The farm is a private training farm, located in Ball Ground, Georgia. It’s roughly 45 minutes North of Atlanta in Cherokee County. The property is within a 15 to 30 minute driving radius to Canton, Woodstock, Cumming, Jasper, Roswell and Alpharetta.
A variety of horses from different backgrounds, come to the farm for training to develop their talents for Eventing, Racing, Dressage, Jumping, and Pleasure Riding. The farm has one of the best track records when it comes to individualized training programs, consignment sales, and top-quality LKF owned Thoroughbreds.
Clients can bring their horses to the farm and know that they can trust the farm’s reputation as being a valuable resource. Striving to be the best is our daily goal, and it is important that not only are our clients happy with our service, but that the horses are cared for to the highest standards.
Regular Full Board $600 (Geldings or Mares)
Partial Horse Training Board $850 (3 days training rides)
Full Horse Training Board $1,200 (5-6 days training rides)
Consignment Board: $1,200 (training and marketing)
With years of experience of transitioning racehorses into show horses, training consists of problem solving, ground work, lunge line work, gymnastics, muscle and memory conditioning, galloping, jumping, flat work and desensitizing.
Individualized schedules are steady and systematic, allowing the horse to be interested and happy with exercises so that they’re more willing to do the work and repeat the good behavior. Horses in training will go on training trips off the farm to experience ‘coming and going’ from home and to begin gaining mileage to prepare for competition. There is also an emphasis on conditioning and building muscle properly with weekly walks and hacks on hills. Many extras are included in the services at no extra charge.
- 12 x 12 matted stalls
- Triple Crown Feeds
- Alfalfa, Alfalfa mixes
- Hot/Cold wash racks with heat lamps
- Tack room, feed room, separate hay and shavings storage
- Fly Predator system throughout summer months
- Regularly scheduled certified farrier, vet appointments and dentist
• Maintained Kentucky fescue/winter rye pastures with board fencing. The fields are seeded and fertilized in Spring and Fall and cared for throughout the year.
• Individualized turnout or with a buddy. Bell boots, splint boots, sheets, blankets put on at no extra charge.
• (2) Summer fans included
• Blanketing during the colder months
• 200′ x 100′ River sand arena, stadium fences
On average we have sold consignment horses in 2-3 months. Our service does all the leg-work required to expedite a sale and where both buyer and seller will have had a fair and honest experience. Consignment horses consist of seasoned competitors, amateur friendly show horses, school masters and recently transitioned racehorses as Eventing prospects.
The farm assists buyers in finding the appropriate horse or assists sellers in marketing their horse by making contact with numerous professionals in the sport. 10% commission is due on purchased horses that are brokered by Little Kentucky Farm.
Consignment board is $1200, consisting of stabling, feed 2 -3 times per day, ground work, grooming, training rides, electronic and hardcopy marketing/advertising, video and photography. Consignment horses are trained 5-6 days per week. Owner pays for competitions, schooling fees, farrier and vet.
It’s not just Thoroughbreds, it’s any horse . . .
Often times people purchasing Thoroughbreds soon after find themselves in over their heads when it comes to training and problem solving. What appeared to be a simple horse to handle when trying it out from the seller, is suddenly tagged as a “problem” when taken home. Owners who are either too young or inexperienced are put into a situation where the behavior of the horse develops into an intimidating relationship. These experiences can be traced to any breed, not just Thoroughbreds.
There are sellers out there who are buying cheap Thoroughbreds off the track and tacking on high price tags to resell and ‘flip’ horses quickly. They’re commonly known as ‘horse traders’ . The horses are being advertised in a misleading way to the public as being quiet or spook-proof, which then generally attracts parents with young children or novice riders who are first time horse owners. There are also hidden facts about race horses that if you’re not educated or have experience on the track, you will probably be blindsided.
Thoroughbreds taken off the track may at first seem easy to handle in some cases. They may appear to be quite types that like to carry their heads long and low or who don’t move off the rider’s leg. Then after a few days or a couple of weeks, the owner sees something different developing in the animal’s behavior that I like to call the “little red flag”. Outside of the hustle and bustle of the track, you will have a different behaving horse regardless. People must realize what they’re getting into and that when owning any horse that it is a long-term commitment.
Some negative behavior and issues owners are being faced with whether it’s a Thoroughbred or any other type of equine breed are the following:
- Ears pinning back when you put your leg against the horse
- Heavy on the forehand and moving unbalanced
- Sensitive behavior while being groomed
- Learning how to travel up and down hills at a gallop
- Weight loss, bad feet
- Nippy behavior
- Leaning and pulling against your hand with the reins
- Cow kicking, bucking or rearing when riding
- Tossing its head
- Fish tailing or swerving and not riding straight
- Stopping or running out at fences
- Defensive stall behavior
- Rushing fences
- Learning how to jump fences
- Starting over with flat work
- Problems loading on a trailer
- Bring a professional horseman with you when considering a horse to purchase whether it is a track horse or at someone’s farm: have the professional first get on the horse and ride it and listen to their opinion
- Ride the horse in the arena and outside of the arena: you want to be able to quietly hack out the horse without other horses to see how it behaves away from the barn
- Always set up a pre-purchase exam with the vet of YOUR choice: never let the seller pick the vet for you
- Avoid buying a horse sight unseen: you need to see how the horse moves, you need to make sure you’re comfortable being with it, you must be HANDS-ON.
- Train with a professional who has years of experience: interview and get a history about the person you want to work with
- BE REALISTIC with what level of a rider you are: if you are a novice rider, then take responsibility to improve your riding BEFORE purchasing a green horse! Know your limitations!
- Find out the history of the horse: who owned it last and what level of a rider were they, why are they selling
Owners can find themselves in a state of shock, helpless, angry, scared, or in court suing the seller for misrepresentation. What they imagined as a horse they can hop on and enjoy riding in a simple carefree manner has become a “money-pit”. Little Kentucky Farm continues to stress to people who want to purchase a horse , is to do their homework about that seller BEFORE any exchange of money.