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Third Annual Memorial Day Weekend Bonfire

by on May.28, 2013, under Uncategorized

Bittersweet Acres boarders and friends of the Higginbothams enjoyed a bonfire on Sunday night. The weatherSparklers at bonfire

bonfire was perfect and the kids enjoyed the haystack, buckets of bubbles, glow sticks and sparkers. The adults relaxed with the bonfire and s’mores. Special thanks to those who started the bonfire, drove the tractor rides back and forth to the front of the farm and helped with set up and clean up. Fun had by all!!

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Baling Hay

by on May.28, 2013, under Uncategorized

HayfieldHay on wagonAccumulatorBittersweet Acres began the summer project of baling hay. Patrick is very excited about the quality of hay again this year and it appears that we may have even more than last year. Here are some pictures of the first baling of hay. Special thanks to Pa Rudy and Adam Kahmann!!

 Evelyn on tractor

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The Higginbotham Kids with Their First Riding Lessons

by on May.28, 2013, under Uncategorized

Evelyn Learning to GroomAubrey's First Rde Elliot Picking Penny's FeetThe Higginbotham kids have begun their horse riding journey. The three kids are taking lessons with a former boarder, Katie Robison Alderman (For those at the barn, she used to have Ralph here). Special thanks to Megan Howard for allowing us to use her mare, Penny. She is doing AWESOME, of course. The kids are very excited!!

 

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Farm Visit with UK and Fellows with the USDA Sustainable Ag Reasearch and Education Program

by on May.14, 2013, under Uncategorized

Bittersweet Acres was happy to host extension agents from the four regions of the U.S. as  fellows with the USDA Sustainable Ag Research and Education Program and some representatives from the University of Kentucky for a farm visit this morning. We gave a presentation on what we do boarding horses and growing hay at Bittersweet Acres as an example of the horse industry here in Kentucky outside the racing industry. We would like to thank Lee Meyer and Sarah Lovett from the UK College of Agriculture for the invitation to be a part of the program. Below are some pictures from the visit.

 

Patrick giving presentation

Patrick Giving Presentation

Participants During Question and Answer Session

Participants During Question and Answer Session

Farm Tour

Farm Tour

Enjoying the Horses

Enjoying the Horses

 

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Bittersweet Acres Bridal Brunch

by on Apr.20, 2013, under Uncategorized

Ladies Enjoying Brunch

Ladies Enjoying Brunch

4 of 5 Honorees: Erica, Jessalyn, Micheala, and Krista (not pictured, Shannon)

4 of 5 Honorees: Erica, Jessalyn, Micheala, and Krista (not pictured, Shannon)

 

 

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Great Time of Celebration

 

Bittersweet Acres celebrated with five of our boarders who are engaged. Shannon, Erica, Micheala, Jessalyn, and Krista are all engaged. Today we honored them with a brunch at the farm. Thank you to all those who attended. It was a wonderful time enjoying food and good company.

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2013 Spring Vaccination Day

by on Mar.17, 2013, under Uncategorized

We would like to thank all those who participated in the 2013 Spring Vaccination Day! Thanks also to Kristen for bringing out her scale to weigh several of the horses. Hope everyone enjoyed the breakfast and we look foward to more events once the weather warms up. Spring is nearly here!!

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Clinic info from Reid

by on Sep.04, 2012, under Uncategorized

BitterSweet Acres Boarders and friends,
 
 
 
Those of you that have been at BSA for the past few years know that I travel extensively, most often for the purpose of teaching grooms that work with racehorses. I also teach inmates at prisons in South Carolina and Virginia that work with retired racehorses. My primary philosophy is that the more we know about our horses the more we can do what is best for them and the more enjoyable will be our horse owning experience.
 
 
 
On Saturday September 8 I am going to present portions of these classes that have been popular among owners that have attended some of my classes over the years.
 
 
 
Do you know that every natural predator of our horses can outrun those horses? What are the characteristics that enabled horses to survive? Those same characteristics determine how our horses interact with us and are responsible for many of the injuries we deal with daily.
 
 
 
Your horse does “communicate” with you every day. And, you don’t have to be a professional “animal communicator” to understand what your horse is “saying”. In the morning session on September 8th I’ll use power point and hands on demonstrations to show you how you can improve your awareness of your horse’s “language”.
 
 
 
In the afternoon sessions we’ll look at some anatomical models and discuss a few common injuries, our horse’s body’s response to those injuries and basic therapy we can use to help. We’ll conclude by looking at the principles of putting on bandages that I teach at the tracks. I use plastic leg models for practice sessions and no one has been hurt bandaging one of those legs, (nor has one of those legs been hurt), so you will have a chance to practice without stress.
 
 
 
So that all that attend have a chance to participate in the demonstrations we are limiting the number of participants to 20. If we get at least 12 boarders to sign up by this coming Thursday (August 30) we will keep this first clinic “private”. You can bring one guest (and more if we do not reach 20). We will advertise it to the general public starting this Friday if we don’t have 12 by then. Please let Erica know by email that you plan to attend. There will be several “barn prizes” such as a gallon of hypoallergenic horse shampoo (2), some “extra long” standing bandage quilts that make excellent shipping bandages (4) and more. I’m glad I’ll be able to teach “at home” and hope you will join us on Saturday, September 8.
Reid
 
If you are interested in attending, let Erica or Patrick know as there are spots available, and you do not have to be a boarder to enjoy the class.
elirvin@yahoo.com
 
Patrick
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The Higginbothams at Hats Off Kentucky

by on Aug.04, 2012, under Uncategorized

Erica with the kids after they got their faces painted

 

The Higginbotham Family spent a fun evening at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park at Hats Off Kentuky. The kids got their faces painted, their picture on a pony and even an education on hay from Bittersweet Acres’ own Miss Krista Cotton all before enjoying the amazing Rood and Riddle Grand Prix.

Krista Cotton giving the kids an education on hay!

 
 

 
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Ice Cream Social

by on Aug.04, 2012, under Uncategorized

We would like to thank all our Bittersweet Acres boarders who beat the heat with ice cream sundaes at our second annual ice cream social at the farm. Everyone enjoyed ice cream, toppings, and conversation…mainly about their horses and the Olympics!

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Sorry for lack of updates

by on Jul.18, 2012, under Uncategorized

Sorry we have been slow on updates of late.  We finally got some much needed rain, and it appears we are set to get some more.  We have finally started a house, so we have been busy with getting that started.

We got a couple of new run in sheds finished, and hope to build more in the fall, or early next spring.

We have some new boarders coming over the next few weeks, so if you are a current boarder, introduce yourself, and make the new folks feel welcome.

 

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