|From the moment I first set eyes on the grounds of By the Sea Farms I
knew it was to become a special place to me. It wasn't just that I had been
separated from horses for way too long...it was the place, the horses, the people.
From the spacious pastures cooled in the summer by light breezes coming off of the
Straits, to the solid security of the well-built barn, this was a place I would come to
It was obvious to me as I met Matt & Regina Tervo that the care and comfort of the horses took priority over all else. And not just concern over their physical well-being, but also of their development and their happiness. All the horses were happy and outgoing. The stallion, Ladino, being the most well behaved and gentle I've ever met.
These are truly magnificent animals. Everything about them draws the eyes and fills the senses with wonder. I had never spent much time around Andalusians and have found it to be such a treat to get to know them. They are so"people-oriented". They want to meet you, greet you, and please you. But when they move...ah, that's the stuff of dreams...the magic that makes all young girls fall in love with horses in the first place. Mere words can't describe the elegance, the grace.
And what, I asked, are Azteca's? For anyone like me who wasn't familiar with this amazing breed I encourage you to come meet them. Combining the flashy movement of the Andalusians with the wonderful work ethic of the Quarter Horse, these babies are pure joy in action. The mix of these bloodlines is producing what I predict will be a terrific line of sport horses.
The use of imprinting on all the foals is obviously paying off. These horses are smart, calm and collected...they are out going, friendly, engaging. I've never met young horses so willing to go into any new situation with curiosity and trust. They trailer, they take baths, they do all kinds of ground work...they just take it all in stride.
Now let me tell you that I wasn't looking to buy a horse. I'd had one for years, but after he passed away I found myself busy with my education, then my career. I told myself I didn't have the time to devote to a horse. But when Solana was born, she stole my heart. Have you ever seen such trust for a young horse to lay her head in your lap and go to sleep (see picture in "Solana's gallery")? She's a joy to spend time with...to watch her grow and learn. We look forward to many wonderful times together.
Yes, I am now a personal friend of Matt & Regina. I still board Solana at By the Sea Farms. But that's not why I write this, I write this because it's all true...because this place has stolen my heart...because I'd love to share these wonderful animals with anyone who wants a truly special companion. So feel free to come meet them and see what I'm talking about.
When I first met Ming, I wasn’t too sure what to think about him. I’m a Quarter Horse girl, and the thought of adding in some of that “Hot”, “Crazy”, “Spanish” blood, was not very appealing to me. But here we are now, me proven wrong, and him owning me heart and soul. My home is now covered in pictures of Andalusians and Aztecas, and my 4 yr old Ming has proven to be the perfect gentleman mount for my novice 10 yr old son. Pretty hot and crazy, huh?
Ming is intelligent, soft, affectionate…as well as silly and mischievous! But put a saddle on him, add a little boy, and he’s all business. What a careful, considerate friend! Since Will is still learning, and we don’t want to play with Ming’s mouth, Will rides him in a rope halter…everywhere. Nothing seems to bother him, and he is in HEAVEN on a trail. We refer to him as “Nature’s Taste-Tester” since he wants to explore, sniff, and lick everything at least once. He crosses any obstacle that horses much older than him may refuse. When startled, his initial reaction is to approach and explore whatever “goosed” him.
Ming is barefoot shod and has feet his farrier brags on everytime! He’s an easy keeper and a lovely pasture mate, as well as being a real gem at feeding time and for other busy, excitable barn rituals. He’s an asset, but more a family member, a testament to good breeding and his breed, and a valuable addition to his forever-home.
Thank you, Regina, for producing such a Prince!
Last May, I bought a very nice Half-Andalusian in Echo Bay, Ontario, Canada. That cute little horse arrived in my small village by coincidence (he has been traded twice - sad story -). When I heard there was an Andalusian around, I could not believe it. There is none around and the breed is not well known. But he was registered and his dad is Ladino T.G. I went on the internet and found him on your site.
