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post #1 of 26 Old 05-07-2011, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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What do you *love* about your barn?

Today I will be telling the BO that I need to move my guy closer to me. I've been doing some barn hunting and am not looking forward to the move for a variety of reasons... mostly because of all of the really great things going on at my barn! I didn't see anywhere to post this, so figured I'd start a new thread, for fun. What do you LOVE about your barn? I'll start:

The people at my barn are AMAZING human beings! They are so open and accepting, and so very kind-hearted. The BO/trainer and a group of boarders run a rescue. The trainer works with 4-Hers. The barn essentially sponsors the board for a blind horse owned by an ancient woman on social security. Truly, a beautiful group of people and I am so thankful to have met them.

The second great thing about my barn is that it is located in an extraordinarily beautiful region in the foothils of mt. hood, with a river running by. The region is lush, green and lovely. When I go out there, I feel all of the stress and anxiety from days of rushing around the city just melt away... the froggies mixed with the sounds of horses munching hay at night are like a lullaby.

Argh, it's such a great place, I don't want to go! I'm hoping that we will move to the other side of town in September and I can go back. :)

What do YOU love about your barn? Anyone else out there have a group of people so involved in doing good works in their community?
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post #2 of 26 Old 05-07-2011, 02:23 PM
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I am very happy with our current boarding situation...after searching for a year, we found the perfect place.

We board our 2 horses on a private farm with 26 acres of lush pasture, a six stall barn with stalls that have dutch doors, a pond outside the pasture for us to take the horses swimming in, ...and we are the only boarders there. It is not a boarding facility, and the owners only allowed us to bring our horses there as the wife is a co worker and friend of my adult daughter. the best part is that we are alone. We've had our share of barn drama over the years, and it is emotionally draining and takes away quality time spent with the horses. Now we have the place to ourselves. The owners both have severe back injuries and cannot care for the horses in regards to heavy lifting, but will remove blankets, throw hay into the dry lot if needed, and open the gate to let them out into the grazing fields. she also gets up early in the morning in the winter and will unfreeze their buckets. The best part ever is: we do self care. WE have complete control over when our horses are fed, what they are fed, when they are turned out, how much grazing time they get, when they need to be kept in their stalls, etc.

Most boarding facilities around here have a "in during the night, out during the day" policy.... after memorial day, they reverse that to "in during the day, out during the night". I like our horses to be out 24/7 as much as possible...but with boarding facilities, it's their rules. Our horses haven't been in their stalls for 3 days, except for grain time....if we were at a boarding facility, we wouldn't have that option, and they would be stalled at night...regardless of the weather.

I LOVE self care. If we ever had to go back into a boarding facility, i don't know how I'd survive it.
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post #3 of 26 Old 05-07-2011, 10:14 PM
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What I love about my barn (and hate) is.... that I'm the boss :oD

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post #4 of 26 Old 05-07-2011, 11:53 PM
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Sounds like a great place mayflyaway. Hope your next place is a good place too.
I love just about everything about my barn. - except that there are no trails on the property. However, we can ride out in the back pasture which sort of dips down a hill and (there is nothing behind us) so you can feel like you're in the middle of no where.

The people are great. older, casual/laid back horse owners. everyone is Really friendly.
I COMPLETELY trust the owners with the care of my horse. and they take care of the boarders as well as they care for the horses.
We have an indoor arena. outdoor arena. round pen. some stalls have runs attached to them. we're allowed to ride in the pastures. individual turnout or multiple horse turnout. what ever you/your horse prefers.
we get the best hay! (I've seen some of the crap that other barns feed) =P

The only real problem is, because we are at the bottom of a hill, we get a lot of rain-water pile up in the out outdoor arena, and some of the runs on the stalls.
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post #5 of 26 Old 05-08-2011, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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This is a great list of qualities to look for in a new place. :)
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post #6 of 26 Old 05-08-2011, 02:40 AM
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I love how mine is in my back yard :)

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post #7 of 26 Old 05-08-2011, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
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Oh jeez, starline and jesskater, I wish I could have my horse that close to me! //envy//
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post #8 of 26 Old 05-10-2011, 12:54 PM
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I am hoping to soon be able to move to a place where Hunter can live in my backyard but until then I am really happy with the barn he is at. They take great care of the horses, there are only 4 of us boarding and Hunter being the youngest at 3 gets a special feed as the other ones are all on senior feed. Fantastic hay, vitamins supplied and they add my flax to his feed). He has a HUGE stall with a big paddock off of it. Automatic waterers in stalls and fields, his own grass field (he got separated from his pasture buddy last year when his mane got chewed off.. grrr). No drama. It's very quiet and sometimes lonely. I miss my friends at my old barn but he was not being properly looked after and it was really far away and I could only go out there on weekends, to find that he had no water and moldy hay. We have a HUGE outdoor lit arena and a 5 min drive to lots of great trails. The only downfalls are it can be lonely, turn out only from April to November and they don't do blankets (well she did this year for me a couple of times). I have thought about maybe moving him closer to me but since he has thrived since being there I am hesitant to move him.
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post #9 of 26 Old 05-10-2011, 02:19 PM
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There are only 2 things I like about my current barn.

The first is that my friend is also there and she's a trainer, so I'm getting my horse trained/broke for free until I leave in the next few weeks.

The second is that there is a 3yo colt who is my horse's best friend and the only one that will play and run around and around and around...well, you get the idea, with my almost 3yo.

Other than that, I can take it or leave it. Most of the people there are awesome, but the BO is basically an idiot and really only interested in the monetary aspect rather than the health or safety of the horses.

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~Arabian Proverb
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post #10 of 26 Old 05-10-2011, 02:20 PM
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Oh god....I think a simplier question would be What do I NOT love!!

I love that my trainer can take a problem horse and within two days return him to you completely turned around. I love that after 30 days on an unstarted colt I can completel four slow turnarounds, forehand turns, sidepasses, and get leads. I love that she's so tough on me when I need it but knows my limits. I love that she understands what I need and what my horse needs better than I do. I love that she has such a dill sergeant attitude but is so hilarious while she's doing it. I love that there's fantastic facilities and equipment for anyone to use.

And most of all, I love that everyone there is so reliable with everything. The assistant trainers and stablehands are always feeding and riding on time, there's never any mistakes with your hrose and that everything is pretty uch as it seems. There's no hidden method or hidden tactics behind anything anyone does. What you see is what you get and the horses are happy, and I'm happy. :)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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