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    09-19-2012, 02:47 AM
Searching for boarding, pre horse purchase

So this may be an odd question, but I'm wondering if it's a good idea to start searching for boarding now, when I haven't even bought a horse yet.

I know basically what I'll be looking for as far as facilities, but without having the horse already, I won't be able to get into things like feeding, or herd dynamics. (IE, if I get an easy keeper, pasture board with hay supplemental in the winter, whereas a hard keeper might be better on In-out/paddock board with a full feeding schedule, things like that)

The issue is I guess, that I could find a great place tomorrow, but I might not find the right horse for me for months, so then I have the option of just waiting and seeing, or paying to hold the spot.

One other thing is that I know my coach would let me pay for a stall at her place if I needed it on a temporary or permanent basis. I would love to keep a horse there permanently for the standard of care is phenomenal, it's just that her place is SO far away, and it's up for sale. The distance isn't an issue for me so much now, for going out there a couple times a week, but with my own horse I know I'd be out there much more and the gas money, wear and tear on the vehicle and time spent would just add up and up. And then when her place sells I'd need to find a new place anyway.

So anyway, what would you do in my situation? Scope out places now, put up board wanted ads etc? Or wait until you had the horse and then start looking?
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    09-19-2012, 04:58 AM
Can't hurt to look now. Just ensure you tell the BO when you inspect that you're looking for later on. Collect prices and keep them together then you'll have an idea
    09-19-2012, 07:36 PM
Yes! You want to make sure you are really happy, tell the BO you want to look around, mabe come in a few times to check out riders and talk to them if the barn allows it. I know my barn has a open barn police and everyone knows about it. Typically if we see a pontentail boarder and the BO is not there and we know wont show up we give'm a tour and tell them about the place and give them the BO's business card.

    09-20-2012, 11:25 AM
I'd start looking now, but make a list of several places that you like. That way, when you do find a horse, at least one is bound to have an opening. For me, I like to horse shop and barn shop simultaneously, though it can get a little stressful when you've found a horse, but are having issues finding somewhere to take it (I've done this a few times. Haha)
    09-20-2012, 11:44 AM
I'm in the same position and I found a great place to board, now all that's left is to find the horse! I'm taking lessons there in the meantime, and the trainer has been GREAT in helping me narrow down exactly what I should be looking for. She's also willing to go with me to look at potential buys with me.
    09-27-2012, 09:43 PM
When I bought my gelding 14 odd something years ago, I went and looked at boarding before I looked at horses. I chose the barn I wants to use, and the barn help actually gave me the name and number of a guy who was selling a horse. And tgats how I ended up with my gelding. I would find a place def. Before buying the horse.
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    10-02-2012, 10:37 PM
Like nikelodeon said, actually. I think it'd be a great idea to find a barn and take some lessons to get the feel for the place and get your foot in the door. There's nothing worse than buying a horse and then having nowhere to keep it. ;D
    10-06-2012, 12:49 AM
I looked at barns before I bought my horse (at the time I was considering another horse, but it fell through). It left me with a few options for when I did end up getting my horse--I knew who I wanted to call first, second, etc.
    10-06-2012, 09:48 AM
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I think it's great to look first,tell them it is for the future. Like another said-not good to buy the horse, & have no place to put it!
    10-06-2012, 10:03 AM
We started looking at barns ( wanted small and private, not a show barn ) before we got our horses... and the BO actually came with us to look at prospects. I don't think you necessarily need to have something cast in stone, but at least have an idea what you want, have a few options before you buy the horse. I can't imagine finding the horse I want... and then having to leave him there ( assuming the owner would even be OK with keeping them...) while I started looking for a barn. WOuld not want to be rushed into moving into the 'wrong' barn, just because that was what is available when I needed it. At least start looking, check out prices, have a few options...

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