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Knight Equine is Home!

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The mares (Beauti, Lady, and Fanfare) are now home on our 2.5 acre property in the Black Horse Run Equestrian Community. It's a been a long hard journey (and we aren't done yet!) but the fencing is finally up and we are no longer boarders!

We will the horses some time to settle in (it's an adjustment for all of us) but we look forward to soon offering McKnight Equine Services to the public from our own location. 

Knight Equine Construction- Almost Clear!!!

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Construction has started back with the warmer (and dryer) weather!!! After some lack of communication with the foreman, it is going to take even longer than was originally planned to get all the work done (especially considering they have to go back and fix some mistakes).  

A few more trees have been taken down (and need to be removed) and they should be in the home stretch of grading the property (would have been done sooner if not having to clear more trees). They have started site prep for the barn (we are ordering a 12' x 46' shedrow barn with two 12' x 14' stalls and a 12' x 18' run-in) putting down crusher run in the spot it will go (having finally taken down the playground).

Once the barn is in, they will putt down the grass seed and straw, and then we will hire someone do put up the fencing (we have decided to go to use Centaur’s Aiken fence configuration where visible from the road/house and a combination of Polygrid fencing with a top rail of Centaur Hot Rail everywhere else).

Construction Update!

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

So it's been a few month since contruction started to bring the horses home to our property located on an equestrian community in North Raleigh. Construction has been rather intermittent and we are feeling a tad bit impatient . . . After about eight years, it will be super nice to no longer have to board our horses. The trees need to be hauled away (they missed a few trees too), the property still neededs to be graded, and they have yet too take down the playground but, the crew has cleared a nice chunck of trees. Also, the yard is a MESS with all the felled trees, dirt piles, and mud/clay everywhere!!!

Knight Equine Starts Construction!

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

After about eight years of horse ownership, and eighteen years living in an equestrian community, we are finally going to clear and grade our 2.47 acres in preparation to bring our 'girls' home. Under normal conditions (and proper pasture management) two acres can support one horse (though the HOA allows one horse per half acre) but our property sits on a hill with a small creek at the bottom (requiring a 20ft buffer) and a 30ft easement lies on the edige of two side of our property for the neighborhood bridle path so we will require a barn and stall time to support our 3 plus horses. The construction crew put up a silt fence, cut in a road up front, and have begun to clear away the trees- Stay tuned for updates!!!


One week later:

Fanfare De Bec Awarded 2nd Premium

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

As some of you may be aware, Fanfare De Bec has been in training at Worth A Shot Farm ( since Sept. 17th in preparation for the 2012 KNN Grading ( on Oct. 16th. We made the four hour trip from NC up to Northern Virginia at Cedar Creek Stables ( the day before to let Fannie settle.

We couldn't be prouder of our mare, for only the second time trailering alone (as well as in a small two horse straight load trailer) she loaded up without a fuss and settled in to her stall without any excitement. The next morning she stood quietly in the wash rack and for the first time being braided, suffered it quietly.

Her Knabstrupper breeding was shining through for the whole event, Fanfare's behavior could only be decribed as exemplary especially considering that before yesterday, she had never been off the property much, seen a mirror, or been around so many horses and people.

Fanfare scored 2nd Premium Sports type (8778-67-677-7) with the judges commenting on how well prepared she was. We were even fortunate enough to be told by one judge that she might just be the most prepared Knabstrupper to be presented.

Thanks to Melyni Worth for hosting the Knabstrupperforeningen for Danmark event.

My heartfelt GRATITUDE to Worth A Shot Farm for all the amazing work they did to prepare my girl- Couldn't have done it without you!!!

And I have to thank Mr. Robert for hauling Fannie from WASF to CCS and then back to home, he was a huge help to me and my parents!!!

Also, a HUGE thank you to Ashby for allowing me to own this awesome girl, and to my parents for which, none of this would have been possible.

A Moment of Chivalry 02

Posted on April 7, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Building on a Solid Foundation-

Today I couldn't help but think about starting horses and how important it is to have a solid foundation. It reminded me of this bible verse.

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.  But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.  When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Matthew 7:24-27 New Living Translation (NLT) 

I believe the same can be said about horses. A wise man starts a horse out with a solid foundation in basic horsemanship so that whatever happens horse and rider are prepared.

Wise horseman know that the cute little foal nudging you and lipping at you with his teeth can quickly turn into a 1000 pound spoilt brat able to cause serious harm, and that Trailers, hoses, water, noise, and other horses will most likely be a part of life so we might as well get them used to it and yet so many have skipped over these things and focusing on the riding aspect because lets face it- it's more gratifiying.

But I've heard of several stories where riders at the 2nd and 3rd level have had to go back to basics because their horse was unable to perform these simple movements which are currently keeping them from executing more difficult moves. For instance one must learn how to leg-yield before acheiving a half-pass, and learn to turn of the haunches before performing a pirouette.

