Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
I'm thinking it is pretty special and individual. When I moved down here....I looked at 14 facilities in one day, probably within a 50 mile radius. Nothing compared. This was my final facility to look at and I cried when I showed up to look at it...it was home.
There is no website and she doesn't really advertise beyond word of mouth I believe. That would be why I didn't originally have this facility on my list of places to look at. I was going off of Craigslist and Google searches since I was new to the area.
Other facilities you pretty much get a 24 x 24 or 12 x 12 pipe corral with a little aluminum shelter roof. Some you would get a little tiny shed or something to put tack, some had nothing. Some facilities I never got out of the car. I had to be picky because one of my horses is a 2200lb percheron, who could push through many of those pipe corrals with one swipe of her butt or chest. The shelters were also too short. Plus I have two horses and wanted them together and not seperated.
I found the facility next door to our ranch on-line since it is a big reining ranch and they hold competitions etc. It was improved from the other facilities, but same smaller paddocks etc. I also wasn't comfortable with my fitting with my non-professional horses...lol. The owner actually told me about my ranch and put her pride/$$ aside saying it may be suited to me. It was already dark, so I went next door, to our ranch, the next morning. The search was over.
Our ranch is family owned. The parents used to have it as a thoroughbred training facility a long time ago. It was handed down to the next generation....they are in their 50's, so they have taken it over for 20 years or so now. They turned it into the boarding facility and build everything on the ranch. We are a mile from the ocean and surrounded by animal preserve. There are several ranches in this area and so it is a complete horse community...people trail riding all over the place. Different ranches hold different events...gymkhanas, parade practices etc. Very, very nice. Our ranch is more of the laid back trail riding community people. We do have some dressage fresians and jumpers too. Our side of the ranch has a 1/4 mile sand track and a very nice arena and a roundpen...they are all dragged almost daily. The other side has a little jumping arena, two roundpens and a dressage arena. Within each little community there is at least one wash rack. She keeps grass turnouts and dry turnouts.
I really can't say enough about our ranch. I honestly don't ever want to leave. Great place, great people.