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Skip n' Go Farm

Skip n' Go Farm Full Service Boarding, Training, Riding, and Lessons in Western Loudon County VA

Operating as usual

01/29/2022

Today is a very special day for one of our horses! Max A Million is one of 21 horses that were rescued in 2015 from Peaceable Farms. It's been almost 7 years since Gentle Giants and many other rescues throughout Maryland and Virginia were called to help take almost 100 horses that were suffering unimaginable neglect and cruelty.

Since that time, the horses who recovered and became available for adoption each found their forever homes and one by one left the rescue. All of them but Max. He's been patiently waiting for so long and today was finally his big day. I write this with happy tears streaming, so grateful this sweet boy, who once suffered so much, has finally taken the final step in his journey and at last found his home. He's touched so many lives since he's been here with us and we're going to miss him so very much.

Max's adopter is author Tonya Royston - looks like these two will never be short on tales to tell each other! Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/TonyaRoystonAuthor/?ref=hl

Photos from Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue's post
01/24/2022

Photos from Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue's post

01/24/2022

Is your horse in the 30%?
PPID (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction), formerly known as Cushing’s Disease, is the most common hormonal disorder affecting horses and ponies; however, warning signs often go unnoticed.

Should your horse develop PPID, would you know what to watch for?

Better understand PPID with these five FAQs.

What is PPID?
PPID causes the horse's pituitary gland at the base of the brain, which controls body functions through hormone levels, to work double-time, resulting in a variety of lifelong problems for affected horses.

How common is PPID?
PPID impacts up to 30 percent of horses and ponies more than 15 years old. While PPID occurs most frequently in senior horses, young horses are still at risk. Horses as young as 5 have been diagnosed with PPID.

Are there breeds at higher risk for developing PPID?
All breeds, including both horses and ponies, can be at potential risk for developing PPID.

Which warning signs should I watch for?
Often, signs of PPID go unnoticed. How can you tell if your horse may potentially have PPID? Watch out for the following:

Decreased athletic performance
Loss of muscle mass
Change in attitude or energy
Delayed shedding or no shedding at all
Excess fat on tail head or neck
Infertility
Abnormal sweating
Laminitis
Blindness
Experts recommend that horse owners perform frequent health checks to identify early signs of PPID. Catching PPID early on can have a profound impact on how the horse responds to treatment before other signs appear.

What are treatment options for PPID?
While unfortunately, there is no cure for PPID, horse owners can alleviate the impact PPID has on their horse’s well-being. Treatment with PRASCEND can reduce clinical signs of the disease and improve the quality of life for affected horses. PRASCEND is the first and only medicine available in the U.S. that is FDA-approved to treat PPID, providing a safe and effective treatment option. Command IR Ultra is an effective supplement used to support horses with PPID, aiding in reducing fat pockets, restoring body condition and addressing the metabolic condition.

Through management techniques - focusing on stress, health and comfort - horse owners can reduce the impact PPID has on their horse’s life. To reduce stress, implement a strict routine as well as avoid turnout with overly excitable, aggressive horses. To help ensure the horse’s overall health, continue to deworm regularly as needed, and vaccinate against emerging disease threats. Additionally, horses with PPID may have varying consistency of coat shedding, some shedding too frequently while others barely shed at all. Their comfort can be increased by clipping their coat in the summertime and providing heavy, water-resistant blankets for cold weather in the wintertime.

Love this!!
01/10/2022

Love this!!

Mr Ed & Clint Eastwood.

So true!
12/23/2021

So true!

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 other things pony.
You look for a local barn to ride at. 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 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. 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.
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.
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Having a winter boarding special. Reduced board for 6 months.
12/01/2021

Having a winter boarding special. Reduced board for 6 months.

09/05/2021
09/05/2021

The most beautiful flowers in the garden 😸🌷

08/30/2021

Here are a couple of fun facts you may not have known about horses:



🐴Horses can sleep standing up

🐴Horses have a nearly 360-degree field of vision

🐴Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land

🐴You can tell if a horse is cold by checking behind their ears. If the area is cold, so are they!

Hannah Selleck Sails to $15,000 1.35m Bronze Tour Victory at Showpark Summer Classic - The Plaid Horse Magazine
08/30/2021
Hannah Selleck Sails to $15,000 1.35m Bronze Tour Victory at Showpark Summer Classic - The Plaid Horse Magazine

Hannah Selleck Sails to $15,000 1.35m Bronze Tour Victory at Showpark Summer Classic - The Plaid Horse Magazine

San Juan Capistrano, CA – August 28, 2021 – As the first entry in the ring for Saturday’s $15,000 1.35m Bronze Tour Jumper Classic at the Showpark Summer Classic, Hannah Selleck and Kasper van het Leliehof quickly took over the top of the leaderboard, and the pair never relinquished their win...

