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Skanda Equine brings new life to Sanctuary Stables

The former Sanctuary Stables, located at 4000 Moseley Road in Cazenovia, will become property of Skanda Equine LLC effective Sept. 1. Owners Marion Secor and Tom D’Aquanni will offer customers boarding and horse-care, along with educational clinics.

The former Sanctuary Stables, located at 4000 Moseley Road in Cazenovia, will become property of Skanda Equine LLC effective Sept. 1. Owners Marion Secor and Tom D’Aquanni will offer customers boarding and horse-care, along with educational clinics. Piama Gilbert

— On Sept. 1, the former Sanctuary Stables at 4000 Moseley Road in Cazenovia will change ownership and begin a new equine venture under the name of Skanda Equine LLC.

New owners Marion Secor and Tom D’Aquanni said they are excited to welcome the community to a unique equestrian experience that blends high-quality horse care with progressive equine education.

“Skanda Equine is about developing partnerships. Partnerships between horse owners and their horses, between owners and equine professionals,” Secor said. “To be in a true partnership with their horse enhances a person’s experience with their horse, be it simply for pleasure, for performance, whatever avenue a horse owner is exploring. And it allows for a fluid communication and movement. And most of all it deepens the joy.”

Located in the heart of Cazenovia and the “equine alley,” Skanda Equine centers on the love of the horse and is open to riders of all disciplines.

Secor and D’Aquanni seek to create a community of learning through ongoing clinics and workshops that support the deepening of one’s bond with their horse.

Clinics will focus on such topics as balanced equine nutrition and health, equine massage, natural horsemanship, centered riding techniques and more topics yet to be decided.

Training will also be offered to boarding and non-boarding clients in the English and Western disciplines.

At an open house event slated for Oct. 6, Skanda Equine will feature a number of short workshops and demonstrations to offer a taste of what the future holds for the facility.

While many horse boarding and training facilities focus on the performance or pleasure aspect of owning a horse, Skanda focuses instead on the relationship that is possible between people and their horses, one that can continuously evolve into something deeper and richer.

“There is something very exciting and heart-warming about returning this property to a place of service in the Cazenovia equine community,” D’Aquanni said. “We are all about relationships at Skanda Equine. We are also about caring for the community in which we live and operate. There is a wonderful pride people have in Cazenovia and in the equine community that is so vibrant here. We are delighted to feel that sense of community and to be a vital part of it.”

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