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        06-23-2011, 03:06 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    ^^From what I can tell most of the pasture boarded horses were not really ridden much or were ridden only on trails. One of the places had a clear grassy area for the pasture boarders to ride in. Although most prefer to school a young horse in an arena, it can be done without as well ;)

    Would suit some but wasn't for me.
         
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        06-25-2011, 12:52 PM
      #22
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Exactly!

    This is not completely true.

    Pasture board is cheaper not because of less man power but because you're less of an expense on my pocket book.....meaning little to no hay in summer (as have pasture), little to no bedding in summer (as not required), less hydro used as not heating barn for your horse etc....

    However in the winter months I still need to check and feed daily as well as bed down and clean lean-to shelters w straw (this is actually more time consuming then bedding down and cleaning stalled horses).

    Pasture board also means Rotating pastures accordingly this involves moving multiple horses. Walking out to each pasture daily to check horses for signs of injury or distress...where as stalled horses it is done w less time, as horses are in and in sight 2x day with out having to physically go look at them.

    Pastured horses are generally housed further from main barn, so in order to bring them in for farrier or vet work, is a more timely process.

    Stalled horses are not just paying for food and place to stay...they in a sense pay for hydro and other expenses that come with having a barn (all of course figured in your board)

    It is not uncommon for places around here to limit access to facilities to pasture boarders.

    I myself allow my pasture boarders to use facilities...but I also don't run a huge facility...10 indoor boarders and have 18 pasture boarders,most of which rarely do arena work anyway....so it isn't really an issue.
    But that being said I do allow my boarders first dibs on arena times if they are doing lessons.
         
        06-25-2011, 01:01 PM
      #23
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Maverick101    
    This is not completely true.

    Pasture board is cheaper not because of less man power but because you're less of an expense on my pocket book.....meaning little to no hay in summer (as have pasture), little to no bedding in summer (as not required), less hydro used as not heating barn for your horse etc....

    However in the winter months I still need to check and feed daily as well as bed down and clean lean-to shelters w straw (this is actually more time consuming then bedding down and cleaning stalled horses).

    Pasture board also means Rotating pastures accordingly this involves moving multiple horses. Walking out to each pasture daily to check horses for signs of injury or distress...where as stalled horses it is done w less time, as horses are in and in sight 2x day with out having to physically go look at them.

    Pastured horses are generally housed further from main barn, so in order to bring them in for farrier or vet work, is a more timely process.

    Stalled horses are not just paying for food and place to stay...they in a sense pay for hydro and other expenses that come with having a barn (all of course figured in your board)

    It is not uncommon for places around here to limit access to facilities to pasture boarders.

    I myself allow my pasture boarders to use facilities...but I also don't run a huge facility...10 indoor boarders and have 18 pasture boarders,most of which rarely do arena work anyway....so it isn't really an issue.
    But that being said I do allow my boarders first dibs on arena times if they are doing lessons.
    Not completely true. I must be pretty darn tootin' lucky than, to have the barn I have.

    I am paying $275 a month for pasture board. My horse gets a round bale put into his pasture whenever the previous is near gone. He is on a pasture as well. He also gets brought in 3x a day to be fed in a stall - which I am paying a little extra for that perk.

    My horses pasture is a hop,skip and a jump from the barn. So I don't have to hike a ways to get to the barn.

    The HUGE shelter in their pasture, gets cleaned out and re-loaded with clean shavings. They have fly strips hanging down, and all their mineral licks are sheltered in there.

    The Barn Workers keep a close eye on all the pasture horses. They are checked 3x a day for anything amiss.

    I have 200 acres of trails to ride on, I have full access to both arenas *indoor and outdoor*, lessons.

    The only thing I am not paying for, is a stall and the "perks" that come with that. Which includes blanket changes, being brought in for me to ride, tacking up, untacking. Farrier and Vet - I have to handle my horse for that which isn't a big deal to me. And etc, etc.

    If I were paying for a stall, I'd beable to call ahead of time and say "I"ll be there at such n such time, please make sure Nelson is in and ready for me". I'd beable to have his blankets changed in accordance to the weather. I'd beable to not have to be there for Vet appointments or Farrier. I'd beable to say "Vet appointment on this day at this time, please take care of it".

    Not a biggie to me. If I wanted those perks, I could pay for them - but they mean diddly to me. The only reason I am doing Pasture Board is because my horse cannot be in a stall for any long periods of time.
         
        06-25-2011, 01:42 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Yes, my point was someone stated tht only reason pasture board was less was because of less man power to clean stalls, and bed horses...

    The point of my post which also based on your response is that that is not true. There is a lot of manpower and expense tht goes into pasture board tht ppl do not realize...so to say pasture board is cheaper because the horses do not receive the same time effort put in is false.

    Also my pasture gate is close to my barn, but I have a 40 acre pasture crossed fenced into 2 pieces...ample grass so no need to hay in summer, and unless your horse is standing close to the barn, yes you or someone who needs to get your horse may have to tredge through 20 acres lol....

    Again the point of my post was tht pasture board is not less work for barn owners and workers...its actually more at a reduced price :)
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        06-25-2011, 09:25 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Maverick101    
    Yes, my point was someone stated tht only reason pasture board was less was because of less man power to clean stalls, and bed horses...

    The point of my post which also based on your response is that that is not true. There is a lot of manpower and expense tht goes into pasture board tht ppl do not realize...so to say pasture board is cheaper because the horses do not receive the same time effort put in is false.

    Also my pasture gate is close to my barn, but I have a 40 acre pasture crossed fenced into 2 pieces...ample grass so no need to hay in summer, and unless your horse is standing close to the barn, yes you or someone who needs to get your horse may have to tredge through 20 acres lol....

    Again the point of my post was tht pasture board is not less work for barn owners and workers...its actually more at a reduced price :)
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    I never said that it's like that for all barns but certainly at mine. I work at my barn and I spend more time taking care of the stall care horses than pasture horses. There's also the fact that its not only the time and work that costs money but the supplies. Shavings, hay... There is no need to bed the run in shelters as they are packed with sand, just clear the manure once or twice a week and your good... They would much rather be grazing than standing in a run in. Same thing goes for hay, we get round bales for the pasture horses but they last a very long time as the horses prefer to eat eat grass than hay, while each stall horse gets 4 to 7 flakes a day. Pasture horses are also switched twice a day, and some horses also roam the property. Of course we have a gold cart so getting around is like a million times faster than doing anything else.
    Again, I've never had expirence with other barns but also mine is farely small with only 17 horses and 4 are stall kept.
         
        06-25-2011, 09:30 PM
      #26
    Foal
    ^^ I mean golf cart not gold cart I wish we had a gold cart
         

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