Discovery Farm Attracts All Ages
Loftee Arabians, a 120 acre Discovery Farm located in Franktown, Colorado, is home to 14 purebred Arabian horses and two proud owners, Liz and Fred Wheeler. The Wheelers have been members of Arabian Horse America's Discovery Farms and Mentor Network programs since the beginning and they continue to enjoy meeting and helping new Arabian horse enthusiasts.
People of all ages and backgrounds have visited Loftee Arabians for a variety of reasons. "It's really a mixed bag of why people come out for a visit," explains Liz Wheeler. "Some people want to see and experience an Arabian horse first hand, while others are looking to get back into riding and still others want to see what it takes to care fo a horse - it all varies."
Visitors to a Discovery Farm can experience Arabian horses up close for the first time, sometimes by feeding, grooming or riding them. Additionally, the educational atmosphere encourages visitors to ask questions about care, upkeep and riding of the horses. Many Discovery Farm hosts are eager to tell you about the history of the breed as well as the geneology of their own Arabians.
"I really try to show visitors that Arabians aren't the wild horses that other breed owners make them out to be and I like them to see how affectionate and calm they really are," adds Liz. "I once had a woman and her kids come out to visit and purchase an Arabian. The woman wanted her kids to have an Arabian because she grew up with Arabians and cherished that special bond that Arabians offer and wanted her children to have the same experience."
"I like the purebred Arabian and want to see the breed go on. They really are the most beautiful and versatile breed out there. They are also very sensitive and in-tune with the rider. When you ride them, you appreciate how smart and willing they are. It's hard to breed Arabians because I never want to sell them. They all have their own personalities and are all wonderful," boasts Liz.
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