Horses are fed at 8:30 am and 4:30 pm daily. Each feeding includes quality hay and a grain selection appropriate for your horse’s needs. Free feed hay and water are always available at turn out. Owner provided supplements would be fed as requested. We strive to keep each horse at its optimum weight. If you change your horse’s activity level or if you feel your horse requires a dietary change, please discuss it with management.
Horse Vaccinations and Healthcare
All horses must be on a bi-annual vaccination schedule. New horses must be current on all vaccinations including flu/rhino, E/W/Venezuelan, Potomac horse fever and supply a negative Coggins test.
All horses must be kept on an eight-week deworming schedule, beginning with January. This is the owner’s responsibility. If circumstances keep you from keeping this schedule, OTR can administer owner provided dewormer, or for a small fee, OTR can handle all aspects of the deworming schedule.
Turn Out Philosophy
Horses are turned out daily, weather dependent. On a normal turn out schedule, horses are out approximately 12 hours per day. We believe turn out is critical to horse health and where they are happiest. We strive to have horses out every day it is safe to do so. We currently have 3 grass pastures, with intent to have grass for the horses to eat from spring to fall. During parts of the year, these pastures may be closed for fertilizing, grass growth, erosion control, weather, etc. During late fall through early spring or during wet conditions, the dry lots will be used for turnout.
During late fall through early spring or during wet conditions, the dry lots will be used for turnout.
Horses are turned out daily in the summer. The winter schedule becomes every other day dependent on weather. You can check with management for your horse’s schedule.
Turn out time can vary depending on the weather. When it is 10 degrees Fahrenheit and below, we do not turn horses outside.
Our pasture ground is primarily clay, so we turn out when the footing is dry enough to insure grass integrity and shoe longevity.
If horses are not turned out and you wish to use a dry lot, you must bring your horse back in.
Horse Shoeing Care
Jeff Thompson, Owner and Farm Manager is also our Farrier. Owners need not provide handling when using OTR’s Farrier. Jeff will provide details of his service and scheduling as part of your welcome packet. Each horse owner may elect to use a farrier of his/her choice. In that case, it is the responsibility of that owner to make arrangements for horse handling.
Farewell Horse Care Policy
We require a 30-day written notice prior to your horse’s departure.
1. Everyone who rides must sign a release, no exceptions. Forms are found in the break room.
2. All riders under 18 must wear a helmet when mounted. Adult riders are encouraged to wear a helmet when mounted.
3. Do not ride in the aisle ways. Horses may only be mounted outside the barn or in the indoor arena.
4. Leave things as you find them (i.e. if a door or gate is closed, close it behind you).
5. Pick up your belongings from the barn floor (brushes, boots, etc.). Items left will be disposed of, assumed as trash.
6. Do not sweep or throw waste out a door. Waste disposal from cross-ties, arena, trailers, etc. should be put it in the manure spreader, wheelbarrow, or muck bucket.
7. Turn off all lights if you are the last one in the barn.
8. Report something you find broken, or any concerns, to barn management.
9. Dogs must be contained by leash and get along with all others. For safety reasons, if either is a concern, the owner will be asked to remove the dog and not allow it to return.
10. Keep driveway speed under 10 MPH and yield to oncoming driveway traffic from the parking lot. DO NOT drive on the grass.
11. Always treat people, animals and property with respect.
1. Horses are to enter and exit the barn on a lead line through one of the large sliding doors. Do not use a “man” door.
2. Horses must always be under owner control when being led outside the stalls or pastures. Reins or lead line should always be in hand.
3. Deworming of horses is the owner’s responsibility and must be done every 8 weeks beginning in January (ie. January, March, May, July, September, November). The deworming schedule is on the bulletin board.
4. Horse’s name must be on its blanket, and only two blankets may be stored at any one time on provided hook.
5. Inform management if you are taking your horse off property.
6. Keep horse current on bi-annual vaccinations.
1. Clean up after your horse BEFORE you move your horse from the crossties. Do not leave a mess for the next person.
2. Do not leave your horse standing in the cross ties. Cross ties are only for tacking up, brushing, clipping or otherwise working with your horse.
3. Cross ties are a shared resource, so please be considerate of your time.
1. If your horse poops or pees, clean it up as soon as possible. NEVER leave it in the arena.
2. If you get out equipment, put it away when you are done. If the next person requests that you leave it out, be sure they know to put it away.
3. The arena is always open, however lessons have the right of way. Please ride in the same direction as requested by the instructor. If you feel the length of time warrants a change of direction, ask the instructor if that is acceptable.
4. Turnout in the arena is only allowed if no riders are waiting. Turn out should be monitored by the owner and attempts made to keep the horse from rolling and peeing in the arena.
1. Do not ride in the jump or dressage areas if the ground is too wet. Standing water or deep hoof prints are indicators that the area is too wet.
2. If you use the jumps, return them to the position you found them in. If you knock them down, pick them up.
3. You can ride in the hay field as long as the hay is not cut for baling.
4. Do not ride off property. Neighboring fields have not granted riding permission.
5. Do not ride in the yard in front of the barn and surrounding the house.
1. Clean up manure and excess mud from the wash rack floor. Do not try to wash it down the drain. It will clog the drain and close the wash rack.
2. Turn off the water at the spigot when you are done washing your horse.
Break Room and Viewing Room:
1. Doors must remain closed at all times. Turn off lights when you are the last one leaving the room, not matter the time.
2. Return heat to #1 if you are the last one leaving in the room.
3. Clean up after yourself. Don’t leave food or trash.
4. Dogs cannot be left unattended in these rooms. Barn cats are not permitted in either room.
1. Trailers may be stored on the property only with management permission.
2. Waste cleaned from visiting trailers can be disposed of in the manure spreader at the rear of the barn.