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        04-05-2013, 01:26 AM
      #11
    Foal
    I have always known it as "rough board" where you are basically just renting a space. I did all my chores in the mornings. However, in my job for years I worked from 11am to 7pm and then from 3pm to 11pm, so it was easy. I was distance running, so I would run over in the mornings, feed, clean and groom, and the run home, change and go to work

    The trickiest thing was that when I started working the later shift, by the time I got over to feed dinner it was midnight. I had to let the property owner know to expect me late, he knew I was a nurse and worked odd hours, so he didn't care. On my days off, I still had to feed really late so as not to mess up their routine too much. I think I would head over just before bed and feed in the evenings on my days off. The horses were still fed about every twelve hours so it worked for us.

    It is a pain to get dirty and try to go to work. My mare is in full board right now, and I keep all sorts of horse clothes, boots and her stuff in my car because to it 15 minutes from my house on my way to and from work. It is a PITA, if I need to stop by I try to do it on the way home.

    One thing you can do is leave longer chores for your days off, for instance, maybe just clean stalls and feed, and then clean turnouts on your days off or something. Everyone has a unique situation, so I don't know if you have stuff that could be put off like that to save you time and hassle.
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        04-05-2013, 07:09 AM
      #12
    Trained
    I've always done DIY. I'm not boarding now but that's how I've always done it.

    I like the amount of control I have. If my horse is looking a bit tubby I can drop the feed that day if I like. If my horse is looking a bit thin, I can give more. I can choose where I want my horse [I've always gone private, with us the only people boarding at the property], so if a fence is down I can just move the horse to a different pasture and deal with it later when I have time.

    If somebody gets hurt, and I'm supposed to be at work by x time, I ring up and say I can't come because my horse is injured [or sick if that's the case] and I have to look after it/wait for the vet/etc. That's what my cell phone is for. [actually now that I'm living on acres I can call from my house phone, but if I use my cell I can stay with my horse]

    I don't mind it. It's not much of a tradeoff, really. More effort but more control and a better bond with your horse.

    I wouldn't be able to afford ONE horse if I was paying for full board... or even part board. I'm not paying for board at all at the moment because I live on ten acres, and I have two horses. There's cheap board here for as little as $15/week [that's $60/month] per horse, so I could manage it having the two, but anything where some or all care is provided, no way.
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        04-05-2013, 08:35 AM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Casey02    
    I have been self boarding since I got my first horse at 16..I drove 20 minutes one way twice a day to feed him..I now board 10 minutes from my house and go out there. My honest opinion, I wouldn't have it any other way.. I love not "scheduling" a time to see my horse. I go out there almost every day (me and a friend trade off feeding) If I decide I want to ride my horse while im out there I do. I love the freedom of feeding your own horse and being responsible for them. I love seeing that he is ok everyday and safe.

    The down side... when it is negative 20 with a negative windchill..it sucks. I would clean his stall and have to crack buckets when I was out there (I now have a heated water bucket, well 2 of them actually because I never want him out of water) When is Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving etc you need to be out there...you have to find somebody you trust to feed them if you leave for a weekend or go on vacation. I love it but you have to be honest with yourself.. can you do it everyday, twice a day...no matter the conditions? If not...I would find somebody would you can partner up with and trade off days.. Or set up with a boarding facility what days you can feed.. Or perhaps just do nights while the boarding place does mornings for you?
    You are so right with being honest with myself on what I think I can handle and what would be too much. I honestly think that my having to do that twice a day every day would get a bit much for me knowing that I couldn't have one night break or a morning to sleep in. Plus I would have to take my dress work clothes to the barn and change somewhere there becaues there is no way I would be able to go back home after feeding.

    I am looking around at some other smaller barns in the areas that do full boarding for a little less. Most of the main barns around her are hunter/jumper barns with huge facilites that I just don't need, some as high as $750! I just can't do that. Where there is a will there is a way. Just like you said, I have to be honest in my abilities and reality.

    Thanks
         
        04-05-2013, 09:57 AM
      #14
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Nvr2L8    
    knowing that I couldn't have one night break or a morning to sleep in.

    Plus I would have to take my dress work clothes to the barn and change somewhere there becaues there is no way I would be able to go back home after feeding.

    Problem A = naps

    Problem B - mechanic coveralls
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        04-05-2013, 08:32 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mls    
    Problem A = naps

    Problem B - mechanic coveralls
    That's too funny and you are so right! I actually have a pair of insulated overalls for the wintertime that I used to wear to keep me warm. I guess that's the same concept.
         
        04-06-2013, 01:55 PM
      #16
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    You are so right with being honest with myself on what I think I can handle and what would be too much. I honestly think that my having to do that twice a day every day would get a bit much for me knowing that I couldn't have one night break or a morning to sleep in. Plus I would have to take my dress work clothes to the barn and change somewhere there becaues there is no way I would be able to go back home after feeding.

    I am looking around at some other smaller barns in the areas that do full boarding for a little less. Most of the main barns around her are hunter/jumper barns with huge facilites that I just don't need, some as high as $750! I just can't do that. Where there is a will there is a way. Just like you said, I have to be honest in my abilities and reality.

    Thanks
    No problem! Maybe you can feed nights or something? You just have to find the right barn! I love boarding at a smaller place
         
        04-07-2013, 09:54 PM
      #17
    Foal
    I actually found out today they offer outdoor board with individual paddocks that each have a stall and a little turnout area that is $150 a month. They feed and turn out in the morning for you but I would have to do the evening feeding and provide the feed, stall cleaning, etc. That's pretty good. I could make the evening feeds a lot better so that is definitely a better option.
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        04-08-2013, 09:22 AM
      #18
    Started
    That is great! Where is this place I want to move in! Hahaha
         
        04-09-2013, 07:28 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Casey02    
    That is great! Where is this place I want to move in! Hahaha

    It's in Northford, CT. Board is pretty expensive in CT. Well, at least from where I come from it's a lot.
         
        04-09-2013, 09:32 AM
      #20
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Nvr2L8    
    I actually found out today they offer outdoor board with individual paddocks that each have a stall and a little turnout area that is $150 a month. They feed and turn out in the morning for you but I would have to do the evening feeding and provide the feed, stall cleaning, etc. That's pretty good. I could make the evening feeds a lot better so that is definitely a better option.
    You could still find a buddy to help for those days when you have date night, etc
         

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