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    02-21-2014, 04:04 PM
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FASFA as in your education money?

I know this will probably come off as mean to you, but if you're out of a job and using state/gov allotted money for schooling as horse board money, maybe its time to reconsider your options. And by options I do mean possibly leasing out or selling your mare. Please, please, please don't think I'm telling you that you aren't caring for your horse. Obviously you do and are, or you wouldn't be wanting to move her- but if all you can afford is stables like this one (and this is provided that you can't move her to the other lady's place) it may be in your and your mare's best interest. Sometimes life gives us curve balls and we have to do hard things.

I'm not speaking on something I have no experience with. Remember Kenzie? I sold her because of the exact situation you are in. I could not afford decent board ($250+ for even self care in my area) even with a job, and when I lost my job I had to make the decision of keeping her and taking away from MY education fund (not fasfa, but same idea...it was money I'd saved up though) or selling both her and my other mini, and making sure they went to a good place. I chose the latter, and I HATED it. But I don't regret it, even if I miss them like crazy- because I know they're in great places and I no longer have to pinch non existent pennies.

If you are absolutely 100% against selling/leasing your mare though, the other options I can think of are 1. Asking around at barns with board a bit over what you're paying now (think $200 or so) and asking if you can work some of it off mucking stalls, turning out, etc- or going to your current BO, asking if you can take over your horse's care completely (perhaps even for a, say, $10 discount), and start mucking the stall, watering her, feeding her, completely by yourself. In a boarding situation like this- the only way to guarantee that your horse gets the treatment you want is by doing it yourself. Honestly the fact that your horse does not like hoses is something needing to be dealt with, and I PERSONALLY don't think you should be angry with the other boarder for trying to help you out. She saw that your horse wasn't getting what it needed and tried to help. If you don't want her to do anything with your horse, absolutely talk to her and explain that your mare is sensitive and you think it best for her not to water her, but don't be unkind. She probably had no idea and thought she was doing a good deed.

All of that being said, again, I hope you don't feel like i'm out to get you. I KNOW what a terrible situation it is to not be able to afford the care you want for your horse. But sometimes problems like this call for difficult answers. I hope things work out for you.
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    02-22-2014, 01:16 AM
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I am given 5k for the year and I spend half of it on school and the rest is for me to pay for whatever (so basically my board). I would lease her out but no one wants to ride a 20 year old horse with no brakes (as she liked to remind me tonight). She is only a trail horse and way too much horse for most trail riders so I wont be able to find someone to lease her, that is unless they want to put her in training lol. If it came to selling her I would just put her down. I have pulled her off the slaughter truck once, and sadly she would end up there again.

I talked to one barn today, but I would have to feed am and pm as well as build a stall. AND I can't move her there until after the mare foals (I understand that). So that's another place out. I have about 6 months of board after food, so I have some time to find a job (sadly I don't fit the demographic). I can't see my mare every day ether thanks to school. I don't get out until 4 and its a 2 hour bus ride and I don't have the $ for the bus (they raised the prices again). And honestly I can't get a discount. The other boarder pays $100 and she feeds and cleans herself. Ill fix the stall door myself so she has a door back. Ill have Bf lay down the law since no one will listen to me, And for the next week he will be riding her so he can get on them for me (No one wants to listen to the 21 year old, but they will listen to the 6'4" cowboy).
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    02-22-2014, 01:24 AM
Green Broke
My choice of barns is either 3 crap barns that are not really safe for the horse (crappy fencing, or manure piles taller then me that smoke in the morning), 1 barn who's bo will use your horse (and she killed one boarders older horse. She also turns 15+ horses onto a half acre dry lot), or where bf works and here is no wiggle room for price (And might stir up the bitties who would LOVE an excuse to cause trouble). Then everything else is like $350-$600. If things get bad I can send her out to tonopah to stay with BF's sister. I may only see her once a month if I do that so I REALLY don't want to.

If I could find someone to lease her though, I would be more than happy to let someone lease her. They better have health insurance though.
    02-22-2014, 12:52 PM
For a temporary fix, do you have any county fairgrounds near you? In our state people can rent a whole barn or a few stalls very, very cheaply. You'd do all the work but sounds like you've been doing that anyway. Sorry you're having these problems...I'm stuck in an awful boarding situation myself and have been looking for over a year to move-nothing's out there!!
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    02-22-2014, 05:21 PM
Green Broke
We have fairgrounds but They are closed most of the year (I really can't do self care board that is 30 min away, and I have school from 8am till 4pm so I am stuck). I have got word out through the grapevine that Im looking for boarding so hopefully it will work.
    02-22-2014, 07:42 PM
Kiger....call your farrier and vet and ask them if they know of anything.
You might just get a place that meets your specific needs from a quiet source....worth a try and price of a phone call.
    02-23-2014, 04:30 AM
Green Broke
Lol my bf and his dad is my farrier so hey know as much as I do. IDK if the vet will know, but ill ask him (he really does not pay attention/care about anything but getting his job done and going). Ill have bf call him since I know he will answer him (bro-mance anyone? Lol). If things get REALLY bad I will either move her to the other crappy barn (and possibly pull her shoes so she doesn't get them stuck in the fence, along with a tetanus shot...) or she can go live with bfs sister for a while.
    02-23-2014, 08:46 AM
Originally Posted by KigerQueen    
We have fairgrounds but They are closed most of the year (I really can't do self care board that is 30 min away, and I have school from 8am till 4pm so I am stuck). I have got word out through the grapevine that Im looking for boarding so hopefully it will work.
That's a shame, here in the Midwest the fairgrounds are open for renting all year around except for fair time in the fall. That's where the harness racers go so that they can use the track. Good luck! I know how hard it is to find a good place!
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    02-28-2014, 10:33 PM
Green Broke
Update. Still can't find board AND there will be TWO new horses in. That means there will be a horse next to mine (she gets fed up with horses next to her and kicks, then I have to deal with locking stifle for weeks). The person with these horses (she has like 14 all over the place) is an arena hog as well as the other boarder... SOOO glad I'm not having issues with my mare right now, and NEED to do arena work *insert sarcasm here*. Also I was out of hay today... That hay should have lasted me 2 weeks... Soooo either they suddenly are over feeding my mare or they are using my hay. (Bf said Bo's husband was not pleased when he found out I am no longer buying alfalfa. Good things his horses wont eat grass). I am going to lose my mind...
    03-01-2014, 10:49 AM
Do you get out to see your horse daily???

With the amount of hay that is gone missing I would be leaving enough hay for 2 days and not more.
You know what the horse consumes in a day, set her feed up in haynets, or use old grain bags and label them so there can be no misunderstanding of amounts fed (and puts a halt to or should of thievery).
If your horse should suddenly not look her best, as in thin, after leaving her daily allotment of hay...then you know absolutely that she is not being fed what she should and someone else is benefiting from your hay.

Sounds like you need to maybe settle for something other than what you want.
Those manure piles, they should smoke as they produce heat as breakdown and "composting" occurs...
As long as that manure pile is away from the actual barn area...it may not be pretty, but if the horses are fed and safely fenced... fly spray works wonders and that pile of poop will also attract the flies to it and away from your horse...

Somethings to think about or try


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