So about 10 or so years ago, when I was visiting Up North, there was a sign claiming a new "Equestrian Club" was to be built.
Of course, I was obsessed.
This past trip with my Husband, we were touring a lot of Up North Michigan, this was the first time I went in to FINALLY check it out.
Wow, it was nothing short of very impressive.
The biggest and best surprise were the calm, sweet horses that were on turnout or in stall, well taken care of and seemingly looked very happy.
And how fresh, crisp and clean it smelled...everywhere.
The snob in me LOVES a gated and rock pillared entranceway.
Ahhhh...Heaven, is this you?
So, the barn of all barns.
One of the pastures...every pasture was lush, with shelter and there were 1, 3 horses in each of the LARGE pastures. There is a lot of land here.
Also there are miles of trail access and I THINK, not sure, that you could access Lake Michigan to take your horse swimming (oh how I would love to take Laz there swimming...such a beautiful clear lake)
Not sure what this was...a side garage? Beautiful anyway
The main outdoor arena...huge. Sanded and grass (nice to have the different footing I thought) and a gazebo for hot parents to watch in shade.
Full view of outdoor
The young girl was getting a lesson and the trainer seemed patient and kind and very positive on her cantering.
Entrance to the stalls
Front reception room, and indoor thru the barn doors
To the left (and right) when you walk in are four wash rack areas (HUGE again) on each side
Also..this place was SO clean..not one hint of urine smell
Stalls, glorious stalls...I would imagine a 12 x 14, or 14 x 14...HUGE
This was a large Andalusia X horse
If you stall your horse, how nice to have the stall matts and this thick bedding (cleaned every day)
...well we do have that at Laz's barn :)
This gentle giant took a nice roll after I rubbed him face and coo'ed at him for a good 5 minutes
We took the stairs up to view the indoor from above
The club room on 2nd floor
View from above, of the large indoor.
Look at the ceiling height...no choking on dust in this arena
Watching another one bite the dust into horse love
Club room again
One of the trainers taking her horse out to pasture after his lesson
I loved how serene this barn was...I swear every horse was calm and happy.
This guy just kerplunked after her to get to his pasture
To me a sign that the horses are not deprived of turnout
Huge dressage arena too, outside
On our way out....I didn't want to leave. How sweet that my Husband even said "well, if we ever moved up north, maybe you could work there to get Laz to stay there." LOL!
I would shovel some major SH*T no problem.
For more info on this facility, click HERE
I will say the staff I met, briefly, were incredibly warm, welcoming and informative...I think a minority when it comes to barns this nice, so that was a great surprise.
The full board is $925 a month
Pasture board is offered at $500 a month (May-Oct only) with access to full facility. (I thought THAT was a great deal)
If I win the lotto and move up north, I think Lazarus and I would adjust quite well here. ;)
Do any of your barns look like this?????