As a teenager I was able to keep my horses at home. I am forever grateful that my parents were willing and able to support that dream. It was the best thing ever to be able to walk outside and see my horse. I didn’t fully appreciate what a great gift they had given me until I was boarding at farms that didn’t offer the level of care that I was accustomed to. It can be difficult to go from keeping your horses at home and having all of the control to writing a check and trusting that someone else will treat your horses right.As I went to college and we had fewer horses I ended up moving my horse to a boarding facility. I much prefer to ride with someone or at least with someone on the property and as my schedule changed that became nearly impossible. Around that same time my parents moved to California and before I knew it my home for the past decade was on the market. I totally understand why my parents sold – why have a farm if you don’t live there! I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we miss it all the time though!
Now first I will say that I board at the best possible place for me and my horses. It is in a great location, the care is top notch, and I have a lovely barn family. Actually they have become some of my closest friends now. That said as I get more and more interested in breeding I do wish that we had our own land.
Whenever the right time comes I would love to be able to keep whatever I am riding and showing at my current farm and then keep babies or horses that are being bred at home. For us that would most likely mean buying land and building the structures.Google introduced me to: Barn Pros. I am sure there are more affordable ways to get the same outcome but I would love love love to have a nice 6 stall barn and 15 or so acres. Ideally we would be able to build the barndominium and then at a later date build a real house. Not happening any time soon but until then I will continue to day dream about it!
Do any of you have dreams to keep your horses at home? If so what kind of set up do you hope for?