View of the Barn:
Here's a photo of our small barn.
Horses Living Space
The barn was originally set up with one horse stall, a pen for our 4-H steers, and then storage space. The horse stall has been turned in to a dog kennel, and the steer pen is now the horses stall. Rarely do the horses get locked in their "stall" for any reason. Especially with two of them now, I'd only lock one in temporarily if I needed somewhere to put them. Roz really dislikes being stuck in a stall and Emi hasn't ever been stalled more than just an hour or two when I've taken Roz away.
|Roz locked in the stall for visitors to pet him last spring|
|The paddock this fall after laying down more hog fuel. Sadly it doesn't look like this right now.|
|When the ground is not too soft they are turned out on the pasture. Once summer hits they will be out 24x7.|
Sadly I don't have a tack room...but I do have 2 tack trunks, and I use my trailer tack room during the summer months. It was never really the plan to have horses at home since we don't have an arena. I've boarded for years, but having an old horse and a baby has made keeping them at home a really nice option.
|One tack trunk that has my saddle, their halters and Roz's bridle, and then their brushes.|
View of Where We Ride:
I'm super blessed to be able to ride Roz at NDF. This is the barn I boarded at when I had a real riding horse. It's about 10 minutes away, and if it weren't for a third of the drive being on gravel it would be even less than that. This is the same place that Tarra keeps Mystic, so it's nice to be able to ride together.
|Hay fields for riding in during the summer and fall|
|University owned forest land with in walking distance of the barn|
|Coming back to NDF after a trail ride|
My Favorite Feature:
I love having my horses at home. I would love to have my own property at some point, with an outdoor arena. I enjoy taking care of them and being in control of every aspect of their care. It's definitely more work than boarding but I find it to be very rewarding and I love spending time in the barn with them.