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    08-08-2011, 08:41 AM
That should be pretty easy to find.
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    08-08-2011, 09:33 AM
I agree with franknbeans. There are lots of places like that around here.

Find out exactly where you will be living in (you do NOT want to have to drive across DC or around the Beltway to get to your horse, so you want something on the same side of town as where you're living -- if you're downtown, that'll be tough. You can still find something, but the drive will be less fun).
Will you be able to visit and find a barn before you actually move? If so, schedule visits to a bunch of facilities and see where you feel most comfortable.

Be prepared for a LOT more traffic than you ever saw in Colorado. I'm in Colorado right now, and we were driving up I-25 and my mom was complaining about how horrible the traffic was - a slow down for an accident. We were still moving, but much below the speed limit. That sort of traffic is what I drive in EVERY DAY in Virginia now. So think about that when picking a boarding facility.

It was mentioned earlier that indoor arenas are harder to find. There are some around, but most are a bit farther out (at least on the Virginia side of DC), and quite a bit more expensive.
On the other hand, it's much harder to ride year-round outdoors around here than it is in Colorado. In Colorado I rode almost every day. Here, there's usually a month or two in the winter when the wind is bitter cold and the ground is covered in ice, and a month or two in the summer when it's really hot and humid. 90 degrees and dry in Colorado (like it was yesterday) is NOTHING like 90 degrees and humid in DC. And we even had several days this year with a heat index around 115. So those extremes make riding difficult.

Also, don't know what your situation is now, but one difference that struck me when I moved here is the lack of instructors at the stables. In Colorado it always seemed that a barn was run by an instructor, so they pretty much came together. Here, there are many small barns with no resident instructor (not all - some do have one or more, but there are so many without that it surprised me). That's good and bad - traveling instructors can be difficult to find sometimes, but on the other hand, if you try one and don't like him/her, you can just try a different one next time. If you can trailer-in to lessons, you'll have even more options open to you.

Let's see, other things I've noticed...

You have to watch out for founder more. In Colorado, founder is pretty rare unless a horse breaks into the feed room. In Virginia, horses can easily founder on the spring grass. If you have an "easy keeper" you might need a muzzle part of the year. But of course the other side of that is that you don't need nearly as much hay as in Colorado.

And scratches. I'd never even heard of that in my 22 years in Colorado. It seems most horses around Virginia get it at some point each year. It's little sores on their legs that come from the moisture. There are a wide variety of theories about how to treat it, and no real proven method.

Good luck with the move. If you have any more questions about the area, I'm always happy to help.
    08-08-2011, 04:57 PM
Oh jeez.. well he's not an easy keeper at all but he does go to town on grass.

I definitely agree with looking around places before he gets there.. I just don't want him to freak out when random people come and load him into a giant trailer :P But I have friends whom he feels comfortable then we can work something out.

Traffic never bothers me, as long as I get there eventually :)

I hope I find a good trainer.. my boss used to live on the East Coast and has a lot of connections so we can only hope Sky and I find a good match!

Thank you so much for your help.
    08-08-2011, 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Oh jeez.. well he's not an easy keeper at all but he does go to town on grass.
Don't overly concern yourself about it, just keep an eye on it. If it's a time when the grass is really rich, and he's starting to put on weight, consider a muzzle.
You just have to be more aware of it than you do in a dry state Most horses have no problem. I think 5 or 6 of our 30 horses have a muzzle on for some period of time. For my boy, it's daylight hours when the grass is rich (lately it's been SO dry, I just leave it off).
    08-08-2011, 10:45 PM
Yep, word is Virginia but close enough to get to D.C..

Okay.. good. I just don't want my horse to founder.. that would really suck for him :( As for a muzzle.. hmm, I'll have to keep my eye out if I think he needs one. Hopefully not, I like him to be as natural as possible
    08-08-2011, 10:55 PM
Let us know when you have a better idea of location. There are MANY areas that meet that description. My knowledge is mainly the Leesburg area, altho I board even farther west in Berryville, which is a hike, and my dressage knowledge is limited somewhat. Hopefully more here will chime in. You might want to try the Chronicle of the Horse Forum. They are located in Northern Va, and you may find many really knowledgable people there.
    08-08-2011, 11:39 PM
I'm in MD, but it's hard to suggest anything before you settle (as barns and prices really differ depending on area).
    08-09-2011, 01:31 AM
Yeah I agree, and I so very much appreciate everyone's input..

I never imagined we'd be at this point, and I am very much excited.. but stuck in a haze of uncertainty.. I am a very new horse owner and I'm still learning the basics of owning a horse (not the care but everything else..)

Oh and an FYI, we move mid September so lots of time! I just wanted to get some idea of the area (thanks franknbeans!!!) and possible choices!
    08-09-2011, 08:40 AM
Mid september is not all that far in the future, and you are smart to start thinking about it now. You can do some "homework" in your free time, like browsing here Virginia It doesn't begin to compare with the Equiery, in MD, but it is a start. I found my boarding place on Craigslist, but you have to be careful with that and may need more experience. If you don't know all the "ins and outs" of your horse, like exactly what he/she eats, amount of turnout, how much grass/hay he/she needs etc, get familiar with that now, and prepare to take at least one bag of feed with you to transition your horse over to what the new place feeds if needed. Lots to think about and plan.....but it is fun, and Virginia is such a horsey place it is wonderful.
    08-09-2011, 06:03 PM
:) Thanks!!

So I have researched at least 11 boarding places all around where we'll approximately be. One is actually in D.C and I've contacted them already since I know my dad will be working there and we'll be within 10-20 minutes.

So the plan is to contact, arrange a day to go out and visit properly (get a tour) and then a drop by (no tour, just to get a feel for what it's REALLY like) and then Sky will move once I find the perfect one. I may fly back on the move day to make sure he's alright and visit my friends, but that's not the necessary thing as finding a place for him.

I will keep you all updated!!! :)

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