Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Share Your Barn Blog Hop

 1. A View of the Barn

At night, sorry. This is the front of the main barn. It can house close to a hundred horses and we are almost full. There are box stalls with runs on either side, and box stalls down the center.

Each horse can have up to seven flakes of alfalfa or grass hay a day, plus up to six pounds of grain a day. Ashke gets six flakes of grass hay, spread out over four feedings. The stalls are cleaned daily and plenty of shavings are used.

This is a shot of the hallway from the front left door walking in. There is a bathroom, which is a plus, so you don't have to go to the indoor arena to pee. Each horse has a bin for supplements and a place to hang a blanket.

2. Where your horse lives:

This is Ashke's stall with the door to his run closed. The barn is kept at 45 degrees during the winter, which may sound cold, but let me tell you it feels a little like heaven when you walk in from outside, especially at night.

The bucket brigade. Two buckets for water. He does have an automatic waterer he shares with the horse next door, but sometimes the pipes freeze and sometimes the very old horse next door likes to dunk his hay into the waterer to soften it. Ashke seems to prefer the buckets. The guys fill them twice a day and I fill them whenever I am out.

The blue bucket is for his once a day feed, which includes a cup of moistened timothy hay, 10 ounces of Equipride, 1/2 tsp of salt and his smartpak for his joints.

Here is the outdoor run for Ashke's stall. The run is covered in squeegee, which is slightly smaller in diameter than pea gravel, has really improved the drainage and reduced the mud. He loves playing over and under the fence with Fool and Cassini.

3. Your Tack Room

This is the grooming stall right outside the tack room. There are three in the middle of the barn, three at the front of the barn and two at the far end of the barn. They are working on putting in another one at the far end. It still isn't enough some days.

Each trainer has a tack room for their clients. This one, which I am in, is for Cassandra. In addition to the four trainer tack rooms, there are two other tack rooms for the rest of the boarders.

This is my area and N's. My trunk is the one with the yellow lid and that space is actually much more organized than it was two days ago. We can use the shelf above the gear to store stuff, which I might need to do. It still looks like a freaking mess.

4. Where you ride:

Fairmount Trail

Fairmount Trail

Top of North Table Mountain

The outdoor dressage arena

Cottonwood Pass North Table Mountain

Lower Loop around North Table Mountain

Upper paddocks for the outdoor horses (#1) and North Table Mountain

Indoor arena

Outdoor arena

More of the outdoor arena. And flying horse butt.

5. Your favorite feature.

1. Feed four times a day. I think this has been the number one reason we have had no digestive issues (the C word) since we moved in.

2. The Indoor Arena.
This was the primary reason for searching for a new barn a year ago. I want/need to be able to ride after dark in the winter. As long as it's not too cold out, I have that luxury all winter long. I can also take lessons during the week at night, when needed.

3. The access to trails.
This was the second reason for moving.


  1. Your barn is huuuuuuuuuuuge! Love all the riding areas.

  2. 100 horse capacity is huge! I love your barn's arenas; both are enormous, but especially that indoor! At my previous barn with the indoor, it got really crowded with more than 2 horses were being ridden at once. And you have some pretty awesome trails right outside your barn's doors too. ;)

    1. There are also 35 horses housed outside (close to that).

      On Saturday, we had 13 horses in the indoor, 9 of those involved in a jumping lesson, and we were still able to ride a twenty meter circle at a canter.

      Our four trainers do four different things: Margaret does Saddleseat and Western Dressage and has ten horses she is working with. Rachel does Reining, Western Pleasure, Western Dressage and some English. She works with a lot of younger riders. She also does trail rides and trail obstacles. She's pretty much all around and also did the summer camp riders. She has a lot of students, maybe up to 25. Cinnamon does H/J primarily, plus younger riders in English and also did the summer camp. I think she has 15 or so students. Then there is Cassandra, who does Dressage. I have no real idea how many students she is working with, but I know she has six horses in full time training and has students at other barns, plus some who trailer into TMR.

      Our only drawback is no pasture for grazing. I do compensate for that by hand walking in the spring, summer and fall. It's not a real substitute for allowing horses to be horses and graze in a field with other horses, though. If I ever had a lay-off from riding or needed to retire Ashke, it would be to pasture board, even if it meant it was harder on me.

  3. Nice Barn, and up to 7 flakes? are you paying an arm and a leg for boarding there?

    1. $600 a month. Kind of pricey, but they blanket and turnout as part of their services. That service combined with the amount of food they get, made it comparable to where we were boarding before this. And trailer parking is free. The indoor arena is almost worth it all on it's own during the winter.

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