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  • Multi-discipline boarding stables?

    How many of you riding at stables where there is a concentration of more than one or two disciplines? How does it work for you or your stable?

    I ask because I am used to boarding at stables that are primarily dressage, and a few years ago I moved to one that is about 65% percent hunter/jumpers riders, and then the rest of us are dressage/pleasure riders. Sometimes the fences and courses are left put out, and this creates issues with the dressage riders who love to circle (), or the hunter/jumpers moan about having to put away said fences after every lesson day. It also does create a bit of a split between barn folks.

    Would love to hear other people's experiences!
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    I've NEVER been at a barn that was all one discipline, that would just be too weird for me!

    The barn I'm at now.. I'd say is predominantly Dressage folks, some jumpers/eventers/hunters, and a handful of western folks.

    The barn I'm at during the school year (college student) is predominantly western riders (pleasure/trail, then WP, then reining), a few Dressage riders, a few jumpers, and a Saddleseat rider as well. Variety is the spice of life!
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    • #3
      Yeah my barn is mainly eventers with some western thrown in for good measure. No offense but how in tune can you be with your horse if you can't circle around jumps? I understand the need to practice a test in an open arena but other than that I would think the two disciplines can multi-task without too much of an issue.
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      • #4
        I've been at a handful of barns that had multiple disciplines. Generally the rule was that if you put it up you take it down. That went for barrels, jumps, ground poles, gates, whatever.

        If you're the first to get there and you set up a course or you set up a trail course or you set up barrels, fine. You were there first. Most folks will ask others who show up, "hey, is it cool if I school this and then I'll put it away?"

        It has always been in the rules where I've boarded. If there's some disagreement on the rules and etiquette where you are, I'd ask the BO.

        One of the things I've found recently is that I tend to defer to whomever was there first. That means that if some parelli person is there doing free longe work, I may not even RIDE because I don't want to interrupt. Or if someone is giving a lesson, I'll skip riding then too. When I talked to BO, I was informed, "YOU PAY FOR THIS ARENA. YOU GET TO USE IT. And if you have any trouble, you tell me. I will make it right."

        So...maybe it's different at every barn. As someone who likes to jump, I wouldn't think of leaving my stuff up in other people's way.

        However...for the record, even H/J folks do 10 and 20 m circles. Around jumps. I don't think it should be that hard for folks to utilize and share an arena if they are TRYING to share.
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          lol, it was a joke. I CAN circle around fences, but it is very hard to do serpentines, quarter lines, center lines, spiral in/out, etc, when there are fences left up in a course format.
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          • #6
            I'm an eventer at a barn with mostly pleasure and trail riders (one other eventer, but she's not riding much at the moment). When I jump, I take down my jumps when I'm done, just out of respect for the others. It's not such a big deal.

            Of course, when I was at a primarily event barn (out of coincidence, not design - though we were remarkably good at covertly converting those of other disciplines who moved in.... ), we left the jumps up pretty much all the time, and didn't have a problem doing our dressage around them.
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            • #7
              I'm the only one that really jumps at my barn out of 17 horses. We have a couple dressage, some young horses who are just getting started, and the rest are pleasure. If we use jumps in the indoor then they have to be taken down after. BO, however, keeps a full course set up outside. Her rule is that it's not supposed to be moved but b/c I'm the only one that jumps there's no problem with me moving stuff around. The other girl that jumps sometimes will NOT ride outside. Our outdoor is hard to describe... it's like two arenas in one. It's kind of t-shaped and the top part of the "t" is a regulation sized dressage arena. We never bother to put any jumps or poles up there. No one has ever complained about anything being in the way and the one dressage girl is showing second level and was ranked nationally last year and she rides just fine around everything. I also do lots of dressage type flatwork and have no problems either going around the jumps or staying up top in the empty space.
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              • #8
                At my barn we have riders that do all different things! We have about 25 horses in total. We have riders that are very into eventing, and then we have a few riders that event for fun at the lower levels. We have some riders that do the big eq stuff and the big jumpers and other riders that go and just do x-rails. Then we have have riders that are doing third level dressage and some riders that are doing intro level. And then we have a few ladies that just love there horses and they ride for fun and hack around in the feilds and trails.
                Its great because its a very laid back place and everyone does different things and we are all very supportive of each other. We do have 3 rings, and that makes things much better. We have one large dressage ring. We have one ring that has jumps set up. And then we have another largr jumping ring in a huge feild that has big fancy jumps in it.

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                • #9
                  When I had a boarding operation, it was most definitely a multi-discipline environment! As the BO/BM, I made it a rule that you break down what you set up. People were generally agreeable; there were one or two difficult folk, but they were difficult in many areas and didn't last long with me.

                  Sometimes things were forgotten, but no big deal, a gentle reminder when next I saw the "offending" party was all that was necessary. (And quite frankly, once or twice I got distracted by the needs of a given evening and went home without putting up some jumps or something that I had set up ... breaking my own rules!)
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                  • #10
                    My barn is mainly hunter/jumper but we have a girl who does Western, she's 4th in the nation for her class, and then our barn owner does mainly dressage, with the occasional hunter show thrown in. We also have an eventer, that refuses to do the hunters.
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                    • #11
                      My barn has 400+ horses, 3 H/J trainers, a riding school, a western/all-around trainer, a reining trainer, a saddleseat trainer, a dressage trainer, and an eventing trainer. We also have our share of recreational riders. It all works out great- we have 9 arenas so everyone has room, and you get the chance to see many types of riding that you would not otherwise see.

