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    02-27-2012, 01:40 PM
  #11
Foal
Thanks for all the awesome replies. What a great bit of insight.
     
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    02-27-2012, 02:11 PM
  #12
Weanling
I drive about 20 miles to where my girl is. I could board .5 miles from my house but I did not care for the attitude of the BO. She was trying to tell me how she was going to be doing things for my horse, such as blanketing. She informed be that I HAD to purchase a blanket for her. I said, no, she's never been blanketed and I don't want her to start. (Hoping to move to where I can have her at home.) Also, she was adamant that I shoe. I don't. So things clashed from the beginning. I am sure if I looked, I could find a place a bit closer as we have horses all over, but Dee is getting great care and I really like everyone I have met at the barn.
     
    02-27-2012, 07:23 PM
  #13
Foal
I drive 30 minutes to ride at my current barn. I only take lessons once or twice a week so if I wanted to board a horse I would probably want it within 15 minutes of my house. My current barn is a hunter jumper barn though and I live in a pretty rural area so I would probably have to drive a little longer to ride at a competitive farm.
     
    02-27-2012, 08:30 PM
  #14
Yearling
I've never had to drive more than 5 minutes to the barn, but I'd drive as far as 30 minutes would take me, at tops.
     
    02-27-2012, 08:56 PM
  #15
Foal
I was driving 120 miles a day this summer to go to and from the barn. Didn't have time to do much else.

Now I put a limit on it, I won't board anywhere that's more then half an hour away.

That's just me though.
     
    02-27-2012, 11:39 PM
  #16
Foal
I agisted my horse 30 minutes from me for a week when I first bought her because we were in the process of putting fencing up on our land. Wasn't fun and I don't think I'd be prepared to do it long term, as I will always do all my own care and rug 24/7 so need to go out at least once a day, preferably twice.

I then had my horse on our land, which was a 2 minute drive from where we were living at the time. That was really easy and I always went out twice a day.

After that I had her at home which was obviously the best, but I didn't mind when she was a quick drive away either.

I don't currently own a horse but am looking to buy again relatively soon. I have moved interstate since I had my horse and no longer have land so am going to have to agist. All the places I am looking at around a 10 - 15 minute drive. I wouldn't want to go any further away than that, and I'd definitely prefer to agist within 5 minutes or so from my house, but you do what you gotta do and I'd rather have a horse I have to spend 15 minutes driving to see than no horse. As far as lessons go, 45 minutes - an hour is about as far as I would go on a regular basis, especially if floating a horse there.
     
    02-28-2012, 03:25 PM
  #17
Weanling
Currently, my horse is boarded at a local community barn that is a 8 minute drive from my house. When he goes for two months of training in May, he will be about an hour drive away there and an hour back. I would never board my horse that far away just for the sake of boarding! My boy will be in training though. That's the only exception.
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    02-28-2012, 04:32 PM
  #18
Weanling
Lol, for me, I don't get to see my horse very often. She lives in Oregon and I live in Alaska. That's about 7 or so hours flying then it would be a good hour drive...I will get to fly down and spend some time with her later this summer though. Ideally she would be within 1/2 hour from me but that's just not possible right now. So she's at this barn because that is where her trainer/trimmer boards and works from and they are reasonably priced for 100% full care and I did get to visit the barn a couple of years ago when I went to ride with my trainer (before she was officially my horse).
     
    02-28-2012, 04:32 PM
  #19
Foal
I drive about 30 minutes to get to my barn. It sucks because the weather here is horrible so the winter driving isn't that great and its dark when I get off work so I can't ride :(
     
    02-29-2012, 12:08 PM
  #20
Green Broke
My old barn was 1/2 hour from home and half hour from work so not too bad. My new barn is still half hour from home but an hour from work. So unfortunately I only see Hunter on the weekends right now. When spring comes I will go out after work, it sucks though driving an hour to get there and then half hour home. I hope we find property soon so I can have him in my back yard.
     

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