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        01-26-2010, 11:28 AM
      #11
    mls
    Trained
    Previous thread on the same subject.

    http://www.horseforum.com/horse-stab...opinion-27191/
         
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        01-26-2010, 01:11 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I love having my horses in the back yard. And to me... stall cleaning comes along with owning a horse. I believe if you have a horse and ride it... you should be just as willing to do the dirtier jobs as well. Or you shouldnt have a horse. (just my opinion). I want to be the one doin everything with my horse. I want to be able to know my horses. And to me you can't do that boarding. Especially if someone else is feeding them, and cleaning the stalls. And all the small stuff.
         
        01-26-2010, 01:54 PM
      #13
    mls
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Cowgirl140ty    
    IAnd to me you can't do that boarding. Especially if someone else is feeding them, and cleaning the stalls. And all the small stuff.
    My boarders are as involved as they want to be. I have had boarders buy their own place "So I can ride more". They discover very quickly - it's not true. Normal chores aside - there is hauling out the accumulated manure. Stacking hay, going to the feed store, waiting for the vet or farrier yourself, going to the lumberyard, fixing fence, barn, stall, running water or fixing the auto water, etc. MUCH more involved than just feeding and cleaning a stall.

    Most people board in our area because they don't have the money to have their own place. $200 -$300 a month (my barn fees) pretty inexpensive for all that goes into it.
         
        01-26-2010, 02:24 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    I am in kind of an in between situation. I think I technically board my horse since he isn't in my yard BUT he is on the same property our military housing community is in so it's very close. Anyone who boards does all their own work and provides all their own feed. I like how I have complete control of the cost of keeping him and I love the work. The only thing I don't like is our facility is not great and neither is out arena. I love who I board with, it's a fun little community and we ride together often.
         
        01-26-2010, 03:02 PM
      #15
    Banned
    I board because I have to (suburbanite) but I think I kind of prefer it that way. I have no problem getting my hands dirty, I spent three summers doing nothing but mucking 20 stalls just so I could ride around their little jump arena for a 1/2 hour. I enjoy the community at the barn, and yes, the fact that I don't have to buy hay/feed. If I had the land I probably would keep my horse at home because like some people have said, it allows your horse to bond more closely with you, which I don't think is happening right now....I know he treats me the best out of everyone else, but I can't be as consistent as I could be when I'm only out there 4 days a week. The lucky part about my situation is its only 12 minutes from my house, so no real gas/time wasting there, and we do have two large arenas to ride in, and miles of trails that are a 20 minute ride down the road.
         
        01-28-2010, 10:48 AM
      #16
    Ink
    Weanling
    Thanks for all the opinions guys. Y'all have given me a lot to think about.
         
        01-28-2010, 12:41 PM
      #17
    Banned
    I like boarding. My wife suggested a few times that we buy a farm so I could have my horses at home.
    But I need the people contact. People to brush with, people to talk horses too. Riding I prefer alone except when it is to trailer to a place and then a partner is fun.
    At home like others have said you can't travel without finding/inconveniencing others, you need to worry about getting rid of poop, storing hay, cleaning stalls all the time, an arena, pastures.
    And regardless of where the horses spend the winter everything is killed, mud everywhere and weeds grow in the summer.

    No I like boarding and I am extremely annal about his care. The boarding facilities allow me to clean daily , pick my feed and which horses he goes out with.
    I don't want the mess, the hassles of having a horse at home.
         
        01-28-2010, 01:24 PM
      #18
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    I like boarding. My wife suggested a few times that we buy a farm so I could have my horses at home.
    But I need the people contact. People to brush with, people to talk horses too. Riding I prefer alone except when it is to trailer to a place and then a partner is fun.
    At home like others have said you can't travel without finding/inconveniencing others, you need to worry about getting rid of poop, storing hay, cleaning stalls all the time, an arena, pastures.
    And regardless of where the horses spend the winter everything is killed, mud everywhere and weeds grow in the summer.

    No I like boarding and I am extremely annal about his care. The boarding facilities allow me to clean daily , pick my feed and which horses he goes out with.
    I don't want the mess, the hassles of having a horse at home.
    Completely agree. I like riding alone, but I like having people to interact with, to watch, learn from, etc.
         
        01-28-2010, 05:22 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Ours are at home which is our only real option here anyway. They were "boarded" at a neighbors until we got our barn and fence put up, but that turned into a bad situation. There are no "real" boarding facilities here 'cause I live way out in the middle of nowhere. However, I think I'd choose to have them at home anyway. I've decided that the chores on cold days aren't too bad as long as I have the appropriate clothing & boots for it (let's hear it for Carharts!) It forces me to get some outside time in the winter which I need or I get grumpy. We definitely are more bonded because hubby and I are their only caregivers.

    As far as the travel concern that others mentioned, we have neighbors that are horse people and they'd help us out, just like we'd help them. I think if you have some horsie neighbors nearby like we do, you can get most of the benefits of boarding that people have mentioned. I always have plenty of people for advice, people to ride with, etc.

    I think the only downsides for us are the lack of spiffy facilities: indoor arenas and round pens. When we had almost of month of 20 degree highs recently, there wasn't any riding going on at all! Also, so many training suggestions people make involve a round pen which just isn't an option for us, but we manage to make it work in other ways.

    While their care is definitely time consuming, if they were boarded we would just be spending that time in the car to get to them. I'd rather spend time in the barn instead of the car anyday!
         
        01-28-2010, 05:44 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Oh, and as far as cost it is definitely cheaper to keep them at home. Our startup cost was high (we probably spent $5000 total getting the barn built, fence, electric, water, etc. set up - expensive here, cheap most other places), but that is cheaper than boarding 2 horses in most places for a year. We spend less than $100/month on hay for two of them. After two years, we will have saved a lot compared to boarding.

    Over the summer we will "rent" a neighbor's pasture for them, so we won't have to buy hay. He offered it to us for free, but we're going to pay him what we are saving by not buying hay. We'll have to put up a fence and simple shelter, but we can do that pretty reasonably.
         

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