What you might not have realized is that while this barn is new to Charlie, it's quite familiar to me. This is where I rode before meeting Isabel and deciding to pursue eventing.
|screen shot from da google|
B - Outdoor riding arena.
C - Riding field.
D - Charlie's turnout. Extends into another field past the upper edge of the photo.
E - Mares' field / occasional riding field. Home to that adorable little bank that Charlie so gracefully navigated haha.
The barn has wide aisles filled with cross ties and rubber mats to stand on (or pee on, if you're Charlie lol). There are saddle racks on every stall - very handy for setting up wherever there's space to cross tie the horse!
|standard barn aisle|
|it's also convenient for staying out of the way during tasks like mane pulling or letting freshly treated feet dry|
|white board and ferns, plus large wooden mounting platform visible through the door|
|i spy a star face!!|
And speaking of the arena, here it is! I don't know exact dimensions but it seems close to the width of a dressage court (20m). The narrowness makes it tricky when there's a lot of traffic plus jumps set up... but it's cool. We make do!
|looking into the arena from the main barn|
Outdoor riding arena
The outdoor is is by far one of my favorites. While the arena at OF probably tops the list as #1, this ring is right up there. It's very generously sized and can hold lots of horses and a full jump course without feeling crowded.
|with gazebo, naturally|
There are giant heavy duty mounting blocks in both rings and a wooden platform just outside the barn's doors. Super convenient for those of us who need help climbing up on our high horses!
|looking back toward the barn, in the upper left corner|
|much pretty, so wow.|
|the whole arena, complete with judge's stand to the right|
Other outdoor riding areas
Beyond the arena is that nice grassy riding area denoted by "C" in the aerial image. There's a gate between the arena and field that they open for derby classes too - so riders can jump out of the arena, around the grassy field, then back in again. Fun fun!
|grassy riding area behind derpy horses. with single random skinny coop haha. we'll jump that eventually.|
|hacking up the grassy stretch away from the barn between the arena and the mares' field|
Tho the side of the arena opposite from the mares' field neighbors a soccer field, which can occasionally be a bit distracting for the horses lol.
|heading back toward the barn, with Casanova's attention fixed on the soccer field lol|
|apparently not actually that spooky|
|to the arena! see the green mound too? just behind the tent?|
|baby bank in the mares' field! we've since actually ridden up and down it too|
There are narrow lanes around all the pastures too tho Charlie and I haven't explored them all yet.
Charlie's been in a few turnouts since moving to this farm. Starting obvi in solo turnout during his quarantine period, as pictured below.
|looking back down a lane toward the barn|
He was in with another herd for a while before moving into his current group in the biggest back pasture. I'm pretty happy with his group and the field itself, tho frankly the horse seems fine with whatever turnout he's given, especially if he has friends!
It's a fairly compact farm and I'm really missing hacking out and trail riding, especially since long slow miles would be perfect for Charlie during this stage of his physical transformation. Plus it's just plain nice to get that mental break too. It's cool tho. Have trailer, will travel, right?
Bc everything else about this farm has been really pleasant. It's a quick easy drive, the amenities more than meet my needs, the care is good. And - perhaps most importantly, the people are REALLY nice. (Even if they're all slightly skeptical of eventing in general, and pretty damn convinced that I'm basically certifiable lol).
|swans!! and willows!!|
What about you? Wanna share a photographic tour of your barn too?