Sweet Beginnings Farm

Sweet Beginnings Farm Home to fine Dutch Warmbloods, carefully selected and bred for talent, temperament, and versatility.
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We are a small scale operation exclusively breeding top quality, registered KWPNs for your sport horse needs. We value correct uphill conformation, dedicated work ethic, versatile and enduring athleticism, charisma, intelligence, and that indescribable something that can only be called Heart. Every horse and foal is handled daily from birth, and training begins that first day. When you purchase an SBF foal, you know you have purchased a quality animal who will give you every reason to be proud.

Every “pony” needs her own Emotional Support Dog!
10/09/2023

Every “pony” needs her own Emotional Support Dog!

It's been hot lately, so don't forget to get a fan for your farrier and spoiled horse!We did find a nice big barn aisle ...
09/05/2023

It's been hot lately, so don't forget to get a fan for your farrier and spoiled horse!
We did find a nice big barn aisle fan the day AFTER Farrier Day, but it's the thought that counts!

08/28/2023

We all had an amazing day Sunday! ❤️
Baby Luna is picking up on grown up things quickly. I might have to stop calling her a baby soon!

08/12/2023

My heart is full! ❤️❤️❤️
For the first time, Big John came to me for love and attention, rather than waiting for me to come to him.
I was trying to get video of him scratching one front leg with the other, which I think is the cutest thing. He always stops when the camera comes out though! To my surprise, he decided he wanted some affection.
Big John is not the goofy, in your pocket, love fest kind of gelding. He is rather stoic, and a bit guarded. Given his history with people, that's not surprising. We don't force affection on him. You can't force a bond, after all. It is good to see him coming around. It took a little over 2 months, but I think he is realizing he can trust us.

Today was another great day! The baby had her 5th ride, and was wonderfully well behaved.
08/11/2023

Today was another great day! The baby had her 5th ride, and was wonderfully well behaved.

Today was a fantastic day! Luna and Lorraine walked and trotted under saddle. I wish I had had a third arm so I could ha...
08/06/2023

Today was a fantastic day! Luna and Lorraine walked and trotted under saddle. I wish I had had a third arm so I could have taken video, but I take the job of human tether very seriously. Safety first!
It was wonderful to be training again, and I can't wait to see the future for these two.

07/27/2023

Baby Luna left for a 3 day Baby Camp early Tuesday morning. We are so very proud of her, and think she and Lorraine look amazing together! We can't wait to see what the future holds for the big baby!

07/20/2023

Baby Luna has been learning about things like floppy reins and flapping stirrups in preparation for her Summer Camp trip, where she and her wonderful trainer will start their in saddle journey together.
Big things in store for my (giant) little baby.

No riding this week. Enjoy these handsome headshots of Big John instead!
07/14/2023

No riding this week. Enjoy these handsome headshots of Big John instead!

07/13/2023

Horses travel every day for a number of reasons—to be bought and sold, for competition, for breeding purposes, etc. Whatever the reason, horse owners should be aware of the complications that may occur due to transportation, including traumatic injuries, diarrhea, muscular problems, respiratory problems, overheating, colic, and even laminitis (in the case of overweight horses).

Following are a few tips to help your equine friend maintain good health and welfare during transport. This list is by no means complete and we encourage you to reach out to your veterinarian for additional advice when it comes to traveling with your horse!

• Be aware that inadequate management of feed and water intake during travel could cause colic, gastric ulceration and heat stress. Food and water should be provided prior to transport, during regular rest breaks and upon arrival at destination.

• Ensure your horse’s immunizations are up to date against respiratory pathogens to protect your animal from these diseases.

• The horse should be rested before the journey, given rest stops during travel, and have time to recover on arrival at the destination.

• The vehicle should be well-ventilated to help prevent respiratory problems or overheating.

• Drive slowly and carefully (NO TEXTING, avoid driving when fatigued or eating while driving, etc.) to provide a comfortable journey for the animal and reduce the risk of injury and fatigue.

Happy trails!

07/10/2023

"HOT" TIPS FOR SAFE SUMMER RIDING

As you enjoy some fun in the sun with your favorite equine, make sure you understand how the combination of heat and humidity can take the fun part out the equation — and potentially even turn into a dangerous situation for your horse.

When riding in hot weather, remember to take precautions and use your common sense. Remain vigilant for dehydration and for signs of heat exhaustion, as the situation can quickly escalate into heat stroke. If your horse looks hot and tired, it's time for a drink, a cold bath and a break in the shade.

