Limited facility use for pasture boarders?

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    06-14-2011, 12:11 PM
Limited facility use for pasture boarders?

Hello all! I just accepted a job a couple hours away and finally have to move from the barn I love :( I have been looking around and can't find much (online anyway) that won't be too far away. I'm sure there are small facilities that don't advertise, but I don't know how to go about finding them =\

I found an affordable boarding stable but don't really like their options. I want to pasture board her since I'd rather do most things myself, but their pasture boarders aren't allowed to use the arena. Is this common practice? I always felt that pasture board should be cheaper because you aren't paying for the additional care, not because you don't have access to facilities.
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    06-14-2011, 12:13 PM
It is not unheard of.

The bottom line is, that is their rule so if you do not like that rule do not board there.

Have you asked if there is another fee you can pay to be able to use the arena, etc if you are pasture boarding?
    06-14-2011, 12:14 PM
Green Broke
I pasture board and I am allowed access to everything. Arena, round pen, wash rack, tack room, etc.

That's strange. I've never seen it before.
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    06-14-2011, 12:17 PM
Like Always stated, often pasture-only boarders don't have access to certain things. They're paying a reduced board rate, so of course won't have access to all the amenities that a full boarder does.

It's not unfair, it's just the way that particular boarding barn chooses to do business. If you require a cut rate boarding situation, then you can't expect full service treatment.
    06-14-2011, 12:20 PM
I've seen that setup before, it really depends on how the individual barn owner wants to structure their pricing. Pasture board for a retiree shouldn't necessarily be priced the same as pasture board for an active rider who uses all the facilities (arena, wash stall, tack room, etc.)

If you really like the facility, ask the BO if you can have special pricing for full board (all amenities included) without the stall. If that's not agreeable, well, then, you need to look at different places to board.
    06-14-2011, 12:25 PM
Green Broke
Wow, I'm surprised at how common this is. I've never seen it before around here.

I agree that, if you can't work out a deal with the BO, you should look for another place if you really want arena use.

Good luck!
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    06-14-2011, 12:36 PM
Thanks everyone! I do not require a cut rate boarding option, I only require that my mare is turned out 24/7. I will contact them and try to work something out. They seem to be the only place for many miles =\
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    06-14-2011, 12:38 PM
That's a little different then, eventer. You want your horse out 24/7, not because you can't pay the going rate for full board.

Yes, contact them and let them know your situation. They may be quite willing to work with you.
    06-14-2011, 09:54 PM
Green Broke
To find other facitlities put an add on craigs list, drive around and knock on doors, ask the local vet's office
    06-14-2011, 10:06 PM
I am doing pasture board, and I have full access to all of the facility. As you stated Eventer, I just don't get some of the special perks that those who pay for a stall get. But that's not a big deal to me.

But, I do get full use of the outdoor ring, indoor arena, all the trails, lessons, and etc, etc, etc.

As stated again, I suppose it depends on the facility itself. I would sit down with the BO and discuss options. For example, even though I am doing pasture board *because my fellow needs to be out 24/7 and I wont pay for a stall* my boy is being brought in 3 times a day to be fed indavidually because he gets chased off of his grain by the more dominant horses out in his pasture - so I am fine paying the extra $25 to pay for the time the Barn Workers have to take out of their day, to ensure my boy gets all his feed.

I am sure your BO will beable to help work something out with you. Any good BO will do what they can, to accomodate their boarders so all will be happy.

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