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post #1 of 8 Old 04-14-2012, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation I need boarding

I am looking for a place outside of Cheney, WA. preferably on either Andrus Rd. Soda Rd. or Spotted Rd. I am looking for someone with a vary kind heart because we don't have much money to board, but it is my dream to have a horse of my own I am only 14 but I am a vary good worker a know how to garden and I can muck stalls, clean, exercise horses, I can also babysit, walk dogs, clean tack etc. If we had the right fencing at our farm we would keep it here but we don't . My dad is vary bizy running a farm so we would need the person that lives at the farm that I would be boarding my horse to feed the horse every morning and evening. We would pay for all of the horses food tack and everything ells. Don't worry about Liability!!!!!!!! For one there is a law in Washington state that protects pretty much everyone that provides boarding lessons ridding etc!! But we also have a vary nicely worded liability waver that we can use to make shore that you don't get sewed or have to pay any money if I or anyone associated with me gets hert or killed while ridding or anything at your house/boarding place, and the same go's for the horse!! unless you personally on purpose inflicted anything twords me or my horse that cases injury or death you won't have to pay any money. Please if youor someone you know has a place were I could board my future horse please let me know. Just imagine if you have a horse, that one day you woke up and just had to give away your horse/horses that's how I feel because in my head I have a horse of my own that I ride into the sunset haha but when I open my eyes I'm still just trying to find a kind hearted willing person that is able and happy to help me out. Please don't hesitate to message and ask as many question as you have to ask And if you message me I will also give you my e-mail if you think you can help me out at all .
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-14-2012, 05:25 AM
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If you don't have much money for board, how do you expect to pay for everything else? There's more to owning a horse than feed, tack and board. There's the vet bills, training, and farrier costs as well. Have you looked into leasing a horse? It would be cheaper to put up fencing on your own property than boarding a horse. Maybe not at first but in the long run.
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-14-2012, 07:48 AM
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I'm going to try and be as gentle as I can with you, because I was a horse-crazy young girl once upon a time.

Unless you can afford to pay for board, most BOs aren't going to want to take on the liability of an underaged worker. Besides, what exactly is in it for them? They charge board because they're running a business. They're not in it to make sure a horse obsessed teen gets her wish.

At 14 your school work should take precedence, so even if someone were to be VERY generous and let you work off board, you'd only really be available on weekends. Hardly an ideal work for services arrangement.

As has already been stated, if you don't have money to board, what happens when the horse needs its teeth or feet done? How about if the animal colics or gets seriously ill or hurt?

If you already live on a farm, I don't see why your father wouldn't be willing to take on one more animal. It simply makes no sense that you live on acreage, but expect to board off site.

Methinks maybe you've been told no horse by the parental units, and you're trying to pull a fast one by putting one somewhere else. I could be wrong, but that's really the only thing that makes sense in this scenario.
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-14-2012, 11:45 AM
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Here in MN there are a lot of people who have land and let people keep horses out there as long as it's maintenance free for them. Some of these people have only one horse and need a pasture buddy. Some just have land but no time for horses themselves but want one there to keep the pasture grazed. Some are older people who have lived there all thier lives and would be willing to exchange board if you did little chorse for them that they can't do for themselves like mowing the lawn etc. But if you're unable to go out there everyday, it may be asking too much for somebody to board it for free AND to take care of it for you. Maybe put an ad up in a major chain farm store and see if you get any hits. If you have a local riding club, they may even know somebody who has a horse to borrow. Why don't you have the right fences?
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-14-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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We vary much have enough money for all the feed and grain and the farrier and vet bills tack and everything ells. But we don't have much money for board!! I know there is more to owning a horse than boarding!!! Just cause i am 14 and i don't have much money for board does not mean that i am not knowledgeable about horses!!! But you might be right about it being cheaper to put fencing up at out place i will talk to my dad about that!! I have looked into leasing a horse i am not interested in doing that.

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post #6 of 8 Old 04-14-2012, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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"Whats is it for them"-Some people need help around the farm more than they need money. I did not just post this post for people with boarding facilities I am also just looking for someone that has good fencing and a reasonable place for a horse, And allot of people I have talked to are so thankful for someone that can just help around with everything that they can't get to or that they can't do alone. There is was one person who I helped for about a year. her husband works 12 hours at night everyday!! and he sleeps all day, And she takes care if her 4 year old grandson. She was SO thankful for a hand I babysat for her and helped with her garden and put up electric fences and a whole lot more!! And I got to ride her horse witch was another thing she needed help with. Her other horse was lame and she asked me for information that she did not have time to find. So I did a whole lot of researching on that for her!! And about the schooling part I am home schooled I only go to a school twice a week for 3 hours :) I have home work but it does not take much time to finish it with some help from dad!! We have money for all the vet bills and the farrier witch I already have lined up she is my 4-h leader she is a vary good farrier, And we have money for everything ells!! but not much for board!! We cannot have a horse on out farm because my dad says that horses compact the ground and we grow grass and other seeds for our goats to eat every year. but I will talk to him about that again. When I was three I made my dad promise me that someday he would get me a horse. I have not been hurrying to get a horse!!

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post #7 of 8 Old 04-14-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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You are vary write about that!!!! I have been talking to lots of people. I have a post on every site that has to do with horses and people around Spokane, WA and i have a flyer in a few tack stores and other places :) I don't want to barrow a horse :) We don't have the write fences cause we have goats and out fences are just tall enough to keep goats in.
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Wow that's a flash from the past!

