Lead a Horse to Water

Lead a Horse to Water

If you think you roast during the summer, you have nothing on your horse. Horses are equipped for colder weather, with an insulating coat and body heat that builds up fast, especially during exertion. It’s crucial for horse owners to take special care to keep horses from getting overheated during the summer.

4 Summer Care Tips for Horses

  1. horse in barnHydrate your horses. Dehydration is a big risk for horses in the summer, especially when they’re exercising. Make sure your horse has access to plenty of water. You know the old saying, “You can lead your horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”? If your horse isn’t drinking enough water (as often happens when traveling), help your horse stay hydrated by keeping the water supply clean, soaking forage cubes, and making sure your horse takes in plenty of electrolytes with its water.
  2. Supply shade. You may think your horse gets plenty of shade in the barn, but make sure there’s shade available when you turn out, too. The summer sun can get sweltering, and if there aren’t trees or lean-tos, your horse may get overheated.
  3. Keep air flowing. A barn may have shade, but without adequate airflow, it can quickly becoming stifling. Keep the flies off and the air cool by opening barn doors and turning on a fan.
  4. Sidestep heat stress. To prevent heat stress in your horse, train in the morning or evening when the day is cooler. Shorten workouts to prevent overexertion, and make sure your horse gets an adequate cool down after each workout.

Are you looking for summer horse boarding in Alpharetta? Call Chukkar Farm Polo Club.

No Sweat Summer Weddings

No Sweat Summer Weddings

There’s nothing worse than arriving to loved one’s wedding, only to lose focus on the ceremony because of sweltering weather. Summers in Alpharetta are scorchers, but you don’t have to miss out on your ideal barn wedding. Beat the heat with these tricks to cool down a summer wedding.

4 Tricks to Cool Down a Summer Wedding

  1. Shade. This may seem like a no brainer, but if your wedding is scheduled during the daylight hours, make sure there’s plenty of shade. We’re not talking an awning here and there. You can add umbrellas to your wedding decor or just open up the barn, but make sure there’s enough shade for at least the young and elderly guests (and preferably enough for everybody).
  2. fresh lemonade with mintFavors. Get creative with your wedding favors. Hand out program fans so guests can make a breeze. Give guests personalized water bottles before the ceremony. You can also place plastic sunglasses (complete with your wedding date decaled on the frames) or inexpensive parasols at each seat to minimize squinting and leave all eyes on you.
  3. Treats. What’s a great way to cool down guests at a summer wedding (and keep the kids happy until it’s time to cut the cake)? Cold treats! Serve popsicles, gelato, and other sweet, cold treats while your guests wait for you to take wedding pictures. You can even serve fresh lemonade or iced tea during the ceremony.
  4. Sunscreen. It’s a rarity at weddings, but it’s perfectly practical, too. Save your guests from getting sunburnt by putting sunscreen in cute hand-pump containers near the guestbook or drink station.

When you book a wedding at Chukkar Farm, we’ll help make your dreams a reality. Need additional shade, tables for lemonade, or cute decor to complete your rustic wedding? Just ask!

What to Know Before Polo Season Starts

What to Know Before Polo Season Starts

Polo is one of the oldest sports in the world, and also one of the most exciting. It combines all the speed and thrill of hockey and basketball with the grace and power of highly trained horses. Plus, it has divot stomping, the only halftime ritual to include champagne! If thundering down the field on a polo pony, the wind in your hair, as you fight for the glory of your team sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon, Chukkar Farm is the place for you.

polo pony leg protectionPolo dates back thousands of years and has remained largely unchanged since it began as a cavalry training exercise in ancient Persia. We’re not training warriors anymore, but polo hasn’t lost its edge. Just like in basketball, players compete fiercely for control of the ball. Doing it on horseback just makes it that much more exciting. Divot stomping at half-time gives spectators the chance to stretch their legs, chat, enjoy a glass of champagne, and make the field safer for horses and riders by repairing holes made in the grass during play.

