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post #1 of 25 Old 08-14-2012, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Am I just picky??

I've been trying for the last few months to find somewhere else to board my horse and pony.

The yard I'm at is frustrating me more and more every day. It's on a DIY basis, and for the last month I have no access to water for the horses at the times I am there.. so I am bucketing water from the far end out of filled drums to where my boys are. The only turn out I have is what was meant to be an arena but they never put the footing down but there is NO grass and only pure muck.. and they are sharing it with a teaser pony who makes it dangerous to bring the boys in. I'm further annoyed that they have shabby electric tape up as fencing and EVERY morning there are loose horses. I'm from the mentality that if your going to do it... do it right! Anyway.....

I've been viewing yards, talking to other people and am getting NOWHERE. I had viewed a yard 2 months ago, price was fantastic, I would have the use of 2 arenas but I didn't get a "vibe" from it. The "tack room" was all the saddles thrown in together.

I went to view another yard a few weeks ago, and she was a lovely lovely woman. She had a riding school and offered me a "do-able" price for the pony, which would include lessons for my little girl. Problem? She wouldn't take Bandit as she doesn't have the space for a large horse. Her solution was her neighbors, who also have an arena. They wanted to charge a fortune - as much as I know some racehorse trainers charge on a weekly basis. I wouldn't be just doubling my current expense, I'd be tripling. It just isn't do able at the moment.

Another place I had previously kept a pony at have given me a reasonable price.... which included lessons for both of us. My issue? The quality of lessons is very very poor - kids jumping before they know what a diagonal is, people falling off daily. They have nice enough facilities, including an indoor (almost unheard of here) but the horses are used to death and I've known of a few to actually go down in the arena during lessons.

How hard can it be to find somewhere, who is reasonably priced and NOT have the place falling down? Why do people think it is ok to have botchy electric tape stretched everywhere and in all directions and think they can charge you a pretty penny for unsafe paddocks?

I'm just beyond frustrated.. at the moment my best option is the place I had went to but didn't get the vibe from I'm just beyond frustrated with the conditions the boys are in at the current yard, I pay for 2 stables, only have one and don't have access to water?!??!

Am I just insanely fussy?? Do I need a good slap and to be told to get my head out of my backside? Is it too much to ask for, to pay somebody to have safe turnout that I know my horses will get a pick of grass and not end up in some other part of the county after squeezing through some tape?

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post #2 of 25 Old 08-14-2012, 04:54 PM
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I don't think you are being picky. We all want adequate care for our horses. No sense in boarding if you're constantly worrying about the horse(s) when you are not there. Just keep looking. Talk to as many people as you can; some of the best boarding places don't advertise.

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post #3 of 25 Old 08-14-2012, 04:56 PM
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too picky?

I would not stay where you are a minute longer. Sounds like an accident waiting to happen and you're paying for it too. Horses need access to clean drinking water 24/7 and standing in manure isn't going to do them any good either
I'd be inclined to move to the place where the untidy tack room is if the horse facilities are good you can always keep your tack in the car
Its the summer holidays, I worked on a lovely tidy yard right up to the minute the kids broke up and then it was bedlam. All I seemed to do was nag and tidy up after them when there was time but when there wasn't I'd just have to think - well its your stuff get on with it because I had more important things to do.
You might find its tidier when they are back at school or maybe when you're established there you could suggest a clean up rota and a keep it tidy routine.
At least you would have some breathing space and maybe something better will come up later on
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Could you possibly keep your two horses apart? At least temporarily? Keep your pony at the place with doable price and Bandit at the messy tack place? I would not say you are being picky, I would say your local facilities arent fully well maintained. And I looked at your horses profile and searched some boarding areas around you (lol).
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Totally unrelated I know but I didn't notice that you were in Ireland - my Grandad lived there for the last years of his life and I spent many happy days with him at his home just outside Cork
It was a long time ago and I imagine its all changed but it was a place I fell in love with
Hope you will be very happy there - changing continents isn't easy
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Could you possibly keep your two horses apart? At least temporarily? Keep your pony at the place with doable price and Bandit at the messy tack place? I would not say you are being picky, I would say your local facilities arent fully well maintained. And I looked at your horses profile and searched some boarding areas around you (lol).
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Thanks! A few of those are in Dublin.. and I'm going to sound like a fruit loop here but the thoughts of attempting to drive into Dublin scare the bejesus outta me! I can drive in Vancouver or Calgary no problem.. but Dublin is full of one ways and crazy drivers. Also, you'd be amazed how long it would take to get there even though it seems like it would be close by. It used to take me 2 hours on a bus, in designated bus lanes to get into Dublin from a town sign posted as 15km out. Traffic is a major major issue here. The one is Maynooth would be grand, only also a good hour away and with two young kids and a full time job I wouldnt have a hope of getting there and back at a reasonable time. I was speaking with the blacksmith at work today and he said he is going to see if he can find something for me.

