I'm looking around for a new barn in the VA side of the world.
Any suggestions/"Don't go there's!!" for local barns in the Leesburg, Purcelleville, Lovettesville, Middleburg, Hamilton, Upperville areas that aren't a fortune and are nice places with trails available. Sometimes, where not to go is worth a lot.
PM's would be greatly appreciated since I prefer honesty without spreading "dirty laundry" on the forums.
I know lots of barns in those areas. Lots. Generally, they also have lots of wimmin there too. Like my wife. My wife doesn't like any other misogynistic, grumpy, kid-hating men, as she's got me. Therefore, I cannot recommend any barns to you.
I appreciate that, I'd prefer to not risk boarding with your wife.
How does one find a quality horse-boarding situation where there are no money grubbin' wives, much less breeders and their attendant spawn, lurking in the aisle?
Good luck with that
It's called "private barn" and "self care"
Doesn't work for a lot of people but it's great for us. We share a 5 stall barn backing to trails in Fairfax Station with 1 barnmate who helps with chores.
We're conveniently close to parks with trails, Frying Pan, several decent local show series and a network of community trails.
Finding a homeonwer in an equestrian oriented community who has a barn and no horses has become a bit difficult, though. I have noticed in recent years, with the economic down turn, a few popped up available.
"If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."
Maybe a barn with a big pony club contingent and a riding program for autistic children and adults.
Actually a friend and I started one of the first handicapped riding programs at Rock Creek Park Stables in 1973, Ethel Kennedy brought her handicapped kid by and we got some good press from her visit. Once it got popular, the barn manager claimed it for his own.
I've also worked with retarded kids and injured veterans with carriage driving when I had my draft horses.
Also "helpful" and "useless." What have you added to the discussion?
Trakehner, give Clifton Saddlery a call also or stop in. I don't know if they still do, but they used to keep a list of private barns in the general area that have a stall or two open, maybe one would fit your needs.