I thought about keeping mine at home but I figured in monthly expenses even AFTER the facility, round pen, arenas and all was built, would be more. I figured in water, electrical, grain, hay and regular maintenance like sawdust for the stalls and such monthly and found it MORE expensive than my board fee [175 mo] and they get a 60 acer grazing pasture with 100acers of woods on their pasture, and there are three round pens, one large riding round pens and two working pens, three outdoor arena's and a small indoor with a stall and full care with daily 7am to 4:30pm winter turnout and 7am to 7pm summer turnout.
I'm beginning to realize how nice it is to board. If you find the right place, you can have all the community and ammenities you need.
I have strongly considered the lonliness of keeping my horse at home. I actually board at a small private place, but I work at the largest equine facility in the county, just because there's always something going on where I work. There's literally a show every weekend and new horses arriving by the month. It's just more lively. I just don't like how isolated you feel when you have no other horse people around to ride with and talk to.
Thats exactly it Tim. I stayed at my own place for about 7 years. Loved it but it does get very lonely. As cheap as it was to keep m horses at me house and as nice as it was to keep them right outside my window and be just meters away from them, boarding is REALLY nice.
I travel a lot as well so I no longer have to find someone to come and care and check on them anymore. I can just leave for a week or so with no concerns.
The facility is great, and the trainer is amazing. Great people to be with. Having that option of indoor or outdoor sand or grass ring is fabulous as well.
You are right Tim, having boarders coming and going as well as have the opportunity to go out and show with others is great as well.