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    Default There are many already - Boarding in Lynchburg VA

    I know that there are several threads already, but most had 'PM Sent' or had barns that were quite a drive a way from Lynchburg (1 hr).
    I was just wondering, other than the barn that Randolph College uses, what other boarding barns are there in Lynchburg VA?
    I am really interested in places with an indoor arena and turn out would also be very nice.
    Thank you in advance!
    (Doesn't have to be strictly H/J, but it would be nice if it were near Lynchburg since I might be attending Randolph next fall)



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    Sweet Briar. Several students from other colleges board their horses there. You would probably have to be in the riding program, though.



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    Sweet Briar is not near Randolph and I have not heard that they have begun accepting outside boarders - the riding program is part of tuition too so it wouldn't make sense to have another college's student there.

    The only other barn which has an indoor, but much smaller than Randolph's, would be Serene Creek - not too far away and run by a former barn manager at Randolph. Not breed or disciple specific though so not sure what the set up is.

    There is also Stone Bridge in Natural Bridge, not close but with a decent indoor. It is a hunter/jumper facility with the former director of Randolph training there, but it is being auctioned next week so not sure what will be offered, if anything, after that.



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    check out Mane top stables in Lynchburg
    There are a few places in Forest as well worth looking into. Try Roaring Run Farm in Goode.

    Sweet Briar is only open to current students.



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    There are quite a few good boarding/training barns in the L'burg/Bedford area but OP was asking about indoors and those are few and far between unless you are a college.

    To the OP - are you not interested in riding with the Randolph program?



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    I live in Bedford, and we are 40 minutes from Randolph College. Regarding facilities with an indoor, there are few and far between in Lynchburg.
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    In that area though, do you really need an indoor? I used to live in C'Ville and for the first 8 1/2 years of my riding career there did not have an indoor. I can count on one hand the number of days it stopped me from riding. For the last 1 - ish year of riding there we had one, and again, actually *needed* it maybe 2-3 days that year due to inclement weather. I ride in light rain and snow; but even light rain doesn't happen THAT often...

    Short version: I've been looking at facilities in the lynchburg area too for a potential move next year if my Plan A falls through; and I would not turn down an otherwise good facility just because it did not have an indoor.
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    No, you don't really need one, but especially with the shorter day light it does add flexibility to your riding schedule.

    The only other issue would be if your outdoor area doesn't have good footing or drainage - the clay in this part of the state is slick when wet.



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    Sweet Briar does take private horses; there are 2 girls from Lynchburg College who board there currently. It is near Lynchburg, and it has an indoor.



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    Sweet Briar is about 30 minutes from Randolph.
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    Sweet Briar is in Amherst - a good 30 - 45 min drive depending on traffic from the main campus at Randolph.

    Lynchburg and Randolph share the same barn so I think that might be what you are thinking - its on the Bedford side of Lynchburg - actually the L'burg line runs right up the middle of the barn!

    There are also a couple of private, non college boarders at the Randolph barn who train with the instructors there. Used to be a few more (including my DD) but the number has dwindled over the years.

    There are only SBC students at the Sweet Briar barn.



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    I was interested with riding with the Randolph program, but was also considering just having my horse at a barn near there. I know that there is also Northwind (talked to someone that works at Randolph and they mentioned it).
    I know that Randolph has a fairly select (in comparison to other schools that I'm looking at) riding team, and I know that while they have a lot of room technically at their barn, but that they also have a lot of school horses and then other girls who have potentially been there longer and might be considered for the spots before I would be at the time, which limits the amount of actually open stalls that they might have.



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    I wasn't sure how often there was inclement weather, but coming from a place where having an indoor is almost a necessity to work in the winter (icy up here), I guess I probably anticipate bad weather more often than it occurs.
    I had asked people around the area that were students, and none of them said much about the weather being really bad and being inclement. They had mostly said that what snow does come melts fairly quickly (which it does not where I'm from).
    Which led me to wonder if I really needed the indoor because there were numerous barns that didn't have one when I looked up, but I have no experience with living in that part of the U.S. and the weather that comes with it, so I wasn't sure what to look for exactly.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SxO View Post
    I wasn't sure how often there was inclement weather, but coming from a place where having an indoor is almost a necessity to work in the winter (icy up here), I guess I probably anticipate bad weather more often than it occurs.
    I had asked people around the area that were students, and none of them said much about the weather being really bad and being inclement. They had mostly said that what snow does come melts fairly quickly (which it does not where I'm from).
    Which led me to wonder if I really needed the indoor because there were numerous barns that didn't have one when I looked up, but I have no experience with living in that part of the U.S. and the weather that comes with it, so I wasn't sure what to look for exactly.
    I've lived up north too (NWPA), and there you really couldn't get along without at least a small indoor if you wanted to ride at all over the winter. Virginia may be a bit of a shock to you weather wise - I'm only 3 hours further south and its supposed to be 70 this weekend.

