"Horses are our Passion and Passion leads to making YOUR dreams come true."
Horse ownership can be very exciting and rewarding. The primary benefits from horse ownership are companionship, recreation and relaxation, but many people do not often realize the health benefits that can be gained from owning a horse. Keep in mind that raising and maintaining a horse can be expensive, requires a lot of attention, and requires plenty of land for the horse to run.
Horse Purchases and Sales:
LaFleur Stables receives a 10% commission when it acts as an agent for the purchase or sale of a horse. Commissions are paid to LaFleur Stables LLC before a horse enters or leaves LaFleur Stables. The commission on horses bought through public sale is 10% or $1,000, whichever is greater. Horses sold at public auction will not be charged a sales commission. Buyers are responsible for all costs accrued during shopping trips. LaFleur Stables reserves the right to act as agent for both a buyer and a seller of a single horse and charges a 10% commission from both the buyer and the seller. Horses bought with LaFleur Stables as agent will undergo a pre-purchase examination. Pre-purchase examinations may cost from $1,500 — $3,000 depending on the area of the country and the extent of the exam. All sales for which LaFleur Stables acts as the agent will be handled with an official closing.
Sellers will present the following items at closing
1.Official transfer along with the horse's original papers and a check made out to the American Saddlebred Horse Association.
2. Commission payment to LaFleur Stables
3 . Signed copy of Bill of Sale
Buyers will present at closing
1. Cashiers check or Proof of Wire transfer for the purchase price
2. Commission payment to LaFleur Stables
3. Payment for any and all costs incurred while horse shopping
4. Signed copy of Bill of Sale
5. Payment for transporting a horse from former owner to LaFleur Stables. (If necessary)
We have horses for sale at the stables. We can help you find your dream horse(s). Set up Appointment 608-833-3635
Public Horse Auction
Invoices are mailed or emailed at the end of the month for:
1. Board and training monthly charges at LaFleur Stables
2. Additional lessons
3. Miscellaneous charges such as equipment purchases or vet supplies
4. Horse show charges for attending shows
5. Horse show entry fees generally are placed on the owner's credit card. If a show does not accept credit cards, the entry fees will appear on the LaFleur Stables monthly invoice.
Payments are due by the 15th of each month. This allows LaFleur Stables to pay its bills on time: barn mortgage, feed, bedding and payroll. (Please call if your payment will be late.) If bills are in arrears, horses will not be loaded and taken to a show. There is a 5% service charge for late payments.
TIPPING “The TEAM” is very much appreciated.
Saddle — Best to have your own saddle. Riding is all about the rider’s position on the horse and a saddle allows the rider to feel more secure in the saddle which in turn allows the rider to correctly and more easily communicate to the horse and interpret the horse’s response. With any saddle purchase you should talk to an instructor. We have strict requirements on saddles, tack and equipment that their riders ride in and use. Do not purchase any saddle without your instructor’s approval.
We do have a couple of top of the line saddles which are available for lease. Leasing a saddle may be a better plan than a purchase, if the rider may outgrow the saddle quickly or the rider’s level of commitment after the lease period is finished (ex rider going to college) Leased saddles are available throughout the year, and a minimal fee is charged — talk with an instructor about the possibilities.
Show Clothing — We are very strict on how our riders both in the show and academy riders represent the stable. Any piece of clothing or equipment should not be purchased without full approval from an instructor. The fit of these clothes and equipment is also very important. When showing a horse it is about presenting the ENTIRE picture— so not only do the clothes make the rider look great, they also give the rider the extra boost of confidence. If you think you look great, you will ride great!
For 2020 horses receive vaccinations, worming and dental along with their health certificates — the cost for this approximately $400 for the year. If the leased horse becomes sick or is injured, the lessee is responsible for a the vet bills (again each lease is individually customized for the lessee’s personal goals and requirements). The amount that will be paid varies from horse to horse usually depending on the ownership requirements to lease this horse. Occasionally a certain horse may require a supplement or medication to assist with their performance and health. Before the lease is signed any regular supplement or medication required by the horse will be written out and explained to the lease. Some supplements/medications are billed by the stables and others are bills directly from the veterinarian/tack store/feed store.
All horse owners are required to follow health and veterinary guidelines promulgated by LaFleur Stables.. To maintain good relationships with these specialists, LaFleur Stables asks its clients to pay their veterinarian bills within five days. Emergency Veterinary Services
The following is a checklist of our preventative health recommendations for your HORSE. Following these guidelines will help your investment, family, and partnership.
