GoldMark Farm Develops Equine Prospects for Championship Caliber Performances
GoldMark Farm is a premier, state of the art commercial training facility which offers services of preliminary starting and training; training and conditioning; layup and rehabilitation; and pasture and paddock boarding. At GoldMark client horses receive excellent care and handling to develop into well-schooled racehorses resulting in numerous Graded Stakes wins.
Initial Starting and Training
An extremely knowledgeable and experienced staff which has started over 4,300 horses will ensure that your prospect is started in a safe and uneventful manner resulting in a positive experience. We have developed a process that is the least stressful and most rewarding for the horse. The initial phase of this work is performed in the round pens. This consists of basic handling, line driving, ponying, and preliminary riding. From the round pen, we advance to the arena and progress methodically to the race track. Next the starting gates are introduced. We do all of this in sets of at least 10 to 12 horses at a time. When your prospect has graduated from this phase of the training, he will be well behaved around the barn, walking on the walker, galloping on the track and going through the gates.
Training and Conditioning
This phase consists of foundation work needed to get your horse breezing and ready to compete at the races. Every horse will have an individual training regimen consisting of jogging, galloping, and breezing which will be geared towards an ultimate goal. Whether this goal is to just bring them up to a breeze and ship them to your trainer at the track, or have them ready to enter and run races straight off the farm, we will give your horse their best possible chance to be productive at the track.
Layup and Rehabilitation
Whether your horse needs some well-deserved time off after a successful season or has had an injury or surgery, GoldMark’s staff will administer the therapies and treatments necessary to bring your horse back to racing soundness. These therapies and treatments include but are not limited to ECB Equine Spa Cold Salt Hydrotherapy , EquiVibe equine vibration plates therapy, Centurion equine Transpirator II, Niagara Equissage equine massage therapy, hot and cold therapy, Centurion 4PH electromagnetic therapy including body blankets, hoofpads, spats and hock boots, counter irritants and bandaging. All therapies are administered by GoldMark on site and are included in the daily rate.
Cold Salt Hydrotherapy
Cold Salt Hydrotherapy is used to treat and prevent a multitude of injuries in therapeutic saltwater cooled to 2°C / 35°F which takes out heat and reduces inflammation in the lower legs. The treatment temperature induces a massive rush of blood and circulation in the legs. The therapy can be used for injury prevention and to increase mobility and reduce swelling in the limbs before and after training. It also aides the muscle and connective tissue and condition of the bone and joints. The solution provides analgesic pain management and the salt concentration acts as a hypertonic poultice reducing heat with a natural healing effect. The water aeration massages the legs and increases the dissolved oxygen content enhancing the natural defense system. Spa treatments resolve injuries faster by keeping the leg temperature lower minimizing the effect of fiber deteriorating collagenase and by reducing the swelling allowing collagen fibers to repair. Regular use of cold therapy after exercise removes many stressors within tissues before inflammation develops. Cold significantly improves surface bone density reducing the opportunity for bone stress related injuries.
Equivibe is a platform that produces whole body vibration. It is an innovative treatment of muscle vibration and stimulation that has been successful for animal therapy, health, fitness and prevention of injuries. Significant research has confirmed the positive effects of vibration technology for horses in therapy, competition or training at all levels. One of the immediate effects is improved circulation of both blood and lymph. Anything that can improve circulation is of significant benefit to the equine athlete. Increased blood flow improves oxygenation of the tissues, removal of toxins and metabolic waste, and enhances the body’s ability to heal itself, drug free. The EquiVibe is designed to increase bone density, reduce muscle soreness and inflammation. Even the healthiest animals can benefit from time on the EquiVibe vibration platform as it helps relax and build muscle and has shown to increase energy, improve flexibility, and calm nerves.
Pasture and Paddock Boarding
GoldMark offers individual paddocks and large pastures varying from one to forty acres with an abundance of trees to provide shade. Lush green grass in the summer is supplemented with hay in the winters. Paddocks are equipped with safe reliable Ever-Fresh waterers and are enclosed with four-board fencing. Grain and supplements are provided three times a day. Immunization and deworming is administered to a regularly maintained schedule.