About Home Again Farm

How I started breeding Hanoverians

I have been breeding Hanoverians since 1995 — a brief period of time. However, I was armed with more than 25 years of riding dressage and 15 years of owning and loving various German warmbloods. So when I bred my first mare, I already had a pretty clear idea in mind of the sort of horses I was hoping to produce — wonderfully athletic, willing and sound partners.

I heeded the good advice of more experienced breeders and sought out the very best mares that I could find. I have studied with a critical eye what the mares have produced, and if one seemed to need a new career, I have allowed them to go on to new homes and new jobs. The mares I now have have proven their worth through producing good foals, being wonderful mamas, as well as being horses that anyone with an appreciation for horses with superb gaits, sensitivity and willingness to work would want to ride. I have sometimes been told by riders that my ladies are "wasted" as broodmares, because they are so good under saddle. However, my philosophy is that we as breeders should only breed what we want to ride. And that philosophy has served me very well.

Me and my grand lady Rubizza

photo Reg Corkum

My grand lady Rubizza and me in 2008

So, I have selected my mares and the stallions that I use for their bloodlines, conformation, gaits and temperament. Much research has gone into my quest for the right mare/stallion combinations. I have been especially careful to find excellent mare lines. I have shared some of my journey with you on the websites pages.

The Facility

Home Again Farm is located in north central Florida south of Waldo on the south end of Lake Alto. The farm was an old pecan and mixed vegetable crop farm in the early part of the twentieth century and later became a summer home for my family when I was a child. Currently, about 20 acres are in pasture and the balance is hardwood or longleaf pine forest. We have six spacious fields, each with a run in shed or stable attached so that the horses always have shelter available to them. The horses live out most of the time, but come in in inclement weather and to be fed several times per day.

My mares now foal out at Pyrite Farm in Reddick, Florida. There they receive excellent care and the foals are well handled.

At both facilities my feeding program is based on Buckeye Nutrition. I have been using their Gro N Win ration balancer as the basis of my program since for years and that has served me well in producing healthy foals that grow properly and develop to their best potential.

All the horses are on a careful and up to date deworming program, using the latest methods that depend on fecals to tell what is really going on with each horse. Regular farrier visits and a careful and thorough vaccination program round out the care that we give all of our horses.

The stallions that I use

Please note that I do NOT own the lovely stallions on the Papas page. They are the fathers of my foals, but are owned by others. You will find links to most of them on the Links page. Be sure to visit their own cyber homes!

Etcetera

If there is more than you want to know about, just skim the text and look at the pictures. But, if you would like to learn more about the Hanoverian and Oldenburg breeds, we think that there will be much for you to enjoy here.

I will be adding regularly to the site, especially reporting news of how the offspring are progressing, either here on the farm or with their new owners. Once in a while, I may just give you my thoughts on some aspect of breeding, raising foals, or just life and how we are doing.

The section entitled "Gipetto" is dedicated to my first and most sorely missed Hanoverian partner. Though he has been gone since August 30th of 1994, his great spirit touches me daily and his shoes have yet to be filled.

I would love to hear from you. Please sign the guestbook and include your comments or questions. The links are here for your enjoyment as well. Please let me know if any of them are faulty, and how we can improve the site for your enjoyment!

Happy reading....

Mary Lou Winn

Last updated December 1, 2012