Monday, June 9, 2008

Where I Call Home

I suppose I have mentioned that I board Monty at a very interesting place. It's called the West Hills Polo Club. During polo season, arena polo matches are played. Arena polo differs from grass/outdoor polo in that it is played like hockey or racquetball in an enclosed but not covered space.

The polo arena on the property is a huge, sand arena. During the off-season, there are jump standards and poles enough to set up a little jump course. When polo season is running, the jumps are moved from the ring and then replaced after a match. There is also a smaller riding arena close to the barn where the jumps can stay set up year 'round but it is smaller and better suited to schooling exercises. The big sand arena is level, almost rock free and great for all sorts of schooling from lungeing to flatwork under saddle and jumping. The only thing that would put this place in sheer horseback riding nirvana would be a covered arena to use in the winter.

There is also a veterinary clinic on the premises, the Long Island Equine Medical Center.

Imagine boarding your horse in a place with a vet literally in walking distance from your barn door, and I'm talking less than 100 feet from the barn door! Thankfully, in my 6 or 7 years there, I've only needed this convenience a very few times. The horse care at this place is top-notch. Routine shots, wormings and teeth floating are mandatory. It's a comforting feeling to know that even if I can't get to see my buddy, he most definitely has water, a clean bed and proper food and if anything seems amiss, I get a phone call from the office immediately.

Unlike a show barn however, this place has a very "laid-back" atmosphere. It's all adults, no kids and mainly pleasure riders. We all have a similarly laid-back attitude and though there has been the occasional "stinker" moving in, they usually move out again very quickly. Most of the time when I get there in the evening to ride, I have the whole place to myself, which is really nice.


Flying Lily said...

Sounds like you have a perfect boarding situation. There are days when I would really envy you the 'no kids' part...and those days are coming right up when school gets out and my boarding barn is overrun with girls all day long. Sweet kids but I get overdosed.

SolitaireMare said...

Hi Flying Lily!

Oh, I know what you are talking about!! The barn I previously boarded at was just like you described. It was a pony girl haven. There too, they were all really cool kids but sometimes you just don't want to hear children's chatter. I think it would get to me more now since I have twin 5 year old boys and quiet is a very precious commodity at my house!

Anonymous said...

I think with my OCD about my own horse would not be a good match for living that close to a hospital :P Good care is hard to find and this barn sounds like just the right place for you!

Twinville said...

Sounds like a really wonderful place to board and ride your horse.
Are their trails nearby if you so desire?
Having adults only is also a plus, because I find for me that riding is MY time. I bet you really appreciate the same thing, what with your twins and all, too.

SolitaireMare said...

Yes, we have trails, not exactly nearby, you have to ride on the roads a ways to get there but I'm thinking it's no more than a mile or so and you enter the state park.

Thankfully Monty is good about riding on the road!

allhorsestuff said...

WOW, 7 years! That is a good facility and you have it so good!