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post #1 of 6 Old 07-22-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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finding a good home for a horse

We just got a new horse- she is at a private home right now- it is not legal to keep her at our home (I wish it was) but what is the best way to find a good private home to board her at? (the barns here are SUPER spendy upwards of 1k a month!). My first apartment had cheaper rent!
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-23-2013, 02:32 PM
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Ask around at local tack shops or other horse people to see if they have heard of anyone offering private board. You could look on craigslist too. Just make sure you visit the place multiple times and ask a ton of questions so you know you aren't being brought into a sticky situation.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-24-2013, 10:55 PM
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It's hard to find small private barns, but they are the best when you can find a good one. Besides tack shops as katec1991 stated, you can also check an Agway or some other horse supply provider. They are a good one to ask because they will be delivering grain/shavings to a wide client base. A tack shop may not be aware of some of the smaller farms around, but everyone needs grain/shavings or both so it's a good place to do some research. Just be careful with private barns. They don't always have someone on the premises to bring horses in/out in storms ect. The only positive of a large barn is that someone, usually a barn manager, should always be around in case anything were to ever happen. If they aren't around there is a good chance another boarder is. Private barns usually require a horse owner that will be at the barn on a regular basis.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-24-2013, 11:06 PM
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Craigslist, tack/feed stores, local horse clubs, facebook pages, friends, 4h chapter.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-25-2013, 01:08 AM
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Farriers, vets.....but honestly when I look for a private barn I go knocking on doors literally. I am the only one there, but the property owners are always around and check on them for me in the evening. I love not having other boarders, no drama.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-26-2013, 12:38 PM
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We just got a new horse- she is at a private home right now- it is not legal to keep her at our home (I wish it was) but what is the best way to find a good private home to board her at? (the barns here are SUPER spendy upwards of 1k a month!). My first apartment had cheaper rent!
I would post an ad in your local newspaper saying you are seeking for a private property. Explain all the care you would provide, your experience etc. hopefully someone will come across your ad.
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