Our Breeding Program
Suncrest Farms is a small breeding program, which means that every horse is bred to its potential. We do not have the funds to “experiment” breed and “hope” for a better horse. We breed what we know will produce or perform from proven bloodlines. However, unconventionally, we do breed a serious performance horse from the Conclusive line crossed with the Thoroughbred or Thoroughbred and Skipper W lines. Both the stud and the mare have to be excellent movers. This outcross came from watching similar crosses. We will not breed any Impressive horses that are not great movers, have temperament problems or are not N/N.
Horses here are raised in an outside environment, but imprint trained upon birth and handled daily. They are used to having to hold still, being polite for the farrier, loading, trailering regularly, having their heads played with and used to farm equipment, road work and other animals. We regularly move horses into other environments to acclimate them.
Our feeding program consists of 90% forage with supplementation. Our pastures, when climate appropriate, are harrowed and mowed regularly. Bands are rotated as often as possible. All horses are on a regular dewormer regime and have their hooves trimmed every 8 to 10 weeks. Even youngsters.
Due to the geography of the farm, horses are accustomed to crossing creeks, navigating fences, gates and finding herd mates. When started under saddle we use a combination of methods from several national trainers who advocate no resistance. Most are started bareback and in a halter. All horses are worked in a round pen, the arena and trail ridden to increase their exposure to outside stimuli and become safe trail mounts. Most of our customers want to trail ride all week and show on weekends. Many of the horses have been exposed to the show ring through schooling shows and to learn to trailer and behave in those environments.
All horses are registered and several have been inspected and certified by the American Warmblood Association. This assures our customers that they are getting quality horses. Warmblood horses are inspected and registered with their dominant association.