08/20/2021

OMG! How cute is this baby opossum? Do you know what to do if you find a young opossum? If they are 7" or less in length from head to rump, they are too young to be on their own. Call a wildlife rehab center or the Department of Natural Resources to care for them until they can be released into the wild.

Photos from Purcellville Parks and Recreation's post
08/12/2021

Photos from Purcellville Parks and Recreation's post

05/04/2021

Need help with various errands 2 or 3 times a week. Days are flexible. Some tasks may require help with at another location. Must have transportation and accessto a vehicle. Extensive references required.

05/04/2021

ISO Barn help with evening feeding and mucking. Ideal person must have extensive horse care experience, and be good at following directions. Adherence to standard operating procedures a necessity. Must have own transportation and be punctual. Bonus if can run errands and work on special projects related to building and property maintenance but not a requirement.

03/18/2021

Open spots available for stall and field board. Great ride out and large sand ring. Lots of amenities, Heated auto waterers in field, automatic backup generators, hot cold wash rack, tack room, private turn out available.

Meet Henry he guards the chickens from predators in the daytime.
03/04/2021

Meet Henry he guards the chickens from predators in the daytime.

02/09/2021

What fun!

01/05/2021

SLF Update - by EMG Stacey. In a few months, these “mud splatters” will hatch into young Spotted Lanternfly or SLF, which are now confirmed in the City of Winchester as well as Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties.

Please report and destroy any egg masses you find to help slow the spread. Report at https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask. See lookalikes at https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-276/ENTO-276.html

Learn more with Virginia Cooperative Extension’s SLF resources at https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html.

Photos courtesy VCE Northern Shenandoah Valley Agriculture and Natural Resources.

See previous #SLFFriday posts for more info. We’ll keep sharing what you should know RIGHT NOW to help slow the spread of #SpottedLanternfly and other invasives in Virginia.

Chilbrook Kennels LLC
08/07/2020

Chilbrook Kennels LLC

A blast from the past, 3 generations of Chilbrook boys, left to right is Ranger, his son Gillie and Gillie's son.

BullyWag, Inc.
03/11/2020

BullyWag, Inc.

Almost 1 week since I have been under cover in their pack and they still haven't noticed anything.

North Forty Feed and Farm
03/06/2020

North Forty Feed and Farm

Camille Bechtel
03/01/2020

Camille Bechtel

Roo Letta ("Roo") - METS
02/12/2020
Roo Letta ("Roo") - METS

Roo Letta ("Roo") - METS

URGENT: Roo Letta (“Roo”) is a 2004 16.2h OTTB mare who is all about bonding with her person and trying her hardest. She has no physical limitations other than she’s out of shape! A sensitive, training-level dressage horse, Roo would also do well with trail riding and the occasional jump. The ...

North Forty Feed and Farm
01/07/2020

North Forty Feed and Farm

Mundo sorprendente
10/11/2019

Mundo sorprendente

North Forty Feed and Farm
10/10/2019

North Forty Feed and Farm

The dogs that could stop Mongolian grasslands turning to desert – return of the bankhar, traditional herder’s companion
06/10/2019
The dogs that could stop Mongolian grasslands turning to desert – return of the bankhar, traditional herder’s companion

The dogs that could stop Mongolian grasslands turning to desert – return of the bankhar, traditional herder’s companion

If there’s one good thing about a 13-hour road trip across Mongolia, it’s the endless opportunities for a pit stop: you just swerve off the highway and onto the plains. All this wide open space is particularly helpful if your fellow passengers include 11 boisterous puppies.Also in the car are tw...

Fight underway to save historic gravel roads in Northern Virginia
04/28/2019
Fight underway to save historic gravel roads in Northern Virginia

Fight underway to save historic gravel roads in Northern Virginia

UNITED STATES - June 4, 2017: Western Loudoun's historic dirt road known as Millville Road outside of the Village of Bloomfield. Many of the dirt roads in Loudoun are important heritage resources that represent the migration, settlement and travel patterns of the County's early populations. Historic...

Friends of Pimlico, Baltimore
03/12/2019

Friends of Pimlico, Baltimore

Seabiscuit passing War Admiral around the clubhouse turn in the Match Race of the century at Pimlico in 1938.

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Purcellville, VA
20132

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Remembering our beautiful summer at Skip n’ Go…
Riding down the lane at Skip n’ Go Farm on a beautiful early fall evening.
How much do you all charge for boarding?