My saddle is ready to come back to the USA!

I am SOOOOO excited right now. I got a call last night that my saddle is officially all redone and ready to come back home! They just wanted double check the shipping address before they sent my saddle off. Something I am grateful for because I would not be a happy camper if my saddle got sent to the wrong place. I cannot WAIT to get it state side and back onto the back of my fat spotted pony. I am really hoping that all this crazy work has done the trick and that I don’t have any more saddle issues for a LONG time! Not that getting my saddle back is crucial right now because both rings are hidden under 2 feet of packed ice and snow, but to at least have it so I could, in theory anyway, ride if I wanted to. Oh I am so excited!

On to a different question…Why do most barns have such long driveways? There has to be a reason. I am asking this question because this past week I have been to several different barns, and every single one of them has a driveway that I never think I am going to make it up of! I have only been stuck once (I don’t have snow tires or 4 wheel drive or anything else good in the snow because normally I never need it), but still, why should I be stuck at all? Why must barns be so far away? On a few occasions I have decided not even to risk the trip up and just park on the road but even the hike to the barns seems so far. At first I thought it was because most barns do not want horses near the road, but the more I thought about it the less sense that idea made because often the pastures are often in between the barn and the roads. Is there a logical reason why barns are often placed at the end of very long driveways?