Takeoff Farm

Takeoff Farm Takeoff Farm's program focuses on breeding and training of warmblood sport horses for competition in Hunters,Show Jumping, and Equitation. A professional training, showing, and sales barn.

Emphasis on breeding and training young horses for competition in Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation. Lessons for junior and amateur riders from beginner - advance are available. We compete at shows at both the local and national level. Competing at both USHJA, AQHA, and APHA. We are also proud to be a USPC Riding Center.

Operating as usual

Find your inner Boss Mare!
11/15/2021

Find your inner Boss Mare!

Monday... let's do this! 💪🏻🐴 | #mondaymindset

#mondaymood #positivequotes #bepositive #equine #equestrianlife

Who else has had a few "taccidents"?Equiventure Tack is usually where most of my taccidents have occurred 😆
10/30/2021

Who else has had a few "taccidents"?
Equiventure Tack is usually where most of my taccidents have occurred 😆

Who else has had a few "taccidents"?
Equiventure Tack is usually where most of my taccidents have occurred 😆

Somebody better sn**ch up this flashy boy soon 🤩🤩
10/27/2021

Somebody better sn**ch up this flashy boy soon 🤩🤩

5 Things Trainers Wish You Knew: Sales Edition
10/16/2021
5 Things Trainers Wish You Knew: Sales Edition

5 Things Trainers Wish You Knew: Sales Edition

We’re coming into horse sale season, and particularly at a time when sales have been wacky for more than a year, it’s going to be an interesting ride this autumn. If you’re on the hunt for a new horse, here are a few things trainers wish you knew.

10/15/2021

Super proud of Gladiator d'Avalon and Mae Pelz today 🙂 Thank you to Avalon Equine and Kathy St Martin for giving us the opportunity to prepare this gorgeous boy for the NA Stallion Testing.

Well no wonder I really liked that mare watching the Olympic Eventing and I've always thought Explosion was fabulous 😉 E...
08/05/2021

Well no wonder I really liked that mare watching the Olympic Eventing and I've always thought Explosion was fabulous 😉 Excited for the future with our descendant of his!!

GO USA 🇺🇸 Onto the Team Competition!
08/04/2021

GO USA 🇺🇸
Onto the Team Competition!

GO USA 🇺🇸
07/31/2021

GO USA 🇺🇸

GO USA 🇺🇸#becausekentfarrington
07/30/2021

GO USA 🇺🇸
#becausekentfarrington

GO USA 🇺🇸
#becausekentfarrington

07/29/2021
Go USA 🇺🇸#becausekentfarrington
07/27/2021
US equestrian jumping team (including Jessica Springsteen) talk about Olympics

Go USA 🇺🇸
#becausekentfarrington

As our Countdown to Tokyo continues, the U.S. equestrian jumping team – Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut, McLain Ward and Jessica Springsteen, daughter of Bruce Springsteen – join TODAY from Germany, where they have been practicing before heading to Japan. “This has been a huge dream of mine ever ...

Go USA 🇺🇸
07/26/2021

Go USA 🇺🇸

Photos from Tamarack Hill Farm's post
07/23/2021

Photos from Tamarack Hill Farm's post

07/13/2021
06/04/2021
05/25/2021

MORE FORWARD?

“You don’t need a Stronger leg, you need a stronger response to the leg. “
Philippe Karl

Do you often here the words… “More forward“?
With ‘more forward’ we can also create more balance, more relaxation, more straightness, more rhythm.

More forward doesn’t mean ‘more leg’. It means the horse needs more understanding from our legs. Its OUR responsibility to teach the horse to respond to light leg aids. Furthermore, its our responsibility to ensure we remove leg pressure in a timely way – ie. immediately the horse starts to go forward.

In ‘pressure-release’ training, its the timing of release that trains the horse, not the pressure. The more clear you make the release – the faster you train the horse.

As riders, its our job to help the horse work out how to get rid of pressure, not how to put up with it. We dont want to habituate or desensitise the horse to our leg aids. So if we want to improve responsiveness – we need to improve our timing.

Lets remember – that a horse can feel a fly land on its coat and flynch to get rid of it. So we cannot say any horse is insensitive. Though some are more sensitive than others – they are all sensitive enough to feel a fly on them. And, they can all feel a light leg aid.

If the horse can go forward from light leg aids – but then we keep asking with the legs every stride – the horse will switch off to that background noise – and we will actually be teaching the horse to ignore our legs.

If we are in the habit of urging or pushing the horse forward with the seat; again we teach the horse to ignore the seat. I see it a lot in the walk. People think this is required. Its not. This is surely annoying to horses; pushing and rubbing the seat bones into their spine - and then when we need the seat for more subtle aids – its impossible.

Its not helpful to think of our horse as ‘lazy’ or ‘naughty’ without first taking a good look at our own habits. Are you aware of how much pressure you use with your legs, how often you touch the horse with your legs, and where your legs touch the horse? Legs too far behind the girth can put a horse into reverse, and can easily be confused with the aids for lateral work.

