About Deer Creek Farms:
Deer Creek Farms is owned and
operated by Fred and Annise Finch of Troy, Texas and has
been in operation since 1998. It is located on 477 acres
in Bell County, with the homestead comprising 2 acres.
About the Owners:
Finch has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horse
Management and Production from Tarleton State University.
She has knowledge in many areas of the Equine Industry
including reproduction, stallion and mare management,
conformation, nutrition, unsoundness, training, stable
management, and farrier science. Annise also has
knowledge and experience with Artificial Insemination.
Annise specializes in Breeding and Stable Management.
Fred Finch has a Bachelors of Science degree in
Industrial Technology from Tarleton State University, and
is a Mechanical Design Engineer, running his own business,
He grew up on the family farm, Shiloh Land and Cattle
Company. Growing up, Fred helped with the daily farm
chores, and as a teenager, Fred helped manage and operate
the Farm. We feel that the combination of Annises
life-long love for horses, her equine degree and her
husbands experience with running a farm will make
Deer Creek Farms stand out as one of the premier horse
facilities in Central Texas.
of Deer Creek Farms:
Farms is committed to providing a quality breeding and
boarding program in Central Texas. We believe that
quality care is essential for the health and well-being
of any horse and we strive to offer the best care
available. Horses are healthiest and happiest when they
are in their natural environment in a herd out on pasture.
Therefore, we offer pasture board and large paddocks.
However that situation is not always convenient for a
horse owner, or a special needs horse, so Deer Creek
Farms also offers large stalls to allow horses plenty of
room to move and lay down, to keep your horse active and
healthy. We do not have an enclosed barn/stall set-up as
it lends itself to becoming dusty and dirty, and the
horses tend to get bored when kept in a 12X12 stall all
day without turn-out. We feel that it is not healthy for
a horse to be in a stall in a barn all day, so we do turn
the horses out as often as allowed.
breeding program is centered around the American Curly
horse, also known as the American Bashkir Curly, because
the breed, which is a unique and rare breed, offers many
advantages over conventional straight-haired horses.
American Curly Horses are considered to be hypoallergenic.
Many people who react violently to animals or horses do
not react to certain curly horses. One of our missions is
to make this rare and unique breed available to the
public in Central Texas which would provides a way for
allergy sufferers to take advantage of an opportunity to
be involved in equine activities.
about the American Curly Horse:
The American Curly
Horse is known first for its curly hair, which ranges
from loose waves to tight curls. The hair tends to be
hypoallergenic due to a reduction or absence of dander/protein.
The uniqueness of the horse does not stop there though.
Most curly horses have wonderful, laid back personalities,
and are very smart. They love attention, especially from
people. Curly horses do not seem to be scared of anything,
but rather curious about everything. These horses require
the same amount of care that regular horses
do, although DCF is of the opinion that due to the nature
of their hair, they require more attention when it comes
to grooming. Deer Creek Farms has chosen to specialize in
the American Curly Horse because of their uniqueness, and
Dave Demaree is a
certified farrier through the AFA and the TPFA and has
been shoeing horses for nearly 30 years. We are lucky to
have found such a great farrier. Dave does excellent work
and the horses just love him. He not only does farrier
work, but he does a little blacksmithing as well,
creating beautiful works of art that include hoofpicks
made of horseshoes, halter and bridle hooks, barbecue and
meat forks, and other ironwork.
We use Dr.
Jackie Rich. She is an exceptional veterinarian and I am
thrilled to have her taking care of our equine family.
She is very patient and caring. Rest assured that your
horse is in excellent hands and will receive proper care!