Starbound Equine specializes in the development of young sporthorses for jumping and dressage. Our focus is on bringing up confident and willing partners with correct training that are safe for the amateur mount. Our programs start with prospects from foals up to show horses. We take 4-8 horses at a time for training and many are available for sale.

Starbound recently purchased a beautiful farm in Loxahatchee, Fl. The farm is nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Wildwood, located within hacking distance of White Fences Equestrian Center. Currently under construction, the facility, which will include 14 12×12 matted stalls and a covered arena with GGT footing, is set to open its doors in December 2018. Please contact us for more info about boarding, training packages or sales horses.

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About

Photo credit to Bob Langrish Photography

Starbound is owned and managed by Melissa Wanstreet.  Melissa has been starting young horses since 2001.  In 2007, she worked for LWF Sporthorses, a breeding farm in Michigan, where she managed their beautiful 54 acre farm while managing the Young Horse Training program.  For the next 6 years she developed horses from foal to show horse before moving to Florida to start Starbound Equine Services in 2012.  Melissa is still riding one of her favorite LWF mares, Petite Belle, who she brought to the USEF/Markel Young Horse Championships to compete against the nations top 4 year olds in 2011.  Belle is currently competing Prix St. Georges and the pair hope to make it to I1 by May 2018.

Melissa picked the name ‘Starbound’ after her favorite broodmare at LWF who foaled most of the horses she worked with there.  “She was a sweet mare and a good mother.  She set strong boundaries for her foals and made sure that they respected them.  I believe that her foals were easier to train and as a result.  I try to follow in her footsteps and it has helped me teach horses to respect and trust me so they develop into a willing and confident partner,”   says Melissa.  Starbound aka ‘Libby’ passed away May 27, 2011.

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Libby’s last day at the farm.

 

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Gridwork with Grady

FUERST GRANDE P aka GRADY is a 2012 Hanovarian Gelding by Fuerst Romancier. Grady first came to me as a client horse but I loved him so much I had to take him for myself.

I didn’t choose Grady because he was just too talented to pass up. I chose Grady because he was an underdog. I saw how much he would shine after a little dusting and he had a heart the size of Secretariat. I found that whatever I asked him to do, he would try, and if he didn’t get it right, it would upset him, but he would still try again – even harder the next time. When I realized this, I fell in love. Because if you have enough tools in your tool chest, you can improve any horse that is willing to try.

While Grady had an amazing overstep with his hind legs in all gaits, his hind end was still very weak. In the trot and canter he would lose his balance and run to his forehand and when I tried to balance him, it was as if the caboose became detached from the train. In the trot, his rhythm would become compromised and his back would drop, and while cantering he would swap leads behind.

While Grady was supposed to be a dressage horse, I knew just the trick to get his hind end working at it’s best: Gridwork. From then on, all his training consisted of working over poles or fences. He took to it so well, we decided he deserved a career change. We showed in the jumpers for a year and a half and today we are back to schooling dressage. We hope to have our first ride down centerline this fall.

Grady is available for sale and would be suitable in any sport horse arena with an experienced rider. He loves to jump with beautiful form and he is light and sensitive enough for the dressage ring.

Click on our contact page to inquire for more information.


Beginning Gridwork with Grady

Trot Poles to an Oxer

Feeling and Setting Leads while Jumping

Gridwork with Grady: Trot Poles

Gridwork with Grady: Using a Swedish Oxer

More exercises Coming Soon!

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Sales Horses


Fuerst Grande P, ‘Grady’

2012 Hanoverian gelding by Fuerst Romancier out of a Graf Top mare.
Shown in the Jumpers at WEF Spring 3 and went double clear for 1st place. Also shown at Jim Brandon with 2 clear blue ribbon rounds.
Forward ride with a soft mouth. Auto changes in the ring. Brave, forgiving and incredibly willing. Never bucks, rears or bolts. Safe for a confident amateur.

Grady would also be suitable in the hunter or dressage ring with an experienced, light rider.

Click here for more info. Priced mid 5 figures and will increase with more training and show experience. Also available for in barn lease for a VERY reasonable price.

Check out Grady’s personal page, Gridwork with Grady for many additional videos and to follow his progress.

 


Ici Bas J

2013 KWPN gelding by Everdale out of a Jazz mare.

Oh, Ici, Ici, Ici… where do I begin? This stunning gelding is an absolute show stopper. All eyes will be on you at the shows with this guy. Standing 17.2hh, his expressive gaits are well balanced and correct.  He is a true representation of his sire, Everdale, with his scopey, elastic gaits and uphill balance.  The mix of Jazz on his dam line gives his temperament a sensible kick.

Ici has Grand Prix potential and would be great for an experienced rider looking for their next big prospect to take them all the way.  You will enjoy taking this horse through every level earning top scores.

Look for ICI at the November GCDA show at Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex!

VIDEO COMING SOON!

Click here for more info

 


Scandal LWF

 

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2013 Oldenburg Mare by Wittershausen (Welt Hit II). Shown Training through second level Dressage with scores in the 60s and lower 70s as well as Hunters at WEF and baby jumpers at Fox Lea in Venice, FL.  This gorgeous mare is a work horse with the perfect mouth and a strong hind end through all gaits and over fences. Very confident and attentive and easy to ride.

She is smart, not spooky, loves to go for hacks and is safe enough for an amateur. She would love a young rider to spoil her and take her into the fields to jump and play, but she would just as much appreciate an older, laid back adult to feed her cookies. She is currently schooling 2nd and third level movements. She is handy enough to school a third level test, but still needs to develop more uphill balance to be confirmed as she is only five!  She was taught a change young for the hunter ring and is now learning a correct dressage change (video here). She is schooling shoulder in, haunches in, half pass, turn on the haunches and canter walk, walk canter transitions.

She IS a chestnut mare. She is sweet and affectionate and eager to please her rider but she occasionally likes to express her opinions. Never dangerous, just wants you to know what she thinks. Yet, she’s still earned plenty of blues. If you don’t get along with mares, she’s not the horse for you, but if you enjoy a laugh while you ride, you should definitely inquire today!

Priced mid 5 figures and will increase with more training and show experience.

Scandal has her very own page on our site, Cross-training Scandal with many additional jumping and dressage videos.

Scandal at White Fences February 2017

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Contact

Starbound Equine specializes in the development of young sporthorses for jumping and dressage.   Our programs start with prospects from foals up to show horses. We take 4-8 horses at a time for training and many are available for sale.  Please fill out the form below to contact us for more info about our training packages or sales horses.  Or if you prefer we can be reached by phone at 248- 760 3004.