Bathe And Groom Your Horse

Use cleaning tools

Before bathing your horse, you should soak all brushes (brush with handle and comb) in warm water mixed with a little dishwashing liquid. Rinse brush and dry in the sun.

Brush regularly

Salt from sweat can dull horse hair and irritate the skin if the horse is not groomed regularly. Brushing helps to remove dry skin and dead hair, and evenly spreads the natural oils all over the hair.

You should do your best to polish the horse hair. If you take care of your horse regularly and long term, you will see results.

Bathe your horse only when necessary

Regular bathing your horse with soap can dry, dull your horse’s hair, and lose its natural oils. No “rules” are set for how often to bathe horses. On the other hand, be aware that bathing also helps wash away sweat or dirt. Consider bathing your horse before a show or when the hair is covered in mud.

Keep an eye on dandruff for a proper shower schedule. Bathing too often or infrequently can both cause dandruff. If not bathed well and regularly, dandruff will build up on horse hair. Conversely, bathing too much can strip away the natural oils of horse hair and lead to dandruff.

Wash off the hair after bathing

After bathing your horse, rinse your horse with water several times to get rid of the soap completely as the residue of soap can lead to dullness. Residue of soap can affect horse skin and damage the natural oils.

 

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What Does Horses Eat? Horse Breeds

Oat GrassOat Grass

It is a herb that is extremely resistant to cold and frost, suitable for growing in cold climates such as the North, Central and Central Highlands. Oat grass has about 14-18% of total raw nutrients, 18-22% of crude protein, and especially the grass is rich in amino acids and vitamins.

Sundan grassSundan grass

An improved grass and good heat resistance. Sundan Lai has a protein content of 16-18%, a lot of sweetness, so these grass-eating cattle often grow very quickly.

Alfalfa grassalfalfa grass

Grass is suitable for most of the climatic conditions in our country. Alfalfa grass contains many amino acids, vitamins, minerals… Especially this grass contains a very high protein content of 25-33% ensuring adequate nutrition. In addition, Alfalfa grass also contains more fiber, beta carotene and pigments to help digest food easier.

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Parties & Activities

 

Pony Parties & Other Activities
 
Come celebrate your next birthday with a pony party at Carousel Park!
Your two hour pony party will include:
  • One pony for an hour of pony rides.
  • Each party guest will receive a coupon to come back to Carousel Park for a pony ride at half-price.
  • When you book your party, we will give you a coupon for 15% off your cake at Cannon’s Bakery, located on Kirkwood Highway.
  • The pony part site includes a picnic area with room to play games.
    The cost of the party is $150 for up to 20 party guests.  For parties over 20 guests, you must book an additional pony for an additional $125.
    Girl Scout Horsemanship
    Merit Badge Program
    Is your Girl Scout looking to earn their Horsemanship Badge?  Carousel Park can help!
    • Cost is $20.00 per rider
    • Minimum number of riders for program is 6
    • Maximum number of riders for program is 10
    • Weight limit is 200 lbs per rider
    • Reservations required and confirmed upon completed reservation, waiver forms, and fee payment
    • Available times are Saturdays & Sundays from 3:30-5:30 pm
    • Required attire includes, hard-soled shoes or boots with a small heel and long pants.  ASTM approved helmets will be provided by Carousel Park.
    Pony Rides
    Pony Rides are available on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm during the months of March through October.  $5.00 per pony ride gets the rider two laps around.
    Barn Tours
    This outting makes a great field trip!  The cost for a barn tour is only $5.00 per participant.  Your tour will include:
    • A pony/horse demonstration which involves learning where horses live, what they eat, and how they sleep.
    • The horse will show you what a walk, trot, and canter is.
    • The group will also learn how to groom and tack the horse.  Keeping horses hooves clean is important to the whole heath of the horse–we’ll show you how!
    • Each horse at Carousel Park has it’s own story.  You will get to know the personal story of your guide horse.  Pictures welcome!
    • The group will get a tour of the barn, feeding area, and riding arenas.
    Picnic tables are available, so bring your lunches and enjoy the atmosphere of a working barn!  Also, enjoy the walking trails and take a walk to turtle pond.
    Please click on our contact tab to receive more information on any of our exciting activities!
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Our Trac Horses

Please take time to introduce yourself to the equine members of our staff!  Our horses are rich in personality and talent.
Cutie
Cutie is a Dark Bay Pony. Cutie participates in TRAC lessons. Despite her trim appearance in this photo, she gets pretty fuzzy in the cooler months. She is a barn favorite!Our Trac Horses

Driftwood
Driftwood is a Black Gelding. He is another super pony that does it all. Driftwood participates in TRAC lessons. He is best buddies with Sage.Our Trac Horses

Good Girl
Good Girl is a Chestnut Quarterhorse Mare. Good Girl participates TRAC lessons and is one of our best TRAC horses.Our Trac Horses

