At Bar TT Cowhorse, we have developed a full suite of facilities to make training our horses as streamlined as possible.
Our outdoor arena, round pen, exerciser, patience pole and miles of trails provide plenty of variety for the horses, even on wet days.
Our barn has 5 stalls (12 x 12 ft), a full size wash rack with overhead heating, hot and cold water and tie rings for vetting.
One additional stall has been converted to a tack room with a full complement of bridles, saddles, pads, boots, halters and blankets.
The barn also includes a small kitchen with horse first aid, foaling and treatment supplies, many equine texts, saddle repair kit, cleaning supplies, snacks for the trainer and riders, and a small washroom.
The barn is heated to keep it above freezing, usually at about 50 'F. Two resident cats keep the mice away and enjoy a cozy home above the furnace room.
Across the yard, lies our hay barn and feed room. Here we store shavings, and all dry concentrated horse feeds. We believe in quality nutrition for our horses - you can't expect great performance on budget hay.
Our outdoor arena (70 x 140 ft), is located immediately adjacent to the barn and tack room. It has a packed clay based with Kinsell sand footing. The space easily accomodates two riders.
Beyond the arena, lies the covered exerciser, a 50 ft Triology Free Walker that accomodates five horses at a time, and can be adjusted from a slow walk to a moderate lope. We use the walker during inclement weather to give the horses a run but it's main function is to build solid tendons and ligaments in the young horses before they carry a rider.
A round pen with standard panels, 50 ft across, is located just north of the barn under cover. We get plenty of rain in Bergen, and the covered pen can be adjusted to a 60 ft square practice space when it is needed. Clay based and Kinsell sand footing make this a great place to teach young horses.
A patience pole stands nearby, a tall metal pole with a chain on a swivel. We use this to teach young horses to stand tied patiently and find they learn quickly that running around just makes them hot and tired.
Abundant pastures with heated Ritchie waterers surround the main barn area. Trails through the bush provide plenty of riding outside the arena. Cattle are kept on about half of the lands at the ranch and provide interesting work for the horses on a regular basis.
In the worst of winter, we haul to an arena in the area, which is quite large, and heated. We have a three horse trailer that we use for these short excursions, often taking a load in the morning and another in the afternoon on the coldest days.