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        12-17-2008, 11:33 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Well she probably wont be burning until it warms up a a bit. I would look online for roundpens good luck
         
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        12-17-2008, 11:38 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Man I would kill for a barn that was only $300 a month. My barn right now is $650 $850 with training and my sisters is $800 and $950 with training!
    I also think that the lady does sound resonable. I would find out what the rules are and just abide by them.
    Chelsae
         
        12-17-2008, 12:13 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Wow for that price and the offered infrastructure it sounds like a great deal. Perhaps she has a list of barn rules and a contract you could check out before deciding. Can you get some references and just discreetly ask around to see if other professionals know her and her operation? What does she do with her horses--compete, breed, train? It sounds like a professional operation and shouldn't be that hard to check out with a little detective work. Good luck.

    I have 2 round pens and a "batters box". They are the portable galvanized panels which I love. They are easy to transport and set-up and were relatively inexpensive. If I ever don't want them anymore they can be re-sold at a good price and require no maintenance whatsoever. They look the same today as when I got them 5 years ago.
         
        12-17-2008, 12:16 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I forgot to mention....I have been called a mean old bitch once or twice too. My response was always "dont let the door........."
         
        12-18-2008, 10:10 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    Before you bring her home, you need to ask yourself if you are up for the work involved. Mucking at least twice per day if you stall her, cleaning up the pasture she will be in, a companion horse, feeding and watering twice per day, arranging farrier visits, rudimentary vet care such as (shots, worming, simple cuts, rain rot, etc), going for/finding hay and then storing it, the flies in the summer, hauling away the manure and shavings (you have too little land to just move it to a different place), just to name a basic few.

    3 acres including your house and living area does not leave a lot of room for a horse and her companion (pony, goat, 2nd horse).

    All of the above which does not include the training.

    I would almost believe that 50% or more of round pens were made of wood so you should be OK in that department.
    From what I see 3 acres is plenty for a horse. We live on the same land with my parents. Combined we have 6.5 acres. The horse has 3 of that. We also have a Lama and pygmy goats. She does fine with it. She has been here for a while but we just moved her out so she could get some training but my wife like I said does not like the arrangement over there.

    I have some pics of the stall also coming in the next post. I did not think it was that bad but my wife hates it.
         
        12-18-2008, 10:16 AM
      #16
    Foal
    I had to use my phone to take the pics because the barn manager was there.








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        12-18-2008, 11:10 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    I think 3 acres is fine for the horse, as I have said its winter, why not bring her home for now and and just do ground work with her and light riding? Look for a new place in the spring. JMO
         
        12-19-2008, 04:00 AM
      #18
    Foal
    From what I can see that looks unacceptable. Is that pile of removed waste in front of the fence in your last picture? If so, does he normally keep it right next to your stall?
         
        12-20-2008, 09:17 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    I can't imagine leaving a place because of anything in those pictures. For sure I'd move the horse home so your wife can do things exactly as she wants them or have you do them.
         
        12-27-2008, 10:05 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    i would bring her home for the winter .. it seems reasonable then when spring comes do alittle more looking @ some barns,trainers even through the winter just have her @ home until you can make a good judgement call on where and whom you want to work with. Other wise if you jump from one barn to the next you many not get the whole story and going from an un happy match to a worse match..I have jumped from one place to the next wasnt there a month and the owner failed to tell everyone that the facility was in forecloser the new owner bought it for the land and is n the process of making it a housing addition needless to say one jump led to another and they had to me moved 4 weeks later .
    My question is if the lady doesnt do boarding any morewhy hasnt she removed the sign?
         

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