    As someone above said, we mainly used the indoor when we did have it because the footing was better.....this was partly because BO with outdoor slacked off in her last few years before retirement .

    Its definitely worth going somewhere that has an outdoor with lighting - winter days are shorter, and as a college student you'll probably appreciate more flexibility in your riding times.
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    It'll definitely be different for me. None of the horses I saw down there were wearing anything more than a lightweight (if even), while mine has been wearing a medium weight for about 2-3 weeks now.
    She even has a good chunk of winter coat already, despite my efforts of trying to keep her from growing too much because she has quite the fluffy and hairy coat in the winter and works hard and sweats a lot.

    And thank you for mentioning outdoors with lighting, because it hadn't even occurred to me to think about that at all. I knew that around TN and such that an indoor really isn't needed at all, but really hadn't thought about VA being far enough south to be bundling and lighted outdoor appropriate too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SxO View Post
    It'll definitely be different for me. None of the horses I saw down there were wearing anything more than a lightweight (if even), while mine has been wearing a medium weight for about 2-3 weeks now.
    She even has a good chunk of winter coat already, despite my efforts of trying to keep her from growing too much because she has quite the fluffy and hairy coat in the winter and works hard and sweats a lot.

    And thank you for mentioning outdoors with lighting, because it hadn't even occurred to me to think about that at all. I knew that around TN and such that an indoor really isn't needed at all, but really hadn't thought about VA being far enough south to be bundling and lighted outdoor appropriate too.
    No problem :-). One thing I've learned is that when you're new to an area and barn shopping is that its important to check out a lot of facilities to compare what amenities they have. If lots of places have indoors, it probably means you're going to have a harder time riding in winter without one. If most places don't have indoors, its probably because most people are happy to ride outdoor in the winter. Same goes for times horses are in/out, whether pasture board is feasible year-round, farrier prices, vet fees for vaccinations/regular check ups - these prices/expectations vary from area so it is worth doing your research. Those are just off the top of my head.... Also, become facebook friends with girls on the Eq teams of schools you're looking at - they will likely be happy to help, and a great resource. The teams should have a facebook page so do a search.
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    Thank you so much! I really appreciate the advice, and will make sure to do so now that I've been, at the very least, accepted.
    I still haven't decided between Randolph and another college, and while the horse is important, there are other major factors that will help make my decision, and having this sort of thing more settled will really make that decision a little easier and less about the horse and what I'm going to do about her.
    So thank you again!



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    I went to Randolph back when it was still R-MWC, and kept my horse at the place that is now called Mane Top. It's the perfect location - even closer to the school than Randolph's barn (literally just up the street)!

    And not having an indoor was rarely a problem. In fact we didn't even use the indoor at the school's barn that often unless the weather was terrible - the 2 outdoor rings are gorgeous!

    I rode in the school's program too but boarding there was out of my price range. It actually worked out great and I feel like I got the best of both worlds.

    I don't know the trainer at Mane Top personally (it was run by someone else when I was there), but I believe she's an R-MWC alum - so of course she is probably awesome.

    Feel free to PM me if you want to talk about the school. I had the time of my life there and received what I consider a top-notch education!



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    I too attended Randolph when it was still R-MWC but I boarded at Northwinds. It was great because I could ride my personal horse during lessons at the school barn. It was just a quick hack through the field to get there. I only remember riding in the indoor one time and used the outdoor the rest of the time. I highly recommend Northwinds. The stalls were large and airy, the barn was always clean, and my mare was able to get turned out by herself which was a must. The barn manager (if it's still the same guy) was Pete or Tom, or something of that sort, and he was excellent. I really enjoyed boarding there. Good luck!


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