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post #31 of 33 Old 08-08-2013, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
Has the OP clarified with the barn if the arena usage fees was actual everyday use or more for events?
Yeah, I found out that the arena rental is ONLY for shows. This stable, and this area is far from any popular equine area, so all the stables here have nowhere to show, unless they want to trailer ten horses three hours to the showgrounds :(
So they let other stables rent out the arena for any shows/demos they want to host, but don't have the facilities.
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post #32 of 33 Old 09-15-2013, 05:11 AM
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Originally Posted by DuckDodgers View Post
I've never thought of full service meaning horse tacked up and waiting. I don't know of a barn in the area that provides that service though, so that may be why...
My instructors grooms are kind of like that... If you go for a lesson between 7-10am or 5-7pm approx (that's the hours the grooms are there) they will come over and start grooming, hoof picking or tacking up your horse. If you shoo them away they kinda of stand there and look at you waiting for you to need help... Lovely ladies, I know plenty of girls who go there who have the grooms unload from the float, groom, tack, lead to the arena... The whole nine yards. Then jump off, the grooms will move right in to cool down, bath, untack, groom and reload the horses. (Everyone trucks in for lessons, she doesn't board to anyone unless your horse is in full training, ridden every day by her or you are one of her grooms.)

I'd actually enjoy boarding where that was all done for me. I know I am breaking every code in the horse owners manual by saying this but I don't really enjoy tacking up or strapping down. I much prefer riding and carrot feeding (My new hobby, carrot feeding is. I love the look on my ponies face when I pull out some carrots.)
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post #33 of 33 Old 09-15-2013, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by My2Geldings View Post
Those prices are nuts! way to expensive! full service? that is nuts to. Isn't that part of the enjoyment of owning a horse? is that not part of the sport? to me that is such a foreign concept. You would never see that service anywhere out here. That ridiculous(sorry maybe that my loud voice taking over).
Full-service where I am refers to a barn where the grooms take care of everything for you - feeding, cleaning, turn in/out, blankets, boots, holding for vet/farrier/whatever, etc. but they don't tack up for you unless they're getting the horse ready for the trainer to ride when you're not there. I must say that there are definitely times I would *love* to have someone get my horse ready for me.

Anyway, the arena fee is ridiculous. I ride 5 days a week in the arena and that would add over $700 a month to the boarding price. Aside from that it's very cheap compared to barns in my area but only local prices really matter.
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