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Congrats to Kaleb

by Sue Blair

Faithful workhorse My Kaleb will be reporting for duty in Tennessee, but he’ll be back to Carpe Diem Farms when he needs some rest.

Many of you have met our magnificent Percheron-Paint cross, My Kaleb.

He came to the farm, a gift from Cindy Sheets of Breezy Meadow Farm in Concord, North Carolina. Kaleb was born and spent his early years in Virginia as a cross-country horse. Running and jumping were his daily activity. He was purchased several years ago, first by someone in Charlotte to continue his cross-county career and later by Cindy. At the age of 11, Cindy asked if I would like to offer him a life-long home. She had been injured and he was just too big.

Every horse for whom we’ve ever provided a home, no matter the circumstances, is promised a lifetime here at Carpe Diem Farms.

Kaleb, a 16-hand, 1,600-plus pound horse with the personality of a Labrador Retriever, has been a huge presence and quite the character.

For more than five years we’ve done our best to meet his needs. What is most evident, however, is that he needs a bigger job with more activity than we can provide on a daily basis!

Our prayer has been answered, he will be moving to Bulls Gap, Tennessee to Renaissance Farm. An incredible farm and facility which offers training and boarding, is the home of Transitional Vaulters as well as an Iberian Horse Breeding and Training Farm and so much more.

Arielle Blackstone and her mother Maria are professional horsewomen whom I have known and appreciated their work and love of horses for many years.

Their vaulting horses, Percherons and Belgiums have been wearing Easy’s Slippers for five years.

According to Arielle, “The slippers have given their horses confidence on every surface to perform their best.”

Kaleb will be joining the vaulting program. If for any reasons he doesn’t work out or when he is retired down the road, he will return to CDF and live out his retirement life as promised.

Stay tuned for his continuing story.

Carpe Diem Farms, a 501(c)(3) Experiential Learning Foundation, Exploring the Human Potential Through Equines. For information, visit us at 544 Western Rhodes Drive in Highlands, call at (828) 526-2854, or visit advancedequinecomfort.com

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