About Winterstar Farms:
Your young horse will grow up with lots of space to exercise at will, and with the emotional benefit of being raised by the herd. We introduce training principles at a pace each horse is comfortable with, until your horse is ready to select its career. The fundamentals of our approach are based upon first building a relationship with your horse, then teaching exercises that build upon one another and are never repetitive or boring for the horse. In time, the horse will choose its discipline, and we ask clients to be open to this process.
How do we let the horse decide? We spend a lot of time building the horse-human relationship, so that we can observe and intuitively sense, as horses do, when the horse is comfortable with the work as directed, or when the horse does not like the work. Our workshops teach this approach. For example, regardless of breeding, some horses love to jump, some don’t. Some are gifted in the classical art of dressage, and love to “dance” – some”dressage horses” would rather jump, and are quite good at it. Some are “speed” horses, and enjoy the challenges of eventing. Some naturally move in a rhythmic gait characteristic of a hunter or equitation horse. If you watch carefully the horse’s reactions to what is asked of it in a training session, you will know and you will sense what is best.
We have developed our raising program around the principles taught at Epona Equestrian Services, LLC. Authenticity, Relationship, using Emotion as Information. We apply these principles in our work with horses – sensing and feeling while acting/interacting with our horses.
Our breeding stock is versatile athletically and of high quality, representing some of the finest bloodlines in the Hanoverian and Holsteiner worlds. Most of our mares can produce horses for any discipline, such as jumping, eventing, hunters or dressage. We believe that if the horse is allowed to “choose” its discipline, that this ability to choose is fundamentally the best way to give the horse its best chance to perform athletically to its fullest potential.
We are also happy to raise your young horse, or help you with a “problem horse”. We strongly encourage adopting horses when you have the means to do so, and will help you evaluate a prospective horse to help you make a good choice.
Please contact Toni at 970-846-8591 or Kim at 970-846-6588.
Custom Breeding Program
Contact us for a consultation to breed and raise “the horse of your dreams.”
We offer some of our mares each year for clients to produce a custom foal. Some through off-farm breeding leases, some through embryo transfer, and some through on-farm breeding leases.
The fee for our services which include managing the breeding process from start to finish, monitoring the mare’s health, foaling the mare, and raising and handling the foal until weaning, is $2500. Client pays for veterinary and stallion fees, and pays a very reasonable board fee for the mare for the duration of the pregnancy, beginning when mare has been confirmed in foal for 35 days. At this time, the board is $275/month until 90 days prior to foaling, then increases to $375/month until the foal is weaned.
We request that the foal remains on the farm until at least age 2, so that it may be raised with its dam, and in the company of other mares and foals. In this way, your foal is raised with the “wisdom of the herd” as well as given the best we have to offer in human handling. We offer reasonable training rates after age 2.
Off farm: (pending approval)
Fleur de Lis
On farm lease: (stays with us)
Nele (only ET)
Pure Poetry (only ET)
br 1.70 m 1987
dkb/br 175 cm 1974
gr 172 cm 1975
dkb/br 170 cm 1984
COR DE LA BRYERE
dkb/br 168 cm 1968
Email: [email protected]
Cell phone: 970-846-8591
33175 County Road 41
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487