Most of my day to day rides occur at home in my front pasture. We rent a small farmette and have access to one pasture with potential riding in the hay field however the guy who maintains it doesn’t really and it is way too overgrown to safely ride in. Plus it is a 5 acre open field without any fencing and borders a busy road. I can only imagine the nightmare that could occur if I fell off and Gem ran into the road. No thanks!
Trainer’s barn is more exciting to write about and that is where I get the real work done. The barn is actually property of the city as part of the rec program (along with several water parks and trail systems). Before Trainer came along to lease it, the facility was sitting empty and quickly going to disrepair. Now Trainer is there and leases out the barn for boarding and runs her lessons. The fact that the rec department owns it means that the place is public and anyone can ride there during the posted open hours. I take advantage of this to go up and ride on the weekends a couple of times a month to get work in a real arena. It is really nice to have that option.
Media is always preferred over lengthy words, so lets take a picture tour!
There are three arenas (though I only have picture of two as the third was built specifically for warm up and we never use it in lessons) with the main arena having stadium lights.
Beyond the arenas and barn are the pastures and woods with trails. I haven’t ridden the trails yet, but I think it is a bout 2 miles or so. Trainer has used the space well to include a variety of solid obstacles to play around with. Her most devious plan was adding coops to the pasture fence line so that once you jump into it, you have to jump back out over the coop. It helped scared little ole’ me because I was stuck and had to do it.
And that is about it. It is a really great barn and I am so glad I found it. I’m not sure what the future will be if we ever move as it will likely double the time to get there, but thankfully Trainer will travel to me too so lessons can continue.