Here’s a few easy ways to get started with polo at Chukkar Farm:

  • Come see a match. What better way to see what polo is all about? The season starts back on May 7. Watching polo can be just as much fun as playing it. Wear your best hat and come prepared to stomp those divots!
  • Bring a group for one of our Polo Experience Packages. A great step for beginners (even those who have never ridden a horse before). Whether for birthdays, the most unique team-building event ever, or just because, Chukkar Farm group outings are unforgettable.
  • Take some lessons. Chukkar Farm offers polo lessons from an award-winning instructor year-round, for juniors and adults. Never ridden a horse? No equipment? No problem. We provide training and equipment, including polo ponies.

Ready to get started? Call Chukkar Farm Polo Club in Alpharetta.

Activities Abound in Alpharetta This Summer

Activities Abound in Alpharetta This Summer

Summer is just around the corner. How will your kids spend the vacation? Switch off the screens and let them explore their adventurous sides. Summer camp activities abound at Chukkar Farm!

Activities About for Kids in Alpharetta

Do you want your kids to connect with nature, learn new skills, and tap into their creativity? Chukkar Farm summer camp gives kids an opportunity to experience new things, make new friends, and explore the boundless world beyond their door. We have day camps throughout June and July, where kids can go adventuring Monday through Friday from 8:30-3:30. We also have early drop off and extended day camp activities available for kids aged 6-14. But you better hurry! Registration spots are filling up fast.

Summer Day Camp at Chukkar Farm

What are our most popular summer camp activities for kids?

  • Fishing. If you think the kids will get bored sitting by the lake with a pole and fresh bait, think again. Last year the campers had so much fun fishing for bass, crappie, and catfish that we added extra fishing excursions to the schedule.
  • boy practicing archeryArchery. Is your child the next Legolas, Hawkeye, or Katniss Everdeen? Beginners will master the bow in no time with tips from our experienced archery teachers.
  • Hiking. There’s no better way to get around than your own two feet! Kids will hike around the farm all day, from the hardwood forest and hiking trails to the old haunted house on the back of the property.
  • Horseback riding. We are a polo club, after all. Mrs. Sue will teach the kids to respect their animals, stay sure of their seats, and even play a little polo.
  • Sports. Kids can unleash their leadership skills, teamwork, and competitive sides with kickball, soccer, capture the flag, baseball, tennis, water wars, ultimate frisbee, and more.
  • Art. It wouldn’t be camp without crafts. The campers will love incorporating their experiences into creative art pieces using colored pencils, oil pastels, pencils, charcoal, and other basic art supplies.

It’s going to be a summer for the ages! To learn more about Activities Abound summer camp, call Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta.

4 Rustic Wedding Projects for the DIY Bride

4 Rustic Wedding Projects for the DIY Bride

We love the DIY wedding trends that have swept through the country in recent years. And why not? DIY decor is cute, affordable, and provides a unique opportunity for bonding with your bridesmaids (or your future mother-in-law). Planning a rustic wedding? These DIY wedding projects are as simple as they are sweet!

Rustic DIY Projects for a Barn Wedding

  1. Stairway to heaven. All you need is an old wooden ladder and a bridesmaid with an artistic eye. Use the steps of the ladder to display bursts of flowers in vintage birdcages, stack cupcakes if you’re low on table space, or show off oversized versions of you and your new hubby’s initials.
  2. Mr. and Mrs. signs. Drill holes in the top corners of two old boards. Paint “Mr” on one board and “Mrs” on the other. Thread the holes with ribbon, and hang on the back of the bride and groom’s chairs. Voila! Picture-perfect.
  3. A billowing frame. Don’t ruin the view of the countryside with a backdrop. Instead, focus every eye on the main event by draping light, elegant fabrics from tree branches. It will create a sweet, tasteful frame that you can use for photographs, to set off the cake table, or for the big moment when you say “I do.”
  4. horseshoe in barnBurlap and lace accents. Looking for a simple DIY project to add elegance to the table? Wrap silverware in burlap and tie a lace ribbon around each bundle of cutlery. Set them at each place setting or, if you’re going buffet-style, in a vintage tin bucket by the food.
  5. Horseshoe escort cards. Instead of simply tacking escort cards to board, lean into the equestrian wedding theme. Tie each name card to a horseshoe with a bit of twine or ribbon. Arrange them on a table or hang them from the fence for a cute, rustic twist on a wedding must-have.