Consult your veterinarian for more information, or learn more about the signs of heat stroke on our website at https://aaep.org/issue/heat-stroke


07/08/2023

Friends are a lovely thing to have.

The Epic Saga Of Big John Continues:It's hot, it's humid, my legs are now noodles, but we went for our second ride. I do...
07/07/2023

The Epic Saga Of Big John Continues:
It's hot, it's humid, my legs are now noodles, but we went for our second ride. I doubt Big John was ridden once sold to the Amish at 5. He knows nothing. But he sure tries to figure out what I'm asking.
I tried for a trot 4 times. Once we just walked faster, once we half heartedly jogged, once we got a great trot, and once we started pacing then ended trotting. He does his best to figure it out. I'm awfully proud of him for being game to try after all the harsh treatment he has endured. He still has rough patches behind his ears from an ill fitting bridle, and missing hair from his harness rubbing.
He has started accepting muzzle kisses like a champ. I even think he enjoys them.
Treats are still hit or miss. A treat has to smell strongly for him to realize it's a food thing I'm holding out to him. Smart cookies by Smartpak smell very strongly of molasses, banana, and whatnot, so he gets the whole treat thing if I use them.
We did spy a family of deer next to our pasture, as you can see by his perky ears in the second photo. He kept his cool but kept a close eye on them. DANGER DEER, but not dangerous enough to flee from. He did not want to ride over near the deer, but eventually I made him and he was like... okay but I dunno about this. Gonna keep one ear on them as we walk away!
He was the goodest good boy, but man riding him is quite a workout for your legs!

06/23/2023

With a break in the rain, that baby got a little walk/trot work in today.

Big John had his first under saddle evaluation. He is a very good boy who knows very little. Honestly we do not even kno...
06/21/2023

Big John had his first under saddle evaluation. He is a very good boy who knows very little. Honestly we do not even know if the Amish ever saddled and rode him, or if he was all work horse all the time.
He did his very best to understand what was asked of him, and didn't set a foot wrong. No buyer's remorse here. He is going to be a good riding buddy.

We have lost too many friends this year- both human and animal.Sadly Barn Cat Floof passed away today. Please remember h...
06/14/2023

We have lost too many friends this year- both human and animal.
Sadly Barn Cat Floof passed away today. Please remember her as the sweet, loving, goofy floofy ball of awesome that we knew and loved very dearly.

The world's best farrier Jim Creeden solved the mystery of why a horse so gentle, easy to handle, and sound ended up dum...
06/13/2023

The world's best farrier Jim Creeden solved the mystery of why a horse so gentle, easy to handle, and sound ended up dumped at auction by the Amish.
The area circled in red is an entirely new sole that grew UNDERNEATH the sole we could see. The top sole lifted off during Big John's trim.
Usually this happens by having a huge abscess, or a horrendous stone bruise (a very deep bruise caused by a rock). Poor Big John would have been 3-legged lame about 3 or 4 months ago. He'd have needed a long bout of stall rest, and no work for a month or two afterward. Clearly whoever had him decided not to give him the care or time he needed to recuperate.
Their loss is our gain!

Big John might have a crush on Zoey. Watch him get progressively closer to her through the photos. 😂
06/09/2023

Big John might have a crush on Zoey. Watch him get progressively closer to her through the photos. 😂

06/08/2023

Big John is in with the girls (video is today after leading Luna out last from lunch in the barn) and everyone is very happy to be together.
I introduced him yesterday when we did not have random thunderstorms making everything slick. Safety first.

Big John fits right in. The biggest win lately was him taking treats from my hand THREE times yesterday during his rain ...
06/06/2023

Big John fits right in. The biggest win lately was him taking treats from my hand THREE times yesterday during his rain rot and scratches treatment (photo 4- Big John has the awful fungally "scratches" only on his hind legs now after 2 weeks of treatment). Usually he is very nervous about his muzzle. We think someone must have smacked his muzzle as punishment. Not a smart way to train your horse. Fear shouldn't be leverage.
We can't wait to see our amazing farrier, Jim Creeden this Sunday and get those loooooong toes trimmed up!

Our office will be closed until Tuesday, in honor of those we have lost.Happy Memorial Day to our friends and clients!
05/26/2023

Our office will be closed until Tuesday, in honor of those we have lost.
Happy Memorial Day to our friends and clients!

