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post #11 of 42 Old 07-03-2011, 11:21 PM
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20 minutes, max. I'm at the barn every day, twice a day. I don't want to drive too far.
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post #12 of 42 Old 07-03-2011, 11:33 PM
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We don't really have a choice. It's to the point in my area where there is one decent boarding stable with good facilities within an hour and a half that will let me not train with their trainer. My coach is 4-5 hours trailering away and luckily can come to this barn also for clinics.
Otherwise I'm s.o.l. lol. I'm lucky its only a 20 to 40 minute drive depending on traffic as I'm out there every day.
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post #13 of 42 Old 07-04-2011, 12:06 AM
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I board my horses at my neighbors house, literally a 5 minute walk (If I'm only strolling) from my front door to my horses stall door, but it is self-care. I work at a barn that is 15 minutes (20 if I get caught by the lights and I actually go the speed limit) away. Honestly, I wouldn't want to board much farther away than this. Its a pain in the winter, and could be even worse if there was an emergency-a lot can happen in 15 minutes. It also depends on the barn though. I live out in the country, the barn I work at is still the closest decent barn around, and I would trust them with my horses-definetly worth the drive. It would be better than a barn that would be risky for my horses yet 5 minutes away.

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post #14 of 42 Old 07-04-2011, 12:10 AM
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Sunny is about twenty minutes away. I would say thirty, max, just because of gas.
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post #15 of 42 Old 07-04-2011, 12:46 AM
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Because I can't drive and have to rely on other people to go and drive me (Aka the barn owner, a friend who rides there or my boyfriend), I try not to have it too far!
The one I ride my lease horse in is 15-20 mins, the one I might board my future horse in is bout 25 away!
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post #16 of 42 Old 07-04-2011, 12:54 AM
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I was driving nearly an hour, drive was killing me but it was worth it. I was so tired of the drive, we sold our house and moved. I now live 10mins from my trainer where my horse is boarded.
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post #17 of 42 Old 07-04-2011, 01:23 AM
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30 mins max, I just don't get enough time to myself to drive more than 30 mins each way and ride for an hour.
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post #18 of 42 Old 07-04-2011, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the responses!!! What if anything would make you concider driving farther than you normally would? (Activitys at the barn,cost,amenities etc...) Thanks again!!

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post #19 of 42 Old 07-04-2011, 09:45 AM
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Nothing to add, just read this and it makes me very thankful to have mine out my back door. I give all of you big credit, don't think I could do it!
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post #20 of 42 Old 07-04-2011, 09:45 AM
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I would only drive further than normal if the care at the barn and the facilities were far better than anything closer
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