According to the American Horse Council there are 6.9 million horses in the Unites States, with over 3 million of them used for recreational use, many of them rely on boarding establishments as their living quarters. Truth is Americans love horses, this most fancied luxury has been adopted by about 7.1 million individuals throughout the U.S., with or without land. For the landless, it means keeping their horses elsewhere. Kansas City has seen its fair share of horse boarding farm growth through the years, but it takes a special type of feel and ownership to do this job correctly and be successful at it.
It takes a special sort of person to preside over a horse-boarding business. This individual should be an experienced horse person or at least be willing to become one. Unlike cats and dogs, horses are complex creatures, and not only are the horses customers, but so are the horse owners. All horse owners that entrust their treasured steeds to someone else, wants for them to be handled correctly, to be fed a balance diet and to care for the horses as their owners would if they could. Besides feedings, this means medical attention, hygiene, proper physical activity, and training.
Nancy has loved horses since she can remember, as a young girl she read all the horse books she could, she shared with us many memories, with a notable one that actually included a book mobile. “As a child I attended a one room school, so we did not have much access to books, so a book mobile would bring books to us once a week, and I checked out all of the horse books, and nothing else.” Nancy believes her love for horses was inborn and that that is the way it is for many other riders, its mostly a love within girls, but some boys develop it as well and have made the most wonderful riders throughout history. Her grandparents had a farm in Fulton Missouri where Nancy spent most of her weekends learning about the farm, horses and drawing. Drawing out her thoughts and dreams… and what little girl doesn’t draw a beautiful picture of what she dreams a perfect place looks like. Nancy found her dream drawing at her grandmother’s place a few years ago, and to her surprise at age nine she drew a perfect image of what Northridge Farm looks like today. “My gosh I figured this out beforehand!” she exclaimed as she shared these beautiful memories with us.
Nancy always loved horses, but was never able to take lessons until reaching an older age. She began learning through eventing, which involves a dressage test, cross-country test, and a stadium jumping test. This sport originated in the military as competitions to show horse’s skills after they had fulfilled their active duties. The three styles that make up eventing are all beautiful, but one in particular is quite unknown outside of Europe and the East coasts, and is making quite the impression here in the Midwest; Dressage.
With ancient roots in Europe, this discipline is believed to be the highest expression of horse training and is occasionally referred to as “Horse Ballet”. This art was first recognized as a significant pursuit for equestrian lovers during the Renaissance. And continues to drop jaws everywhere with its classic beauty and the skill it takes for riders to successfully maneuver their horses smoothly through an arena.
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