Indoor riding ring
Coverall arena – 70′ by 150′ (plans to increase riding space by 30 feet in the near future). Arena is harrowed daily, and has sand footing. New footing was added on September 2017.
Outdoor riding ring
100 ft x 220 ft with sand footing and plank fencing.
Tack up area
The barn is located inside the indoor arena. The barn area is 70′ x 30′ . There are cross ties sufficient for 8 horses tacking up at the same time, 24 lockers, and plans to put in cubby holes as we complete the alleyway. There is also a separate lesson tack area, indoor portable toilet, feed room, viewing room, and utility room. Our viewing room is well insulated and is heated through the cold weather to allow us to keep medications and drinking water available, and to allow families of riders a place to keep warm while watching. We are almost finished with the demolition – things stalled out when winter came. We intend to complete this project in the summer of 2018.
We have a variety of sizes and locations of pastures to accommodate just about any horses turnout needs. In the summer there are many other options – in winter we are limited by getting water tank heaters plugged in. In summer we try our best to rotate horses onto pastures with grass, and supplement that pasture with hay as needed – skinny horses have never had trouble here. We understand that some horses have “special needs” and do our best to accommodate them. Usually there is a way to make it work for any horse.
We have continued working on the barn/arena renovation – the viewing room has new benches with storage underneath, a mini-kitchenette to organize our supplies, and banks of amazing cupboards that are the walls to the expanded space in the arena. Most of the demolition is complete – just need to remove the rest of the floor and haul out the lumber. Next up is base and footing – can’t wait to have the extra room to ride!
We were able to create 3 new medi-pens in the area by the house. They are smaller pens that are intended for separating and treating illness and injury. They double as quarantine pens for new boarders as well. We completed a major pen renovation last summer – allowing us to utilize our old “alley” between the fields as part of the fields themselves. This will minimize our headaches in spring with driving along muddy corridors. We were also able to increase the size of our long skinny pens by the house by removing some of the cross fencing – allowing the rescue horses a bigger space and access to the whole shelter.
We are proud to say that we took in 4 rescue horses in October 2016, and have had several adventures with them. One of the weanlings was very sickly when he came – we followed vet advice, got him eating and socialized, and named him Prince. He seems to have become a permanent resident. Hunter was also a weanling, with an umbilical hernia. After quite a time getting him halter broke he has had his surgery and is ready for a forever home. The treatment after surgery required daily meds and handling – so he is now thoroughly socialized and halter broke, handles well for farrier, and is up to date on everything. Buddy has moved on to a trainer and already has interest from others that may become his forever home. Charm too has moved on to the trainer, and is in training preparing for sale.
We can’t believe that our 7th anniversary is on April 1, 2018!