Ah, and wouldn't we know it as Stagers to apply the Should I stage or not to our Arena and Barn?
My life as a Stager is non-stop, and very fun and rewarding! We are blessed to have an arena, and a 10 stall barn on our property, and a couple of wonderful mares that we love to ride on our trail. Since we have so many stalls, 2 girls, and literally Stages and De-stages we decided to spread the word to have it used the way it should be, ideally, with a person to manage as our daily lives are quite busy.
Lo and behold, we were contacted by a trainer who is local and wants to house show horses along with our sisters property next door, who has a barn with 4 stalls. It is painted truly beautifully, yellow, with barn red indoors, a lovely upgraded tack room, heat, and plenty of space to store the hay.
Now, our arena is huge, for show, but needs paint. Structurally, it is in great shape but needs cosmetics, nothing that a weekend of painting and clean up would fix in a hurry. It's also loaded with concrete floors with drainage, great footing, heat and light, a horse boarders dream.
Our potential trainer came with 6 of her boarders, and looked at the barn, and fell in love with the feel, the location, and the potential. We mentioned we would be painting it, and they immediately asked what type of paint because of the toxic nature to the horses. We said it would be latex, and then we went to look at the barn next door. It had been freshly painted (we don't know what kind of paint!) and altho it was still fresh, no mention of paint was made. Now, in comparison, to clean the stalls was quite a long walk with the wheel barrow whereas our barn the access is immediate. The comments were, OH, how cute! And, look at this place, this is nice! My husband and I just laughed, wouldn't you know it? The advice we give all of the time right back at us! "There's nothing less expensive than a good coat of paint!"