Hills Farm Stables provides a variety of livery options geared to the requirements of individual owners and their horses, from the happy hacker to the equine athlete.
With livery terms ranging from grass keep to training and competition livery, each horse is monitored by experienced and caring staff, who are on site 24 hours a day and always willing to help or advise on any health or management queries or issues.
This family-run yard, established since 1983, is friendly and inclusive, and welcomes all levels of horse owner from the first-time novice to the ambitious competitor.
Breaking, schooling and competition livery can be arranged at reasonable rates, and help with any problems is available.
Hills Farm Stables is situated just outside Laugharne, next to the river Corran, on Horsepool Road which is a no-through road with very little traffic. A network of bridleways and quiet country lanes can be accessed from Hills Farm, and hacking facilities are excellent.
There are 15 stables, varying in size from 12 to 16 square metres, with one covered pen leading to a small paddock. All livery horses are kept on rubber-matted floors with shavings as bedding.
Horses on grass keep are kept on a 24-acre pasture, all of which is visible from the yard. The remaining 12 acres is divided into paddocks for turnout of stabled horses. All of these are well-maintained and rotated to prevent overgrazing or poaching.
A 40x20m arena with a sand and rubber surface; a 15x15m lunge pen, and a horse walker are available for all livery owners to use.
Panoramic View from top of hill
We provide a variety of livery terms:-
-Breaking and Schooling
All horses on grass keep are kept on an area of approximately 24 acres. This is sectioned off according to time of year, weather conditions and available grazing, so that sections can be rested in rotation. During the winter months extra forage is provided in feeders on a hard standing area with shelter.
Horses on DIY and assisted DIY have a stable, access to turnout (which may be limited during winter) and all forage is provided. Owners are asked to provide their own bedding, which is available for purchase on site.
Livery owners are allotted hanging and shelf space for rugs and other equipment. Tack, clothing etc can be kept in a spacious, secure tack room and there is a separate feed room.
There is ample space for owners’ lorries or trailers if required.
Our regular farrier visits weekly and your horse can be included if you wish. Routine dentistry can be arranged with our equine dentist. Cotts Equine are our vets and as well as an efficient callout service they have an excellent hospital and stabling with 24-hour surveillance, located 15 miles away.
Our local hacking comprises very quiet country lanes linked by off-road stretches. We are 6 miles from both Pendine and Ginst Point, at either end of Pendine Sands. Further afield, there are good riding areas at Llandowror Forest; Pembrey; Colby Woodland Gardens and Canaston Woods , which can all be reached within an hour by lorry or trailer.
We have a 40x20m outdoor arena with a sand/rubber surface, and a lunge pen approx.. 15mx15m, both of which livery owners are welcome to use. We have a set of showjumps with fillers, and some portable cross country jumps which are placed in the field to use when ground conditions allow. Lessons in flatwork and jumping can be arranged. We hold small competitions over the summer which all of our livery owners are encouraged to take part in: these are fun and friendly and aimed at helping all riders and their horses to improve and attain personal goals.
Our 5-berth, electric-powered horse walker is also a useful exercise supplement or alternative for stabled horses.
Full livery includes stabling, turnout, and all labour including exercise. Weekday livery can be arranged for those who can only get to the yard at weekends: particularly popular during the winter months!
DIY owners can arrange for their horses to be exercised at a small extra cost.
Breaking and Schooling
Our approach is sympathetic but firm, using motivation rather than force with the aim being to produce a confident young horse that is willing to do what is asked, whether schooling for dressage and jumping, or hacking round the lanes.
Melissa is BHS-qualified and conventional methods are used, i.e. lungeing and long-reining as groundwork prior to backing and riding on. Alternative methods such as round pen work may be used if necessary, depending on the individual. Owners of youngsters are encouraged to watch or participate at all stages of their horse’s training. We pay particular attention to making sure that the horse and its owner are happy with each other at the ridden stage before the horse returns home.
We are situated on a quiet lane 600m from the main road into Laugharne, and youngsters can be quietly and safely introduced to town traffic, farm traffic, open country and water.
We have a high proven success rate, and regularly see many of the horses we have broken in competing at shows and events. All of the horses currently competing from Hills Farm Stables were produced from unbroken youngsters.
Melissa has a proven competitive success record in dressage, showjumping and eventing, both on her own horses and on those belonging to owners. Career highlights have included wins and placings at BE100, and a win at Intermediate level at the National Riding Clubs Horse Trials Championships. This was on her own horse, Golden Grove (Harry), but she has also taken Harry and two other horses (Diamond Pride and Folly) to BRC Championships in Horse Trials, dressage and showjumping in previous years. Melissa and Fly, who came here to be broken in 2015, went to the Dressage Championships of Great Britain at the David Broome Event Centre in 2016, placing 3rd out of 40. Fly is one of many who have had their first few competitive outings from Hills Farm Stables.