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    07-13-2010, 10:19 PM
My 3 are home. I love being able to see them whenever I like, being about to know them better than ever, knowing they are taken care of properly everyday, receive any meds/supplements every day, being able to go feed carrots and brush horses whenever I feel like it :)

Dislikes would have to be losing the flexibily to go to the beach/vacation weekend on a moment's notice and not splitting barn call fees for the vet.
But, even these aren't big deals to me - just requires planning further out for a farm sitter and a bank account with some money in it ;)
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    07-13-2010, 10:53 PM
I currently board. Decent facility, i've had some problems but heres the pros and cons:

-If my daughter is sick or I have an apt and can't make it to the barn, he's taken care of
-I have a lit arena to ride in whenever I want

-The 20 minute drive from home can become a 40 min drive from work
-Can be crowded once in a while

I move in 7 weeks and Cooper is moving with me onto my property.
Pros: I can ride anytime I want, its just a walk across the feild
I know he gets the supplements he needs and everything is done correctly.
Cons: Making sure im up early enough to feed and clean stall and let him out before my daughter wakes up (or before hubby leaves for work) on top of my already hectic routine
Making sure I'm home to clean stalls and feed in the evening- ie: no going straight to supermarket or dinner etc.
    07-13-2010, 11:14 PM
I keep them at home. Good and Bad. No riders in my arena or trail good and bad.
No one using my things. No one to share with. No one force feeding me their opinions
No one giving good advice.
    07-14-2010, 12:16 AM
I keep mine at home and absolutely love it. I get to see them daily, watch their behavior and how they interact as a herd, ride/train when I want, set my own schedule and am lucky to have in-laws and neighbors who are willing to care for them when I go away. There are no negatives-it has simply become a way of life for me.
    07-14-2010, 12:21 AM
Mine are at home. Likes? They're right out my window, I don't have to worry about other people messing with them, and I'm not forced to get lessons from a barn if I were to board at one.

Dislikes? The upkeep of our whole property, having no riding arena currently.....

The likes outweigh the dislikes.
    07-14-2010, 12:29 AM
My grandparents own their own boarding facility which basically makes it mine and it's only 10 minutes from my house.

I don't have to pay board but don't have to worry about getting all the chores done because it's taken care of ( I promise not trying to sound spoiled)

Huge indoor and outdoor to ride in at any time

Can go to barn anytime I want day or night

Stay at my grandparents house and just wake up to my horses


Cannot complain or do anything about the farmhand who is my sworn enemy ( we do not get along)

Its still is a 10 minute drive on days when I don't stay there

I love being able to clean stalls and take care of my horses so I still want them on my own placee
    07-14-2010, 12:41 AM
I board simply because we don't have the room for a horse where I live. I wish I could keep horses at my place! I'd be out in the stables all day

- Kind and knowledgeable people to help me if I need it.
- Most of the hard work is done for me!
- My horse has a lot of other horses to keep him company.
- There's trails and great facilities.
- He's taken care of if I go away.

- It's about a 20 minute drive. So I'm paying for all that petrol.
- Board costs!
- Can't take care of him myself (I would if it wasn't so far away though!)
    07-14-2010, 03:31 AM
I have 4 horse fenced acres and a lean-to. I have kept horses at home in the past and while it's nice to visit right there, there's also the upkeep of having them at home. Plus I don't have the resources to put in proper footing, nor coverage to ride year round (and I live where it rains 9 months out of the year).

So I currently board. It's only 4 miles from my house so I just pop over there when I want to ride. It's not too busy and I like the place and the people. I can stay away for a few days and I know my horse is cared for. It's worth the cost of being able to ride year round with decent arena footing. My horse does have 365 turnout from 8am-4pmish and that is the 2nd reason I chose that barn over another, first was distance.

I also like the social aspect of the barn even just to have other like-minded people around. At home I'm completely on my own as the rest of my family isn't into animals. And that can get a bit lonely.
    07-14-2010, 04:02 PM
I board. Why no poll?
    07-14-2010, 04:05 PM
Originally Posted by Jordan S    
Why no poll?
Is a poll needed?

Right this minute one is boarded and one is at home.

Having them at home makes daily care easier. No issues with getting to the barn, etc. No issues with my horse not getting their hay or food or turn out or anything like that.

The nice thing about boarding is there are facilities (wash stall, indoor ring, etc).

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