Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New York/New Jersey
• Horses: 0
Our barn sits on 13 acres, but the way it's laid out, it seems bigger. The BO's house is in the front and you pull into their driveway and that's where the barn is. A little before the house are the paddocks where the horses are kept. There are 3 paddocks, a walkway, and then the 4th paddock. The walkway connects the main area to the back area.
The main area is where we park and then there's a small riding arena/grooming/tack-up just in front of the main barn. There are about 9 stalls inside with 3 stalls on one side outside and 4 stalls on the other outside part of the barn. There are 2 tack rooms and there are 2 small pens, one each side of the small arena, to keep a horse that's new to the barn. Next to one of the pens, sits a HUGE tree and underneath, we have a picnic table and drink cooler. During the summer, that tree offers not only a lot of shade, but the best breeze possible. There's also a little outdoor furnace, that burns with wood, so we can keep warm in the colder weather. This is the place where we all get together to relax and hang out.
Behind the barn is a wooded area where the cows for team penning are kept. To the left of the small arena (when facing the barn) is the big arena (it's BIG), which has the ability to open into an alleyway for when we host Showdeo (barrel racing, pole bending, etc.) There's a smaller holding area in the back of the arena for keeping the cows during team penning/ranch sorting. On the long side of the arena, where the pen is, there's a huge grass area where you can ride. It's also used for parking when we host events. There are bleachers all over for spectators to watch, along with picnic tables to eat at.
On the other side of that walk-way, there's a smaller barn that holds about 5 horses (I think, haven't been down there in awhile) and the lounge. Behind that, there's a 2nd pen to keep the cows in and a trail that connects that area to the main cow pen. In the middle of that mini-trail, there's a round pen that's covered by the shade of the trees, which really helps when you're doing training in the summer. Just a little past that 2nd cow pen, there's a gate that leaves you right across the street from the main trails.