So in short are you suggesting it is the cost of the service provided that determines it as posh?I learned at and helped at a posh yard. Its owner explained to me that if I ever bought a horse, I should not keep it with her as I did not need the type of service she offered.
The livery is expensive very very expensive. But the client can be sure that their horses is 100% looked after and exercised / schooled daily (only by staff in the school under her supervision). A wealthy businessman owner could be abroad and return after many months to find his horse perfectly cared for.
All tack was cleaned. Horse tacked up and ready for its owner/rider just as in Victorian times.
There was an equestrian class ranking on the yard as once described by eml. I was staff, not among friends of YO nor allowed to become friendly with them.
That is the downside. If one learned to ride there, it cost a massive amount but one always had an excellent horse and good teacher. My OH and grand daughter both learned to ride at the posh yard. Worth every penny. YO and our familyhave now known each other for years and years - so the poshness no longer excludes me. Or not quite.
I once went for lessons at a posh dressage yard a long way from home because we needed to go to that area once a week for family reasons. Very expensive WB horses for lessons and on livery. All the facilities very beautiful and a posh shop. I did splash out and buy my all time favourite Pikeur denim breeches there so never forgotten.
I am always posting that adult learners can pick and choose their schools. I went there for a purpose to ride posh dressage horses to see if i wanted to buy one and be a dressage rider. So mission accomplished. I was hacking Maisie twice a week and preferred that.
I would say they really don't know much about modern equestrianism or don't understand what upper class means!Interestingly today at uni one of my class mates said the majority of horse owners are upper class and the tutor agreed. I certainly don't believe myself or very few people I know fall into that bracket.
At least they're used rather than falling into disrepair. Realistically if stately homes are open to the public then they're probably better used that way, there would be a lot of potential problems using them as livery yards or riding schools, and if the owners wanted to use them as their own private stables they would.Our stables are listed buildings. It makes me so sad when stables at stately homes are used as tearooms and giftshops.
They can be maintained and left with the original fittings please. Clearly you havent read that wonderful book the British Stable.At least they're used rather than falling into disrepair. Realistically if stately homes are open to the public then they're probably better used that way, there would be a lot of potential problems using them as livery yards or riding schools, and if the owners wanted to use them as their own private stables they would.
I'm going to ask, because I'm concerned, is everything ok Skib? I'm assuming it's stress for whatever reason that has caused that reaction towards another forum member.They can be maintained and left with the original fittings please. Clearly you havent read that wonderful book the British Stable.
Clerarly also you still cant resist the urge to find fault with anything I post - -In this case Mrs Horsemanship know it all, I am the posh Oxbridge historian and you are not.