Just north of Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740
OUR MISSION for Brek-n-Ridge Farm is to provide a clean, safe, fun and a beautiful environment for riders and their horses. Also, in our Riding School we mentor one or two students so they may grow as riders and people.
We are proud to offer these scholarships and provide this recreational facility of meandering farm lands and arenas for practicing horseback riding at the outskirts of Harbor Springs, on the world famous Tunnel of Trees/M-119, a Michigan Scenic roadway.
Students can apply to become part of our program.
SERVICES: Riding School in Harbor Springs
To All Counselors, Physical Education Educators and After School Coordinators,
TRAINING: Teaching dressage (French word for “training” ) at Brek-n-Ridge helps the development of the riders and their horses to become skilled and calm in all situations, to be flexible and balanced in using their arms, legs, seat and body aids. We teach our riders to use and understand their aids separately and to learn how to be in harmony in communicating with their horses. Trail riders, young riders, adult amateurs and beginners flourish under this system of teaching. Western Dressage is a specialty for those wanting more from riding the trails.
We offer Dressage programs for adults. English, Western and gaited riding. Training and Clinics available.
Stable owner and top sport instructor Karin Reid Offield says, “We are a small private stable. From all my years of experiences, I have found a system of training that allows us, the riders, teachers and trainers to experience the value of “time” – the most important asset we can offer a horse in this amazing journey. We will teach you to follow a system of horse training that is slow and methodical so as you and your horse begin to see results, you will advance your own training and riding techniques.”
Instructors: Interested in teaching in our area? Contact us for guest clinics.
Manager/Instructor/Young Horse Rider Andrew Figures is currently enrolled in the USDF Certified Instructors/Trainers Program. The USDF Instructor/Trainer Program consists of two parts – educational workshops and Instructor Certification testing – and it is designed to educate amateurs and professionals who wish to further their education in the classical system of dressage.
Karin Reid Offield, Instructor, Owner/Operator & Former Top FEI Sport Competitor. USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist
We offer an Instructors Program : Safety in the stable, arena and on horseback. Working students accepted. Interested in becoming an instructor? Brek-n-Ridge offers a Instructors Service to help you on your way.
Brek-n-Ridge Farm is a small farm with two arena’s, access to beautiful trails, riding fields, smaller paddocks for young horses or stallions. The stable is geared to being easy to manage, safe for the resident and visiting horses and has comfortable small rooms for gatherings, equipment and social interaction. Call for details.
HORSE TRAINING AND CLINICS: We have an excellent program for training your young or inexperienced horses.
HORSE CARE: Caring for and grooming is a very important part of equine responsibility and maintenance. All equestrians should be familiar with the different grooming equipment used on horses including the curry comb, mane comb, soft bristle brush, firm bristle brush, hoof pick, and sweat scraper. Bathing your horses is a skill, and regular sheath cleaning is beneficial for your horse. Horsemanship includes even being able to operate body clippers to trim excess hairs to judge the severity of an injury, deciding whether a vet should be called or if the injury can be handled by the farm staff. Owners should also be able to ask questions of farm staff to detect small changes in each horse’s behavior or eating habits that could indicate the start of a problem. These are all techniques a horseman learns during horse ownership. We teach Horsemanship.
BUYING A HORSE? SELLING A HORSE? LEASING A HORSE ? We may be able to help you find your next horse, or refer you to another professional in your area.Owning horses is not like owning dogs. Certain horses are perfect for certain people. Let a professional help you make your equestrian dreams come true!
Leasing, taking regular lessons will introduce you and your family to the equestrian lifestyle. Interested in taking trail rides when you are on holiday? We offer a three day course that will help you feel safer, and more secure when on your equine adventure.
RAISING and BREEDING HORSES continues to be a tradition at Brek-n-Ridge Farm, formally known as “the home of fine horses” a Trakehner breeding facility, owned by Nancy and Larry Beck. Brek-n-Ridge Farm has been home to Tiamo Trocadero, Hexagon’s Louisville, among other great Dressage stallions.
HORSE OPTIONS: Friends coming this way with horses? Overnight stalls are available. Call us for availability. Quarantine requirements may apply, and quarantine conditions are strictly enforced when necessary.
