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    07-03-2011, 11:47 AM
How far is too far to drive to your(A ) barn?

Just wondering what you all would concider too far away to board? 30 min,1hour etc....? What would make it worth it for you?
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    07-03-2011, 11:51 AM
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More than 15 minutes would be a deal breaker for me.
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    07-03-2011, 12:01 PM
I don't like my horses to be over 15 minutes away. This past winter we ended up moving them 40 minutes away so they would be turned out while we rarely saw them. It definitely sucked but...they had a great winter! Now they are about 10 minutes away and I couldn't be happier. I couldn't imagine having them any further away now I love going to see them everyday.
    07-03-2011, 12:24 PM
In my case, it depends on a matter of convenience. I could have my horse as close as 20 minutes away, but I work an hour from my house. I wanted something in between work and home so that it was fairly equidistant from either place. I chose a place 30 minutes from home and 35 minutes from work. It's a few minutes off I-75 and almost exactly in the middle for me. Before my horse and I both moved, I lived 12-15 minutes from the barn. I liked that and would love to one day get back to that.
    07-03-2011, 07:52 PM
Wow 15 minutes? You guys are lucky! I wish I had a barn that close to me, I drive around 25-30 minutes depending on traffic but I would put up with driving more, up to an hour probably.
    07-03-2011, 08:29 PM
I can get to my barn in 25 minutes if I go early in the morning and don't hit too many traffic lights. If I leave work early, 45 minutes (I live close to work, so about the same, but I usually go straight from work on weekdays). If I leave work at a normal time, close to 1 hour.
It's the closest decent barn to me (I know of two closer, but one is self-care which I can't commit to working 50+ hour weeks, and the other is too expensive and doesn't have any trails), so my only alternative is to move out there and drive that hour to work every day instead. Either way, I have to drive it, so for now I stay near work.

If they ever sell to development (which probably will happen someday), I'll have another 15-20 or so additional minutes to the next decent barns.

I miss the days when I had a 15 second walk from my front door to the horse pen :(
    07-03-2011, 08:32 PM
We currently drive about 1 hour to get to our barn, but the leasing situation is ideal and it's very close to large trails. We found another place that's about a 1/2 hour away that we are going to move to but the lease will be pricier. Personally I think 1 hour is a little much but it all depends on location. If you live in the city you're probably going to have to get a barn an hour or more away, but if you live in a rural area your barn might be next door.
    07-03-2011, 10:33 PM
30 min is the max for me, anything more and it affects how often I am able to ride. During the summer, I moved with my trainer to a barn about an hour a way, and I was only out there twice a week because I had to find the time to be away from home for 4 hours. The barn that I boarded at ( before moving my horses home) was about 20min away, and even then it was difficult to get out there before closing.
    07-03-2011, 11:48 PM
Since I'm used to the barn being 5 minutes away from my house, or living on the same property as the barn, anything more then 30 minutes away would seem unreasonable to me, no matter how nice the barn was.
    07-04-2011, 12:12 AM
15 minutes is tops for me. I live in a city with tons of barns though, so I guess I'm lucky that way.

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