JJ Stables, LLC is a family-owned stable located in the Catoctin Mountains just off Route 15 near the
JJ Stables is a family owned horse boarding stable north of Leesburg, VA. We have 14 stalls between our two barns, an indoor riding ring, an outdoor riding ring, two wash stalls, and two tack rooms.
I'll be in the barn.
When people have come to visit over the years
they commonly hear from me "I'll be in the barn."
When life gets hard I'll be in the barn.
When things are just right I'll be in the barn.
When the sun shines
The rain falls
Or snow covers the ground
I'll be in the barn.
If things seem to be falling apart or if I'm
celebrating the simple things, I'll be in the barn.
When I'm looking for answers or trying to clear my mind, I'll be in the barn.
When I'm looking for myself, I'll be in the barn.
If I'm working or trying to relax, I'll be in the barn.
Even when I'm not in the barn my mind drifts there, I find myself thinking about being in the barn...
It's where I keep my riches
All my wins and my failures
Every one of my hopes, dreams, hardships and
You can find them all in the barn, buried in the hay, hiding under a halter, spilling out of the feed bins,or glimmering with dust in the evening light.
I may be covered in dust, dirt, feed, hair, and hay, smell of sweat and manure, and sometimes there may be blood or tears but I'll be there. I'll be in the barn.
So if your wondering where to find me, I'll be in the barn. If I'm not there I promise I'm on my way.
Photo by Jordan Blackstone
Happy clipping season! The making it level is very relatable, which one can you relate to?
It always has to be the gray horse who finds all the poke berries…
Tucker, the night watchman…
Come out and visit the horses!
It finally looks like a ring again! Now to ride…
Visit the horses today!
Horse Barn Help Needed
Private horse farm in Lovettsville is looking for an experienced horse person to help with daily care on weekends and a few week days. Both mornings and/or afternoons shifts available. Looking for someone who can work independently, is detail-oriented and has horse management experience. Duties include feeding, watering, turning in/out to paddocks, mucking stalls (3-5) cleaning and filling troughs and buckets, blanketing and other tasks as needed. Work can be completed in less than two hours per shift. We operate a very quiet, peaceful barn. Along with horses and ponies, we have a few goats, chickens, dogs and cats. Message or call Julie Jones if you are interested or for more information, 703-975-6666.
Today is the day!!!
Big puppy, Basil, had his vet check-up today. He was perfect! 💕
We are looking for barn help.
Small, private horse farm in Lovettsville is looking for an experienced horse person or two to help with daily care. Morning and afternoon shifts available, with flexible times. We need someone who can work independently, is detail-oriented and understands horse behavior. Duties include feeding, watering, turning in/out to paddocks, mucking stalls, cleaning and filling troughs and buckets, blanketing and other tasks as needed. Work can be completed in less than two hours per shift. We are a very quiet, peaceful barn. Message or call Julie Jones if you are interested or for more information, 703-975-6666.
Mark your calendars!
Storm is rolling in…
Sunset after the storm…
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
The Gingersnap Girls Equine Education & Rescue Foundation (GGF), a 501c3 non-profit humane organization, is in need of horse-knowledgable volunteers. If you need volunteer hours with a non-profit or just love to be around horses, please consider helping. The GGF is currently looking for a couple of people who can help with holding rescue horses for the farrier, bringing in and turning out in the field, grooming, and other horse-related tasks as directed. Dates and times will be scheduled in advance. The GGF really needs a couple of volunteers for this Wednesday, July 13th, late morning. Volunteers will be helping at a barn located in Lovettsville. Please contact Ann Mercer at 703-727-7277 if you would like to volunteer.
THIS SATURDAY 12-4pm!!!
Save the date!
Little Miss Lily is having a major laminitis flare. She has on her fancy new boots with special orthotics. Praying that she gets through this soon. We love our sweet girl!
One of the (only) things that I enjoy about the snow is getting to see all the tracks left by the visiting creatures during the night. Here are a few: our neighbor’s five-toed cat, a mouse and a small bird.
Fall on the farm…
Mornings here are so peaceful.
Tomorrow is the day!!!
True. All of it. 🤣
EQUESTRIAN PROBLEM SOLVING 101
Problem: My horse won’t go forward.
