My Old Riding Barn is For Sale!
I just found out today that the stables that I use to ride at back when I was in high school is for sale. It kind of makes me sad to hear that. I talked to my old riding instructor today and she told me that they are retiring and selling the farm. Well, I'm happy for them I guess. It's about time for them to retire, it's hard to keep up with a business like that once your body starts to slow down. But still... that place means so much to me. That is where I learned how to REALLY ride. It wasn't the first stable a took lessons at, but I consider that place to be where I really got serious about horses. It's because of my old riding instructor that I decided I wanted to have a career with horses.
I wish I could buy the place. I don't even live in the same state anymore, but still... whenever I day dream about my future as a riding instructor I ALWAYS picture myself in a setting just like that one. It would be just perfect. 40 plus fenced acres, river front, duck pond, backs up to state property with some of the most extremely beautiful trails I have ever rode, large indoor arena, dressage sized outdoor arena, 22 box stalls, heated wash rack, heated lounge with a bathroom, hay barn, not to mention the quaint 3 bedroom country home and three car garage with heated workshop! And all the wonderful memories that go along with it.
Guys, I'm telling you, you know that place that your mind wonders off to when you are day dreaming about horses? This is that place for me! During my early years of high school that was my safe haven, my escape from life's troubles. What I would give to have that place for my own!
And you know, the ironic thing is I'm really not that far away from the point where I could own a place like that. Maybe three or four years and I could successfully own and operate that place. That's not a very long time! I could probably even afford it at the price they are asking. But just watch that place get sold out from under me as soon as I'm ready to buy. Wouldn't that just be my luck?
My Goodness... somebody tie me to a chair before my imagination runs away with me.
Goodness! You should be a Realtor. I'm ready to buy the place and I don't even know where it is or how much they want!! (LOL).
I've been in a similar position and I feel for you Jubilee.
Here are some pictures of the place if you would like to see.
*sigh* I miss that place. What I would give to own it myself!
good luck getting it, ma'am and if you do get. may you have allot of good and profitable years.
i think WE should buy it and make it horse forum's head quaters!!!!
Where is it?
I love that idea KT!!!
Headquarters for Horse Forum........*ahhhhhhhh* wouldn't that just be awesome!!!
Gracie, that place is beautiful!!!!
It's in Northern Minnesota. I lived there for three years from 8th through 10th grade. The winters are harsh, but with a stable that big there is plenty of warm shelter for everyone. The barn is not heated (except for the lounge) but if I were to buy it I might look into eventually heating the whole place, including the indoor arena. That would allow me to give lessons even during the winter so there wouldn't be any downtime during the year.
I talked to my old instructor and she told me that they have five year plan for selling the farm. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but it gives me five years to think about buying it. Hopefully no one will just swoop down and buy it before I decided if I want it or not. I don't think that would happen unless someone local tried to buy it. There is not much much in that area that would attract someone from the outside to move there (unless you're the type that loves to live an hour and half away from the nearest City and consider star gazing Saturday night entertainment). I wouldn't mind going back though. It would mean a bit more travel time to get to shows but that's okay. I think there could be a good demand for Dressage there if I play my cards right and advertise well. Plus I plan to do a lot of horse training. People don't seem to mind to ship there horses off to places a few hours away to get training if the training is good.
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