It is a calm, happy and settled yard where all my horses are given the right to be horses. They are turned out in social groups all winter, every single day! There is forage available out in the winter turn out so horse ever gets hungry or miserable. During the summer and autumn all the horses live out 24/7 and come in for training/riding/farrier/vets/pampering etc.
The 2 sides to my yard life are my livery horses who we care for all year around on a full livery basis and there are the in-house training horses. As far as caring for their horses, the owners need care and support from myself and my staff. I have 1 livery (Pam) who has been here with me for 28 years this coming summer (2018) Ali for 16 years, Jackie for 13 years to name but a few! How wonderful that they find life on my yard for their horses as well as themselves so complete they do not wish to leave (especially as my immediate geographical area is swamped with livery yards.)
The training horses tend not to mix with my livery horses for turn out. I keep the settled herds separate so as not to cause stress. I use my own rescue ponies as company for the training horses. Both are calm individuals with very different natures. Toby Pony is super calm and never gets ruffled hence is perfect for fearful, nervous or stressful new horses. He brings them into an lovely emotional place where they feel safe very quickly.
Magic Pony has a high play drive and loves to groom and be groomed. He allows new horses to interact in a caring way, displaying great herd behaviours of mutual play, mutual grooming and feeling fulfilled.
My actual yard area in set inside a Plant hire business, with tractors, road sweepers, diggers and all the paraphernalia which goes alongside. It is just the most perfect set up for large traffic training in a very safe controlled way. I use these vehicles to help train horses who are already fearful or for young horses to habituate and accept big scary staff as normal.
We do our very best to get all horses settled in very quickly. The fields are peaceful and the yard itself is on the main street. Horses get to see village life while being in a safe place and at a safe distance.