Horse Equipment Laundry Service: Keeping all your equipment clean and dry, safe from mildew and breakage. Save your Washer and Dryer!
Tack Cleaning Services. Keeping all your leather equipment mildew clear and safe from rot and grime.
We offer a Groom at Noon Program: For non-riders that want to work with horses
Call us at 231-242-0012 to sit down and meet us, and for a tour of the stable.
Email us at Lessontime@yahoo.com
OUR MISSION for Brek-n-Ridge Farm is to provide a clean, safe, fun and a beautiful environment for riders and their horses. Also, in our Riding School we mentor one or two students so they may grow as riders and people. We are proud to offer these scholarships and provide this recreational facility of meandering farm lands and arenas for practicing horseback riding at the outskirts of Harbor Springs, on the world famous Tunnel of Trees/M-119, a Michigan Scenic roadway.
Students can apply to become part of our program.
HORSE CARE, TRAINING AND RIDING SCHOOL
ADDRESS 7359 South Lake Shore Drive – a few minutes from Harbor Springs, Michigan
Contact us for an appointment to discuss specifics
IS YOUR HORSE INJURED? REHAB – BY RESERVATION
We are not an equine hospital, but we offer equine rehabilitation related services for the purpose of providing care and treatment of horses under a veterinarians order.
If stalls are available, we may be able to offer full rehabilitation services for acute injury care, post-surgical care, and the following rehab programs…please ask your vet to call Brek-n-Ridge to discuss. We have been doing this work since the 1990s in Michigan and Arizona
Respond Cold Laser Treatments
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) with Respond™ Cold Laser
The Respond 2400 XL is a class IIIB cold laser. They are called cold lasers or soft lasers because they do not emit heat and therefore do not cause tissue damage. This device is FDA approved as a “non-significant risk” device.
At this time, scientific studies indicate that cold lasers are more effective at penetrating the skin than LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) and are therefore more effective. Laser light is able to penetrate through tissue layers and help to stimulate cellular energy and metabolic processes which promote healing and tissue regeneration (including increased collagen and epithelial production). Cold Laser light can also stimulate the release of natural pain-killing endorphins within the body which facilitate long-lasting pain relief.
To read more about the benefits and effects of LLLT demonstrated by thousands of double-blind studies done in both clinical and laboratory settings, please see the Laser FAQ site that Respond has put together.
Cold Lasers are often used for: Tendon and ligament strains, tears, lesions, bowed tendons, wounds, sore muscles and bruises, and sore backs. Cold Lasers are a non-invasive way to stimulate acupressure points in navicular, bruised feet, and laminitis cases.
Local veterinarians are supportive of using a cold laser in addition to regular treatment protocols for soft tissue injuries and wounds. The Respond cold laser is also a great tool for massage therapy in helping to treat trigger points. We work closely with our vets.
Other Rehab Offerings
- Hand walking, under saddle controlled exercise and legging up
- Bandaging (standing/support wraps, simple/complex wound bandaging)
- Cold/hot hosing, packs
- Hoof Soaking, bandage changes, severe wound care
• Riding on perfect footing in the indoor arena. Maintained daily.
• Intramuscular injection
• Medicated bath
• Body clip
Daily logs and regular owner/trainer/agent/veterinarian updates and interface
This unit delivers a dry cold with active compression which can be helpful as part of a treatment program for many conditions involving inflammation and soft tissue injuries. These include acute tendon injuries, suspensory desmitis, laminitis, and splints. Additionally, horses may benefit from this therapy to minimize swelling post-operatively in certain procedures. Treatment sessions are customized to your horse’s needs.
- To increase the performance of sport horses
- To increase the suppleness of the horse
- To vitalize the organism
- Muscle tension
- Rheumatic arthritis
- Slow healing bone & degenerative joint injuries
- Inflammation & Swelling
- Inhibited blood circulation/metabolic disorders
We love horses and we will do our best to care for your animals, every day.
Join Harbor Springs Stable and Saddle Club (HSS & SC) to share the joys of horses and practice the techniques of riding, when no detail is too small, and no goals in riding and horsemanship are too large. English or western riding. We will have fun, learn a lot and teach our horses to become better riding partners, better trained, and you as a rider, a safer equestrian.