Callithea Farm

Callithea Farm Horse Boarding With its long established reputation and wonderful history, Callithea is not only easy to get to by car but also by horse!

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. 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.


On Fridays, we wear pink!🌸


Beautiful!! Credit Mendes Photography

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Timeline photos

Happy Birthday to the legendary Secretariat! This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of his historic Triple Crown win! Here's to the champion, BIG RED! 🔷 ◻️

Visit Kentucky Derby Museum's BRAND NEW immersive Secretariat exhibit opening April 21!

Accomplished Horsewoman Firestone Dies at 91
Accomplished Horsewoman Firestone Dies at 91

Accomplished Horsewoman Firestone Dies at 91

Diana Firestone was a lifelong equestrienne and award-winning owner/breeder. She campaigned seven Eclipse Award winners and was honored as Outstanding Owner in 1980 for the thrilling campaign of Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk.


Enough said


A Topeka news story features first-year veterinary student Amber Eggenberger, who talks about her participation in a program at Shawnee Heights High School that introduces students to agriculture, animal science, veterinary science and agriculture business. Through the program, Amber made connections with the veterinary college, which put her on a path to complete her bachelor's degree in three years and get accepted into the DVM-degree program. Her current goal after graduating is to go into rural practice in Kansas, near her hometown of Berryton.


It’s time for our yearly chat :

She is cold. Winters are harsh. So many of her species don’t survive or are missing tails , toes and tips of ears due to the harsh realities of frostbite.
She gave birth to around 24 babies last summer. with only half of those being viable and surviving to when the last litter just went off on their own.
She stands on a tree branch. Looking for hazards that mean harm. But she’s so hungry and food is sparse in winter. So , seeing a pet bowl full of food or perhaps an old Tupperware tub discarded she rushes in , because that tub or bowl of food might be just what she needs to keep her tummy full and her extremities warm so that she might make it to spring.
iMAGINE the difference you can make with NOT JUsT KINDNESS , but with action. Making up a small village of Tupperware /steralite / rubbermaid storage bin shelters (easy to find plans online. Remember STrAW not hay and not blankets )in the back yard you won’t be using during the cold months , save some money even by putting out the produce you forgot in the crisper drawer , or even those leafy greens you were about to toss into your trash after your meal prep.
It costs NOTHING to you and means EVERYTHING to her. Winter and snow are hard for us all , be the GOOD house with the KIND humans they can trust. Please.


Happy Halloween 🎃


Goggins would like everyone to know that today is National Mule Day however in his opinion every day is Mule Day.

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Timeline photos

Horseback riding on the beach in Ocean City, MD is every bit as amazing as it sounds. Enjoy riding along the coast from 27th Street to the Inlet Jetty, November 1 - March 30 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more info and to apply for a permit visit:

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Timeline photos


Hilarious 😂


When the vet tells you the pet cone is $40


Helana "Lana" DuPont Wright; Cecil County Equestrian - Making History & Breaking Barriers!

Photos from Great American Ranch and Trail Horse Sale's post

Photos from Great American Ranch and Trail Horse Sale's post

Online Sport Horse Breeding Auction Held To Benefit Ukrainian Relief Efforts
Online Sport Horse Breeding Auction Held To Benefit Ukrainian Relief Efforts

Online Sport Horse Breeding Auction Held To Benefit Ukrainian Relief Efforts

Stud fees for scores of sport horse stallions from some of the top studs in Europe are being auctioned online this week to support two organizations handling human and equine relief efforts in Ukraine. The German online auction platform horse24.c...


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


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.


Sharing this good information from

"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."

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!

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'

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,” ...


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.



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

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


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



15000 River Road
Potomac, MD


(301) 977-7682



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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.
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I would hate to see all these horses put down. PLEASE someone help they are FREE and papered!!!!!!!!
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~ 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!