Hawley Farm Stables
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Boarding Stable
Below are photos of our barn and stabling facilities
The barn consists of 10 stalls, four interior stalls and six with corrals.  The area above each stall is open so there is adequate air circulation.  The central hallway is 16 ft. across allowing for adequate movement.  There is a sound system wired into the barn so you may listen to music while grooming your horse. Several local radio stations are tuned on the stereo.
    

 

Each of our stalls is 12 ft. by 12 ft. All of our stalls have the Equiterr flooring system.  This unique system allows moisture to trickle down through the bedding keeping the stall drier and helps to reduce odors.  By staying drier, less bedding is used and mucking out takes much less time.  Six of our stalls have 12 ft. by 14 ft. turnouts with the remaining four being exclusively interior stalls.  Each turnout has fine gravel overlying a Geotek membrane. Each stall also has an automatic waterer manufactured by Equuspring.  The door of each stall has a blanket holder as well as two bridle holders.  A swing out door is utilized for feed and hay rack.
    

    

Two wash racks are available.  The exterior wash rack has a nonskid floor mat over a concrete base and can be used year-round temperature permitting.  The interior wash rack has hot water available with a flooring drain system to minimize puddles.  Each has crossties for your horse.

A locked and secured tack room is available with saddle rack and wall hanging bridle holder.  Helmets may be placed on or hung from the rack and there is a limited space for horse supplies, treats and grooming equipment. You may keep a reasonable amount of grooming supplies by the stall if you desire. Off-season blanket storage is available in a room on the loft with either hanging or boxed storage.

 Also on site is a toilet and shower in the utility area.  This area also has a deep sink that may be used for hand washing as well as cleaning of small items, for example, bits.  The utility area also has a small dorm room style refrigerator and microwave.

    

    

All boarders have access to a 60 ft. round pen in addition to the 100 ft. by 200 ft. arena.  The footing in each of these consists of a combination of soil, fine gravel and sand that is periodically groomed.  The arena also has ground poles, jumps to a height of 3'6" in addition to traffic cones and tires that may be utilized to train your horse to become familiar with different objects. Cavalettis are also available and may be placed at four different heights.

 

We have approximately 15 acres of grazing which is separated into 5 fields.  The fencing consists of smooth high tension wire between these five fields.  There is a shared barbed wire fence partially between our farm and adjacent cattle farms but is insulated by an electrified fence to protect the horses from running into it.  All of the interior fences are made visible by fluorescent yellow fence tags to prevent the horses from running into them.  Watering in the fields is done automatically by Varnan field waters that are insulated to keep water cooled during the summer with minimal if any ice skimming during the winter.  Horses are rotated between pastures periodically to minimize damage to the pastures, a technique known as rotational grazing which helps to control intestinal parasites.  The fields are also chain harrowed and dragged periodically to control intestinal parasites by spreading muck.  We also have a muck spreader so that we may recycle organic materials from the stalls; muck is spread on fields which are not being grazed.
    
    

Our boarders come from all walks of life.  Some of them have rescued horses that they now ride.  We have several students from Virginia Intermont College, a local nationally recognized and collegiate equestrian champion university.  One theme is common throughout all of our boarders; they all care deeply for their animals and enjoy our family atmosphere.

    

    

Feeding is done twice daily with feeds custom tailored to meet horses needs.  Feeding is done by Sara or designated barn help.  Feed is stored in a locked feed room also accessed only by Sara or designated barn help.  An extra charge applies if your horse requires more than twice daily feeding.

Sara performs barn duties with assistance from Matthew and Ian.  There is a cadre of part-time help all of whom have extensive horse backgrounds being either experienced boarders or experienced horse people with off site horses of their own.


Turnout is dependent upon the season.  During the heat of the summer horses are stabled during the day and turned out at night.  During the cold winter horses are turned out during the day and brought in at night.  Blanketing is done after discussions between Sara and the owner with a maximum of two blankets being applied.  Since we are in a temperate climate, heavy blanketing is rarely required.  Since the barn is insulated and has closing doors at each end, the temperature inside tends to remain approximately 10° cooler during the summer and 10° warmer during the winter.

 

We are blessed to have our boarders in our barn.  Many have started as boarders and have become our friends and extended family.

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