #engagethehindleg #jump #whee #goodpony
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!
Got some great shots of jumping at Bascule Farm LLC it's such a great show to build confidence for horses and riders. Nic and Steph, Belle and Zineb Moussafir, and Vito and Sam all had such a good day!
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