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Callithea Farm

Callithea Farm Horse Boarding Located in the traditional horse country of Potomac and minutes from the nation's capital, Callithea Farm is considered one of Maryland's most beautiful horse boarding facilities.

With its long established reputation and wonderful history, Callithea is not only easy to get to by car but also by horse! A series of fabulous trails ties the Farm to the Potomac River and canal as well as to many many miles of community maintained trails. Callithea Farm is also known for its experienced and most caring staff.

01/20/2022

#horsetruths #horseloverz #horselife

12/13/2021

It's "Thyme" for a holiday photo of this cutie!

Thyme is one of our Hackney ponies and he's adoptable! To learn more about him, visit https://centralvahorserescue.org/thyme/
#hackneypony #adoptarescuehorse

12/03/2021
Herbert Brown: Why White’s Ferry closed — White's Ferry
12/03/2021
Herbert Brown: Why White’s Ferry closed — White's Ferry

Herbert Brown: Why White’s Ferry closed — White's Ferry

In 2003, Hurricane Isabel destroyed a wooden wall on the Virginia landing. Ed Brown, my father and the previous owner of White’s Ferry, replaced it with a concrete retaining wall, believing it was within the public right-of-way.…

11/19/2021

Montgomery County has 492 female farm producers! The 2017 Ag Census is the first year we have concrete data on the number of women farmers in the county. Of those 492 producers, 393 are principal producers, meaning they are the ones running the farm and making day-to-day decisions.

11/11/2021

Sharing this good information from petmd.com:

"Let’s clear up a common misunderstanding about horses: they do not sleep standing up. They snooze standing up. There’s a big difference.

Horses, like humans and, in fact, all land mammals, require deep sleep for proper mental and physical functioning. But for a prey species like the horse, whose existence in the wild depends on its ability to outrun predators, deep sleep can be a serious threat to personal safety. So how do horses get enough sleep?

For starters, horses doze a lot. On any given day, drive past a pasture of horses and count how many are grazing and how many are just standing there, heads down, lower lips drooping. Those are your snoozers, standing up.

Horses are able to get some light shut-eye without lying down by way of a really cool aspect specific to equine anatomy called the stay apparatus. When a horse is standing at rest, he is able to lock his kneecap with ligaments and tendons keeping the joints in alignment. With these soft tissues locking the bones together, no extra exertion from muscle use is required. This allows the horse to actually rest while standing.

But what about that deep sleep I mentioned earlier? Horses can’t attain deep REM sleep by standing; this is only accomplished when the animal lies down. Therefore, horses do lie down to get proper sleep. They just don’t do it for very long.

It turns out that horses do not require a lot of REM sleep — roughly two to three hours a night, typically in short bursts of ten to twenty minutes at a time. A typical night as a horse will involve grazing, snoozing standing up, and short periods of lying flat out to get some serious shut eye.

The important thing to note is that horses will only lie down to sleep if they feel safe in their environment, because obviously this action is very risky if you’re a prey animal in a potentially threatening situation."
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Isn't it wonderful that the horses at CVHR feel SAFE in the environment we've provided for them? Making certain all of our rescues feel safe and cared for is so important to us!
#adoptarescuehorse #rescuehorsesrock #yoursupportmatters

09/01/2021
I Only Dog-Paddle: An Eventer's Conversion To 'For-Real Trail Riding'
07/01/2021
I Only Dog-Paddle: An Eventer's Conversion To 'For-Real Trail Riding'

I Only Dog-Paddle: An Eventer's Conversion To 'For-Real Trail Riding'

There’s a scene in my favorite movie of all time—you know the one—where Princess Buttercup has flung herself off of a ship into screaming-eel-infested water while Vizzini shouts orders at his brute forces to grab her. “I only dog paddle,” ...

06/22/2021

Recent studies conducted by the Institute of HeartMath provide a clue to explain the bidirectional "healing" that happens when we are near horses. According to researchers, the heart has a larger electromagnetic field and higher level of intelligence than the brain: A magnetometer can measure the heart's energy field radiating up to 8 to 10 feet around the human body. While this is certainly significant it is perhaps more impressive that the electromagnetic field projected by the horse's heart is five times larger than the human one (imagine a sphere-shaped field that completely surrounds you). The horse's electromagnetic field is also stronger than ours and can actually directly influence our own heart rhythm!
Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a "coherent" heart rhythm (heart rate pattern) which explains why we may "feel better" when we are around them. . . .studies have found that a coherent heart pattern or HRV is a robust measure of well-being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy--that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.
A coherent heart pattern is indicative of a system that can recover and adjust to stressful situations very efficiently. Often times, we only need to be in a horses presence to feel a sense of wellness and peace. In fact, research shows that people experience many physiological benefits while interacting with horses, including lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased levels of beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters that serve as pain surppressors), decreased stress levels, reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improved social functioning; and increased feelings of empowerment, trust, patience and self-efficacy."

