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post #11 of 21 Old 06-25-2013, 06:06 PM
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I think you have to consider what's more important right now in your life. Price or convenience? You're definitely getting a better deal at your boarding place, but if you can afford to keep at home comfortably, I don't see why not.
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post #12 of 21 Old 06-25-2013, 06:23 PM
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Please keep in mind that you may need to store several hundred square bales, not just 50. I go through about 300 for my two horses, and one of them is an air fern these days, and both are 14hh-ish, so not big horses. If I could not store a years worth of hay, I might not have any at all. Hay is always super scarce come February through to first cutting in June, and extremely expensive when it exists. You'll also get know the joy of loading and unloading 300 square bales in June weather. :) That said, I prefer to have my horses at home. It is cheaper, and I can control their diets more carefully. I'm so busy sometimes that I only see them when I feed, too, so if I boarded I might not see them at all.
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post #13 of 21 Old 06-25-2013, 07:28 PM
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How far do you drive for boarding? How much would you be saving in gas not having to drive out there to see them?
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post #14 of 21 Old 06-25-2013, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum View Post
My boyfriend and I are in the process of buying a house and we're talking about getting horse property so we can have Aries at our place. So, I double-checked with my BO on how much she feeds Aries. According to her, he goes through about 2.5 (120lbs) bales of alfalfa per week. Right now, 120lbs bales of alfalfa are running about $19-20 per bale (this is bought individually, not in a load). Based on the BO's calculations, Aries goes through ten bales per month.

So, if my math is correct, that would mean it would cost right at about $200 a month to feed Aries (this is just hay...grain is not included in my board, so that wouldn't change). Right now, I'm paying $185 a month in board, which includes him being fed three times a day, his stall cleaned daily, turnout a few times a week, his water filled/changed as needed, and use of the arena.

Where we're living now, he's exactly two miles from my house. Depending on where we end up buying a house, that could go all the way up to ten miles away.

So is it really worth it to bring him home? What would you do in my shoes? I'm seriously conflicted about this.
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ESPECIALLY in AZ, I'd leave him at the boarding barn. I kept 25 horses in Tucson and boy would it have been nice to have someone else doing the chores!

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post #15 of 21 Old 06-25-2013, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Shoebox View Post
How far do you drive for boarding? How much would you be saving in gas not having to drive out there to see them?
Right now I drive two miles to the barn. Depending on where we get a house, it could go anywhere up to ten miles. So, not horrible. Plus my car gets decent gas mileage, even though it's a V8.
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post #16 of 21 Old 06-27-2013, 12:59 PM
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I think you're getting a pretty sweet deal with board, actually. You might also consider the cost of a vet visit in a boarding situation (where the visit fee is most likely split amongst several people) vs. you paying the entire fee for your (one) horse.

My Mom has about 20 acres for our horses to roam on, and it's still a pain in the butt to manage everything. You spend more time and money dinking around with faulty water tank heaters in the winter, electrical cords, fans, hay, feed, etc. than you would in a boarding situation. Before she invested in gigantic steel stock tanks (which aren't cheap), we had to chop ice on the pond at least once a day, preferably twice. And with the snow thigh high, you weren't driving to it! Moving big round bales during winter is a pain too.

Having your horses at your own place is great, and I really love being able to watch them roam freely at home, instead of getting daily "turn out." It makes me happy to see them happy. But you really have to sit down and analyze every little cost to get a good idea of how much you're saving by bringing them home. And always do worse case scenario! I learned that the hard way. :(
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post #17 of 21 Old 06-27-2013, 06:56 PM
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Whats a vacation ? I get away for a day if I am lucky. Since you are in AZ you may be in an area that is dry or are you in Mtns and get snow? It sounds as if the grass hay is not a good quality if you have to feed that much hay.
On alfalfa hay the 120lb bales they last one horse about 5-6 days. I dont feed grain at all. I feed a complete feed to the senior horses.
A hay cover that would hold a retreiver or squeeze load is best. ( 80 to 84 bales) Many times you can find for less when you purchase by the ton or squeeze load. And always remember Cash talks , Checks are a pain . When I sell hay, it is a cash only .
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post #18 of 21 Old 06-30-2013, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
Since it'd cost a bit more to bring him home (apparently) the next thing you should look at would be quality of life.

Would he have a better quality of life at home or being boarded?
Ditto, you said it right. You need to keep in mind to think socially as well what you want to do. Big difference to between board and being home alone. Even when I had the option to bring the horse home, I boarded because of the social aspect of meeting other riders.

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post #19 of 21 Old 06-30-2013, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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I tend to stay away from other boarders. I had a REALLY bad experience a couple of years ago where trying to help a fellow boarder blew up in my face and made me the barn outcast. That's part of the reason I moved barns.

I haven't been on a trail ride since I moved to my new barn, but when I do go on one, I'll be trailering to meet my best friends.

Also, Aires wouldn't be alone. I have a friend that will be renting a room from us and she will be bringing her two horses with her (a 15yo TB gelding who is a pasture pet due to an injury and a 10yo QH mare who is my friend's barrel horse and who she wants to teach to rope).
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post #20 of 21 Old 06-30-2013, 05:45 AM
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In my experience, the more you handle horses, the easier they are to handle, and you can't beat having them at home for that. I don't care about any barn social interaction and honestly can't imagine owning a horse and having to travel even a short distance to visit it.

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