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North Lawrence, New York, United States
I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Friday, August 03, 2012

What's in a name?

I was approached yesterday by a local business to change my farm name. Although we have called ourselves Hidden Meadows for a few years, we are only now an official farm via DBA. The other business (not a horse farm) is Hidden Meadow Inn. In any event, her thought was that people may confuse things (a long list of possibilities) since we are in the same region. I am very open to changing our name as I have not purchased my farm sign yet and Rick supports whatever I decide. We also had a different name when in Virginia (Fawn Hill Farm) so I am not overly worried about changing it but want to make it the last time. I have no intentions of ever moving again and want to establish myself with a name that I like and that will stick. That said, I'd want a cute, trendy horse farm name, something unique (remember this is a natural horsemanship focused facility). Anyone have any good ideas or methods to pick a good one? My logo is a very stylized horse if that helps (I know, you've not seen it yet). Let me know! Comment here or email me arabhorselover1@yahoo.com


    • Denise Schueckler mystical meadows? the double m makes easy to remember.still implies hidden and arab horses make me think of magic and aladdin! :)
      23 hours ago via mobile ·  · 1

    • Michelle L Young FYI--someone sent this. Just putting it on the list, not necessarily convinced yet. North Lawrence Natural Horsemanship or North Lawrence Natural Horse Lovers might be possible. North Lawrence Natural Living, or Natural Living Farm / Ranch / Stable / Acres
      23 hours ago ·  · 1

    • Michelle L Young Maybe something that is a combination of French and English since we are on the Canadian border? I though of Cheval Farm but there is one in Alabama.
      22 hours ago · 

    • Mitch Bresett you could go all french and call it Cache Cheval Valon or Hidden Horse Valley
      22 hours ago ·  · 3

    • Mike L. Scott How about "Not owned by Mitt Romney Meadows"?
      22 hours ago · 

    • Mary Sullivan Horsing Around :P
      22 hours ago · 

    • Mitch Bresett how about this.. Whinny Acres
      22 hours ago ·  · 2

    • Betty Horn I like the thought of Natural Horsemanship being in the title, though Whinny Acres is pretty cute.
      22 hours ago · 

    • Michelle L Young Whinny Acres may get confused with the north country's whinny.org
      21 hours ago · 

    • Michelle L Young Mitch--liking the french except the valley part---although I guess we are in the Adirondack valley aren't we? maybe?
      21 hours ago · 

    • Michelle L Young And, all French would really help me have an exclusive clientele.....no one will know what we are doing! :)
      21 hours ago · 

    • Michelle L Young Here is another...just playing around..."Heureux Cheval Ferme- talent de cavalier au naturel" (French speakers---is this written correctly? Happy Horse Farm – Natural Horsemanship) ---If I did this the people in the town would have their minds blown away...hehehe...they'd really be asking questions! (The busy-bodies already are.) --I really need to continue learning French, I love the language.
      21 hours ago ·  · 1

    • Michelle L Young Le Heureux Cheval Ferme - talent de cavalier naturel perhaps? (The Happy Horse Farm - natural horsemanship)
      20 hours ago · 

    • Cassie Laurence should be simple and describe your business. Cutsie and foreign names are always dangerous because if people can't guess what you do by the name they rarely get further than that. Same goes with using your name (ex Michelle's Farm) because it doesn't tell them anything. Simple like ... Natural Horses (just an example to make a point) .. what else do you do there?
      20 hours ago · 

    • Michelle L Young Mainly horses but will probably also sell chickens/eggs, produce, etc...small scale.
      19 hours ago via mobile · 

    • Cassie Laurence How about "Pick Up These Damn Free Roosters Farm" LOL ... Natural Living Stables - which I now see is similar to something above. But I like that concept.
      19 hours ago ·  · 1

    • Cassie Laurence If you are doing more than horses then putting horses in the name will limit the value of your name in the future. I would redo the name of my business in a heartbeat - it's a pain in the ass.
      19 hours ago · 

    • Byron Whitney Equestrian Acres? Hidden Meadows in french=prairies caches. Horseplay Farm?
      17 hours ago ·  · 1

    • Elizabeth Ferguson Horse Heaven ?
      17 hours ago via mobile ·  · 1

    • Jackie Dietrich whispering pines???
      15 hours ago ·  · 2

    • Christine Goellner Mia Natural-Bavarian-Cheval-Chilo-Ranch...Hehehehe :-))))))))
      9 hours ago ·  · 1

Thursday, August 02, 2012

More Photos As Promised!

