My new barn doesn’t have a name, but since it’s only ten minutes down the road from my house I’ve been affectionately calling it “10M”. It’s a privately owned facility that the owners just bought around a year ago. They’ve been doing renovations and are just starting to pursue boarders to fill their stalls.
10M definitely isn’t as fancy as KW. The structure is older, the floors are dirt instead of concrete, and most of the lighting is from skylights. It’s darker, quieter, and less aesthetically designed than KW. If KW is the luxury model of the barn world, then 10M is more of an economy car.
Board at 10M is super cheap for our area—$300 for full care, not including shavings! By moving to 10M I’m saving around $150 a month. There’s a little more labor involved with the cheaper price (I’ve cleaned my own run a couple of times and I’ve got to soak my own pellets), but spending a little extra time at the barn is worth the savings. Plus I get to drag my own arena, which is super satisfying!
The arena itself is a little bit longer than the arena at KW. SellerH and I are confident that we can fit a small course of jumps in there, which is exciting! The footing was very uneven when we first arrived, but the more we drag it the better it gets. Working on the footing makes me want an arena of my own (some day!). I think it needs to be watered down, but it’s improved so much since the start of the month.
Raglan also seems to think that the arena is THE BEST for rolling.
The barn is shaped like an L around the arena. The long side of the L has stalls with runs attached.
Raglan’s stall gets cleaned every day, his water is always full, and he’s been getting a plethora of hay. He’s in the third stall, right between two of SellerH’s resale projects. I love that his run puts him right next to two other horses (yay, socializing!) and that he can stick his face out the front of his stall.
The short side of the L shape has stalls that are used for storage. One of the stalls is a wash rack and another one is a tack room. SellerH and I have taken over two storage stalls (one to keep our tack/equipment in, the other to store our grain and all of SellerH’s hay, since she’s doing self care).
There’s also a viewing room on the short side of the L (underneath the hay loft) that looks out on the arena.
The barn is really quiet. Out of the eleven stalls in the main barn SellerH has taken over five of them, I have one, the owners use three, and the other two have boarders. There’s another, smaller barn with five or six stalls in it, too, but I’ve only seen a couple of other people come out to ride their horses.
Of course, the best part of the whole facility is THE BARN CATS.
The barn owners also have a big flock of chickens (I love chickens 😍) and a few turkeys (I do NOT love turkeys, the hens are okay but the toms will chase you if you’re not careful 🙃).
Raglan and I are settling into 10M nicely! It’s been a lot of fun to have SellerH around. I’ve never really had an adult riding friend before, especially not a friend who’s also interested in jumping. At some point I still want to end up in a bigger facility with a lesson program, but for now 10M is a great fit for us.