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        06-15-2011, 02:16 AM
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    Banned
    Never heard of that. Ever.
         
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        06-15-2011, 04:13 PM
      #12
    Started
    When it comes to pasture board a lot of facilities will not give you the quality of care that you may assume they will. I just relocated my horse. He was on pasture/self care board. (at the time I was a BM at a large high end facility) (got married, moved, had to change jobs, whatever)

    Anyway, I wanted to keep him on pasture board because he seems happier and healthier that way. When I was shopping for boarding facilities, I had to rememeber to ask if they even look at the horses that are on pasture board when they feed them. And if they see a cut, would they bring the horse in to clean it up. As a BM I've always cleaned cuts when I see them, looked for fly masks that make have been rubbed off, picked out feet of all the horses (even pasture board). But these are things that you can not assume someone will just do. Ask as many questions as you can so there aren't any surprises down the road.

    To answer your question, I haven't heard of a facility giving limited access to their pasture boarders. However, I wouldnt be surpirsed if people do this. I personally would not board somewhere that gave limited access to their pasture boarders. You never know what else they wont do for you and your horse.
         
        06-15-2011, 04:54 PM
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    Green Broke
    Wow, I guess I'm lucky to board where I do!

    My barn feeds twice a day in "outdoor" stalls and the horses are checked both times.
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        06-15-2011, 05:43 PM
      #14
    Trained
    I'm with you Sunny. The facility I am at does an exceptional job, for all boarders - period. Regardless if they are spending top dollar at the upper barn, or middle dollar at the lower barn, or bottom dollar doing pasture board.

    All horses are treated equal where I am, and kept a close eye on daily from the Barn Workers who are quickly ontop of things. When I moved in, I filled out paper work with contact numbers, vet numbers and written permission stating that if I am not available, to take all needed measurements to do what is needed to be done for my horses benefit *aka, colic, cuts, loss of shoe etc, etc*

    The only difference is, is the "perks" - meaning, I can't call and have my horse brought in while I am driving on my way to the bar, or have the barn help tack him up for me, or to change his blankets, etc, etc, etc - that those who pay top dollar get.

    I still get full use of the facility, just like everyone else.
         
        06-21-2011, 10:02 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I've never heard of that done, but I guess the barns in our area just don't have programs like that. At our barn, stall and pasture board get all of the same access and perks. The only reason pasture board is less is because then there is not a need for the workers to take time to clean the stall, no shavings, no fans, no hay bags... and not because the boarders have less access or perks
         
        06-22-2011, 10:26 AM
      #16
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    The only reason pasture board is less is because then there is not a need for the workers to take time to clean the stall, no shavings, no fans, no hay bags... And not because the boarders have less access or perks

    Exactly!
         
        06-22-2011, 10:46 AM
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    I'm with you sunny! Every place I pasture boarded, everything was available to everyone. Hopefully, you can work something out.
         
        06-23-2011, 01:41 PM
      #18
    Foal
    We allow our pasture boarders access to all the facilities but there are many barns around us that limit pasture boarders too.
         
        06-23-2011, 01:50 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    I just moved my girl and spent a lot of time searching for exactly what I had in mind given I wanted specifically to pasture board her.

    I came across two different places that restricted facility use for pasture boarders. They were both show barns and the idea was that pasture boarders do not need full use of arenas/wash racks etc as they won't be showing. You were able to pay per session to use the arena.

    Needless to say we didn't end up there.

    Where I moved her I have full access to all the facilities and unrestricted use of the arena, great place and no distinction seems to be made between those that pasture board and those that stall board even though it is a show barn.

    So I guess it depends on how each business structures their finances. Unfortunately the secondary effect of structuring costs like this is that there is a definite divide between those that stall board (have unrestricted access) and those that pasture board (less entitlement to facilities) and that type of place is not an environment I am interested in being a part of.
         
        06-23-2011, 01:58 PM
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    So, if they don't let pasture boarders use the arena, where do they ride? I wouldn't want to school a young horse in a pasture or alone on the trail. Sounds to me that the barns that do this are stingy and would make me wonder about the care my horse would receive. Although the last place I boarded (pasture, of course) was great and I even bought one of their horses, Im soooo glad I have my own place.
         

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