During their stay, guests are encouraged to fully explore our property. There are miles of trails with views alternating between serene woods and scenes from our working farm, which is home to horses, free-range chickens, cows, adopted donkeys, outdoor barn kitties and a Bernese Mountain dog named Jake. We no longer accept pets as guests at WhistleWood, but we have plenty of animals on the farm to love during your stay.
For many years we foaled out Thoroughbreds, Quarter horses, and Morgan horses, and now offer board for riding and retired horses of all kinds. We presently have several Natural gaited Tennessee Walkers at our farm from a 2 year old to a 19 year old mare.
We offer full care boarding which includes hay and grain, a box stall and turn out, with run in sheds in a few pastures. Our six pastures are woven keep-safe wire with a top rail.
We charge $600.00 a month full board at this time.
Our horses are privately owned and boarded at the farm. You may visit with them on your stay; they love posing for photos and a friendly scratch on the neck.There are Quarter Horses, a Palomino Tennessee Walker, a Kentucky Mtn. Saddle Horse, a Danish Warm Blood and our Donkey, Tigger. There is a riding ring and trails that weave around and through our property. We link up with the Landsman Kill Trail system, which you must be a member to ride on.
Our Dexter Cows, found a new home, I’m sorry to say. Dogwood Dexter’s in Chester, N.Y.
Dexter cattle are the smallest of the European cattle breeds, about half the size of a traditional Hereford and about one third the size of a Friesian (Holstein) milking cow. They were considered a rare breed of cattle until recently, but are now considered a recovering breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The Dexter breed originated in Ireland.
The popularity of Dexters has been fueled by a desire for organic food, health concerns over factory farming, and soaring food prices. “The government has no interest in where our food comes from or how it tastes, so it’s nice to set your own welfare and quality standards,” said poet and songwriter Pam Ayres, who has a small herd of Dexters on her 20-acre in Cotswolds, England. “If you’ve got a bit of land, a breed like the Dexter can work out a lot cheaper than the supermarket, plus they do a pretty good job of mowing the lawn.”
There are 26 free range chickens on the farm, which supply our eggs and help with bug control. We have Rhode Island Red, Plymouth Rock, Cochin, a light Brahma, Wyandotte, Bantam and Ameraucana, which lay our green eggs. We love them all and guests enjoy feeding them some of our scraps and peelings from our fruits and veggies we clean to serve for breakfast.