I am looking for a new stable not too far from NW DC. I would like to stay South of Columbia and South of Frederick and West of 95. I am looking in Poolesville, Clarksville, Boyds, Brookeville, Laurel area, Highland, etc… So far I have found 70 barns located in this geographic area! I have learned that one or two trips does not always reveal the true story of a barn so I am hoping to get some personal (or even second hand) advice. I know a lot of stables operate via word of mouth but the only horse people I kow are at my barn and I don’t want to go around advertising that I’m leaving.
I am an adult re-rider and have been taking lessons for about a year and I am just a couple of months away from purchasing a horse. My main priority is to find an instructor who teaches balanced riding. I have no ambition of climbing the show ranks but its important that my skill level is always improving and that I am challenged. I just want to dabble in a little bit of everything and find a barn that is friendly and fun and is a nice atomosphere for what I consider to be my ‘happy time’. A barn where people don’t take themselves too seriously and have a sense of humor but who have solid foundations in riding. Preferably someplace that doesn’t cater primarily to small children. Board under $600 (I’m happy with field board) and lessons under $50/60.
I’ve looked through the archives and done my homework with the Equiery, its still just a little overwhelming because I still have 50 stables on my list! Thanks so much for any help!