JoAnn Dawson’s love of horses started at a younger age. “Rising up on a dairy farm, my dad wanted assist rounding up the cows from a subject removed from the barn,” she says. “He purchased me a pony, put me on bareback (no saddle) and advised me to go round-up the cows.” All through her childhood, JoAnn had a number of ponies and horses — and by no means misplaced the love.

She and her husband, Ted, now personal Fairwinds Farm & Stables, Inc. in North East, Maryland. “The farm was previously a dairy farm within the late 1800s to mid 1900s, then turned a lay-up (or rehabilitation)  facility for racehorses till 1998, after we purchased the property,” JoAnn says.

The 52-acre farm, which sits on the best level in Cecil County, encompasses a one-acre pond stocked with fish, out of doors and indoor using rings, cross-country leaping course, and 15 acres of woods with using trails and 6 pastures. Two barns home the farm’s 22 horses together with 4 which might be boarded for workers.

“Every of the horses is ridden or pushed just about each day no less than as soon as, both in classes or path rides, pony or carriage rides,” JoAnn says. “We additionally enable folks sometimes to deliver their very own horses in for a lesson.”

A hub of exercise all year long, the farm welcomes about 150 college students per week for using classes and presents guests pony and path rides which have advantages past pure enjoyment. “Being outside, exercising, maintaining busy, getting your palms soiled. Bonding with a horse whether or not by using or simply grooming and being round a 1,000 pound creature which might harm or kill you however chooses to allow you to groom, love and trip it may save your sanity,” JoAnn says.

In 2014, Fairwinds Farm & Stables was designated a Maryland Horse Discovery Center that welcomes most people of all ages and expertise ranges to find out about horses in a educated and pleasant setting. “It means quite a bit as a result of we have now at all times tried to be an open, welcoming steady the place anybody can cease by and calm down, watch a lesson, pet or groom a horse, or simply watch them within the subject,” JoAnn says. “We take pleasure in introducing as many individuals as doable to horses.”

And, JoAnn says that horse-oriented actions don’t cease when the climate will get cooler. “We’ve 4 seasons in Maryland, which we love,” she says. “It’s great to really feel the autumn chill, take a path trip within the snow, after which see the grass rising within the spring and summer time.”

Along with Fairwinds Farm & Stables, Maryland has a variety of trail riding stables to select from whenever you’re able to saddle up.

Hungry for extra? Take a path trip, then seize a beer at Waredaca Farm. Examine a veterinarian’s Thoroughbred nursery and boarding facility. Study extra about race horses after retirement.

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