The La Fleur family has been training and showing horses for fifty-plus years from their Wisconsin horse farms, present day in Verona. They board and train customer’s show horses that people can work with as they learn to ride and care for.
“Horses help people deal with their anxiety and promote life wellness,” said Neva La Fleur, the daughter of the founders and the force behind the stables today.
The coronavirus epidemic has forced her to cancel all of her public riding program classes and camps, and she’s lost the opportunity to meet potential clients as well because all the shows and competitions she normally attends have been shut down as well.
But the horses still require daily care and feeding, veterinary services, farrier services and so she and her assistants keep working every day to make sure the horses in their care are healthy and happy. Still, the bills continue to pile up, and she took the opportunity to sell several of the stable program horses that weren’t used often.
She has appreciated the extra time to spend with the horses in her stable and to complete a deep cleaning of the entire 15-acre farm. The stables boards many horses, and the show owners of their show horses, still come by regularly to ride and visit their horses, but with so much of her business shuttered, she’s anxious to be able to share her love of horses with the general public again.