Those tack cabins are the cutest things I've ever seen! You have to tell us more though. Did they build those specifically to be used as tack rooms or were they once used as something else? How many are there? I would be camping out in mine
I would say there are around 30 of them on our side of the ranch...(there are two sides to this ranch).....so probably the same on the other side. We have around 70 boarded horses. The ones on the other side of the ranch are very cute too....they are set up in little communities, like several on little cul-de-sacs....scattered around where the horses are in their 48x48 private paddocks. Most of the ones on are side are in this row and then there are a several that are a little more scattered around.
They are very individual, built using recycled material.....railroad ties as the main framwork, old wooden windows etc. You can have a deck or whatever else added to your tackroom by paying $75 per day for labor....the ranch hands will build it. It doesn't take them long, and is very cost worthy. Obviously, everything built remains when you leave without refund. Some people DO stay over night in them. Some work a fair distance away and have stayed over night in their tackroom to not have to drive back home during those days....they had an outdoor shower built with hot water from solar and a generator. Some have fold down bunkbeds inside. When we have group cook outs, or even your own cook out with friends, and you drink too much....there is always a place to sleep and not have to drive home!
Everything for us and the horses is very quality. Even the horses shelter in their paddocks are VERY sturdy. They are framed with railroad ties too. The paddocks are large too. Here's a picture....
When we built our barn we tried to design it so that if we ever wanted to take in boarders we could, but I never would have thought of the things your ranch has. I've actually never heard of a boarding facility quite like it. It's very interesting! I bet you and your horses are all very happy there. Do they have a website? I'd love to see more of the place. Your paddock is like your own little riding arena. I'm in love!
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.
We had a BIG problem at the stables we used and had to take our horses out and we had to do it FAST. We only had our place to re-due so we made it happen. We were lucky to have extra land near us so fenced and sodded for 2 pastures and 2 corals in the middle.
Not my dream place, but it works ok
Converted a garage under a rental apt. Into 2 good sized stalls. Made Mr. Ed doors out of the garage doors and punched out another stall door out the backside. Not used laundry room in back into hay and grain storage. Added a lean-to roof and later was converted half of that into to a third stall.
Tack area in main garage (lot's of tack in other places when photo taken) and use trailer for some things also. Added a carport off the side of main garage for trailer and more storage/work/wash area.
If I ever had my own place....I would take some of these ideas for sure.
I would say, even if you never open to boarders and it's just you and have one tack area....make it as homey as your home. I like the idea of a little outside hangout area where you can bar-b-q and stuff....like a little mini town area. Your guests would love to hang out there just as much as you and it's so **** cute and horse friendly.
Sereno, I love the idea of that converted garage! I would take up residence upstairs!