I owned few horses and Ladino's Amigo is the best I ever had. I know there is a breed called Azteca and because I always liked Quarter Horses I would be interested by this new breed. I want to sale my Warmblood first and then purchase an Azteca. Would you have any for sale?
Thank you very much!
Thank you for answering my email.
Of course, I still have Amigo. I love him to death. Let me tell you a little bit about him. He turned three in April and I bought him in May. Everything went very quickly. My coach/trainer came to see him , rode him (never had a saddle on before) and told me that would be a great buy for me. You have to know that I am a nervous rider so I need a very safe and quiet horse. But Amigo has more. He is safe, quiet, nice mover, very friendly (people oriented), pretty, quick learner, smooth and more.
All the horses I owned were trained and showed by a professional. Amigo's training started two months ago. I rode him for the second time today. I have no words to describe how good he is. He is easy to ride and very smart. He understands everything and tries to do his best all the time.
Thank you very much!
I have pictures of Miguel hooked up to the cart. He has very successfully pulled it twice now at a walk. I only work him for about 15 minutes each time. I will work him from the ground with the cart hitched up for several more session before I actually try to sit in it! He is a very good student. Very quiet, patient and trusting.
I'll send them later on tonight.
I went to the barn tonight to groom Amigo. I like taking care of himand spoil him. There was a lesson tonight and the teacher asked me to use Amigo for a young adult because few lesson horses were lame or too hot to be ridden. The teacher said that the only safe and good horse she could think of was Amigo (there is at least 20 horses in this barn). The young lady that rode him fell in love. He did so good, he was the best of all. And he's just a baby. I was so proud of him!
I feel blessed to own him. He's a keeper.
|Just a quick note to let you know that we had our first
ride yesterday! WHAT A CUTIE PATOOTIE!! Saddled him up - no problem! Did
our groundwork - kid's stuff!! Stood in one stirrup, layed across him from
up on the fence before I mounted him...he started yawning, so I took that to
mean he was "ok" with the idea. :-)
He was a wonderful, wonderful boy! Not the least bit upset. We stayed in the round pen, kept him in his halter with a leadline only. He was soft and responsive with PERFECT lateral flexion, moved his hindquarters with only a nudge from my heels, and backed with such a soft feel.
He must've thought it was his birthday, cuz I spent the rest of the afternoon kissing, praising, and treating him!
I can't wait to move him into the snaffle and get over into the arena. Again, THANK YOU for doing such a good job with him during his early days. He's the apple of my eye and its such a joy to work with such a well-prepared, willing, attentive "person".
Hi Regina, Feel free to use me as a reference. Here is a quote for you:
"I am very happy with my purchase of Miguel form Regina Tervo of By the Sea Farms. Miguel is sensible, unflappable, has gorgeous movement and has a heart of gold. The training Miguel received as a foal by Regina Tervo is impressive. Miguel was taught to load in a trailer, be calm around dogs, vehicles, tractors and other loud noises. He was taught to pick up his feet, clip and tie as well as work wonderfully in hand and ride in a trailer. As a somewhat novice horse owner, the training that Regina provided to her foals has helped me gain confidence and to make the most of my relationship with Miguel. Everyone that meets Miguel is amazed by his calm nature. He will walk over tarps, wear tarps, wear a saddle, walk over obstacles, and is always willing to try something new. At his first show, Miguel was not fazed by dark barn aisles, drains, huge tractors, people clapping, etc... He did very well at his first show and he will already be shown in an in-hand trail class in August. He learns quickly and is willing to accept new situations easily. Regina Tervo has always been very responsive to my questions and made the buying process very seamless. I bought Miguel over the Internet and Regina was always very prompt at sending me pictures, updates with this colt and would recommend purchasing a foal from By The Sea Farms".
Thanks again for all your help! Lizann Dunegan of Portland, Oregon owner of Miguel BTSF born 3-31-2004
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