• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

boarding barns in CO

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • boarding barns in CO

    Moving to the outsides of Denver, CO looking for a dressage
    boarding barn in that area. Maybe Littleton CO. Any suggestions? Not a show person but likes to take lessons

  • #2
    Go to RMDS.org for information about the area.


    • #3
      Here's one idea for you. I haven't been there but I know a few of the boarders and a very good trainer there.



      • #4
        If you don't need dressage specific, this place is in Littleton- I have never been there myself-



        • #5
          Originally posted by mjhco View Post
          Go to RMDS.org for information about the area.
          I wish there was a good resource for barns in CO- maybe I'm missing something though- do you have a link to a page that has a lot of barns listed on rmds.org? The marketplace page only has 9 places, and I'm guessing that's probably because you have to pay to advertise your barn there- but I could be wrong.


          • #6
            The sad fact is that we in the south of Denver area are going through a time of changes regarding boarding barns. Douglas county (south of Denver) has many of the nicer dressage barns but the county is now cracking down on all things horse-related.....i.e they don't want horse businesses. Three of the best dressage barns have closed in Douglas county in the last 6 months due to permit/county problems. The barns left open in the Littleton, douglas county area are generally smaller places that are old and have been grandfathered in years ago......or they are currently at risk for being closed also.
            You can check out Normandy Farms. Nice barn in the middle of new development in Littleton....grandfathered in.....crazy owners and no turnout but nice barn, nice indoor, good footing, etc. Tolland Falls, Castle Cliff, 8th Heaven and By the Wheh? (don't know much about it) by Castle Rock all offer pluses and minuses. Freedom Farm and (can't remember the name of the barn, Shannon Dahmer trains there) are out by the Colorado Horse Park. Good luck in your search.


            • #7
              Yeah, southern Douglas County isn't a good place to be looking right now, and it's a long haul from Littleton. 8th Heaven (where I ride) and Freedom Farm are both for sale. By the Weghe is a multi-discipline barn but mostly Western/Arab/gaited. Nice big indoor arena but no dressage trainer.

              Cottonwood is -- eh -- OK I guess but not my kind of place. Access to trails is about the only plus.


              • #8
                There was another forum on boarding in the Denver area a few months ago. One of the recommendations was www.westmantonstables.com in Castle Rock.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by capricorn View Post
                  There was another forum on boarding in the Denver area a few months ago. One of the recommendations was www.westmantonstables.com in Castle Rock.
                  That is Canon Ridge and it is closed.


                  • #10
                    Stellar. That's the name of the other barn by Colorado Horse Park. Very odd set up and small indoor but nice, clean place with good footing.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LarkspurCO View Post
                      That is Canon Ridge and it is closed.
                      We are all moving to a new place. There will be announcements in the future.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LarkspurCO View Post
                        That is Canon Ridge and it is closed.
                        I trained with Sharon in the Dark Ages and she is excellent.She is still in Colorado and if you go to www.westmantonstables.com
                        you will be able to email her and find out where she is currently located.
                        Equine Art capturing the essence of the grace,strength, and beauty of the Sport Horse."


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mjhco View Post
                          We are all moving to a new place. There will be announcements in the future.
                          I'll be curious to see where you end up.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ctanner View Post
                            I trained with Sharon in the Dark Ages and she is excellent.She is still in Colorado and if you go to www.westmantonstables.com
                            you will be able to email her and find out where she is currently located.
                            Sharon is THE best.


                            • #15
                              Stellar has the permit problem too.


                              • #16
                                I think it would be a good thing if all horse owners refused to buy property in Douglas County. Purchase any kinds of goods or services in Douglas County.


                                • #17
                                  It really won't make a difference, MJ....Parker and the other Douglas county towns have become like Aurora now...commuter suburbs to Denver and they are getting plenty of revenue from people who have probably never seen a horse! When I first moved to Colorado, Parker was where all the horse action was...now you walk into Safeway to buy a 25 lb bag of juice carrots and everyone in line wants to know what kind of strange carrot diet you are on!! King Soopers in Parker stopped carrying the big bag of horse carrots for a while!

                                  But those of us who work in the big city are having to drive further and further out to board a horse and this means that eventually the commute will make it impossible for us to have a horse and actually get to ever ride it.


                                  • #18
                                    Last time I got the big bag of carrots in Castle Rock, I no sooner had it in my cart when a guy walked by and said "Horses!"


                                    • #19
                                      What about north and west? It seems there a quite a few dressage trainers that way (e.g. Dolly Hannon, Petra Warlimont etc.).