Photo is of our wonderful friend & colleague, Annette Garcia, Founder of Coachella Valley Horse Rescue, with Sunny, a rescued mustang.

04/26/2021

🖤🖤🖤

05/22/2020
Photos from Friends Of Seneca Creek State Park (FOSCSP)'s post
04/30/2020

Photos from Friends Of Seneca Creek State Park (FOSCSP)'s post

04/17/2020
03/19/2020

Seriously....when have people EVER gotten within six feet of us?

02/12/2020
Horses Can Actually Understand Your Emotions, A New Study Says
02/10/2020
Horses Can Actually Understand Your Emotions, A New Study Says

Horses Can Actually Understand Your Emotions, A New Study Says

If you have ever owned or spent a lot of time riding with one particular horse, chances are good that you've felt some sort of special connection with them — and wondered if horses even like humans. Maybe you've felt like they were actually your…

Update: Trump signs omnibus funding package with wins for horses and burros, companion animals, animals in research and ...
12/30/2019
Update: Trump signs omnibus funding package with wins for horses and burros, companion animals, animals in research and more

Update: Trump signs omnibus funding package with wins for horses and burros, companion animals, animals in research and more

President Trump has just signed into law the omnibus appropriations package with major victories for animals, including horses and burros, companion animals, marine mammals and animals in zoos and research facilities. The package, comprised of two bills (H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158) funding all federal

National Day of the the Horse
12/13/2019
National Day of the the Horse

National Day of the the Horse

National Day of the Horse...encourages the people of the United States to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States.

12/12/2019

I think the funniest part of this is how I definitely fit into those bottom 5. Hahaha!

12/07/2019

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Something new (and big) at Callithea!  We are looking for Potomac Day Parade participation, Saturday October 12th!
09/18/2019

Something new (and big) at Callithea! We are looking for Potomac Day Parade participation, Saturday October 12th!

Your Best-Ever Safety Guidelines
06/21/2019
Your Best-Ever Safety Guidelines

Your Best-Ever Safety Guidelines

Horseback riding can be a dangerous sport. You can make it less so by maintaining the right mindset and following key rules. To dramatically reduce your

06/15/2019

Days End Farm Horse Rescue Equine Ambassador Officer Barney reunites with his old parter Patrolman Pete. The Baltimore Police Mounted Unit decided to again retired one of their equine officers to DEFHR. Pete is a 20yo Belgian who served side-by-side with Barney during routine patrol duties, numerous community and civic events and even the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Parade!

U.S. Flag Etiquette, Rules, and Guidelines
06/14/2019
U.S. Flag Etiquette, Rules, and Guidelines

U.S. Flag Etiquette, Rules, and Guidelines

Etiquette, rules, and guidelines regarding the display and care of the American Flag, as advised by U.S. Flag Code. By The Old Farmer's Almanac.

04/07/2019

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15000 River Rd
Potomac, MD
20854

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The latest addition to the farm. Freddie the Teddie Fjord, while others enjoy a little nap time!
Anyone who might be able to help with below... FREE HORSES!!!! 52 thoroughbred horses need homes. Will go to Sugarcreek this Sat. for slaughter. Gentleman died due to COVID-19 and his son wants nothing to do with them. Most broodmares are broke and some are in foal weanling, yearlings, 2 yrs. and 3 yrs. old most are gelded. FREE and papered. Friend of the deceased is trying to find homes.(732) 618 8243 Fairhill, Md. Please copy and paste this on your status I would hate to see all these horses put down. PLEASE someone help they are FREE and papered!!!!!!!! A friend of mine posted this. ~ Carol Niswonger
Something new for us . . . "driving" is actually pretty easy, but learning to put the harness on properly in a little more challenging!
We will be back at Callithea soon with a new toy!!! Looking forward to some cart rides in the arena (first), fields, and tow path. And adding sled runners for winter!