Our Breeding Program
Our breeding program at Suncrest Farms is small, considered and careful. We do not have the funds to experiment. There are enough horses out there and we do not want to add to the disposable horse problem. We breed to what we know will perform, conform and have longevity and athleticism.
Horses here are raised in an outside environment, imprinted, handled regularly and learn to stand still for the farrier and vet, be obedient, are used to vehicles and farm equipment and have access to 24 hour turnout in all kinds of weather.
Most foals are born in January or February and occasionally March. Mares are put under lights at the end of November and must body score over five before being bred. This insures that the mare is not pulled down by the pregnancy and gives the foal a good leg up on proper development. Foals are turned out with “Mommy” as soon as they are bonded so that the exercise they need builds bone density.
All horses are registered and most DNA tested for registration and parentage verification. AQHA, AHS, AHHS and AWS. All Warmblood horses are inspected and registered with their dominant association.
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.