Chukkar Farm is your destination for barn weddings in Alpharetta. Call today to schedule a tour of our facilities.

5 Things to Know Before Buying Your First Horse

5 Things to Know Before Buying Your First Horse

Buying your first horse is an exciting—and daunting—process. For many, it’s the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. For others, it’s an unexpected opportunity. Before galloping headlong into horse ownership, know what you’re getting into. These are the 5 things to know before buying your first horse.

  1. farrierPlan financially. Horses aren’t a one-time purchase to scrimp and save for. They’re a lifelong investment. Regular horse expenses include food and supplies, boarding, and vet and farrier bills. If you plan on training your horse to compete, you may get a monetary return on the investment. But before buying a horse, make sure you can afford everything ownership entails, even if your mount never takes home a prize.
  2. Ask a professional. Most first time horse owners don’t know what to look for when it comes to the age, breed, history, and health of a horse. Before committing to a purchase, ask a professional to help you find the right horse.
  3. Be smart. Think with your head, not your heart. Ask yourself what has drawn you to each particular horse. If you’re a regular polo player and the horse is an experienced polo pony, you’re probably in the clear. But if you like the horse because of its coloring, temperament, or because you bonded with it emotionally, ask for a second opinion.
  4. Schedule an exam. You wouldn’t buy a used car without getting the all-clear from a mechanic, or purchase a home without a house inspection. Don’t take risks with your horse! Vets are used to giving pre-purchase exams; they’ll be able to tell you if the horse has any health or fitness issues before you sign the papers.
  5. Know what you’re getting into. Owning a horse isn’t just a financial commitment. Horse ownership takes time and dedication. Before making the final decision, make sure you can give your new horse what it needs.

Chukkar Farm is a polo club and boarding barn in Alpharetta. Call to learn more about our services.

Fundraisers Are Better at Chukkar Farm!

Fundraisers Are Better at Chukkar Farm!

With the rolling pastures, wooded hills, and crystalline rivers and lakes, there’s no better location for your next fundraiser than Chukkar Farm. We’re a polo club and event facility in Alpharetta characterized by rustic charm and the elegance of the old South. We’ve hosted some spectacular events, from weddings and photoshoots to concerts and charity polo matches. Chukkar Farm is dedicated to making each event memorable. That means doing everything we can to make your next fundraiser a rousing success!

How to Make Your Fundraiser Stand Out

  1. Focus your cause. Whether you’re raising money for a family in need, a community organization, or a national charity, grabbing people’s attention is the key to a successful fundraiser. Choose a focus for your fundraiser and make it attainable. For example, a tagline like “Polo Sunday keeps the doctor away” tells your supporters why you’re raising money and how they can help you meet your goal.
  2. woman using smartphoneRally the troops. No fundraiser is successful without boots on the ground. Gather a team of volunteers who will chat up your event to friends, post about your fundraiser on social media, and generally spread the word. The more friends they have on social media, the more potential donors they’ll reach!
  3. Make donating easy. There’s nothing more frustrating than deciding to give, only to waste your time figuring out the system. Whether you’re earning funds through ticket sales, a charity auction, or online donations, you’ll earn more if you simplify the process of giving.

Contact Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta for your next fundraiser event. It’s time to make history!

What Type of Horse Boarding Is Right for You?

What Type of Horse Boarding Is Right for You?

Whether you own a polo pony, a dressage horse, or an endurance horse, you want to make sure your horse is boarded in a good barn. Most horse owners don’t have the space or resources to board their own horses, so they board at a local barn. But if you’ve never boarded a horse before, you might not know what to look for in a barn. Brush up on the different styles of horse boarding to decide what’s right for you.

Pasture Board

Pasture boarding is a great way to save money on horse boarding. The facility provides your horse with feed, water, shelter, and room to roam. Pasture boarded horses are kept outdoors with grass to eat, water to drink, and a run-in shelter in case of bad weather. The barn owner will keep an eye on your horse to make sure he’s safe and healthy.

Self-Board

When you self-board a horse, you’re given a stall in the facilities. The rest is up to you. You’re responsible for feeding your horse, mucking the stall, turn-out, and scheduling appointments with the vet or farrier. Self-boarding gives your horse the benefits of barn boarding, but takes more time for the owner than other types of boarding.