Could you be more disciplined with your legs and take responsibility for doing less for a greater response?

Impulsion simplified = increasing re-activity from the horse via less activity from the rider. This means educating the horse to clear and specific aids. Teaching the horse – in a compassionate timely way – to understand how to react to precise aids.

Pestering the horse with vague or nagging legs and seat is neither useful or graceful, it is a tiring and careless habit that destroys lightness. And… Often It is appearing together with blocking hands. So best first to be attentive – check that you are not urging forward ahead of the horse's movement, pressing constantly with the legs and doing all the work for the horse, or nagging while holding or pulling at the same time.

Teach the horse the 'leg lesson' – immediate reactivity to light leg aids – but you need to be convinced yourself... that you really want to go! You need to have your confidence and balance ready to follow through - to ensure the horse does believe you are serious and can react quickly, with your light forward seat and allowing rein. There is not much use expecting serious change from your horse if you are not prepared to go along for the ride. And of course your horse will know if you are not convinced.

You may need some light touches with the whip straight after the leg until you get take off. Then no more whip or leg. But if the horse slows, touch with the whip again. Repeat this from halt into trot several times on a straight line – praising each time you get an improved response. (If you are not sure how your horse will react to a whip, you may want to hop off and check it on the ground first. Gently but clearly checking reactivity to light touches of the whip.)

Never give one hard unexpected whack with a whip. Be kind and clear, finish what you start, and know when to stop and reward. Be calm and even tempered when teaching the leg lesson. it is not about getting mad. You need a forward/light seat for a short time to help your horse to really go. Leaning back in an armchair position will not help you. Feel the wind in your mane, and enjoy the freedom to really go.

Your horse will thank you. :))

The aids we use are the aids we teach – good or bad. If we are heavy legged and heavy handed with poor timing – we make a heavy lazy horse or a nervous horse. And we make work for ourselves – and then unfairly blame the horse for being lazy. It happens with many riders – we are human, when we are day dreaming, inconsistant, nervous and gripping, maybe we are using lots of little pushes because we are afraid to be clear and precise, or afraid to go faster, afraid the horse might resist the legs and pigroot, rear or buck. In broad terms, its either becuase we dont take the responsibility of leadership to teach a language of clear aids, and or we dont know how.

Naturally, if the horse starts rushing, running, pulling or carting you forward – you will then have a balance problem rather than a forward problem. You could do more circles and less straight lines – to help slow the legs and regain a good rhythm. Counter bend or shoulder-in are also good remedies for rushing horses. But that is now a nice problem to have.

Horses are built to run. They are creatures of flight. Going well forward – in a natural outline – helps them to relax, to find a natural rhythm, and to be straight.

It is frustrating for a horse when it is unable to express its natural paces. Many riders spend an hour going around too slowly in endless circles – with the horse falling to the forehand – and tiring the horse and themselves without the gymnastic benefit of healthy forward activity. In working paces the strides are long, the neck is long, or in a natural outline, the horse needs to cover ground going actively forward. In collected paces the neck and the strides are higher and shorter, the horse covers less ground, still with activity but now its more uphill, higher rather than longer.

Happy riding
Susie :)

04/22/2021
Pretty excited about how our yearling is developing 😍 (Vindication S  x Apirouette/Apiro)#warmblood #babyhorse #yearling...
04/19/2021

Pretty excited about how our yearling is developing 😍 (Vindication S x Apirouette/Apiro)
#warmblood #babyhorse #yearling #westfalen #showjumping #showhorses #equestrianlife #equestriancommunity #equstriangoals #oklahoma #hunterjumper #forsale

Pretty excited about how our yearling is developing 😍 (Vindication S x Apirouette/Apiro)
#warmblood #babyhorse #yearling #westfalen #showjumping #showhorses #equestrianlife #equestriancommunity #equstriangoals #oklahoma #hunterjumper #forsale

04/15/2021
Just a reminder you are strong and courageous 🙂#mondaymotivation #howdoyouthrive #hunterjumper #equestrian #equestrianli...
04/12/2021

Just a reminder you are strong and courageous 🙂
#mondaymotivation #howdoyouthrive #hunterjumper #equestrian #equestrianlife #equstriangoals #thriveequestrians #thriveexperience

Just a reminder you are strong and courageous 🙂
#mondaymotivation #howdoyouthrive #hunterjumper #equestrian #equestrianlife #equstriangoals #thriveequestrians #thriveexperience

On today's edition of what's in your tack trunk 🤩 #babygoat #goatkids #bottlebabies #goatsofinstagram #equestrian #eques...
04/06/2021

On today's edition of what's in your tack trunk 🤩 #babygoat #goatkids #bottlebabies #goatsofinstagram #equestrian #equestrianlife #farmlife #farmlifeisthebestlife

On today's edition of what's in your tack trunk 🤩 #babygoat #goatkids #bottlebabies #goatsofinstagram #equestrian #equestrianlife #farmlife #farmlifeisthebestlife