Some may say, "I don't want my horse to do all of that 'fancy' stuff" so I then ask, how many horses have we seen that don't respect the bit- ignoring aids and jerking reins? How many horses have we seen with no respect for personal space, that would happily run you over or step on your toes? And I'm sure we have all seen cases where we can't tell who is leading who or worse it's the horse that leading and we won't even go into the horses that can't tie or load!

So I say, a person can't spell if they don't know the entire alphabet and they certainly can't expect to win the spelling bee, and conversely,  it would be foolish to skip essential building blocks in your horses education and rush on the the more advanced 'fun' stuff and expect the horse to reach it's full potential or it not to come back and bite you!!!


Carla R. McKnight


Chivalry- combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight,  including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms.

Knight Equine uses Chivalry to encompass the different horsemanship philosophies used in or program and a Moment of Chivalry is the title of our blog used to express the way that horse owners and riders should conduct themselves.


A Moment of Chivalry 01

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The other day I was talking to a fellow Horsewoman that made me realize something; In my quest to build a relationship with my horse(s) and take their feelings into consideration I put it even above my own enjoyment out of riding.

My palomino mare Beauti is for lack of a better word, 'ring sour.' take her out on the trails or don't bother is the way she prefers it. She is a cribber and over the years she has learned to retreat into herself, disengaging from even being loved turning something meant to be mutually beneficial into something that for me, sucked the fun out of even messing with her on the ground.

For years I avoided doing things I loved wanted to do out of consideration for my horse, or so I thought. Riding with Feel is important but not to the expense that you don't or no longer enjoy riding just because your horse doesn't!!!

I took some of the Natural Horsemanship philosophies a bit to literally when it came to listening to your horse, inadvertently giving up my position of control. If she didn't want to be rubbed I stopped rubbing, if she became resistant in the arena, I went on a trail ride but more frequently, I didn't ride at all. I wasn't doing my horse any favors by enabling her because it was ruining my riding experience and therefore our relationship not to mention teaching her bad habits!!!

My doing things that my horse didn't like doesn't mean that I have given up humane riding, my horsemanship philosophies, or ethics. It means that I have come to realize that if the activity isn't to their detriment or causing them harm that I'm not a bad parent.

I'm not saying that a horse suited for western pleasure with a low set neck will relish being ridden high and short, or that your hot/sensitive horse should gladly tout along beginners, some horses just aren't made to do certain things, but it's our job to help our horses find enjoyment or at the very least tolerate preforming a task; within reason.

So the next time Beauti and I work together, I will love on her even when she pulls away, I will ride until I'm ready to stop and not when she is (even if its just a few minutes longer), I will enjoy my time in the arena even if she won't, and as I show her why I do what I do she will learn to love it too.


Carla R. McKnight

Chivalry- combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight,  including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms.

Knight Equine uses Chivalry to encompass the different horsemanship philosophies used in or program and a Moment of Chivalry is the title of our blog used to express the way that horse owners and riders should conduct themselves.

'Fanfare' at Knight Equine

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Knight Equine Services- Knabstruppers of Knight Equine just wanted to give an official mention and welcome to Knight Equine's first Knabstrupper Fanfare de Bec!!!

We are so excited to have her as a part of our family and can't wait to watch this lovely filly grow into an even lovelier mare. She's a big favorite at the barn with everyone commenting on her sensible personality (typical knabbie trait), well conformed limbs, and expressive movement- Fannie scored Premium with all 8's with the KNN at her foal inspection winning Best Site Foal!!!

We acquired this lovely girl from Ashbyrne Mitchell of and are so grateful to her for the purchase of the one of a kind girl. Fannie is by Knabstrupper Stallion Atlantis and out of thoroughbred mare Foglifter. Born in October of 2009 we will not be breeding her until spring 2013 and have already reserved her first two foals!!!

Check in often for more updates on Fannie as we start her undersaddle next fall; watch her show career as we compete in USDF and USRHA events and don't forget to look out for her 2014 foal!

For more information and pictures on Fanfare de Bec please Click Here!

Knight Equine visits Bec Stud!

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This past Saturday Carla and Family went out to Ware Neck, VA where they met Ashbyrne Mitchell of Bec Stud and her lovely Knabstrupper Stallion Ambrosius (Atlantis) af Asgard.

Two of his progeny were in attendance; full sisters Firefly & Fanfare de Bec. The family got to watch all three horses at freedoom at one point or another while Carla and her Mother enjoyed rubbing, scratching, and grooming the horses as much as the horses!

Carla and the Owner enjoyed talking shop so much so that her parent's almost had to drag her away from the conversation in order leave! It was a Beautiful day with wonderful Company and a very memorable event.

If possible everyone should get the chance to meet a Knabstrupper you'll be amazed by there beauty, talent, and not to mention there wonderful temperments!!!

Check back to see if we'e posted the link with pictures on facebook.