Bramblewood News

  • Covid 19: Announcements and Farm Rules

    A note from Kim about measures your barn is taking to keep staff and visitors safe. 

    As we all have had vast changes in our lives the past few weeks, lesson numbers have declined considerably. While we now have the option of keeping fewer and smaller sessions going with strict measures in place to disinfect and support social distancing, the financial hit to the farm has been great. If you are unable to take lessons at this time, and are financially able, please consider the following options to help your barn survive in these unprecedented times:

    • Consider paying for lessons even if you can’t ride at this time. Your commitment to four rides a month is what has made Bramblewood what it is today. Any sessions that are a part of that monthly discounted rate of $180 that you cannot use at this time will have no expiration and will be waiting for as make up lessons when you’re finally able to visit your place of peace again.
    • Sponsor a horse! The monthly care of each horse in the farm is $550, including hay, grain, rent, utilities and the labor of staff that see to their wellbeing. Any amount that can help us offset this cost is cherished and will be put to immediate use.
    • Purchase gift certificates for rides to be used in the future or to give as gifts to others.
    • Thank you! To all of our clients who have gone above and beyond already, donating funds, gifts and services, thank you, from the bottom of our heart, thank you!

    What your farm is doing to keep visitors safe:

    South Carolina, particularly Greenville County, has not ordered shelter in place at this time. Until that order arrives, Bramblewood will be operating under stringent guidelines. There are many physicians in the barn family and we are in constant dialogue with them about the best practices going forward. We are doing all that we can to keep our staff and farm family safe and we ask you to remain mindful and join us in these efforts.

    • Visitor numbers must be kept low at all times to protect our staff and others. All visitors must wash their hands upon arrival. There is a station set up at the front faucet to sanitize. It is recommended that all parents and non-essential visitors remain in their cars at this time.
    • All rides will be kept quiet and low-key. No cantering or jumping at this time. Work around horses can be risky at the best of times and we will do our part to not overburden the health care system with needless accidents.
    • Wear gloves. If you have your own helmet, use it. Purchase one if you do not.
    • Riders with special needs and/or riders requiring direct, hands-on assistance will be rescheduled for a future date.
    • All equipment and surfaces will be sanitized between visits.
    • Following South Carolina guidelines for gatherings of groups, we will minimize interaction between sessions and take advantage of the earlier times of the day to keep visitor numbers low.
    • A distance of 2 meters (the length of a horse) will be kept between all people at all times.
    • If you have a fever, are feeling unwell, or have been in contact with anyone suspected to be positive for Covid 19, reschedule you session for a future date.

    Be sure to check back often as we’re reassessing the situation day by day and all practices are subject to change at any moment.

  • Watering the Root: on teaching beginner riders

    Making the choice to stay home and focus on connections, horsemanship, and our personal responsibility for what we bring to the horse brings a lot of freedom I never allowed the farm before we quit competitions. We don’t pull manes anymore. We keep our expectations of attire simple: helmet and boots. Our agenda has narrowed to a pinpoint of awareness — what is the horse telling you today? Read more at Kim's blog. . .

  • The blog is back! New and Improved with More Mud!

    If you want to keep up with daily life at the farm, check out the farm's blog. Bramblewood is a unique community of artists who have found that riding inspires more than just posting the trot. Kim is a lifelong writer whose work can be found on our Facebook page and the farm's blog here.

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