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post #11 of 27 Old 03-27-2014, 11:11 AM
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You will also save $100+ a month in gas, wear and tear on your car and time by having the horse at home. You work something out with the other boarder or hire someone to care for the horses when you need to go out of town.

I can't see where you are but $400 for rough board will more than likely backfire on him. It takes time to cultivate a barn full of boarders and if he needs that kind of money to pay the bills, things are going to start sliding.
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post #12 of 27 Old 03-27-2014, 12:59 PM
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$400 does sound a lot for rough board even with a good indoor and a stable - unless that also includes hay and bedding
Have you thought to ask if the reason you haven't been told to move is because the husband wants to retain you in your current work in return for board agreement?
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post #13 of 27 Old 03-28-2014, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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The barn was completely packed with $1800/month training board for horses that go to Devon and all other huge shows. The trainer is sponsored by CWD saddle which cost $5000 or so each., so the barn is a big deal. I am in North Shore, MA.

He has 3 rough boarded horses at $400/month already.
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I have you talked to him about staying on in your current agreement - sounds like they will need help?
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post #15 of 27 Old 03-28-2014, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Well that's the problem... Since the barn was bought out the trainer is leaving. The trainer just leased the barn from the barn owner that I had my agreement with. Does that make sense? It's kind of confusing.... Basically I never worked with the big show horses :)
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post #16 of 27 Old 03-28-2014, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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The barn owner's ex husband bought her out. I guess my barn owner said that he would probably cut me a deal, but that barn is 20 miles from my house and if board is no longer free it's not worth it.
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It seems the fellow doesn't wish to devote his time to barn work when horses aren't his interest. He may still be interested in keeping you on for other work, fence fixing, grass cutting, painting, etc. Keep an open mind and see what the two of you can work out. There are times I could use help with nothing specific on a regular basis but all those things that sooner or later need maintenance.
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post #18 of 27 Old 03-28-2014, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah. He doesn't want to do barn work at all. But it would be nice to not have to drive 30 minutes to see my horses. Granted it is near my work, but I have summers off as a teacher and I am started grad school this summer and wouldn't want to drive 30 minutes north in the AM to drive 45 minutes south after that to make class by 9am....only to do the reverse trip after the 4pm class.
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You are smart to be looking. DH is an atty who handles divorces and some ex's will buy out their former spouse's property and just let it sit.
Ask the current BO lots of questions, tt the ex and ask questions.
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So let's just assume I am leaving the barn I am at (because of various reasons, even with the fancy insulated barn, no frozen buckets, cool in the summer, and Wifi, awesome indoor and viewing room, and 22 acres)... the distance would probably kill me in the summer especially if I was truly rough boarding.

Would having a horse on your own property, where you could see him at any time, outweigh the smaller stall situation?

My horse is maybe 15hh, pretty average with STOCKY legs and a big head (but average body- for example, he wears an oversized bridle, but a medium tree saddle, and a 48" girth).

Any thoughts on if that is worth it? I have hours of amazing trails through my backyard and it would be fun to ride him in my backyard with my dog (my horse loves dogs)...
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