Sunday, February 2, 2014

I'll Show You... my barn.

View of the Barn
My barn is unique, because it's a pasture board set up. So the barn itself contains a tack room, bathroom, feed area, two cross ties and five large box stalls. During busy days, every stall can be filled with horses being tacked up, both cross ties will be full, and people, dogs and horses will be milling around everywhere. It can get crazy. Luckily, the open layout allows people to flow pretty well. A sliding door at the front, allows for full access to the aisleway.
On the back side of the barn is a pasture where most of the school horses are kept. That allows the students and barn owners easy access to their frequently used horses. Some other boarders keep their horses on nighttime stalls. Their horses are brought in at night and fill up most of the barn stalls. Guinness, meanwhile lives on 24/7 turnout, and is only brought in once a day to be fed his individual supplement.

Your Horse's Living Space
Guinness lives in the biggest pasture on the property. It is mainly comprised of the barn owner's older school horses, and broodmares. The black gelding with the snip in front is an older (navicular-plagued) dressage schoolmaster. He and Guinness take turns being top gelding. The upper pasture is currently closed for the season, leaving the horses full run of the woods to the left of the photo. It's about 15 acres total. In the summer, the horses will be allowed out on the two upper pastures (the big expanses of snow at the top of the photo) on a rotating basis. Each section is about 15 acres of nice grass pasture. In the winter, a round bale is offered 24/7.

The Tack Room
The lesson tack
The tack room has two big areas. The first is all first aid stuff and school horse tack. The second is boarder and private tack storage. There is a bathroom and office area off the boarder section. The tack room is pretty climate controlled.
My stuff! (Yes, that's THREE saddles stacked there. Shuddup.)
My stuff is piled up in the corner. I have plenty of room to keep my things at the barn, but I usually keep my show/spare things at home just to cut down on clutter.

View of Where You Ride
Outside of the indoor arena.

The indoor arena is where I mainly ride in the winter. It's a pretty nice, though small arena. It's just about the size of a regulation dressage arena. That makes practicing movements a little difficult, as I'm always reaching the end of the long wall too quickly. Nevertheless, it's fairly warm in the winter, dry, and pretty cool in the summer. I'll take it.

There is an outdoor arena, but I don't have a good photo of it. It's currently frozen. Here's a photo from last winter showing some of it ...
Whee!
There is also a little bit of a jump area set up in the pasture next to the outdoor arena. I don't ride there very often.

Favorite Feature of Facility

Trails! I love having so much to explore off property. In the Spring/Summer the neighboring property opens up his trails to riders at my barn. That offers me up to 10 miles of nicely groomed trails ranging from steep hills, to rolling terrain, to flat galloping areas. There's forest, and fields, a bubbling creek and even a lake!

Lake!
In the woods!
Early fall gallops in the hay field... 
Cornfield byways make excellent galloping lanes!
During hunting season the trails are closed, but the roads and fields are safe for riding. The roads are mostly dirt/gravel and really nice for late winter conditioning.
Open fields are pretty fun ... 
Wintery road hacks (part of Guinness' north summer pasture pictured at left)

16 comments:

  1. it looks like a lovely place with all that you would need!

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    1. It's a pretty bare-bones set up compared to some where I've boarded, but it has everything I need!

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  2. That round bale cover is cooooooool. Love the arena too.

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    1. Haha, that's not something I thought someone would point out! It does help keep the hay a little less spread out, though. The arena is a godsend in the unpredictable Indiana weather.

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  3. It all sounds fab!
    Love all the trail options - variety is the spice of life :-D

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  4. Your place looks relaxing and fun! Love all the places you have to ride out.

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  5. Completely jealous of all the great riding trails! Beautiful place!

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  6. Lovely barn!! The round bale cover/holder is really cool!

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    1. Aw thanks! I'll have to tell the BO that you guys are all lusting after her round bale houses. :)

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  7. I love your trails access. Before I moved toBoarding Heaven, I was an endurance rider so trails right from the barn was a necessity. Two and a half years later, i miss the easy trail access. :0)

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    1. I can't imagine not riding trails. I use it them so much to keep both Guinness and I from getting burnt out. Plus, there's nothing like hills to keep that horse-booty in shape!

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