Since December 2019, my horse Sunday and I have been boarding at Spoons Arabians in Sherwood Park, AB and have been doing in hand lessons with Shelley Klingspoon-Bluett. The last 7 months have been awesome despite the COVID-19 Virus happening all around us.
When I was younger, I would spend hours at the barn. Usually only one or two hours with my horse and then the rest would be watching others ride, help with cleaning or whatever else needed to be done.
When an equestrian says they will only be an hour at the barn, their flat out lying! It is usually two hours minimum. We also have a barn family. People that encourage you to be a better equestrian and a better person in general. A good barn is where everyone is friendly, NO drama and helping each other out when needed.
At the barn, we have had a lot of fun. Christmas Party did a Breeches and Brunch Sunday and this past Sunday, we just had a fun day doing obstacles. First time Sunday saw pool noodles and he of course was a Rockstar. Being that he is only two, he was not sure how to step up onto the pedestal but let me put his front legs on it no problem. So just something to try again and work on.
I’ve also been cleaning stalls since January and it goes towards my board and surprisingly, I’m enjoying it. After a few places I boarded at, I swore up and down I was never going to clean stalls again. But at Spoons, I’m enjoying it and it gives the weekday crew a break as well.
Being a barn brat is timeless, call me crazy, but I honestly feel it is. I still get excited about lessons and my heart just pounds when I’m learning new things. I get dreamy eyed about my future with Sunday and what that could all entail.
So regardless of your age, the horse you have or the equipment you use. Enjoy your barn time. Don’t ever apologize for it and never regret it!
My truck smells like horse all the time and I’m sure there is something horse related always in it. Trust me, my dad is quite thankful that he no longer needs to drive me to the barn and he never asks when I leave, what time I’ll be home.