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FACILITY & AMENETIES

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A SAFE SPACE

SKE is based out of a gorgeous facility in Willard, MO. We aim to have our farm provide a safe space for both humans and equines. We are inclusive & supportive of our fellow equestrians here. SKE is also home to holistic care & we practice ethical training methods.

Amenities for the Equine

SKE is committed to providing holistic, species-appropriate care for equines.

We have decades of experience and have been caring for equines at this facility since 2019.

 

At this facility alone, we have successfully managed a variety of equines: from feral horses/mustangs to off-track thoroughbreds, from starved rescues to high-performance sporthorses, from mini's to drafts to donkeys and mules.

Our facility utilizes 100% Force-Free, Positive Reinforcement methods and is committed to ethical handling. Read more about Our Philosophy.

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Holistic Care

​SKE believes in a "holistic" approach - that all the individual components involved in care, training, handling, etc. are interconnected and work together to create a healthy, happy horse.

 

We give consideration to each equine to ensure their individual needs are met.

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Free-Choice Forage

SKE provides supplemental hay to all enclosures to provide 24/7 forage access, year-round. 

 

Pastures have seasonal grass for grazing, managed with rotational grazing, while dry lots are grass-free. SKE offers grass hay for easy keepers or nutritious alfalfa hay for equines with greater caloric needs.

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Free-Choice Minerals

​All enclosures have our 20-Mineral System by Free Choice Enterprises, Inc. 

 

Free choice "buffet style" minerals allow equines to balance their nutritional needs effectively & efficiently. All boarders also have access to Steph for CEN (Certified Equine Nutritionist) consults.

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Safe Fencing

The entire property is surrounded with 5'-6' tall steel pipe fencing with 2"x4" horse panels, providing the ultimate safety barrier for horses. Pastures and large drylots are also enclosed with this type of fencing.

 

Some pastures are cross-fenced with 4'6" tall 2"x4" horse fencing, secured by t-posts & electric topping.

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Dynamic Enrichment

In addition to supplemental enrichment activities, our equines are "spoiled by choice" - given environment filled with options, then allowed the freedom to maintain their own comfort. All enclosures feature options for shade, shelter, & sunshine. Equines have open spaces to allow ample movement. Varied terrain promotes hoof health (areas for each of: hard/soft, wet/dry, flat/inclined). 

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Attention to Herd Dynamics

SKE takes care to balance social groups and provide as much stability as possible to all equines, including boarding equines.

Herds are maintained to optimize social health, with consideration to each equine's environmental needs.

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Daily Wellness Checks

​SKE checks every equine, every day, both in person and by video monitoring, to ensure they are healthy & happy. Owners are alerted immediately if there is anything abnormal. 

 

Enclosures are checked daily for fence/gate safety, forage accessibility, and fresh, clean water access.

Amenities for the Equestrian

SKE is committed to providing holistic, species-appropriate care for equines.

We have decades of experience and have been caring for equines at this facility since 2019.

 

At this facility alone, we have successfully managed a variety of equines: from feral horses/mustangs to off-track thoroughbreds, from starved rescues to high-performance sporthorses, from mini's to drafts to donkeys and mules.

Our facility utilizes 100% Force-Free, Positive Reinforcement methods and is committed to ethical handling. Read more about Our Philosophy.

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Indoor Arena

​40 x 60 meters, sand and recycled rubber footing, watered & harrowed regularly. Enclosed on all sides, with a door and gate access on each side.

 

The monthly course for the IHAC online equine agility competition is maintained in this arena, including tripod with cell phone mount.

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Outdoor Arena

100' x 200', sand footing, harrowed regularly and watered in the summer as needed. Fenced with PVC-coated t-posts and coated wire with a PVC tape top rail. Gate access on each side.

Obstacles vary, typically including jumps.

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Trail Course

​100 x 150 feet with natural terrain, mature trees, and an ever-expanding variety of obstacles.

 

Currently features inclines, rocky paths, narrow spaces, a bridge obstacle, gate obstacles, various sizes of natural logs, stair jumps, vine obstacles, varied sizes of tire pedestals, and more.

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Groom Stalls

​12' x 12' feet rubber matted stalls with dutch doors leading outside, sliding doors with stall guards leading inside, and feed windows leading inside. 

 

​Stalls are not used for housing horses, all horses are kept outside 24/7. Stalls are excellent for indoor grooming, tacking, protective contact work, etc.

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Tack Room & Lockers

Indoor tack room is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer. 

Lesson equipment is kept in the community space, while clients with boarding equines get a large private tack locker to store their equipment. Regular lesson students may use our cubbies to store their equipment.

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Reinforcement Buffet

​Sealed metal bins store reinforcement feed, available for student & client use.

 

Stock includes alfalfa pellets, chopped alfalfa hay, rice bran pellets, black oil sunflower seeds, and SafeChoice senior feed. We also have 12% Sweet Feed available for "emergency use"

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Training Equipment

Ample resources for equine clicker trainers & riders, available for student and client use.

 

Jumps: six wooden jumps, each including two poles & standards with breakaway blocks, 6"-4' height

 

Equine Agility: ribbon curtain, walkable tarps, weave poles, flags, barrels and more.

Reverse Roundpens: 30m cone/pole version and 20m post/pole version

MISC: Clickers, bags, cones, mats, targets, etc. Oversize wooden mounting platform in indoor, mobile three-step & two-step mounting blocks. Tripod with phone mount for virtual coaching & competition. Helmets, impact vests, and HitAir vests.

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BOARDING AT SKE

SKE offers boarding for clients in lessons/training. At this time, we cannot offer public boarding due to limited space. 

Drylot boarding is available for short-term stays as well as for equines who have medical needs that require movement restrictions and/or special dietary needs (ie, no grass).

Pasture boarding is available for long-term stays with equines who can have access to grazing grass.

Supplemental hay is available to all equines, 24/7. We offer grass hay for easy keepers, as well as alfalfa hay for equines with higher nutrient/calorie needs.

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All boarding clients also have access to professional consults from Steph Bradshaw, as well as her team of veterinarians, farriers, & other equine experts.

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