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post #21 of 42 Old 07-04-2011, 09:51 AM
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I drive about a half hour to my barn.

What makes it worth it? The fact that the barn has exceptional care. Full of staff who are very knowledgeable and experienced, who keep a dilligent eye on my horse, his well being, weight and etc, etc. They are quick on informing me of anything such as loss of shoe, or weight gain/loss, temperment changes etc, etc.

Top Quality feed, specialized feeding per indavidual horse and what that horse needs. For example, Nelson gets brought in 3x a day to be fed privately, getting 12lbs of feed a day +. Some horses do not need it, some do - the Barn Workers are quick to inform the BO of their concerns and the BO proceeds to discuss the concerns with the owner to come up with a game plan.

The fact that the horses come first and foremost is what impresses me greatly.

Also, the fact that I have full access to a GP Jumper/Trainer, 200 acres of trails to ride on, full use of the facility, Fox Hunters, XC course and very friendly boarders to enjoy the company of.

The barn is very professional.

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post #22 of 42 Old 07-04-2011, 10:19 PM
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The school where I teach is on the way to my barn. Barn is 10 minutes from school, 20 minutes from home. Wouldn't drive more than 30 minutes.
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post #23 of 42 Old 07-05-2011, 01:03 PM
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My barn is 20-25 minutes from my hourse and 5 minutes from my work. I wanted something close to my work so I could just pop in anytime during the day. I dont mind driving that distance on the weekends. I usually go just one out of the two days anyway.

I guess if my barn hosted several clinics and shows (preferably recognized) through out the year I would consider driving a little further away
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post #24 of 42 Old 07-05-2011, 04:42 PM
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I would say that I wouldn't go more than 30 minutes from my house. Currently my horse is about 15 minutes from my house which isn't too bad. I myself can't drive (almost can! I can get my permit but haven't gotten around to it yet...) so it really is up to what my mom is up for, haha.

But I would consider going further if there were more opportunities. Where I am right now is great but the arena isn't very large which limits the amount of jumping I am able to do in the arena. I don't think a medium sized course could fit in the arena and most likely you could only fit a line of two jumps in there to have enough space for take-off, landing, striding, etc. I do, however, have a larger arena that is right across the street where my friends live so I can ride over there if I want. Anyway, back on topic! I would move further away for a more hunter/jumper type barn with more space and larger arenas. Having an amazing trainer on site would also be a plus.
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post #25 of 42 Old 07-05-2011, 09:58 PM
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20 to 30 for me.

Where I am now is about 15 minutes away. :)

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post #26 of 42 Old 07-06-2011, 07:49 PM
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My barn is a 12 minute drive from my house (I timed myself) and the majority of it is highway driving. I'm pretty lucky. Not only is it really convenient to get to, but the barn owner seems like a great guy. He's an older gentleman that genuinely cares about the boarders and horses on his property. I start boarding there in mid-July when my horse gets hauled in, but from the time I spent talking to him, he's just really interested in his boarder's lives and what direction they want to go, equine-wise. After showing me around, he spent about 2 hours just talking to me, asking how I planned to train my horse, what my goals were, how I came into horses... just random things.

I got really lucky when it came to finding this barn. The facility is a little outdated, but it's kept in good repair. The fences are solid, the barn is clean and the arena is tidy. The pastures look good. There is an indoor arena, a round pen, private pens, a wash stall, bathrooms... it's just a nice place. And for the price ($180/month including feed), I couldn't go wrong.

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post #27 of 42 Old 07-07-2011, 07:34 AM
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Just about everything is a 20 minute drive away from my house (and I truly do not live in the middle of nowhere).

Work is 45 minutes to and from every day so I would be willing to travel that far for a good barn.
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post #28 of 42 Old 07-10-2011, 09:43 PM
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I don't have a choice. I have to go at least 30 minutes to get anywhere that's both affordable and has good riding facilities. CT is waaaay too overpriced. I'm currently driving 40 minute. It does suck when you're rushing to meet the vet or farrier. Nothing I can do about it until I hit the lottery.

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post #29 of 42 Old 07-10-2011, 10:27 PM
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That is a question that is entirely personal LOL. How far is too far depends entirely on how far you are, personally, willing to drive. At this point in my life, more than a 5 minute drive would seem like an eternity to me, but I spent nearly 8 years with my barn/horses two hours away. Of course, they were being kept at my Dad's home so I knew they were getting the best care, but it got very old driving 125 miles to ride on my days off (not to mention the gas prices eating a hole in my wallet).

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post #30 of 42 Old 07-10-2011, 10:32 PM
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2 hours??? Okay, I feel better now!

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