Btw Horse Forum that is my old account if you want to delete it that would be fine by me :)

I got a horse by the name of Freckles about 4 months after I posted this, she was a 5 year old 15 hand Appaloosa mare for sale for $1600. Freckles was supposedly extremely well broke with experience competing in 4-H along with tons of miles on the trail. After riding her twice and being very pleased with her responsiveness to the ques I gave her, and the very calm way she carried herself I decided that she was the perfect horse for me. After finally getting her home, getting her settled in and finding a saddle a month had already passed (During that time I was unable to ride but I was lunging her daily), by this time she was not the same horse. We have sense spoke to many people whom also bought from the seller of Freckles and we have come to the conclusion that she was in fact drugged both times I rode her previous to purchase. To make a long story short we found a very well respected trainer whom told us after about two weeks of working with Freckles that she was in no way the horse for me. (Btw I did have a full $400 vet check done on her before bringing her home)

While still in process of selling Freckles I found a horse by the name of Buster whom was a 12 year old 15'2 hand dead broke beautiful gelding for $1000 belonging at the time to a women whom you might know as Jan Hickerson she was recently on the news after being charged for the 4th time for mass abuse of horses, she is now on the run and there is a warrant out for her arrest but at that time no one was aware that she had over 250 malnourished horses in her possession and also I looked at Buster off property other than being a little underweight Buster seamed moderately healthy.. Well after my trainer and I rode him a couple times and watched a little girl climb all over him I was in love. So I brought him home had a quicky vet check done on him in witch the vet said he was underweight, wormy, had a little bit of a sway back and an old blown abscess none of witch were at all bothering him at the time. We wormed him and found out that he was about a week away from death by blood worm. He was the sweetest horse!! Loved attention!! I re named him Stellar. I had been riding him for about a week when he started showing some signs of lameness so we had the vet get some x-rays, turns out that he had more problems than I care to count, none of witch were horrible at the time but all together caused problems. In the shape he was in I would have been able to do some light riding on him maybe twice a week for a couple years maybe three. So I had two choices I could keep him and do a little bit of light riding once a week for two/three years or I could find him a suitable home and maybe get another horse that I could ride regularly and learn on. I wouldn't have been able to do the things I wanted to if I had kept him.

(Ever sense I put Freckles in training with the trainer I had been taking lessons and learning how to care for horses.)

While still in the process of selling Freckles and Stellar I was in the car with my trainer(whom I had become quite close to), when she saw a yard sale sign and as always she HAD to go check it out!!!! Anyways.. as we turned into the driveway a beautiful big stocky paint horse caught my eye, after ooing and awwing over him as we drove down the driveway we got out of the car and started looking around, I would have been over saying hi to the horses but there were already a couple people (A man in his 50's and a boy in his teens) petting the horses. The man asked if the big paint was for sale, the owner quickly replied "No". They got in there car and drove off. I eagerly skipped over to say hi to the obviously very sweet horses while my trainer looked at a couple saddles that they had for sale. As I pet the beautiful paint horse one of the women walked by and whispered "He's for sale". My trainer and I looked at each other with a confused and mischievous expression, I know we were both thinking the same thing "But that guy asked... Wow he's a nice... but I/She has two horses right now...". We set a time to look at him the next day anyway. His name was Sunny he was a 16 hand 12 year old paint/thoroughbred gelding $500. Obviously very sturdy and healthy. The owner was very truthful! He was quite green, hadn't been ridden but a few times in the past year, was very cinchy and was not a huge fan if the headstall but still didn't through to much of a fit. My trainer rode him, I decided not to only because he hadn't been ridden for a couple months prior and I was still a beginner. This was in Sept of 2012. I went home not telling my dad about the horse for almost three months knowing that I did not have time for another horse. My dad asked me who the pretty horse was a kept drawing pictures of haha I just said "Idk". In Late November of 2012 the owner of Sunny contacted my trainer saying that she did not have the time to sell Sunny and will be sending him to an auction in October. I contacted the owner explaining that I had two horses that I was trying to sell and that I could not buy Sunny until at least one of them had a home. Around October 14th Stellar went to the perfect home for $300 where he would be loved, spoiled and ridden only a few times a month. I put that $300 down as a down payment on Sunny. I was told I had till January to pay the rest of the $500 but the owner needed to buy hay and so I got together the money and brought him home on Dec 7th 2012. I rode him the first time the day before my birthday Feb 19th 2013. We went on 200 miles of trail ride including a 15 mile competitive trail ride and to our first show last summer. I've owned him for one year and five months today. He is my life!!! I love him with all my heart!! Sense April 2012 (When I baught Freckles) I have owned three horses been a stable hand, an assistant stable manager and a stable manager. I have learned how to break a horse to ride and drive. I can now ride green horses with little trouble and I have gained two amazing friends one is a very furry friend(Sunny)and the other is my trainer who is the grandma I never had! How I became so close to my trainer and how I have learned so much is a whole nother story witch I don't have time to write at the moment but maybe another time.

Btw Freckles was sold to a home where she went through allot of training and then was sold to another family, I am not in contact with those people but I hope she has a wonderful life, and I hope the same for Stellar!

Freckles, Stellar and Sunny...



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