Our philosophy at Saddle Creek
Stables is to allow our horses to live in an
environment that is as natural to their own as is possible.
They are therefore out in grassy paddocks in small herds approximately
21 hours/day. The paddocks are well maintained with routine
resting, fertilizing, and weed killing. Each paddock contains
a salt block as well as an equine mineral block specifically
for horses maintained primarily on pasture.
Horses are continuous grazers; their stomach volume is only
2 ½ to 3 gallons. Therefore, we do not support intermittent
large volume grain/pellet feedings, (that type of feeding is
most often necessary at facilities which lack proper pasture).
The horses are brought in once a day to be looked at and to
receive their daily dewormer, and any supplements/additives
the owner chooses. In the winter we find it necessary to supplement
their paddock forage with alfalfa because of slower grass growth.
We try to protect our environment with ecologically friendly
products. We use pelleted bedding over mats because of their
easy and quick decomposition as opposed to shavings. We also
use fly predators, fly traps and fly strips instead of chemical
spraying in the barn.
Almost all of the horses are barefoot with healthy feet, because
they are walking and grazing instead of standing in a stall
12 to 14 hours a day with remnants of urine and feces in the
bedding. Allowing our horses to live in a natural environment
keeps them happy, healthy and playful.
If this is the environment you are looking for come and visit
us, your horse will thank you!