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Totally unrelated I know but I didn't notice that you were in Ireland - my Grandad lived there for the last years of his life and I spent many happy days with him at his home just outside Cork
It was a long time ago and I imagine its all changed but it was a place I fell in love with
Hope you will be very happy there - changing continents isn't easy
Hey Jaydee, I was in Cork for the first time 2 weeks ago, and it is a beautiful part of the country! We were in Youghal and the scenary was breathtaking. If I'm perfectly honest, the day my husband says we can move to Canada I'll have the flights paid for. I tolerate living here, but I wouldnt say I enjoy it. I miss the culture and the people. I wouldn't have any close Irish friends, all my friends seem to be other "blow ins". Just the other day I met a girl from California who is living here, and she felt exactly the same. The Irish are charming and friendly, but it seems to be darn near impossible to... shall I say "break into the inner sect" and be 100% accepted into the cliques. If you ever manage to make it back to this part of the world, you'll need to give us a shout and we'll find you a horse and get out for a hack somewhere :)

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Have you thought about taking out ads asking for a place to board? You could try in a few different publications. Maybe someone with private horse land will want to pick up a some extra money.
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Hey Jaydee, I was in Cork for the first time 2 weeks ago, and it is a beautiful part of the country! We were in Youghal and the scenary was breathtaking. If I'm perfectly honest, the day my husband says we can move to Canada I'll have the flights paid for. I tolerate living here, but I wouldnt say I enjoy it. I miss the culture and the people. I wouldn't have any close Irish friends, all my friends seem to be other "blow ins". Just the other day I met a girl from California who is living here, and she felt exactly the same. The Irish are charming and friendly, but it seems to be darn near impossible to... shall I say "break into the inner sect" and be 100% accepted into the cliques. If you ever manage to make it back to this part of the world, you'll need to give us a shout and we'll find you a horse and get out for a hack somewhere :)[/QUOTE]
Thunder and heavy rain has just stopped play here - again so picked up on your message
I remember Youghal well. My grandad had arranged to see a chestnut pony there to buy for me as I'd outgrown my 13.2 - I had always wanted a bright chestnut pony. We went with an interpeter would you believe - so hard to understand the local dialect and there was this whole herd of ponies on acres of land we got to by driving for about a mile up a rough boggy dirt track. I called to these ponies and just one looked up and came cantering over to me. She was an araby bay roan and mine from that moment. She was shipped back to England and named Molly Malone!!!
I am much the same as you here in the US, its a lovely country and the people are so friendly, we live in a wonderful area but if the opportunity arose I would be back in the UK as fast as I could pack. Like you I miss my friends, family, familiarity and culture, the whole horse show scene is totally different - amazing how it affects us but it does get easier as time goes by.
I have family in Ontario who moved there in 1971 and they still think of the UK as home even though they are settled and happy - though there family are very much canadians.
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I think this is the struggle of many a horsewoman (or horseman).

Nobody is going to provide for your horses like you want, and people who are lucky enough to run their own boarding places know they can pull crap on their boarders and get away with it because of the often limited options in our surroundings.

You can always find more expensive board. And most people think that if they board at places that cost what would be three month's rent for us, for a month of board, their problems will all go away. Alas, this is not the case.

There's always going to be things we really don't like about the places we board. And unfortunately, until we're all rich, complete with our own farms, there isn't much we can do :(

When you move back to Canada, we'll build our own barn, with dry paddocks, full access to water, and maybe even grass if the horses are well behaved :p

Good luck girl, hope you find a much better place.
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So I get that the current option is not suitable, and paying 3 x's the price is also not desirable.... but the third place you mention. It sounds like you like the facility but aren't caring for the lessons that they provide.

Could you not just board there, and either a) bring in another trainer/instructor or b) ride or haul out to an instructor?
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