Happy Easter 🐣🐰#easter #heisrisen #rainbow #springtime #oklahoma #equestrian #equestrianlife
04/05/2021

Happy Easter 🐣🐰
#easter #heisrisen #rainbow #springtime #oklahoma #equestrian #equestrianlife

Happy Easter 🐣🐰
#easter #heisrisen #rainbow #springtime #oklahoma #equestrian #equestrianlife

So excited to join @trt.method with this handsome boy for the #TRTmethodBday live event 🤩 #horses #equestrian #equestria...
03/15/2021

So excited to join @trt.method with this handsome boy for the #TRTmethodBday live event 🤩 #horses #equestrian #equestrianlife #equestriancommunity #hunterjumper #showjumping #showhorses #warmblood #stallion #bucasblanket

So excited to join @trt.method with this handsome boy for the #TRTmethodBday live event 🤩 #horses #equestrian #equestrianlife #equestriancommunity #hunterjumper #showjumping #showhorses #warmblood #stallion #bucasblanket

Flashback Friday!!! Guess which TF horse these baby pics belong to?? #flashbackfriday #hunterjumper #showjumping #showho...
02/26/2021

Flashback Friday!!! Guess which TF horse these baby pics belong to?? #flashbackfriday #hunterjumper #showjumping #showhorses #equestrian #equestrianlife #equestriancommunity #thriveequestrians #riseandthrive #howdoyouthrive #thrivelevel #thriveexperience @ Takeoff Farm

The Business of Boarding
02/24/2021
The Business of Boarding

The Business of Boarding

We hear it all of the time: “I don’t make any money off of boarding, its a business of love.” And we as the boarders shake our heads in frustration, wondering how our hard earned …

We have 3 wonderful TBs that are ready to be someone's Christmas present 🎁 6 yr old mare 15.3hh mid 4sWTC and jumping 2'...
11/30/2020

We have 3 wonderful TBs that are ready to be someone's Christmas present 🎁
6 yr old mare 15.3hh mid 4s
WTC and jumping 2'6
6 yr old gelding 16hh mid 4s
WTC and jumping 2'6
8 yr old mare 16.2hh low 5s
Competing BN eventing ready to move up to Novice/Training

11/24/2020

Who is' ready to jump into some fantastic breeding specials on Friday? Our holiday breeding specials are almost here! And we've got deals on ALL our stallions!

Remember, we've got a limited number available so don't wait! If you haven't signed up for our newsletter, you should! You'll get immediate access!
#AvalonEquine #WarmbloodStallion #SportHorse

11/23/2020

I can credit the polo world for a true concept of proper fitness for performance horses. In good programs, the horses often go out twice a day. They go in sets of 3-5 or so horses. They walk for an hour (walking is IMPORTANT too), they trot for 15-20 minutes or so & walk some more. Most are “singled” several days a week. They short work/school them & breeze them out often. You have to condition their lungs too (that’s a whole other conversation I won’t go into right now but we’ll talk about it later). These horses are in incredible shape. They have to be.

I find proper conditioning to be undervalued & quite frankly, many lack knowledge on it. Whether they truly don’t know or they don’t care to know is a different story. You cannot pull your horse out of the pasture on the weekends & go expect them to perform for you after not touching them all week.
You’ll always see the bragging posts like “pulled sparkles out of the pasture after seven months off & entered the jackpot last night!! 7th in the 6D even outta shape!!”
I’m EMBARRASSED for you. That’s not impressive. Personally, I find it cruel & selfish.
That’s like someone pulling your happy ass off the couch after hibernating all winter & making you run a 5k.

Do better. Be better.

USEF Unsure of How to Handle New WEC Shows
11/04/2020
USEF Unsure of How to Handle New WEC Shows

USEF Unsure of How to Handle New WEC Shows

The National Snaffle Bit Assoc. will regulate most January-March competitions at the new facility in Ocala, including a $250,000 grand prix.

10/28/2020

Hope everyone is staying dry and warm today! We will pick up with lessons next week.

10/26/2020

Unfortunately no lessons today due to the weather. We will reschedule asap!
Everyone stay warm today!!

10/26/2020

We're excited to announce we'll be standing ES Black Tie (Baroncelli x Regina/Raphael) for the 2021 breeding season!

We're offering a limited number of breedings at a special celebratory rate! A $500 breeding fee for a limited number of bookings!

Remember, if you've entered our contest and win, you can use that towards this limited special!

Visit his page on our website for more information!
http://www.avalon-equine.com/es-black-tie.html

#AvalonEquine #SporthorseStallion #hanoverian #warmbloodbreeding #WarmbloodStallion

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19811 State Highway 74B
Washington, OK
73093

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Thursday 8am - 7pm
Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 8am - 12pm
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First day of the NA Stallion Testing out in sunny California 🌞 🙂
Lauren, Thank you for the invitation and for joining our equestrian family at Horse Tack Company and at Intrepid International
Still a little upset I didn’t catch the whole round, this was a beautiful trip ridden by Mae Pelz on Parker.