Our farm is situated on 156 acres of rolling pasture-land, approximately 35 minutes from the Dallas / Fort Worth airport. The facility itself is beautiful, with Austin stone barns, house, and roundpens...however, we enjoy a casual and down-to-earth approach to horse breeding. Visitors are always welcome, but please make an appointment.
Some of you may that in January, 2017, I had an infection that left me paralyzed from the waist down. Just so as not to catch any visitors off guard, I wanted to post a photo taken by my generous friend and fabulous photographer, Kristi D. Johnson, to demonstrate that though in a different way now, I still very much enjoy my horses. When I was headed home from rehab, I was concerned that the horses would be afraid of my electric wheelchair since it looks rather alien and makes funny beeping noises. But as you can see, this wonderful breed is friendlier than they ever are afraid!
Dear Andalusian enthusiast,
Thank you for your time in reading information about my farm and horses in Texas. I will take a moment to explain a little about my farm, breeding philosophy and love of animals.
After attending the Olympics in Barcelona where I met my first Andalusian, I decided that I had to own ONE. At the present time, we have over 35 pure Spanish horses. This wonderful breed has totally changed every aspect of my life.
Not only does my passion for the horses grow each year that I have them and welcome new babies into the world, but one of the greatest gifts from owning PRE horses are the incredible people that I have met through the horses and who often become friends.
I had the privilege of serving as President and Vice President of the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) for 6 years as a way to help to promote these outstanding animals. I also served on the IALHA Registry Board for 6 years, on the IALHA Show Committee and now helping with work for the Education Association.
We currently stand two PRE stallions at stud. Most years, I have 10 to 12 mares expecting foals, and usually have young stock available for purchase. My breeding goals are to produce classic conformation, fabulous temperaments, and the extravagant, powerful, forward movement that is historically associated with the PRE horse.
My farm is situated on 156 acres of pasture-land, approximately 35 minutes from the Dallas / Fort Worth airport in Denton, Texas. I enjoy a casual approach to horse breeding, have had a staggeringly lucky success rate in pregnancy rates and am so proud of my stallions and their gentle and easily manageable breeding habits.
Most of our horses are all out in the pasture 99% of the year, as I feel letting them be free and act like animals instead of having perfect manes and tails is what is important to me and healthiest for them. I like to leave the babies in a herd environment, colts and all, for as long as possible. They rear and smash into each other sometimes but overall, it teaches them how to interact with other horses and helps to avoid some of the more common vices which are largely the result of boredom or loneliness.
I abhor the thought of a foal being weaned and then alone the rest of its life, as I've seen far too often. Our horses get wooly coats, are ALWAYS too fat but are happy and practically trample people when they come to see them. They develop solid minds and strong bodies, and are healthy and sociable... and so far, people seem to be able to see through the extra hair and the 'au naturale" exterior. Many have asked me over the years how I have been able to sell so many youngsters and it has nothing to do with me and everything to do with these human-loving and friendly youngsters that are hard to resist!
My breeding stallions have relatively large turnouts and are outside every day that weather permits. Nothing is more beautiful than seeing the stallions loose and in their full glory... strong yet gentle, commanding but full of joyous exuberance.
We have mare stalls and a large birthing stall complete with video. Although I admit to getting little sleep during foaling season, my goal is to never miss a birth or chance to imprint and welcome these little souls into the world. There is a hay barn (we do our own hay so the horses eat year round the same stuff they graze on) and a metal barn (which includes our palpation stocks). The "landmark" on our property that most people that travel along Interstate I-35W identify with us is the 60 foot diameter stone covered round pen that is a lifesaver in working with the youngsters.
The pastures are subdivided with sheds for the horses to get out of the wind, though they almost never get in them. I owe a tremendous amount to my right hand and trainer, Valente Reyes, who has been with me since 1994 and who does a great job getting the youngsters through our mini-obstacle course, bathing, picking up feet and loading in trailers. Due to physical issues, I no longer ride but have always felt my talent, if I have such, is in breeding and in raising happy, healthy youngsters. When people buy from me, I think it is usually because of the feeling of how contented the horses are and how much they thrive on human contact which is, of course, what we all crave. We pride ourselves on each baby leaving with better than basic manners.
We invite your inquiry on our Andalusian sales horses, or on our breeding stallions, and encourage you to pursue a future with an PRE horse, whether it comes from Herradura or not. Although I admit that it would be a rare occasion for me to meet any animal that I have trouble keeping my hands off of, the Andalusians are the most extraordinary creatures I have ever been fortunate enough to experience, and my life has not been the same since I was first bitten by the PRE bug.
Sincerely, Terri Meador
Rather than tooting my own horn, I feel that I am proudest of my peers
choosing me as 2005 IALHA Breeder of the Year--not as a statement of anything to
do with me, but as acknowledgement of what my Andalusian horses have produced. ~ Terry
Photo shows IALHA Champion cobra of mares in 1996
Andalusian Breed Awards
I am also especially proud of the breed awards the horses have won:
(Destinada DD, Hermosura H,Hipolita H and Galisteo H - Reserve Champion Get of Sire (Remate) at IALHA 2005)
2004 IALHA National Champion Pure Spanish Junior Stallion
2004 and 2005 IALHA National Champion Country Pleasure Saddle Seat, Junior Horse
2005 Reserve National Champion Junior PRE Stallion
IALHA 2003 National Show - Winner of Get of Sire
AAHA National Champion 2-3 year old colt as a 2 year old judged by the Honorable Juan Llamas
Texas Champion Stallion in 1997 and 1998
In 1998, at Texas Fall Festival of Andalusians, he was champion of Country Pleasure Saddle Seat.
Sweet Life Beliza
IALHA 2003 National Show - Winner of Produce of Dam