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                        Originally posted by mypaintwattie View Post
                        My barn has 400+ horses, 3 H/J trainers, a riding school, a western/all-around trainer, a reining trainer, a saddleseat trainer, a dressage trainer, and an eventing trainer.
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                        • #13
                          My arena is 150' x 250'. We split into a 1/3 - 2/3rds area, with the jumps kept at one end. The "dressage" portion is about 20 x 45 meters. We don't have it fenced off, so people can still work using the entire arena, but it does offer areas that can be used for each, without constantly clearing equipment.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mypaintwattie View Post
                            My barn has 400+ horses, 3 H/J trainers, a riding school, a western/all-around trainer, a reining trainer, a saddleseat trainer, a dressage trainer, and an eventing trainer. We also have our share of recreational riders. It all works out great- we have 9 arenas so everyone has room, and you get the chance to see many types of riding that you would not otherwise see.
                            Holy Horse Poop! This place must be HUGE!

                            Our barn currently has about 50 horses, and we have a nice h/j program, some dressage riders and a bunch of pleasure/trail folks. We have a new western trainer, but I don't believe she's doing much yet. The worst part is that, based on how our barn is laid out, us h/j folks don't come into contact often with the ohters. We're sometimes considered snobs, which we're not. It is just a hike to the "other" tack room/area from ours, which is attached to the indoor. We do always take our jumps down - we consider it an additional conditioning activity.

                            As for those of us h/j and dressage people, it can be a little tough when one of our DQs shows up late for her lesson and decides to ride with us. She has an uncanny knack for being right where we need to be, then whines because we're in her way.
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                            • #15
                              About 150 horses here. Like mypaintwattie we have multiple arenas & disciplines including cutting. The jump arena isn't fenced, but we figure if you're not good enough yet to ride without a rail you're not ready to jump. The cutting pen is a bit deep for most other disciplines although people do turn out in it. We've got a cutting/reining trainer, several instructors for dressage, eventing and hunters (although the hunters are by far the minority), a guy who occasionally drives his Saddlebred all over the place & through most of the arenas. We hold NRHA reining shows & have a resident Pony Club. The horses get tons of exposure to all sorts of things, including the cattle & we've even had a few english riders try their horses at following a cow. We've also got folks who just ride for fun or out on trails. Never a dull moment! Although I remember one working Christmas when I was the only soul on the place all morning & it was so peaceful!
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Hunter Mom View Post
                                Holy Horse Poop! This place must be HUGE!
                                It sits on 25 acres, surrounded by 185 acres of trails. 2 Miles from the ocean, a midsize facility by Southern California standards. Forgot to mention that we have a therapeutic riding center, rental barn, and equine rescue group on the grounds too. But even with all the horses, there are many times when there are only a handful of boarders there- the arenas are hardly ever full. The only thing we don't have is pasture space- you are hard pressed to find actual pasture in SoCal.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by mypaintwattie View Post
                                  It sits on 25 acres, surrounded by 185 acres of trails. 2 Miles from the ocean, a midsize facility by Southern California standards. Forgot to mention that we have a therapeutic riding center, rental barn, and equine rescue group on the grounds too. But even with all the horses, there are many times when there are only a handful of boarders there- the arenas are hardly ever full. The only thing we don't have is pasture space- you are hard pressed to find actual pasture in SoCal.
                                  I know the Saddleseat trainer at your place. He used to train here in WI. It sounds like quite the operation!

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                                  • #18
                                    I know it can work, but much like the "open show" dscussion, one discipline will dominate and others may feel left out. Unless you are fortunate enough to have multiple arenas and round pens. I have been the "dressage girl" in primarily hunter barns where the rule was move the jumps if you must, but if a course is up please put it back. I have also been the hunter/eventer girl in a dressage barn where the rule was "if you put it up, take it down". I was fine with either as long as everyone is clear on the rules. Someone will always feel like they are getting the short end of the stick, but them's the breaks.

                                    The barn I am at now has a take down rule for the indoor, but we can leave some semblance of a course up in the outdoor as long as we leave a space for a true 20m circle and either a straight center line or a clear 1/4 line to the wall.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by mypaintwattie View Post
                                      My barn has 400+ horses, 3 H/J trainers, a riding school, a western/all-around trainer, a reining trainer, a saddleseat trainer, a dressage trainer, and an eventing trainer. We also have our share of recreational riders. It all works out great- we have 9 arenas so everyone has room, and you get the chance to see many types of riding that you would not otherwise see.
                                      Yep, I love being able to see everyone else ride different disciplines. Just because of the size of the facility, though, we have several arenas set up just for jumping, one just for dressage, etc. We don't tend to have to deal with other people's equipment.

                                      I don't have the bravery to jump, but I enjoy watching it- especially the brave little kids on their ponies! And I'm sure if I were a pleasure rider or a jumper, I'd think it would be neat to be able to watch people schooling grand prix dressage horses as well Plus, I love me some little quarter horses, so having the western trainers lets me see lots of them

                                      And I have three friends who have switched disciplines recently, for different reasons. That's a nice option to have.

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                                        Thanks for the replies everyone!

                                        Interesting to see how other barns work!

                                        Where I'm at now, Saturday (after lessons finish at noon) to Tuesday evening the arena is to be kept clear, and Tuesday evening to Saturday morning there is always a course left up as our H/J trainer has lessons mostly those days. It seems to work, but I definitely would love to have another arena that is cleared 24/7! I am jealous of all the places with extra arena's!
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