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post #1 of 2 Old 08-07-2012, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Choosing the right barn for me

The only couple barn experience I've had was when I first had started riding. In those situations, I was given a lesson horse and lessons were paid for. I also did some work around the barn [just regular stuff like cleaning tack and horses pre-show].

Soon, I'll be moving to Northern NY near buffalo, and there are quite a few horse barns there. however... I don't own a horse, and their websites never mention anything about needing your own to do anything.

I've been thinking about leasing one of their own horses, but would I still have to pay for board? Do most barns let you ride outside of lessons? And, if I decide to get my own horse and board, is there any way I can bring the cost down by doing some of the maintenance myself?
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post #2 of 2 Old 08-07-2012, 08:16 PM
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Depends on the barn. When we leased our horse, the lease included full board and use of the facilities. I know the owner was willing to allow some folks to work off part of their board, but it was rare and on a case by case basis. (Afterall, she still needs $$$ for feed, hay, farrier, etc for the horse).

I don't see the harm in asking around. The worst that can happen is they say no. :)

Good Luck!
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