The Caledonian/Keystone Arabians Learning Day began on a brisk November Saturday morning,welcoming experienced horse lovers and newcomers to the first-class facilities of Keystone Arabians in Lovettsville, Virginia. Everyone came to develop their equine knowledge and to meet our Champion Straight Egyptian Arabian horses.
Dr. Krista Estell, DVM, DACVIM Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Medicine at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia began by teaching the 1-2-3’s of Foal Care and Advances in Neonatal Care. We learned the preparation for, performance of, and challenges of foaling. As a research scientist, Dr. Estell gave us insight into the research into probiotics and the impact of the Madigan foal squeeze. The event further enhanced the foaling and breeding relationship between our farms and the MDS Equine Medical Center.
Jeff Michaels, Gnathologic Practitioner and Horse Trainer from Split Creek Equine Solutions, then gave a riding demonstration and discussed some of the unique characteristics of Straight Egyptian Arabians. He covered several challenges when training your horse such as ensuring a balanced approach and focus, demonstrating flexion and collection.
Mike O'Brien, AFA Certified Farrier, completed the learning day with the 1-2-3s of Hoof Care and General Anatomy. We learned detailed hoof care and disease management, with a live demonstration of handling and cleaning a horse’s hoof. He covered the critical relationship between owner, farrier, and veterinarian in hoof care, and emphasized the importance of maintaining a clean environment for hoof and horse health.
In addition to learning, everyone was able to meet the mares, geldings, fillies and colts of Keystone and Caledonian Arabians, who were welcoming and gracious hosts. We are very proud to be partnered with these top-tier professionals in their fields, and very thankful for their time given to advance the knowledge of proper equine care and development.
Thank you to everyone who made the day a success!