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    05-22-2013, 07:24 PM
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Foal
just curious how far people travel to board...

I travel 20 minutes right now and am thinking of moving to a barn that is 40 minutes away. I hate the thought of having my horse so far away but wonder if that is normal. I live in the suburbs so I have to travel no matter what to a barn.
     
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    05-22-2013, 07:32 PM
  #2
Trained
I have had them at home, 10 minutes and also 40 minutes. It was fine, but I don't work, so have the extra time it takes to come and go.I only went 2-3 times a week, and it takes more pre-planning. I prefer 10 minutes or less, but that is in a perfect world.
     
    05-22-2013, 07:34 PM
  #3
Weanling
My horse is about 45. If I could move closer I would. But being able to find a place you can drive your horse. Let alone a place to have your carriage and good board is hard to find.
     
    05-22-2013, 08:00 PM
  #4
Showing
My horse is boarded exactly two miles from my house. Lol. Before I moved him, he was about eleven miles from my house (took about twenty minutes to get there). When he was at the old barn and before I moved, he was three miles from my house (took about five to ten minutes, depending on traffic and the time of day). When I had my old gelding, he was boarded thorteen miles (about twenty-five minutes because most of it was highway) from my house.
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    05-22-2013, 11:58 PM
  #5
Foal
I had my horse boarded forty minutes away for a month or two when I first bought him, but I moved him closer just because if I didn't he would never be worked as much as I would have liked. The barn I'm at now is like only five minutes away from home, but we're having to move because of changes in boarding fees and everything. Fortunately the next place we're going to is mostly pasture and only 20-30 minutes away, so it's not too bad.

Honestly it's more important for your horse to be healthy and for the facility to have adequate amenities than proximity, in my experience.
     
    05-23-2013, 12:08 AM
  #6
Trained
Under 45 minutes for me is ideal. I drive out every day, even during blizzards and storms, and any longer is too much of a hassle. The place I'm at now is 20 minutes in light traffic which is the closest I've been ever. I used to be 60-90 minutes away a few years which was a PITA for sure. But you do what you have to!
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    05-23-2013, 12:10 AM
  #7
Green Broke
About 5-10 minutes down the street at my trainers. Actually 2 streets down from my old house haha.
     
    05-23-2013, 01:08 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Right now it's 18 miles, 25 minutes.
I hate it! Not so much the drive time, but the gas it takes.

Saturday we are moving to a new barn... 6 miles and 10 minutes! Woohoo!
     
    05-23-2013, 04:49 PM
  #9
Banned
I am 6.1 miles and it takes me anywhere from 10-12 minutes to get there. Before I lived farther away, about 40 minutes, but still same barn.

I've been riding here since I was 12 and I love the family that owns it (I have watched her kids grow up and we are close), the horses are taken care of VERY well ($240 includes full board with grain 2x a day, hay on demand, and heated water in the wintertimes... also worming is included), and I will NEVER EVER EVER leave! She knows that that's why I get a discount too over what everyone else pays .

But no the BO is awesome. She lets me try out different tack she has to see if I like it before I purchase my own, though she hardly ever uses it and would probably just let me keep it if I ask. But I think that's pushing it...

So it depends on whether your horse is happy and you are happy as well!
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    05-23-2013, 04:53 PM
  #10
Banned
17kms, around 10-12 minute drive!! Much better than the 30-40 minutes I was doing!!!
     

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