Can anybody reccommend a boarding situation in the Pacific North West?
Sooo, I don't want to get into it but I am beginning a search for a new barn for my girl. Preferably with a trainer but if it's close enough to my current trainer I would be happy to keep him on. Would have to be full care as I am over 3000 miles away. I prefer pasture type board with shelter but will accept a stall with turnout time. I have a year's worth of hay for her already. It sucks being so far from her and not being able to be a part of her daily care so I need to be able to trust the BO/BM to provide care as I would.
Sure, if there is no on site trainer and my trainer will have to work with her it needs to be fairly close to hillsboro/cornelius area. If there is a trainer, than anywhere within a 2 hr or so radius of the general portland area, although, I'm not currently living down there so it doesn't matter too much for the right barn/trainer combo.
My current board is $225 full care with me providing hay and grain with her in a stall with turnout. I would be comfortable with up to about $350 for board but would (obviously) prefer to keep it under $300.
I don't necessarily want full time training. 3 or so times a week is fine. I'm currently paying $300 a month for that. I would want the trainer to mostly work on miles and trails. Possibly a dressage type foundation would be nice.
I guess in summary, I am not looking for a $800 a month professional training and show barn. Just somewhere that loves horses, has similar ideas on horse care (lots of turnout and interaction with other horses, no shoes for my girl, a natural horsemanship type approach, and doesn't believe that just because she's mostly arab she must be crazy or because she's short she can't happily carry an adult) and has outstanding references since I can't be there to check on her every day.
So.. you're looking for a place that will board and train your horse for under $350 in the Portland Oregon area and you are not going to be on site? My best riding buddy lives in Vancouver, Wa and had a great boarding barn with natural horse training in that area across the river. Do you want the name or is Vancouver too far? Portland/Vancouver are pretty much the same area just ones on one side of the river and ones on the other.
Doupleopi - well bummer I'm in the Puget Sound area of the PNW, so only have knowledge of the boarding around this area, but if you are able to look at Southern WA instead of Oregon, I do know there are a lot of boarding situations in Ridgefield, WA, just a little North of Vancouver, WA.
I'll get you the name of the facility sometime today. My best riding buddy had a horse there and absolutely loved the situation. Might be a good fit or at least someone to check out. She never had any problems with crazy BOness either.
Im still seriously considering moving her, I just don't personally know many horse people that I would want her with in the area. I will be back in Oregon in November and would love to visit some barns...if I can get some recommendations. Again, like I said before, I am currently paying $525 for full board and 3 training sessions a week...I can afford maybe up to $650 a month for the same care. I have a year worth of hay, that I can either move with her or not but if that's a factor. She gets along well with my trainer's two geldings and is bottom of the totem pole with them (Surprisingly! As her mama is a committed lead mare and so was her grandmama!)
Just braiding her mane while waiting for her to dry.
I totally forgot to get back to you. Thanks for bumping this thread with another post! Here's the info I promised! My friend boarded here until she got pregnant and re-homed her horse to concentrate on having tons of babies. Her name is Kathryn and her horse was Lacey if the BO asks. :) She'll be remembered. This is in Vancouver Wa and it was a really nice place, but not in the everything is really brand new and squeaky clean, but in the place was safe and open and had lots of horse friendly people and horse friendly setups. I think they do all the feeding and provide hay... its a natural horsemanship barn too... loved it when I visited. But I boarded on a river beach up in Castle Rock at the time before I had my own place... so I wasn't there day to day.
The stables is call Wilded Acre and the owner is Cheryl Herndon. Her number is 360-573-7756. It is a great place and they are always willing to share knowledge. They are not a show barn but some of the people who were there when I was do dressage. If they go to clarkcountyhorse.com/business they can see all the area stables.
A couple people at my barn sent theirs horses to train with someone in either Ridgefield or Longview, WA (don't remember exactly). They had nothing but good things to say about the trainer and their horses came back much improved. I'll ask for details next time I see them!