I've often heard children say, "There's nothing to do today". I beg to differ. I'd like to inspire you to do something. Anything. Read. Bake. Hike. Fish. Plant. Sail. Climb. Play. Reach. Move. Laugh. Dream; and take time to sit with me on The Old Granite Step.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A day with the horses at North Meadow Farm.

I had a recent opportunity to spend a day at North Meadow Farm, located in Harwinton, Connecticut.  Situated in beautiful Litchfield County, the rolling meadows of green pasture invite equine enthusiasts to this lovely property.
Training a horse is key to a high standard of showmanship.  North Meadow Farm works with riders and their own horses or spends an inordinate amount of time training horses that they offer for sale.
A relative newcomer to the farm, this beauty is being led back to the barn for the day.

This horse has fabulous color; what a striking tail!
The facility consists of two splendid and utilitarian barns on the property.  There is a terrific (and very useful in the winter) indoor ring as well.

The farm is being updated with new storage for boarders.  North Meadow Farm offers all necessary amenities for riders and their horses.

I have to admit, this horse was a favorite of mine.

What an incredible hayloft!
This barn was a dairy barn in it's former life; thus explaining the architectural shape of the structure.

The manager of the barn, Kate, is an experienced equestrian.  Riders are learning from the best at North Meadow Farm.  Photo courtesy of North Meadow Farm.
Generous stalls make happy horses.

"My progress was rendered delightful by the sylvan elegance of the groves, cheerful meadows, and high distant forests, which in grand order presented themselves to view."   American naturalist, William Bartram
Maintaining a farm such as North Meadow is no small feat.  There is always something to be done.

A very happy and handsome trainee.
"There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse."  Unknown

North Meadow Farm participated in a recent x country course.  Photo courtesy of North Meadow Farm.
Everyone is a spectator at the farm.

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire.  It is a grand passion."  Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rinsing off after class; a little horsing around too!
The day is coming to an end at North Meadow Farm.
Until tomorrow.....

For more information on North Meadow Farm, call Kate at 
 (860)307-6416 or send her a message here.

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