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Why board your horse at Flying Horse Farm?

January 7, 2010

A boarder’s perspective…

This weekend, Crystal and I were talking about how hard it is to make a major change in your horse world – like switching farriers or trainers or (gasp) finding a new boarding facility. For those of us that have to board our horses, there are a lot of considerations that go into selecting a barn – and we can spend a lot of time stressing over the decision!

Will my horse truly get quality care? Will my horse be happy? Will my horse get beat up during turnout? How knowledgeable are the people that run the farm? Are they crazy horse people or sane horse people? Will the other boarders like me? Will I like the other boarders? Will I ultimately end up regretting this decision???

The thoughts can go on and on….

For me and Apollo, the decision to come to Flying Horse Farm was easy. I boarded my previous horse at Pleasant Hollow Farms when Rebecca worked there. I knew that Becca was honest and extremely knowledgeable – both in terms of horse care and riding & training.

But for those who don’t know Becca, here are my top 5 favorite things about Flying Horse Farm.

1. Dutch Windows

The horses LOVE the dutch windows in their stalls. In every season but winter (when the windows are closed to keep the cold and wind out), the horses can hang their heads out of the barn and observe life. It always brings a smile to my face when I drive up to the barn.

2. Becca is a sane horse person.

Becca’s the real deal – she knows that riding is hard and there are disappointments along the way, but her approach to riding helps you laugh at yourself (and your horse) even when things are going wrong. Becca also actively seeks the advice, guidance and insights of other professionals for her personal riding pursuits which has a trickle down effect that benefits us all!

3. Unassuming Atmosphere

Flying Horse Farm is casual and laid-back. You get to know the names of the horses, as well as the names of the owners!

4. Water lines into each stall

It has never been easier to top off a water bucket! (Unless of course, you have automatic waters – I personally have never had the pleasure :)). Each stall at Flying Horse Farm features its own water spout above the water bucket. Becca’s dad, Ron, just added this new feature to the barn in the fall of 2009. He’s always thinking of something that will make the facility even better!

5. Oh, the places we go!

As an adult amateur, I just train and compete at the low levels. But that doesn’t mean I’m not passionate about riding, improving my riding, setting goals and making progress. I also want to have fun – who doesn’t? Becca has an active monthly calendar that supports the pursuits of boarders like me. There are lessons (at home and at cross country facilities around the area), clinics with other trainers, hunter paces, horse shows and horse trials. And let’s not forget about the fantastic trail riding available at Marsh Creek and Valley Forge State Parks.  Becca’s 4-horse and 2-horse trailers see a lot of action!

So if you’re looking for a place to board your horse, come out for a visit! And see for yourself just how fantastic those dutch windows really are…

– Mindy & Apollo

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  1. Crystal and Donato permalink
    January 7, 2010 12:16 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better. Donato and I have both improved so much since we arrived here in the fall (Thanks Becca!!!). Moving to Flying Horse Farm is one of the best decisions I made 🙂

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