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Libby Talks about Horses on Absolutely Alabama

Carousel O Breeds’ own Libby Shackelford speaks about the joy of horses, her experience with them over the past 30 years, and what they mean to her personally in this feature on the Alabama Horse Fair on the TV show hosted by Fred Hunter called Absolutely Alabama.  Check it out below …

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For more information on the Alabama Horse Fair, go to SouthernHorseTalk.com, AlabamaHorseTalk.com or visit the Alabama Horse Council website.

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Carousel O Breeds Trailer For Sale

Trailer For Sale!

Price reduced to $2,700! White four-horse gooseneck with large tack room for sale. Title in hand. Located in Montevallo, Alabama. Contact Libby Shackelford at 205-533-0432 for more information, or visit our sale page for details.

Carousel O Breeds Trailer For Sale

Carousel O Breeds Trailer For Sale

Carousel O Breeds Trailer For Sale


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Farm Day Camp Adds Another Day!

Farm Day Camp has been such a huge success this summer, we’ve added another day during the week for kids to come out and learn what living and working on a farm is all about. Now, your kids can visit Carousel O Breeds Farm on Mondays, as well as Thursdays.

Kids aged 6 to 15 are welcome to attend.  And both boys and girls love our Farm Day Camp.  Many of the boys like taking flowers from the garden home to their moms, a special surprise to me!

It’s been hot at the farm, but we do our best to stay cool.  Unfortunately, our chickens refuse to lay eggs in the heat!

For more information and to sign up, call me, Libby Shackelford, at 205-533-0432.

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Blue Award Ribbons

Summer Horse Fun

Happy Summer!  We’ve had such a fun summer at Carousel O Breeds with so much going on with our horse-loving kids.  I want to give you a summer news update of what’s been happening:

Blue Award RibbonsWe had a great group of kids compete at the Alabama 4-H Show in Montgomery, Alabama, in July.  Here is a list of the Carousel O Breeds winners:

  • MacKenzie Mcquire riding Radical Tiger
    • 1st Freestyle Dressage
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MacKenzie Mcquire and dad, Chris


  • Cate Dawson riding Durango
    • 1st in Boxing
    • top ten in Artwork and Photos
Cate Dawson
Cate Dawson and dad, Chip


  • Sky Cofer riding Bo
    • 2nd in Horse Judging
    • 1st Senior Team Demo
    • 2nd Arena Race Senior
    • 2nd Barrels Senior
    • 3rd Ranch Trail
    • 2nd Senior Ranch Riding
    • 1st Senior Boxing
    • Reserve High Point Ranch Division
  • Joy Owenby riding Peanut
    • 1st Senior Team Demo
    • 3rd Saddleseat Showmanship
    • 3rd Saddleseat Non Trotting Pleasure
    • 4th.Saddleseat Trail
    • 5th Saddleseat Non Trotting Geldings
Joy Owenby
Joy Owenby and dad, Randy


And from our 4-H Horse Club, here are the winners:

  • Kristina Howse
    • 2nd Senior Individual Demo
    • 2nd Saddle Seat Mares
    • Reserve Champion Saddle Seat Mares
    • 1st Senior Photography
    • 1st Senior Artistic Expression
    • 5th Saddle Seat Trail
    • 7th Saddle Seat Non Trotting Pleasure
Kristina Howse Photo
Kristina Howse Photo


On July 27, we are leaving for The Southern Regional Championship Show held in Perry, Georgia. Wish these competitors luck:

  • Sky Cofer
  • Joy Owenby
  • Cate Dawson

Big congratulations go out to these hard-working young riders, as well as thanks to their parents for letting us work with them to develop true horsemen!  I am proud of y’all!!!

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Having Fun at Horse Camp 2016!

Summer Horse Camp 2016 is well under way at Carousel O Breeds Farm in Montevallo, Alabama. Campers of all ages have enjoyed learning all about horses, horse care, and riding at the weeklong camp, which is focusing on extreme trail obstacles this year.

On Thursday, camp pictures were taken by Don Breland Photography, and video was shot by Southern Horse Talk.  Stay tuned for the pics and videos!

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Carousel O Breeds Summer Horse Camp 2016 Photo Credit: Becca Salamone, SouthernHorseTalk.com

Campers have made friends to last a lifetime, learned life skills, and cared for their camp horses all week. They are making memories while learning responsibility, persistence, confidence, and leadership, all of which build their overall character set in traditional values.

Don’t forget to sign your little horse lovers up for Summer Horse Camp 2017.  Get a jump on the others and save your spot today.  The registration form can be found on the Forms tab on the website or click here.

Thanks to all the kids and parents who make our summer horse camps and riding lessons so much fun and such a blessing.  We look forward to the show this weekend and to seeing you next year at Summer Horse Camp 2017!

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What Horses Do For Children

Horses and Character Development
by Rebecca Coulter

There’s so much kids (and adults) can learn from working with horses that goes way beyond learning to ride the horse.

They learn responsibility. The horse is counting on them. If they don’t walk the horse out for the right amount of time when they hop on to ride, the horse can be injured. If they don’t tighten the saddle correctly, the rider can be hurt. Even young kids, we can hardly get to put away their toys at home, learn to be responsible in caring for the horses. As they take responsibility, it grows them into leaders, with the initiative to handle difficult tasks.

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They learn persistence. From their first lessons, when they’re just hanging on and hoping not to drop the reins to their first rodeos, when they can ride with strength and control, they see that many valuable things in life come only with hard work and persistence.  They had to practice and listen in order to to grow, and that’s a skill they can use in every area of their lives.

They learn compassion. As they care for and connect with the horse, they learn to think of someone other than themselves. They learn to read what someone is telling them, even when that someone can’t use words. They also learn to care for each other at the barn. I think of the older kids who helped my younger child saddle his horse when he was too short to reach. They were kind to him, and I hope he will return the favor some day.

Horseback riding teaches you a whole lot more than just how to run the poles.  It builds character, instills confidence, and teaches life skills that will last throughout their whole lives.

Thanks to Becky Coulter for her contribution to this article.  I couldn’t have said it better myself ~

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