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    03-26-2012, 01:53 PM
  #1
Foal
Boarding barns: Big vs. private

Hi, I would like to get a consensus.

I currently board my horse at a private farm a half mile down the road from where I live but am considering moving him. The ride out and the amenities are pretty great and it's so close to my house. But the property owner is driving me a bit mad. She's a wonderful lady and I have a lot of respect for her, but she tells me what to do too much with my own horse. If there's a day I don't ride, she emails me and asks why I didn't ride. I can't have that.

There is a another barn I'm considering that is actually a boarding/training stable. It looks nice, but I have concerns that come along with boarding at smaller privately owned farm. The farm I'm at now, I don't have to worry about other people using my tack; I can bring my dog with me to the property; and as I've mentioned before, it's a half mile from my house.

Can anyone name off pros and cons for either? I really need to decide whether to try and find another privately owned farm or an actual boarding stable.

Any thoughts are appreciated!
     
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    03-26-2012, 02:41 PM
  #2
Ink
Weanling
Hmm, not sure exactly what you mean by privately owned farm.

For instance, where I'm at now I would consider a relatively small, privately owned stable. There are about 12 horses on the property, 4 of which belong to the BO. But only two other boarders come out to ride on a regular basis (at least that I've run into). There are pro's and con's to this place just like any other. I like that the barn is usually quiet and I often have the arena to myself so there's nothing to distract me or my horse. On the flip side, I also don't have anyone to ride with when I do want company. We don't have a trainer on at the barn. Although we're welcome to bring one in for lessons etc., there's no one there on a daily basis to ask questions and bounce ideas off of.

As far as worrying about people using your tack, I wouldn't. Even at the bigger barns I've been at, it's a pretty strict don't use without the owner's permission policy. At the bigger barns too they usually have tack that gets used in lessons that people will go to to borrow from first.

It really all depends on what your goals are. For now, I'm just goofing off and working out the kinks on my green horse. For that purpose, where I'm at works just fine for me and at half the price it would cost me to board at one of the larger stables in town. If I wanted to get more serious about showing, I would probably move somewhere where I had more convenient access to a trainer. I don't know if that helps at all, but good luck finding a place that suits you.
     
    03-26-2012, 02:49 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Ink    
Hmm, not sure exactly what you mean by privately owned farm.

For instance, where I'm at now I would consider a relatively small, privately owned stable. There are about 12 horses on the property, 4 of which belong to the BO. But only two other boarders come out to ride on a regular basis (at least that I've run into). There are pro's and con's to this place just like any other. I like that the barn is usually quiet and I often have the arena to myself so there's nothing to distract me or my horse. On the flip side, I also don't have anyone to ride with when I do want company. We don't have a trainer on at the barn. Although we're welcome to bring one in for lessons etc., there's no one there on a daily basis to ask questions and bounce ideas off of.

As far as worrying about people using your tack, I wouldn't. Even at the bigger barns I've been at, it's a pretty strict don't use without the owner's permission policy. At the bigger barns too they usually have tack that gets used in lessons that people will go to to borrow from first.

It really all depends on what your goals are. For now, I'm just goofing off and working out the kinks on my green horse. For that purpose, where I'm at works just fine for me and at half the price it would cost me to board at one of the larger stables in town. If I wanted to get more serious about showing, I would probably move somewhere where I had more convenient access to a trainer. I don't know if that helps at all, but good luck finding a place that suits you.
By privately owned farm, I mean it's a private farm? I'm sorry! I'm not sure how else to explain it! Someone who lives in a house on a farm, lets me board there.

I'm not worried about a trainer, he doesn't need one at this point; I guess I'm just frustrated with where I'm at now, because she gives way too much input on how things should be with my horse - things that don't involve health or training or anything like that...just aesthetic things, or things that don't really matter.

But I really appreciate your input!
     
    03-26-2012, 03:00 PM
  #4
Ink
Weanling
I think I get what you mean. I was just thinking that could mean a couple different things.

1. A friend or acquaintance that happens to own a small farm and lets you keep your horse there, but has no other boarders

Or

2. A smallish farm where there are a few boarders, but run by the family that owns and/or lives there, but not really operated as a business or sole source of income.
     
    03-26-2012, 03:05 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Ink    
I think I get what you mean. I was just thinking that could mean a couple different things.

1. A friend or acquaintance that happens to own a small farm and lets you keep your horse there, but has no other boarders

Or

2. A smallish farm where there are a few boarders, but run by the family that owns and/or lives there, but not really operated as a business or sole source of income.
Those are probably both accurate! It's not operated as a business, and I'm the only boarder who doesn't live on here property. But she has a guest house and a carriage house that have tenants, and her tenants board there.
     
    03-26-2012, 03:14 PM
  #6
Green Broke
That 1/2 mile thing is pretty handy. Grow some thicker skin and quit worrying about the comments. The ole sticks and stones things. Just learn to smile and nod. You are under no obligation to answer your emails or explain yourself. Just simply don't answer.
     
    03-26-2012, 03:22 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
that 1/2 mile thing is pretty handy. Grow some thicker skin and quit worrying about the comments. The ole sticks and stones things. Just learn to smile and nod. You are under no obligation to answer your emails or explain yourself. Just simply don't answer.

Joe, you're absolutely right. My husband always tells me, "just humor her."

Alright, there were a few other things I didn't mention; My horse's tail was banged with out asking me and he was vaccinated with out telling me. Now, I know he needs his shots, but is it normal for people just to go do things to your horse without telling you or asking you?
     
    03-26-2012, 03:49 PM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Katyusha    
Joe, you're absolutely right. My husband always tells me, "just humor her."

Alright, there were a few other things I didn't mention; My horse's tail was banged with out asking me and he was vaccinated with out telling me. Now, I know he needs his shots, but is it normal for people just to go do things to your horse without telling you or asking you?

I would be pissed if someone cut my horses tail, or gave him meds without my consent.
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    03-26-2012, 03:52 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by xxdanioo    
I would be pissed if someone cut my horses tail, or gave him meds without my consent.
I was quite pissed - and those reasons, more than the other reasons, are why I'm considering moving. I just can't wrap my head around how anyone would think that's ok.
     
    03-26-2012, 04:00 PM
  #10
Ink
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Katyusha    
Alright, there were a few other things I didn't mention; My horse's tail was banged with out asking me and he was vaccinated with out telling me. Now, I know he needs his shots, but is it normal for people just to go do things to your horse without telling you or asking you?

Yeah, that's way overstepping the boundaries. I would be very upset if that happened to me. All I can say, is maybe try to talk to them first. Let them know what your concerns are and remind them that it's your horse and you need to be notified and give your consent before they do anything like that with your horse. If you talk it out and can't reach an agreement or inconsiderate behavior persists, then definitely take your horse elsewhere.
     

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