Solution: Go Hunting, tally ho and make sure breakfast is ready when we get back. Your horse will go without you.
Problem: My horse bucks.
Solution: Go Hunting. He will get left behind and will be so focused on keeping up, he will forget to buck.
Problem: My horse is spooky.
Solution: Go Hunting. He will be so focused on navigating the in-your-face obstacles, he won’t have time for drama.
Problem: I have trouble seeing distances.
Solution: Go Hunting. Every distance is pretty much a hail Mary whether its correct or not.
Problem: I need to get my confidence back.
Solution: Go Hunting, we will give you alcohol if needed.
Problem: My horse is green.
Solution: Go Hunting, the hunt is colorblind.
Problem: My horse rears.
Solution: Go Hunting. Hard to rear while galloping. Js.
Problem: My horse is afraid of dogs.
Solution: Go Hunting. No dogs here.
Problem: I can’t ride well enough.
Solution: Go Hunting. You will surprise yourself when in fear of your life.
Problem: My horse won’t load on the trailer.
Solution: It will only happen the first time. Once he knows how much fun he’ll have he will run on. Kind of like s*x. Only better.
In short: Go Hunting and you and your horse will be happy.
Only one week away!!!
I believe we have new best friends here…❤️
This sweet puppy arrived yesterday! We are working diligently to get him up to speed so he can help El with keeping the farm safe. Welcome Basil!
Got a minute? Pour yourself another coffee and come sit. Something's bothering me and I need to get it off my chest.
Once again, I've been sent a message by a delightful young mother who has bought a 'broke pony' for her kids. Problem is, despite paying a hefty price tag, it's not working out. The seller, quite a well-known person in her area, has refused to take the pony back, despite promising that it was safe enough for her four children and charging thousands for it. Unbelievably, the pony was only two years old.
I keep talking to parents who find themselves in this situation, over and over again. These are intelligent people who truly want what's best for their children. So, what's going wrong?
First, don't automatically believe what any seller is saying about their kids' horse or pony. Bottom line, you've got to see it, to believe it!
If the seller claims that kids can lope to the creek ba****ck, then you need to see that being done. If they say it was Champion ridden pony at Such 'n' Such Show, then you need to see the video to prove it. Before you buy, Google any winning performance claims. What this will tell you is that if the seller will lie about something won, he or she will lie about something else.
Next, we all know the individual animals that were saints at age two and where everyone grew up together, to live happily ever after. Do yourself a favour and forget about them. There is no way that a two-year-old pony has—or should ever have—enough time and mileage on it to be called a kid’s horse.
Instead, know that your new pony's and your child's ages should add up to around twenty, just to be on the safe side. This, because somebody has to have the brains in the outfit and two babies aren't generally going to be able to make good decisions together.
When you go shopping, the following should be standard equipment, not random options on a wish list:.
Ease of catching, tying, loading and unloading; walking, jogging, loping (preferably in a bit and not a halter, because wearing a bit well just helps prove that some time has been spent educating the animal); circling, riding in straight lines, going happily away from home, alone and in a group; neck reining, if the animal is to be ridden by a Western family; respectful ground manners and handling of feet; allowing jackets to be put on and taken off while mounted; safe riding around dogs, machinery and highway traffic; standing still for mounting and a healthy respect for the word whoa.
I am also of the unpopular opinion that small ponies working ONLY on leadlines, being led around with children on board, may be quiet but they aren't actually broke, or trained. There's a big difference.
Any hint of balkiness, herdboundness, crow-hopping, spookiness, rearing, nipping, halter-pulling while tied, or A LACK OF WILLINGNESS ON THE PART OF THE SELLER TO SHOW THE HORSE OR PONY GOING UNDER SADDLE are deal-breakers.
You don't have to be belligerent with sellers. There are good and trustworthy people out there... but it IS your job to find them. Remember, seeing is believing. If, for any reason, you cannot watch this stuff happening, please go home with an empty trailer. The safety of your kids demands it.
Shown here, the beautiful and famous Arthur, mentor to so many children who have gone on to become serious and aspiring horse(wo)men. Kids' horses come in all shapes and sizes... and Arthur, among the smallest of them, has perhaps the biggest heart.
11767 Ropp Lane
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