We are running SLSH as a business. There are a great deal of expenses involved breeding horses. Mare care, collection fees, veterinary care, housing, all before the foal is born. Once the foal is safely on the ground, even more expenses are incurred with all of the same needs as above plus training, handling, and showing, depending how long the baby stays with us. Remember, we have been sleep deprived too making sure our babies arrive safely and healthy. As a general guide, expect our price ranges to be $6-8K for Birth-Weanlings, $8-12K for Weanlings-Yearlings, $12k-15K for Yearlings-Two-Year Olds. Three year olds under saddle will vary on talent and show experience so check for pricing. We are now offering foals for sale in utero from mares we have previous foals from so you can buy with confidence. We have video cameras in our foaling stalls if you can't attend the birth. We offer a payment plan until birth too. Our prices for in utero is $6000 with payment plan or $5000 if paid in full at the time of contract. We will also consider selling some of our mares in foal too if you want to experience having a foal and raising it on your own without the hassle of going through the lengthy and time consuming process of getting a mare bred.. Contact us for details and availability.
Our broodmares eat a orchard alfalfa blend and our babies eat a timothy alfalfa blend of hay, both of which have been tested and analyzed. An Equine Nutritionist evaluated our hay and formulated a feeding program for us for each life stage of our herd. We proudly feed Tribute feed to all of our horses and they spend a majority of their time in the pasture while coming in to get their own special diet. This routine insures that each horses is getting what they specifically need and no one is fighting over feed and getting hurt. Time consuming, yes....peace of mind and happy healthy horses, for sure!
As time permits around breeding season and the weather, the main priority is to continue Rue's education in dressage, show jumping and cross country. We haul to lessons and attend clinics and have done a few schooling shows. The goal is to achieve some recognition at Rated Shows eventually. As our broodmares are off from foaling, they too are put to work and taken out. In addition, we participate in the Young Horse Show series that has extremely patient handlers introducing young horses to the show and jump chute experience.
Our babies begin their training the day they are born with imprinting within a few hours of birth. They are handled daily and taught to lead and pick up their feet. As they get older we work on yielding from pressure exercises. Once weaned, they learn to be tied and get on a horse trailer as well as being exposed to scary new objects. As they grow, they go on hikes in the National Forest or get ponied. They are worked occasionally in the round pen as they are around a year old. As two year olds, they learn to lunge, carry a saddle, wear a bridle and start long-lining close to their three year old birthday. At three, we plan to sit on them lightly, learn to go forward and ride trails. Not until their four year old year will any baby at SLSH be put into regular under saddle work and be started over fences. We protect their growing bodies with the philosophy that each training session: "less is more".
Now that we are in our fifth year of business, we have young horses in new homes. These owners have not only become friends but part of our SLSH family, We share experiences and developments with our babies, and some even travel to shows and clinics together. Feel free to reach out to any of our owners as they would be happy to share their experiences with you and tell you all about their Cerulean Nightlife baby!
Keep in mind that we live in a remote area in North Georgia sheltered against a mountain. That means our cell and internet service is horrible! Apologizing in advance for this. The best way to contact me is email, then text. A phone call can be very spotty and frustrating reception at the farm, so it is usually best to talk in the middle of the day when at the office in town. Yes, I work a full time job, come home and take care of the horses until way after dark and then check messages. Please be patient and I promise, I will contact you. Be sure to let me know the best time to reach you so we can avoid phone tag!-Suzy
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