At Old Gate Farm, we strive to raise our young horses in herds out in our fields. The goal is to have good bone density and fitness (both mental and physical) by the time they are ready to be started. We keep all of our horses as active and content as possible, with our working horses kept inside at night, as this is most practical in the climate in which we live.
It is our belief that a young horse’s start in an under saddle career is important, so we take the time to train them to do their jobs in a progressive manner, rather than just quickly “breaking” them. Our aim is to prepare each horse for the job they are best-suited, whether that be hunter, jumper, or dressage. A solid foundation is built on the principles of dressage, regardless of what their specialty will be. We also know that cross training is important for healthy bodies and minds (both horse and rider), therefore we take our practice out to the fields to keep our training fun and interesting.
Florida the 2016 Alberta Mare Champion scoring 9.03. Florida was purchased through the CWHBA Fall Classic Sale as a weanling, in partnership with Joely Mann.
Many thanks to Cass Morrish for the photos.