Part-Board

If you can’t afford to buy a horse, part-boarding is a good option. When you part-board a horse, you pay a portion of its boarding fees in exchange for using the horse. What’s included in part-boarding depends entirely on the terms laid out between you and the owner in the contract.

Full Board

Full board is a good option for horse owners without a lot of free time. Boarding includes the necessities, plus a stall with full turn-out. Some full board contracts also include training, equipment, use, specialized feed, and vet or farrier appointments, while others include these on a pay-as-needed basis. Full board allows horse owners to provide their horses with good care without visiting daily. The flip side? It’s more expensive than other boarding options.

Chukkar Farm offers unique, high quality horse boarding in Alpharetta.

Ride Off into the Sunset with an Equestrian Wedding

Ride Off into the Sunset with an Equestrian Wedding

Your wedding brings the most important people together and share in your joy, toast to your love, and cement a lifelong place in your wedding photo album. But not every cherished member of your life is a person. Your horse has been there through it all, giving you a sense of freedom, joy, and companionship. Why leave him in his stall? A Chukkar Farms equestrian wedding lets you give your beloved horse a place of honor on your special day.

4 Ways to Incorporate Horses into Your Wedding

  1. Get hitched on horseback. Julia Roberts might have given horseback nuptials a bad rap in “Runaway Bride,” but as long as you choose a well-trained horse and keep your feet nice and warm, his hooves will stay firmly planted while you exchange vows.
  2. bride on horsebackBrides and their bridles. Capture that perfect wedding photo with the help of your horse. Arrange your train, grab your bouquet and your bridle, and prepare for the perfect bridal photo to grace your mantle.
  3. Bust open the barn. Brides love barn weddings for their rustic charm. Instead of keeping the guests relegated to the dance floor, why not decorate the horse stalls, braid flowers into the horses’ manes, and let guests wander through? Just make sure all guests know how to behave around the horses. Nobody wants nipped fingers on the night of your nuptials.
  4. Ride off into the sunset. Capture that fairytale moment. Saddle up with your new spouse and ride off into the sunset.

Your dream of an equestrian wedding is within reach. Call Chukkar Farms to tour our rustic Alpharetta wedding venue.

Bride on Horseback

The Definitive Guide to Polo Match Etiquette

The Definitive Guide to Polo Match Etiquette

Polo is an ancient sport with a long and illustrious history. And that doesn’t just go for the horses and players. We’ve had centuries to hone the art of watching polo. Do you know the proper etiquette for polo spectators?

Polo Match Etiquette

With the chic attire, the buzz from the crowd, and the thrill of watching 1,000+ pound horses moving gracefully under the hand of their riders, attending a polo match is often just as much fun as playing polo. Once you’ve mastered the rules of the game, you may think it’s simply a matter of catching the action. But there’s a certain etiquette to attending a polo match that you should know.

  1. queen elizabeth ii - polo matchSpectate safely. You wouldn’t think you’d be prone to distractions when there are eight massive horses thundering around the field, but you’d be surprised. Don’t get so distracted discussing the finer points of the game that you put yourself in harm’s way. Keep an eye out for stray balls, mallets, and horses.
  2. Learn the lingo. You’ve mastered the basic terms of polo, now it’s time to show off your knowledge. A few well-placed words can make you look like a polo pro, whether this is your first match or your 50th. Want to impress a first time guest? Share the knowledge that Chukkar Farms is named after the segments of a polo match, which are called chukkars.
  3. Dress to impress. A wide-brimmed hat will keep you cool under the hot Alpharetta sun, while a simple, sophisticated ensemble gives polo matches a classic, relaxed feel. Ladies, leave the heels at home! You don’t want to wobble around the sidelines while your stilettos sink into the soft earth, and heels put a damper on the traditional “stomping of the divots.”
  4. Be on your best behavior. Polo etiquette for the audience falls more in line with a golf match than a football game. Celebrate good plays, but take care not to startle the horses. Enjoy the game standing on the sidelines or spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy a relaxed afternoon as you take in the action.

The start of polo season will be here before you know it. Visit Chukkar Farms to watch polo matches in Alpharetta.