I took a few moments to take a few more photos.  I hope that you enjoy looking at them! A great deal of thought and design went into this project and I continue to plan for the final product.  I have been working on this idea forever and now it is becoming a reality! The barn project has been a fascinating experience and it is surely not over anytime soon! The photos above and below are my horses, Fosse (L), Whiskey (M), Lola (R). They should be pretty excited when they move into their new home and play in the new arena.

Below is the future lounge location (18' X 12'). I hope to have comfy furniture, tack, a flat-screen TV, etc. in there.  All the comforts of home to allow me to watch horse videos, plan, and enjoy the barn. I am very up in the air about heating the space because I'd have to block off the skylight and I don't want to do that.  

This is our first load of hay in the loft.  It is very nice hay that I had shipped from Massey Farm in Watertown, NY (90 miles away).  Although the price was high to do so, we are pleased not only with the quality but, the reliability. Rick became very ill because of his heart condition when we were loading so, I stacked the best I could.  We are fixing that today as our next load arrives on Saturday.  This time (and the first time ever), I have hired a crew.  They are the three sons of our neighbor, contractor, and friend, Irvin. The goal is to fit 600 bales in the loft for the season. The loft is located above the center aisle of the horse barn and is 12'x36.'

Another outdoor shot of the front of the structure.

Indoor arena photo.  There are three large doors, this one is the side door to the play ground. As you can see, there is still cleaning up to do.  We have a lot of company coming to visit and Rick and I plan to offer the kids money to find the leftover screws, nails, and other debris...we will make a game out of it. By the way, the arena has skylights and a sky-band to bring in natural light.  During the day, there is no need for any lighting and this is the same in the horse barn.  I took advantage of all natural light in the design.

This area (shown below) is the storage area (6' x 12' ).  Also shown is the pull-down ladder which allows entry to the hay loft.  It was the best way to allow access while not consuming floor space below. Hay will not go up or down these stairs, just people!

This is a back shot of our Quonset hut where the horses currently live. 

Indoor riding arena view from the far end.  This is a 60'x120'x16' arena with knee-walls. Notice I had the builders finish off the end and it looks like a house!  I wanted it to look nice, not just like a big board wall. (You should see it in person.)

There are three horse stalls in this facility. They are 12'x12' in size.  Each is equipped with sliding doors that have feeders that open to the aisle and gossip doors/windows.  There are also bars instead of solid walls in between the stalls.  This offers a more open atmosphere. There are skylights in the roof on both buildings and each stall gets a tremendous amount of natural light. There are also dutch door directly across form the interior sliding doors for easy access to the outside. Above the aisle is the floor of the hay loft.

This is the future 12'x12' wash rack area (in between the lounge and storage areas). Don't mind the tarp in the photo, it is not going to remain there.  It is in a holding pattern and will be placed on top of the hay to protect it from sunlight.

A front shot of the facility with the doors opened.  Notice that the man door is now blocked.  We thought that was acceptable because we figured if the large front doors were opened, no one would be using the man door. The man door is the only way to enter the structure if the doors are all closed and locked.

More hay...

A view of the stalls and dutch doors (which are completely open) from the loft.

Front view with all doors closed. By the way, the horse barn is 36'x36'x10.'

A view of the trusses in the arena and the arena from the loft.

Although a little difficult to see in the photo, there is a small cupola on the horse bran with a horse weather vane and three large cupolas on the arena with horse weather vanes. The cupolas offer a nice look as well as ventilation.

My attempt to show the storage, wash rack, and lounge sites (including the nice viewing window to the arena). This is finishing work Rick and I need to do.

A view of the area above the lounge and wash rack. from the hay loft.

An arena shot from the loft.  Also in the photo, our hay elevator. The loft is accessible three ways: from outside, from inside the arena, and from the pull-down stairs.