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post #11 of 24 Old 12-05-2011, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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i will have to talk to them. i wouldn't mind him being used in the lesson program. he needs a regular riding schedule and he would only suit intermediates to advanced because he will test his rider. i will have to see what they think :/
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post #12 of 24 Old 12-05-2011, 08:02 PM
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Wow!!!!! If I had to pay $925 just for keeping a horse at a place, there is NO way Id be able to afford one!

I paid a total of $275 in WV for full board, now here in NC, I am at the cheapest place I could find around me, and Im paying $385 now.

I did have a friend somewhere in NH, she paid $1,000/month for each horse, and she had two!!! Cant imagine what its like to have that much money ;)
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post #13 of 24 Old 12-05-2011, 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by VelvetsAB View Post
You say it is high, but you also have to consider that you have an indoor arena, a LIGHTED outdoor ring, a turnout(even if it is small), as well as a good size stall. Not to mention access to trails. Those seem like pros, not cons.


I think 975 is out of this world!!! ALL of the facilities we were considering had all of the above and MORE....and the highest priced place in my area is 475.

I can't imagine what this facility is offering that is worth 975.....WOW
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post #14 of 24 Old 12-05-2011, 11:23 PM
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I know a couple barns around here that charge upwards of $1,000.
Forget that!!!!
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post #15 of 24 Old 12-05-2011, 11:54 PM
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Around here, I've seen boarders charge less than $300. My cousin owns a boarding stable near Middlefork Equine Camp (literally across the street -- I'm not sure what his amenities are but I know he has paddocks, stalls, etc) and he charges $185/mo for full service board. Otherwise, people have approached me asking for $100-125 for self-service (purchase my own everything, there every day 2x daily) boarding for my pony. :/

I think it's all against what area you're in and who you're dealing with. A friend has her horse in a place with around 5 stalls, hay loft, 3 pastures -- she pays $50/mo for self-service. (And I was jealous of her find, haha.) No, not five hundred, fifty dollars. The property owners (who live on site) had horses and mules, but when the last mare they had died giving birth (with her colt, both had EPM) they got out of horses... My friend was the lucky one who knew them, and knew when to ask.

I think the most expensive I've come across was $200-something, with grain & turnout, indoor arena, access to trails, etc. In all, you get what you pay for.

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post #16 of 24 Old 12-06-2011, 08:18 AM
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My mouth hit the ground!!!!! I do not board,thank GOD!!! It cost me avg $140.00 a month for hay,$100.00 a month for Eq. Sr. $40.00 a month for oats,$30.00 for supplments.. Thats $270.00 a month for four horses..I could never own my horses if I had to board them out,and would never beable to move out of michigan.. My mother-inlaw charges $75.00 per horse outside,or $125.00 for stall and daily turnout..
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post #17 of 24 Old 12-06-2011, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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here is the link the the stable
Essex Equestrian Center

check it out for yourselves and tell me what you think. the next highest in all of new jersey is out by my families farm at 525. and in neighboring new york the highest i have seen on the border is 600 with full service and large pastures. i just wanted something small close to my apartment so i didn't have to have my parents helping me during the week :/
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post #18 of 24 Old 12-06-2011, 06:24 PM
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It really depends on what you're looking for in a boarding stable.
If you want to show, take lessons seriously, and like professionalism, that seems like a good place.
If you want to relax in a family-type atmosphere, you probably won't find it there.
In either case, though, you can always stop in and see how comfortable you are with the people and atmosphere. It might surprise you - but I'm guessing it's much more of the first variety.

Personally, I can't imagine boarding anywhere that has a "front desk!" But then, I fall into the second category - I like small, friendly barns where no one takes themselves too seriously.

Be sure to account for any fees, as well. I see there's a separate charge if you want a tack locker. That'll be on top of your board.
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post #19 of 24 Old 12-06-2011, 06:27 PM
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Boarding in NJ is ridiculously expensive...especially close to NYC. Kait...have you looked in the Bedminster area? Off the top of my head I'm not sure how close that is to your apartment (or W. Orange where the place you posted is). But I'm wondering if you can find a better deal with a bit of a longer drive. Check out Craigs list...I see ads for places out that way (Bedmister) quite a bit.

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post #20 of 24 Old 12-06-2011, 06:53 PM
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Looking at that website, I'm guessing the reason for the high board prices is that it appears to be a highly competetive barn with some very well qualified instructors and staff.

For a nice facility with access to world class instructors, it is not obscene to be paying over $800 a month for board alone, regardless of the area. It is expensive to build and maintain a facility to a standard which a former Olympian or world competitor would expect to be training out of.

I pay $650 per month for full service indoor boarding with turnout and it is one of the higher rates in my area, however there are no real internationally competetive dressage barns around here.
The facility my coach trains out of a few hundred miles south of here charges areound $850-900 per month for similar services, however the footing in the indoor has recently had tens of thousands of dollars put into it, we have access to two quarter sections worth of groomed, safe trails and there is plenty of turnout available.

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