General Wellness Plan:
EWT/West Nile Virus Vaccine— Eastern & Western Encephalomyelitis (aka Sleeping Sickness), Tetanus (aka Lock Jaw) and West Nile Virus. This vaccine, in our climate area, is given intramuscularly in the spring time to guard against mosquito borne infections. These viruses can cause fever, neurologic symptoms, and often death. This vaccine also contains Tetanus to protect against the deadly clostridium bacteria present in dirt and feces that can enter scrapes and cuts in the skin, and causes sudden paralysis.
EWT can be given separately, as well as WNV and Tetanus.
Rhino/Flu Vaccine—Rhinopneumonitis (aka Equine Herpes Virus 1-4) and Influenza
This vaccine should be given intramuscularly every 6 months. Rhino is an upper respiratory sickness that is similar to a common cold and is very contagious. It can last a month or more and can cause abortions or neurologic complications. The vaccine may not be 100% affective against contracting the virus however it can greatly reduce the severity and length of the illness.
Influenza virus is also spread through nasal secretions and is extremely contagious. Lack of appetite and coughing are some symptoms and can render a horse unusable for periods up to a month or longer.
RHINOPNEUMONITIS can be given separately from INFLUENZA.
Strangles Vaccine—Streptococcus equi (Equine Distemper) This intranasal vaccine given annually is given through a pipette inserted into the nostril. This vaccine is recommended for horses traveling to shows, boarding barns, or those coming into contact with other horses that are coming and going frequently. The highly contagious bacteria that causes this infection can be spread very easily among horses, buckets, equipment, tack and bedding. The infection swells the lymph nodes of the throat and causes labored, or “strangled” breathing, and thick nasal discharge. If not caught early, the lymph nodes can abscess and drain purulent pus. This vaccine can greatly decrease the symptom severity that we see clinically as opposed to decreasing the disease occurrence.
Intranasal Flu—This vaccine is given through a pipette inserted into the nostril. This version is usually given to show horses or horses that travel or come in contact with other horses frequently. This vaccine needs to be given every six months for optimum protection.
RABIES—This is an annual intramuscular vaccine usually given in the fall in our common vaccine regimen. Since horses are so inquisitive it may be common for them to come into contact with wild animals in the pasture. This vaccine guards against the deadly rabies virus that can often be carried by rodents such as skunks, fox, bats, opossums, raccoons etc. Rabies can take a period of months to exhibit symptoms and can be transmitted to humans or other animals and pets by contact with infected saliva. Symptoms can include colic, discoordination, excessive salivation, depression and/or aggression. Horses suspected of rabies are usually humanely euthanized and tested, since rabies cannot be positively identified in living animals.
LYME—This is an intramuscular vaccine given twice yearly. There is no vaccine currently marketed for equine Lyme prevention. Research has shown that using this dog vaccine can be beneficial to protect horses from the organism Borrelia burgdorferi carried by the black legged or “deer” tick. A blood test can be performed to determine if a horse has Lyme disease. Symptoms can include mild lameness, joint pain, skin/muscle tenderness, malaise and general misbehavior. The long term effects of this disease are unknown.
Coggins Test—A blood test rather than a vaccine, tests for Equine Infectious Anemia, the highly contagious disease often referred to as “Swamp Fever.” EIA is contracted from biting insects or horse-to- horse contact and can cause fever, anemia, weakness, swelling of limbs or sudden death. There is no known cure for EIA. Horses that test positive must be quarantined away from other horses for life, or euthanized. A test tube of blood is drawn from the jugular vein and sent out to a Veterinary laboratory along with the current owner information, proper horse identification including markings, and stable of origin, where is it tested for the disease. By law, a negative coggins test must accompany all horses moving within the state or over state lines.
Shots; Rhino/Flu Vaccine, Intranasal Flu Vaccine
Coggins Test if need for other states
Get Involved Investment Horses We specialize in educate - training a young horse(s). Associations to join.
The Cost of Ownership
Ownership of a horse is not the exclusive privilege of the wealthy. The original price of a horse may have wide range. However, blue ribbons are based on performance in the show ring, not on the price of the horse.
In formulating financial plans for horse ownership, a newcomer should look at more than the purchase price. Understanding the expense of the basic course maintenance is important as well.
Other Charges at Home:
• Body Clipping (if needed)
• Medications (vet will bill directly) purchase price + stocking fee
•.Stable Supply Charge annual fee $400 (Horse Fan, Brooms, pitch forks, towels, laundry, hoof grease, salt/minerals, cross ties, lightbulbs, and etc.)
• Quarterly Deworming
• Supplements; Smartpak or Equi-Shine
It is the responsibility of the owner to have liability and mortality insurance on their horse(s). Usually the insurance premium is 3% of purchase price of a horse. LaFleur Stables recommends
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