The Bay Beauties
05/26/2023

The Bay Beauties

Happy 3rd Birthday to the biggest baby, Baby Luna! Cannot wait to see her grow into her career in dressage. She's going ...
05/24/2023

Happy 3rd Birthday to the biggest baby, Baby Luna! Cannot wait to see her grow into her career in dressage. She's going to be very special!

In one week SBF will be welcoming a new family member: John Wayne, a 12 year old retired racing Standardbred. This month...
05/16/2023

In one week SBF will be welcoming a new family member: John Wayne, a 12 year old retired racing Standardbred.
This month makes 7 years since we lost Bo, our first Standardbred, to cancer. We fell in love with this steady, kind breed after adopting Bo. We can think of no better way to honor the horses we have loved and lost than to adopt again.
We can't wait to have you home, JW.

Happy 5th Birthday to my favorite son!!!
05/05/2023

Happy 5th Birthday to my favorite son!!!

Happy 8th Birthday to my first baby- KALLIOPE SBF!I caught her in mid air as V foaled standing; I helped her balance for...
05/02/2023

Happy 8th Birthday to my first baby- KALLIOPE SBF!
I caught her in mid air as V foaled standing; I helped her balance for her first nursings, and I will always have a special place in my heart for the fiesty flaxen chestnut filly!

Team work makes the dream work!!!Big thanks to dad for making fertilizer day a breeze!
04/21/2023

Team work makes the dream work!!!
Big thanks to dad for making fertilizer day a breeze!

04/19/2023

It's a gorgeous day, and we are all getting sun drunk.
04/18/2023

It's a gorgeous day, and we are all getting sun drunk.

We've had a great week at SBF. Everyone adopted the Sun Do***ng philosophy in their down time.
04/14/2023

We've had a great week at SBF. Everyone adopted the Sun Do***ng philosophy in their down time.

04/13/2023

I don't have words for how proud and impressed I am with Baby Luna and her progress.
She has got her turns AND her whoas down, she's seeking contact, she's enjoying her work, and she is getting more evenly balanced every week.
She is graceful and beautiful, and I'm horribly biased and I know it. ❤️

Well, yesterday was a busy day. Luna had her lesson- a great lunging session at the end too! The fields were sprayed, th...
04/12/2023

Well, yesterday was a busy day. Luna had her lesson- a great lunging session at the end too! The fields were sprayed, the wash rack area was cleared and leveled in preparation for the stone and mats, and our large burn pile we couldn't get through before it started rotting was relocated. Fireflies like stick piles for their habitat, so we didn't want to haul it off the property. We love fireflies!
But as you can see in picture one, the "ponies" decided I should have had Ronald (the best tractor operator ever) remove the dying dogwood from their back pasture. 🤦🏼‍♀️ What a thing to see when I came to grab them for lunch. Thanks girls! It's still partially stuck so I can't pull it out by myself. I think they did it on purpose so they could go back on the grass pastures!

Baby Luna is waiting on her new fly sheet to arrive, and Zoey.. well Zoey thinks I'm the worst right now. She HATES her ...
04/04/2023

Baby Luna is waiting on her new fly sheet to arrive, and Zoey.. well Zoey thinks I'm the worst right now. She HATES her fly gear.

04/03/2023

Grooming in the field is always an interesting adventure.
While shedding Zoey out, the baby decided to help herself to the treats. That poor bag! 😂

Spring is not just for horse health visits; it is also for SPRING CLEANING. And what better day to do it than a wet, win...
04/02/2023

Spring is not just for horse health visits; it is also for SPRING CLEANING. And what better day to do it than a wet, windy, gross day?
I am too exhausted to hold on to the gas powered pressure washer, but that doesn't erase the need for stall scrubbing. We will just do it (slowly) the old fashioned way!
Ps. This HAAS brush is the very best scrubber for anything and everything! It's for the horses, but I bought extra brushes to scrub everything from stall walls, to hooves, to water troughs!

Its's Spring!That means it is time for wormer, shots and teeth.Obligatory drunken pony photos, of course!
03/31/2023

Its's Spring!
That means it is time for wormer, shots and teeth.
Obligatory drunken pony photos, of course!

03/29/2023

Baby Luna had a great long lining lesson, and so did I! I have always wanted to long line, and am thrilled to be learning. Luna and I practiced walking, whoaing, and turning. It was a great day for us both!

03/21/2023

Happy birthday to me! Today we had a fun day. I had a great time! ❤️

Baby's First Saddle
03/16/2023

Baby's First Saddle

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