Moving to Bellevue/Kirkland/Redmond WA from across the country - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 16 Old 08-04-2014, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Moving to Bellevue/Kirkland/Redmond WA from across the country

Hey everyone!

I am moving across the country from the east coast in late fall early winter. I am moving to Bellevue/Kirkland/Redmond area and will be bringing my 8 year old TB. We do low level dressage. I have compiled a large list of boarding facilities in the region (stable name, location, discipline, level of fancyness, boarding price), and am hoping to fly out there in a month or so and schedule a bunch of appointments to visit each place.

I would love to meet some people from the area and if they could give me their opinion on barns in the area. (Even through PM if not comfortable posting). Having some horsie contacts before even getting there would be amazing!!! Plus maybe future trail ride buddy?!

I am extremely overwhelmed by this move so anyone to bounce ideas off of would be lovely!
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-04-2014, 02:49 PM
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Welcome to the area! It's an expensive area in general, but is nice. I live in Woodinville, work in Redmond and keep my horse in Snohomish.

There are tons of barns around of all different types, but you have to look harder for the non-showing, cheaper ones than you do for the high end places

Also tons of trails within a short drive of pretty much any area on the East Side.
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post #3 of 16 Old 08-04-2014, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the response! The region looks gorgeous and I am super excited. I can definitely see the wide range of stables from 350-850 a month haha! Sketchy turn-out situations at some too (three days a week wth my guy would go insane)!

Are there any good ways to find some of these smaller farms - any personal recommendations? I would rather be at a private facility and bring in a trainer/coach once I have settled down from my move. Though I am not set on this, but not too keen on a 50 stall barn zoo. Much prefer quiet to dodging hoards of children learning to steer in lessons hehe!
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post #4 of 16 Old 08-04-2014, 03:25 PM
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I agree! I don't do large barns and my girl needs to be out all the time. I would suggest my barn, but he just recently filled up.

I've had really good luck with Craigslist, funnily enough. I would general suggest looking a little outside of Bellevue/Redmond for places to board since (in general) they tend to be cheaper and more likely to have turn out. Snohomish, Bothell and Duvall are all a little north, if you are ok with going farther, then there are lots of options in Monroe and Carnation as well.

Sorry I can't be of more help with specific barns, I actually moved from down south of the state a year and a half back and since I don't show or have many horse friends around, I don't know that many barns well. If you need any recommendations on vets or barefoot trimmers, I know some good ones though
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My friend operates a GREAT boarding facility in Snohomish. Its called Horse Head Quarters lol turn outs 7 days a week all day long on beautiful grass pastures, good hay and clean stalls. Look her up! I don't know if she has openings right now but it's worth a look
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post #6 of 16 Old 08-04-2014, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Kodachrome310! I will add it to my list Already very happy I posted this question you all have been great so far!
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post #7 of 16 Old 08-06-2014, 11:12 PM
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Hi, horseq, nice to have you headed our way :)

Unfortunately all of the smaller places I know of are either selling, filled up or no bueno, otherwise I'd suggest them.
Or you have the oddball situation like mine. I'm currently looking for a place to go. I have always kept mine in the Snohomish/ Clearview area, but I may go driving through Woodinville and Kirkland and just see what I can find. All of the bigger more expensive places also seem to have very limited turnout, my gelding would not be a happy camper. I'll let you know if I come up with anything.

As for the trails, there are some good ones over east, some laid back easy to get to ones close by (Bridle Trails is nice for that) and overall gorgeous rides.
There are an assortment of easy going schooling dressage shows close by, since college happened I put the serious showing on hold, and now the little fun ones are just the ticket. If that's your thing, might see you at a few!

Feel free to PM me too with any questions, happy to help!

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post #8 of 16 Old 08-06-2014, 11:54 PM
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PM for info. I live in Bellevue, ride at Bridle Trails State Park.
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-07-2014, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply guys - I will PM you shortly both of you!! I can't until I have five posts on the forum so will take a bit when I have some down time in the day :)
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-07-2014, 12:42 PM
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ok.

I lease a horse from a place right next to Bridle Trails State Park. It's pasture board, but they have stall /paddock boarding, too. Horses live out on pasture 24/7 with run ins. Hay is fed at feeders once a day, and the horses can graze all day, since there is so much acreage. The park has 30 miles of trails , 500 acres of heavily forested land. It is literally across the street. Board is between $500 to $600.
NO feeding of grain, no arena, no washrack, no blanketing. Just a great open lifestyle and no drama barn, and great trail riding nearby.

There are four other comercial facilities on the park; all with indoor arenas.

I do not know their prices, but they vary widely in terms of quality of turnout, if any.
This is urban horse keeping. The advantage is that you are near your horse, but the disadbantage is the price and in some cases, the turn out.

My friend keeps her hours out in Redmond, while she lives in W. Seattle. It's a half hour drive each way, in good traffic (which we rarely have) but, the hrose has all day turn out, a 3 sided shelter, feeding twice a day, and access to trails, and trailer parking. Really nice place, with a nice outdoor arena. I think it's $500.
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