Since 2014, we have been developing and improving the facilities for the benefit of our horses.
The horses are raised outside, divided into small age groups (four and six horses on average*) all around the house.
This allows us to see and handle them twice a day, to feed them, considering each physiological stage and / or intensity of work, developing calm and serenity.
This breeding method, in the field, allows horses to move, to feed, to drink throughout the day, respects social contacts and allows us to check every day the absence of diseases and injuries. It respects the welfare of animals.
* the stallion has his own park equipped in the same way but remains in visual contact with the other horses
BREEDING HORSES IN SMALL GROUPS,
The parks and their equipment
The parks, fenced in wood, are all equipped with a shelter allowing the horses to protect themselves from the wind, the rain and, in summer from the sun at the hottest hours of the day, when they want to.
Each park also has a hay rack equipped with a net which allows both access to self-service food and slow feeding limiting weight gain and preventing respiratory diseases because horses can no longer to dig a “tunnel” in the round baller which promotes lung inflammation.
The shelters and platforms around the racks are stabilized with wood chips, a healthy material that limits mud and constitutes a dry, comfortable mattress, very appreciated during the winter by horses who lie down there very willingly.
We completed the installations with a stable of 2 boxes of 12m² and a third foaling box of 18m².
These boxes are rarely used but allow us to bring horses in if necessary (injury, illness, day before a competition…).
The foaling box is only there to allow us to take care of a too weak foal or its mother, if necessary. The mares normally foal in the meadow, in freedom, under monitoring of a foaling belt (Birth alarm) that allows us to be present at each birth. Find out more
For Horse Training
Loin round and covered arena
A small career, transformed into a loin round in 2018 now allows us to train the foals from one or two years old, in serenity, both for "leisure label" training or in freedom. It also allows the breaking in of our foals from three years old.
A covered 20X60 arena was created in early 2020 and now allows us to train and value horses born at home. This very substantial project would not have been possible without the financial support of Europe (EAFRD Support) and the Auvergne Rhone Alpes Region that we thank a lot.
An ultrasound bar allows us to carry out all gynecological examinations on breeding mares.
This includes ultrasound monitoring of ovarian cycles. We then carry out the covering exclusively by hand.