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Farm History 
The horse operations began with the previous owner in 1996. With the intention of initiating a horse breeding farm, he erected the horsebarn and installed perimeter fencing to delineate paddocks and pastures. We purchased the farm in November 2000 and renamed it Chez Chevaux Farm, "home of the horses" farm (French). By that time the operation had evolved into a boarding barn which we have continued with various improvements to facilitate our approach to horse-boarding. 

Horse-Boarding at Chez Chevaux Farm
Since horses evolved as grazing, herd mammals, we attempt to follow a regimen that emphasizes these specific characteristics and their inherent behavioral expressions with horses entrusted to our care. While each horse has its own stall in the barn, we feel that horses are healthier if not confined in stalls for prolonged periods. Horses are confined for longer periods only when injured, ill, or because of inclement weather. The ideal regimen would be horses living in paddocks with loafing sheds, water, and 24-hour access to pastures for grazing throughout the year. However, climate and insects in northern Indiana, along with the requirement to feed specific amounts of grain and supplements to individual animals, do not always permit the complete realization of this ideal. Each horse is fed grain (and supplements, where necessary) in individual feeding dishes while attended in the paddock in the morning and evening.  Hay is provided on the same schedule in the paddock when pasture is unavailable for grazing. Hay, a grass-alfalfa mix, is fed on the ground, as pasture would be grazed. Horses live year-round in small, gender-and-age delineated (as necessary), compatible "herds" of two, three, or sometimes four animals, in paddocks with water tanks, loafing sheds, and associated pastures. In the summer, when insects are most noisome, owner-supplied fly masks will be placed on each horse at morning feeding. We also paste-worm all horses at approximately eight-week intervals and employ a rotation of fenbenzadole, ivermectine, and pyrantel pamoate for better effectiveness. We expect all boarders to secure regular farrier visits and to vaccinate their horses in the spring and fall of each year for rabies, rhino/flu, tetanus, Potomac/East/West equine encephalitis, and West Nile, as they consider necessary. Boarders are free to choose their own farriers and veterinarians, and we all cooperate in order to maintain the health of all the horses on the farm.

Recommended Links for Additional Information and Supplies 
Local & Regional
    Derbyshire Farms
    Michiana Dressage Club
    Midwest Dressage Association

    Equine Now!
    USA Equestrian
    United States Dressage Federation

     American Livestock Supply  (800.356.0700)
     Country Supply  (800.637.6721)
     Dover Saddlery  (800.989.1500)
     State Line Tack  (800.228.9208)


horse barn with 15 stalls 
lighted indoor riding arena (72 by 100 feet) 
outdoor riding arena (20 by 60 meters)  
20+ acres of paddocks & pastures 
4 loafing sheds
more than one-half mile of farm perimeter riding trails 
9 acre hayfield (grass/alfalfa) 
heated bathroom with hot/cold water 
individual tack lockers for personal storage


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