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post #1 of 20 Old 09-19-2013, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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Share the good side of boarding!

Many of the threads on here are dedicated to the bad experiences at stables. Barn drama, crazy BO's, overbearing trainers, psycho horse people, thieves. Many of us have good reason to get mad and need a place to vent or get advise.
But if your like me you probably enjoy your barn. Even view it as a second home. Often its a great place to find a like minded community. A place to relax and focus of your horse. Ever had a barn owners or other horse people that go out of their way to help you? Had fun camp outs and trail rides? Or just found a place that you feel comfortable? I want to hear some of those stories.

I was away from the barn for a few days. When I came back my BO says "I say your flat and took in your tire. They fixed it up and I put it back on". I didn't even know I had a flat on my trailer but my BO took it in for no charge. He is the nicest man. I'm so glad I board there. He holds Kali for the farrier and picks her feet if i'm away for a few day, or months in one case. None of that is in my contract he is just a nice person that doesn't mind my forgetfulness and inability to reach the blanket racks.

So lets hear some of the good side of boarding!
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-19-2013, 09:06 AM
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You don't have to line up someone to feed & clean while you are gone!
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post #3 of 20 Old 09-19-2013, 09:31 AM
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You get to sleep in when you want to and not have to worry about feeding horses
Not have to worry about taking care of the property, grade the arena, weeds...etc
You have some one to watch your horses while you are at work, just in case they get into trouble
Not having to worry much about lifting heavy hay or getting a lot of feed.
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post #4 of 20 Old 09-19-2013, 10:32 AM
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My trainer lived on site. I knew the horses were always checked on a couple of times in the night, but if I had ANYTHING I needed to talk about in regards to training, but also as a friend, she was there.

The people. I hate witchy yards, but my last yard was full of lovely, horse crazy people who I enjoyed spending not only my horse time with, but my free time too!
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post #5 of 20 Old 09-19-2013, 10:49 AM
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Since horse ownership started for me in February, I've boarded at 3 places(pathetic, I know.)
I'm in no way a picky boarder, I just expect my horses to be cared for the way anyone else would(consistent feeding times, actually being fed daily, stalls mucked)

I'm now on barn number 3 and I've found a winner. It's expensive, but well worth every penny. The facilities are amazing and the owner is a great man. He doesn't mind being contacted if there is a problem(something I had problems with in the past)
The trainer at this barn is just an angel, as well. She's in her early 20's but has a lot of experience and common sense. Not only do BO and trainer help me with ANY problem or concern I have encountered, they seem more than happy to help me out- as with other barns I felt I was being a nuisance if I had a quick question.
I always apologize for bugging them with something like turn-out questions, delivery questions for shavings and feed, etc. Though they never seem to act annoyed.

I've only been there a month, and am doing self-care so I know my horses are being taken care of the way I want them to, but I'm definitely satisfied.

Our barn hosts clinics all the time, we have yard/tack sales. barn trail rides, and I'm told that around the holidays BO invites boarders into his fancy, to die for, home for get-togethers. It seems like a "barn family" which I love, and you would be surprised because generally only smaller-scaled facilities are like that. This barn definitely feels like home and I'm loving it.
We also grow our own hay so consistency is never an issue, which I love!!
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post #6 of 20 Old 09-20-2013, 10:58 AM
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My BO is typically awesome(she's a little tempermental with people, but allways amazing with the horses), she feeds hay, grain, supplements, holds my horses for the farrier when I cant get there, doctors them if they have injuries and I cant be there for evey treatment, will even trailer to the vet and hold them for the vet if for some reason I cant do it myself. I can leave for weeks, and be sure my horses are well cared for and happy.

There is also no stealing, and the farm has only select boarders, so its quiet and friendly.

I still want to have them at home, but this is a pretty good solution in the mean time.
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post #7 of 20 Old 09-21-2013, 09:08 PM
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GAH! I'm sure there are good sides for boarders. Not very many for the facility :) LOL
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post #8 of 20 Old 09-26-2013, 12:02 AM
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My BO is so nice. She lets me come out & muck stalls in the mornings for the exercise. I also help her out if she needs it w/ any particular horse. She also answers ALL of my endless questions on horse care. I dont think I could find a better place for my boy.
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post #9 of 20 Old 09-28-2013, 12:50 PM
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I love that it gives me the convince of living in the city where I currently go to school and having my horses close by. I left home after high school to go to college and they're the only big part of home I could bring with me so that's why I love boarding!
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post #10 of 20 Old 09-28-2013, 02:16 PM
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I boarded at a place for years, saw it go through 3 different BO's. The first was okay, was the owner's daughter (in her 20's - 30's), the place was run well, set feeding times, all horses fed, set mucking times etc., I don't remember a whole lot about her, then the second person was AMAZING. It was a woman and her partner, if I remember correctly when they started out they weren't married. She was very sweet, older lady, had a couple horses of her own, took the time to get to know each person and horse individually, did walk arounds constantly, including overnight. Her knowing each horse (there were over 100 at the facility) so well, saved my friend's gelding. She knew he never laid down in the middle of the day, and one afternoon, all he was doing was laying in the sun, no rolling or thrashing or anything, but she knew he didn't lie down, so she called owner. Ended up being rushed to emergency colic surgery where they took out quite a bit of intestine, as he had a tumor that had grown around part of his intestine, and cut off blood supply. I know many places that would just say "oh he's just sunbathing I guess, even if he never lies down, he's fine", but she knew that something was off. If I ever felt like my horse was "off", I knew I could tell Moe, and she'd check on him an extra couple of times, and if she saw anything at all, she'd call. I was never worried about my horse's care, and if they were looked after and loved, cause I knew that Moe was around. Third person, complete opposite, horrible stories. Moe ended up leaving with her husband because they decided to get their own ranch property in the neighboring town. We were all so bummed that she was leaving that we threw them a goodbye party. I still think about her, and wonder how she's doing. I've been to quite a few places, and most are okay, only a couple have been truly horrible, and then there wa this place with Moe that was the most amazing place ever.
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