I am only one horse away from having Rocking E at maximum capacity for the fall, and that horse comes over the weekend! I have horses from all over the country: California, Illinois, Arkansas, Idaho, Florida, Texas–you name it, I’ve got it!
Some horses from out-of-state are shipped here on big professional rigs, but this year most horses have been personally hauled by their owner. I love that. I have seen some shady horse shippers in the past, and I always advocate owners driving their own horses if possible. This also means that once boarders arrive, they need someplace to park their trailers. Some boarding barns charge to park trailers long-term, but so far I’ve allowed boarders to park for free.
This year, though, I might just change my mind…
I have never had this many trailers on my property before!
19 trailers, to be exact. I didn’t even get a picture of all of them! It was starting to drive me bonkers.
Especially the wonky parking.
I don’t have any specific designated parking areas (because I’ve never had to), and this has left room for boarders to park as they wish. Which isn’t always super great… So after enough complaining, Brad bought me this super rad gift for the tractor. He sure does know the way to my heart.
That little diddy was so helpful! We spent about an hour moving EVERY SINGLE trailer on the property. Brad is a whiz at backing trailers, so he stayed on the tractor and would move each one while I pulled out tire-stops and chains. Then, I’d quickly mow where the trailer needed to go before he re-parked it.
We moved them all to places more ideal for each boarder. For instance, Cassidy tacks-up at her trailer, so we moved it to a better spot so she can get in and out easily. Or, Kaitlin won’t use her trailer again until the end of the year, so we squished it between two other trailers to make room for people who use theirs more often.
I feel like the result is much more aesthetically pleasing and useful.
They are pretty close together, so I asked my boarders to park with care, and if they needed help they only had to ask. I don’t want anyone backing into other trailers and causing damage.
I don’t have nearly as many trailers at the north barn, but I had Brad rearrange them there, too.
So, tell me, I’m curious-does your barn charge for trailer parking? Do you have a designated spot to park? Are you comfortable parking your own trailer?