The Barter System
If you are able to pay the rates for lessons, boarding, leasing, or even purchasing a horse, please do. However, at Calberry Farms we believe that everyone who wants horses in their life should not be prevented due to finances. To that end, Calberry Farms is open to the barter system. If you just want to interact with horses but don't really have interest in riding, you are welcome to volunteer by grooming or helping take care of the horses. If you are a beginning rider, feeding and helping take care of the horses in exchange for a discount in lesson prices is a possibility. If you are an experienced rider, teaching beginner lessons or taking care of horses in exchange for a discount in the prices of lessons, rides, or boarding are all possibilities. The same is true for the purchase price of a horse. If you would like to use the barter system, please be prepared to work hard.
Horses enjoy living out as much as possible as nature intended. Owners have free access to stalls. Board includes unlimited hay, grain once daily, and blanketing according to the stable's blanketing schedule.
275 Ipswich Place, Charlottesville VA 22901
Calberry has a limited lesson program. Beginning riders must learn to groom and tack up their horse and care for their horse after a ride. Riders will learn work in hand and lunging in a stretch. Riders will learn about a horse's biomechanics and how to ride so that the horse is as comfortable carrying a rider as possible. Riders will learn how to ask a horse to engage their topline muscles and how to ask the horse to move correctly underneath them. Lessons have 1-3 people in them. Lessons with 1 person will be about 45 minutes. Lessons with 2 or 3 people will be closer to an hour. Cost is $65 per lesson.
Riders should show up with a teachable attitude ready to learn and work!
Calberry Farms' staff is very busy, so if you inquire about lessons and don't hear back in a timely manner, please feel free to send another text or email!
Field board $375 monthly
Lesson horse training board $275 monthly
(If you are okay with and your horse is suitable for being in lessons)
Half training $275 monthly plus board
2 sessions weekly
Full training $425 monthly plus board
4 sessions weekly