Frosty
Frosty is a Grey Thoroughbred Gelding. His registered name is Sir Lix A Lot, which is very appropriate because licking people is his specialty. Frosty recently retired from jumping lessons but still participates in TRAC lessons. Frosty is very popular around the barn for being especially friendlyOur Trac Horses
Magic
Magic is a Chestnut Thoroughbred Gelding. He works very hard and is good at his job. Magic participates in TRAC lessons.Our Trac Horses

Pebbles
Pebbles is a Pinto Pony Gelding. Pebbles participates in TRAC lessons. Pebbles can do it all and do it well. He loves pretzels!Our Trac Horses

Potter
Potter is a Appendix Quarterhorse Gelding. Potter is one of the newest additions to the Carousel family. He has the most adorable face and is used in our TRAC program.

Our Trac Horses

Red
Red is a Strawberry Roan Gelding. He used to be a calf roping pony! Red participates in our TRAC lessons.Our Trac Horses

Sage
Sage is a Bay Gelding. Sage participates in TRAC lessons. He is one of our rider’s favorites.Our Trac Horses

Splat
Splat is a Chestnut Quarterhorse Gelding. He is an amazing therapeutic horse and has a unique personality!Our Trac Horses

Tiki
Tiki is a Roan Thoroughbred Mare. Tiki participates in TRAC lessons. Tiki is a beginner favorite and spends her time off hanging with her best friend Addy.Our Trac Horses

Wire
Wire is a Bay Pony. Wire participates in TRAC lessons. Wire is known for his patience especially with TRAC students and rules his field although he isn’t the biggest horse in it!Our Trac Horses
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Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic Riding at Carousel 
TRAC is an organization that is committed to the goal of providing safe and beneficial therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.  It is our mission at TRAC to improve the well-being of our students, through equine assisted activities, by encouraging them to set goals and providing them with the motivation to achieve those goals. TRAC is a 501 © (3) nonprofit organization. TRAC is a PATH Intl (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Premier Accredited Center.
Program Impact
Therapeutic riding programs develop relationships between the individuals with special needs, the certified instructor and a special therapy horse.  This creates an opportunity for individuals to reach beyond their disability through a therapeutic riding program.
Physical: The horse rhythmically and naturally moves the body in a manner similar to the human gait, improving posture, balance, and muscle control.
Mental:  Improves sequential thought processing, increases the rider’s ability to articulate emotions, and develops social awareness.
Emotional:  Effective in calming emotional outbursts and reinforcing appropriate behaviors.  Contact with the horses and horsemanship training provides a non-competitive setting for learning.
Social:  Assisted therapeutic riding nurtures a positive self-image.  Individuals with disabilities are able to experience more independence.  They also develop an awareness of teamwork.  All riders have the ability to learn skills and participate in a recognized sport.  Riders are encouraged to develop a better self-esteem, which they can take with them and use in their everyday lives.
Benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy 
·   Increased range of motion and muscle tone
·   Improved gross and fine motor skills, balance, posture, and coordination
·   Increased independence at home and school
·   Increased self-esteem, due to the acquisition of skills in a recognized sport
Conditions impacted (but not limited to):
Spina Bifida                              Sensory Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis                        Emotional Disorders
Muscular Dystrophy                    Cerebral Palsy
Developmental Delay                 Down Syndrome
Autism
Programs at TRAC
Therapeutic Riding:
TRAC lessons run in sessions. The lessons will be scheduled every hour.  Each student will have a half an hour of actual riding per week.  The second half of the hour will allow the student to groom and interact with the horse, as well as allow the instructor to speak with the parents and student about the lesson and to answer any questions they may have. 
           
Day Program:
TRAC offers a day program that runs in  sessions. The Day program is offered for school programs, at risk youth programs, counseling programs, and our Horses for Heroes program.  The Day Program lessons are 2 hours long.  Included in these lessons are hands on horse care, grooming and tacking, and a riding portion. There is a minimum of three students to participate.
Equine Facilitated Growth and Learning Program:
Lessons can me mounted or unmounted. This program is offered to at risk youth, hospice and bereavement groups as well as counseling programs.  This program encourages participants to interact with the horses, the environment and each other.  The goals for participants in this program may include self-improvement, social interaction and/or education.
Please contact the Carousel Park Equestrian Center Office for more information on our therapeutic programs.
The TRAC program is always looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with our lesson program.  Please go to our Forms tab,and print out our Volunteer Packet. You can then drop it off the completed application pages (or mail them in) and Carly will contact you for an orientation/training session. Once you have completed orientation, you can then begin to volunteer. Therapeutic riding lessons are scheduled Sunday through Friday. We need side walkers and leaders. As some of our students require as much as three volunteers per lesson, we are always looking for dedicated volunteers.  Therapeutic RidingTherapeutic Riding Therapeutic Riding Therapeutic Riding Therapeutic Riding
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