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skittlesfirehawk 10-27-2011 06:55 PM

is having a barn with an indoor worth it
Im looking for a new place to ride at.i want to take lessons and then just lease a horse.I live in central nj.I ride english and want to do western again.Ive found 4 barns within a half an hr.Only one has an indoor it also has an awesome track around the property that you can use to cool down or exercise your horse.The only draw back is its only english.One of the other barns gives lessons english or western but its mostly a rescue.I am kinda hoping ill end up taking care of falling in love with and training one.There is another i really like that does english western and barrel racing which i want to do.the lease is to expensive for me right now too.The last one I'm looking at is super close to my home and gives the cheapest lessons it also does english and western ridding.The only issue i have is there lease is like 200 a month and you have to have your own tack.

I'm wonder how you guys that ride without an indoor do it during winter and those of you that have an indoor think it would be worth it.Also what barn you think would be the best.

Klassic Superstar 10-27-2011 07:01 PM

I have never really gone without a indoor, they are so worth it for me, I don't have to deal with weather or it being dark out at 5pm in the winter!! Id go for it! Sooo worth it!

starlinestables 10-27-2011 07:47 PM

I'm building one now and it's torture waiting for it!!!!!!! I hate making great progress on horse and then it rains for a month and can't ride and she forgets 1/2 of it.

SaddleOnline 10-27-2011 09:10 PM

Indoors are nice - but most riders can live without them unless you live in an area with LOTS of bad weather.

I'd pick the barn you can best afford, that specializes or offers what it is that YOU want to do. From what you have described, I would actually probably pick the barn that is really close to you - tack isn't all that expensive if you decide to lease and the short drive means you'll be able to get more horse time in.

equiniphile 10-27-2011 09:14 PM

Right now, I'm wishing I had an indoor. We've had rain 27 days out of 30 for the past month. We've actually broken Ohio's record this year for most annual rainfall since they started recording weather in the 1800's! Our winter's going to be brutal this year, and I would love to have an indoor at my disposal through that.

kitten_Val 10-27-2011 09:16 PM

During the winter I don't ride as long as we have ice on ground (or rain every other day, or ground is frozen and very hard). Usually 2-3 months. So yes, indoor worth it! If I'd board I'd look for the place with indoor (given finances allow a nicer place).

With Grace 10-27-2011 09:28 PM

Having an indoor was one of my top priorities when looking for a barn to ride and lease at. But, I live in the Pacific NW where it rains 9 months out of the year, and I hate rain... If you dont want to ride English though, that makes it tough with the choices you have. If the barn I'm at now was Western only I wouldnt have chosen it.

Reiterin 10-28-2011 11:04 PM


Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar (Post 1213882)
I have never really gone without a indoor, they are so worth it for me, I don't have to deal with weather or it being dark out at 5pm in the winter!! Id go for it! Sooo worth it!

Me too! Being in the Pac.NW almost no barns dare Not have an indoor arena.
That said, I think you should go to the barn that gives the lessons You want to take. Don't settle for something you don't really want to do.

franknbeans 10-28-2011 11:08 PM

Another vote FOR! Love them, and have beenfortunate to have always had access to one....course that makes me actually prefer indoor riding even on some of the nice days!

MySerenity 10-29-2011 12:51 AM

I'm hoping some day to afford to build a barn but if I could only afford to build a barn or an indoor, I'd go for the indoor. That's how much I love indoors. We have some beautiful weather here in WI but winters can be brutal and spring can be so wet that you can't ride outside even with an outdoor until June. Ugh. I would never board somewhere that didn't have an indoor.

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