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post #11 of 21 Old 07-23-2010, 11:28 PM
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I know you said you've been keeping an eye on craigslist (and the papers I'm assuming) I had the same problem as you finding a boarding place a while back and finally put a "boarding wanted" ad in the horse section of the local paper, I had a TON of responses. It only costs a couple bucks and seems to work... just an idea!

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post #12 of 21 Old 07-24-2010, 12:24 AM
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Welcome to the wonderful world of boarding! :)
I have boarded at 4 different places, and not one of them was perfect.
Like many things in life, you get what you pay for, and have to take the good with the bad.
You have to decide what you will compromise on, and what is non negotiable.
I wish I had some solid advice for you. I can tell your stomach is in knots, just as mine has been in many times worrying about the horse.
Best of luck, I hope you find a decent place.
Incidently, the place I currently board is not an official boarding barn at all, just a neighbor who has horses and property. I was in a spot a few years ago where I was very concerned for my horse's safety, and just went over and asked my neighbor if he would let me keep my horse there.

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post #13 of 21 Old 07-24-2010, 04:26 PM
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Well, seems like your boarding place sucks! Maybe it's worth trying to find a nice boarding place that is a little pricy. If it costs $300 for boarding at a nice place, and you can only pay $200-$250, talk about working off some of the board. If you are able to feed and clean lets say 3 or more times a week every week, you would probably work off the extra money. If that is at all possible, you should try it. The extra work is definately worth the piece of mind. Good luck to you!
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post #14 of 21 Old 07-24-2010, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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I have put up several 'wanted' ads and haven't gotten one back yet. I'm not really bold enough to just go up to a farm either and since I live in the city, there's no 'neighbors' to ask x.x

An update on the situation is that the fence is now 'fixed' (VERY poorly I might add) but it's fixed all the same and I checked the pasture for wire or nails and luckily it was clean from what I could tell, so they were put back out last night, thank goodness!

I know that no one likes to hear a horse owner say that they can't afford things, but truth is, is that I can't afford 200 bucks in PASTURE board because I also buy grain, suppliments, and would have to provide hay in winter as well, not mention the farrier (and Caddy is currently having issues with her feet with chipping, pealing, and cracking that I also will be working with the farrier with) Don't forget vet visits and other smaller things as well.

So, until I find a more affordable place that is still 'close', I'll just be out there every day walking the fence and doing an all over body check to make sure I can get to any sores or wounds before they get infected, or, so that I can call the vet if it's something sever.

I'll keep looking, and keep trying to communicate with the manager (he's also technically the owner but I know that he rents the property from some farmer) and hopefully we'll get somewhere!
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post #15 of 21 Old 07-24-2010, 08:49 PM
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Good luck with your search. I put out an ad on craigslist stating exactly what I wanted in a boarding facility and sifted through the responses. I ended up finding the perfect place. I didn't actually ask for a boarding facility. I was looking to rent pasture land. That way, I would have the say so about how many horses I have out there, all their care, and there is NO ONE else out there since I pay to rent the land. I lucked out because a lady who used to have horses years ago missed having them out in the pasture. She had two horses, but was starting a family and feed was getting expensive (she had a very hard keeping thoroughbred) so she had to sell them and the facility was just sitting there for five or six years, so she figured she might as well make some money on it. Now for a VERY good price I get use of a two stall barn with tack room, grass paddock, and 2 1/2 acre pasture and a private drive way to the barn from the road all to myself!! The lady offers to feed and check the water trough too. She misses horses, so this is her getting to have them without paying.
Keep looking and hopefully you will find the perfect place. Right up what you absolutely cannot live without in a facility.
My ad was asking for a couple acres of fenced grazing land with some sort of shelter and access to water. That is it. You might look into renting land instead of boarding.
Good luck and keep us updated!!!

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post #16 of 21 Old 07-24-2010, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Wow did you luck out!!! I'd LOVE something like that! lol.

Well, I went out again tonight and guess what....FENCE WAS DOWN AGAIN!

So...back into the stalls they went -sighs-

I guess I'll just have to play this game until the fences are fixed, or just risk putting them back out with the gelding that bullies everyone....until I find a place that is...

I hope to find something soon!
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post #17 of 21 Old 07-25-2010, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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I started another board about a new 'issue' at my barn, if you want to, go check it out and please give me some advice...other than "Get out of there!" lol.

I'm trying, really really trying! I just have to hang in there while I can!
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post #18 of 21 Old 07-25-2010, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Annnd I forgot to post the link to the other board lol.
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post #19 of 21 Old 07-25-2010, 07:24 PM
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Sorry, but I doubt you are going to get any different advice besides "get out of there!" At this point, it IS a safety issue. If you can't afford $200/ month for pasture board, then you certainly can't afford a vet to come out and treat a severe injury. I'll tell you something, that will cost WAY more than $200. You need to leave there!

I just read over this, and I'm sorry if it sounded a little rude. I do NOT intend for you to take this as if I was being rude, I'm just concerned for your horses, as I'm sure you are too. Good luck to you.
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post #20 of 21 Old 07-26-2010, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Hayley! I don't take it as rude, I take it as intense care for my horses!! So thank you. The only reason I said don't say just get out there, is because I'm already trying to lol.

At the place I'm at now I could afford a vet bill, but I DO NOT WANT TO! (I'm also kind of friends with my vet and she works with me on EVERYTHING from how much I pay to when I pay it and sometimes even in payments. I'm a good customer of hers and have ALWAYS paid in full and on time, even when she said I didn't need to, so I have great credit with her)

I found a place for 100 bucks on 40+ acres. It has a nice barn, a private paddock area, two seperate pastures 10 acres and 30 acres, a 200x400 riding area set up with jumps (not that I'm going to use the jumps lol) and a round pen, AND the woman will be talking with me about working off 'some' of the already low board by weed eating around her barn and keeping grown off of the electric fence (which is still intact and working I might add)

The problem is is that it's 3 times as far to drive and I have to deal with pulling her out of her current barn (which I'm supposed to give a 7 day warning before moving) as well as finding someone to drive her there. She's a little 'oversized' and right now the 'new' barn owner is sick. So it's hell for her to get out in 100 degree weather when she already has a 102 fever. Bleh...

But...Caddy is safe for now in a stall that I take care of twice a day checking hay, water, and try to keep it dry (she peeeeees alooooot!!! x.x)
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