We really only have a little over 3 acres, so I'm wondering if there are any advantages to giving the place a name. Has anyone else done this. Formally or informally.
One advantage is that you can get free monogramming from Smartpak if you have more than one horse getting their Smartpaks at the same 'barn'. Another is that you have a 'brand' that you can carry with you if you expand.
But is it a little pretentious to name a 3 acre backyard barn?
Growing up we always named out houses we lived in, as in; remember at Pleasant Retreat we had.....etc.
Or the winters at Merry Gallop Stable were cold with that wind coming up over the hill.
Whether it was more than an acre or just a backyard everything got named, heck, we even named the trucks, trailer, cars, its nicer than saying the old '65 chevy you can say, "boy, Gus was a great truck"
It's your place, right? If you want to name it, go for it! There are "barns" out there that only exist on the road and at shows. You at least have your own land. Enjoy naming YOUR place - and your free monograms!
"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." -Henry Ford
I named my little 5 acre place... Even painted a super spiffy sign I did decide not to hang the horse boarding one though... My extra stalls will now be staying open... One for feed, one for shavings, and one for future baby who will be arriving in 2013
If you want to name it, go ahead and name it. Some people will make fun of you though. I know one woman who has a freakin' logo of her "farm name" on her truck/trailer and she boards her horses and isn't a trainer. I admit we laugh at that.
My place is small and I chose not to name it because people stop all the time and ask if I board or do lessons and I can't imagine how bad it would get if I had a sign out, too! Plus I hear sign vandalism and theft is pretty popular with the kids these days. Most of the boarding barns near me don't have a sign out and I always wondered if that's why...
I vote for naming it; I did name mine. I worried about people just stopping by if I put a sign out by the road as though my farmette was a boarding barn, so I put my sign by my horse barn so I can enjoy it myself! Enjoy!
Yep, I did with my 5 acre farm. Now I get all kinds of crop production, insurance, etc information from NY state addressed to my little 5 acre farm with 2 horses and a dog.
I emailed once to ask them to delete my name and farm. No good. Of course not, I'm dealing with a branch of the government.
I just called last week, got an out of the office message but I did leave a message that I not only had a 5 acre place with the 2 horses and dog but the ONLY product that I had was MANURE and, unfortunately, I had to PAY to have it removed as I was unable to sell it. I did ask them to please call me if they needed further information.
Thus far I haven't heard anything back.
Back in my day, we didn't have as many warning labels because people weren't so dang stupid!
Definitely name your place!! At the very least, it's just fun! And who the heck cares if snobby folks feel you only name big spreads.
When we first moved to Virginia, we bought a small 5-acre spread up in the mountains that had a stream running through it called "Duck Run". We named the place "Duck Run Farm", & my mom painted us an absolutely gorgeous oil-painted mailbox with a flying Mallard. In fact, we took that mailbox with us when we moved, just for posterity.
It certainly wasn't a plantation or a ranch, but it was ours, & we really enjoyed giving it a name. Do what's fun for YOU - not everyone else.
We always name our homes, cars, etc. I currently live on a defunct chicken farm, in what was once, I ama told, an old chicken coop. We have 3 acres with several foundations of old barn on it. A stream runs through it. We live on the Chicken Liver Spread. It is in a dip downhill and we get no cell service. Officially, we call it The Hollow. Where is The Hollow? On the Chicken Liver Spread.
Makes us happy.
Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.
Mine is named "City Limits Farm" we are just outside the city limits, and last yea increased our acreage by more than double when we bought a property adjacent to ours that was for sale ...so now our 3 acres is 7! I dont have a sign up out front, but it's mainly becasue I haven't made one yet...lol. but I do have our farm name embroidered on the fleece dress sheets the horses will be wearing for the horse expo