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post #21 of 24 Old 05-19-2013, 09:16 PM
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Omg, shelf your drama and learn from what people are trying to show you, here. It is not You vs The World. Learn to work within the world you live in and you will get SO much further.

The reality is that at every stable, you trade pros and cons. A list of your priorities, in order of importance, will clearly outline what you can let go of and what you're not willing to give up.

The last place I boarded at had: a great community, great trails, safe horsekeeping, outdoor horsekeeping, 5 mins from my house. It did not have: enough calories for my horse. So I shut up and fed her up every time I was there (almost daily). The pros were all my top five wants. The con I could do something about.

Now I'm a 30-something barn owner dealing with ungrateful people who have no appreciation for why I run things the way I do. Don't like it, move somewhere else.

Good luck, kid and remember, you're the driver of your own bus.
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post #22 of 24 Old 05-19-2013, 09:31 PM
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Prices here in my part of Texas are just ridiculous to begin with. I dont know where you live OP, but $200 is really pretty decent for what you have, especially if you're in the subburbs. I think I'd prefer an A personality BO over a B personality BO who lets everything go to pot.

I board my miniature mare in a small run/shed set up at my barn, Normal price is $200 for complete self care (you clean the pen, clean and fill buckets, feed your own hay, grain, etc) $250 for hay and feeding once per day, $325 full care. The fencing isnt that great and we have a history with bad things happening in the area, but the horses are decently kept and its one of the cheapest in the area.

To cut down my costs, I actually feed/water BOs and the boarders horses in the evenings (there are 40 of them O_O I feed rain or shine, and it takes me 1 1/2 hours) and I feed my mini mare myself in the evenings. I still pay $125 and am very lucky. I've been looking to change stables due to the criminal activity in our area but normal complete self care pasture board with 4-7 other horses is $250+!

I'm not going to call you a brat, and I understand wanting to look for options. I also understand being frustrated by your age and the situation (I'm 17 for the record) but really your situation could have been a lot worse.

As a side note though, our BO actually has a lot of rules in place that sound annoying to use but are for liability also. It is for ALL boarders and lesson kids. If you're seen without a helmet more than three times you must get your horse and you off the property within two weeks. No riding tackless whatsoever. You must have a 'permit' to ride outside of the arena or roundpen, or to ride in only a halter. No 'hanging out' around the horses. They all sound annoying to you and me, but they have their purposes and keep everyone safer!

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post #23 of 24 Old 08-11-2013, 02:18 AM
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I pay $300 a month for full board, which is pasture all day, with two feedings one am and one pm, then the horses are let out to graze in the afternoons.
They will keep your horse up in their stall when you call, or if you want to drop in and be there at feeding time, then you are welcome to work with your horse.
It is my responsibility to take my horse to the pasture when I'm finished with her. I like this because I know she is well cared for, and they are open all day until late in the evening. There are several vets on call 24/7 and farriers, too.
And I'm about 25 miles away, one way....ugh.

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post #24 of 24 Old 08-11-2013, 09:39 PM
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I was about to say if you live near a large city in Texas 200$ is cheap.
There is no law in Texas that a teenager must wear a helmet. So maybe the barn owner is a little grumpy especially around teenagers that board there.
You will not like every thing about any place you board at, the school you go to, the job you will have, or the people you are going to encounter in your life.
May I suggest in the future just look for the things you enjoy about the next place you board. Since you do not own land to keep your horse on just accept the fact that until you do you cannot control how things are done at a barn you only rent space at.
Good luck with the new place. Shalom
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