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post #21 of 28 Old 10-24-2012, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by StealingSociety View Post
Where my horse lives...let's just say it's not ideal.

The barn has the best training in the city, is only 20 minutes away from my house, AND it employs me during the summer but it houses about 120+ horses on 20 acres...you can see where this is going.

He lives in a 12x12 stall most of the day and for two hours, he gets turned out in a dirt paddock with a one other horse. They just sort of stand around doing nothing. At least he's a calm guy who hasn't known what it's like to live out all the time, and honestly I don't think he'd thrive like that. He's a sensitive type, gets picked on if he's in a big group and loses weight in the summer because of the heat and flies.

The riding rings are nice, a bit deep in my opinion, but they get watered and dragged regularly and there's lights and nice jumps. Each boarder gets a tack locker and a space for their trunk. Lit grooming stall with a fan for cooling off and outlets for clipping. Wash racks with good water pressure.
I'm with you on that one. The barn where I board has 76 stalls and 4 acres of their own land, plus ~10 acres of pasture that then lease from the neighboring properties. My horse gets 3-4 hours of turnout on pasture in the summer, but in the winter gets turned out in much smaller hogsfuel paddocks. Depending on the weather, he might get as little as 1 hour turn out in the winter

His stall is at least a large-ish one (I haven't measured it but I'm guessing it's about 14x16). I love my trainer and the other people at the barn. It's very low key and relatively drama free. I just wish my horse could spend all day outside.
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post #22 of 28 Old 10-27-2012, 03:18 PM
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I wish my girl had 24/7 turnout with shelter, and that is what she had here at home with me, but I really needed more amenities for training and I was lonely, nobody to ride with....kind of boring. So now she lives in a full service facility. She is out during the day if the weather is good, in a 12 x24 pipe corral stall at night. She is blanketed at night if it is cold, and she gets her supplements plus hay fed in a nibble net so it gives her something to munch on much of the night. They are usually fed in the turnouts in the morning.

In the summer, they come in from about 1pm to 7pm during the heat of the day. That is when they get their supplements, and the rest of the time they are turned out and usually have their hay outside. They are turned out with anywhere from 1-3 other horses, so they get some social time.

Oddly, they *love* coming into the barn....they socialize thru the pipe corrals and it seems to be a great source of comfort for them. Of course when turnout time comes, they love that too. I like the fact that she is handled frequently, with people laying eyes on her often. We also have a nice roundpen, outdoor arena, covered arena, and access to hundreds of miles of trails. That is what I mean by ammenities.....could not afford to have anything like that at home for just me and one horse. Besides, they do all the maintence, cleaning, grooming of footing, etc. I just get to go out and enjoy my horse.
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post #23 of 28 Old 10-27-2012, 03:38 PM
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Our horses are on our place...

We have 3 Pastures...2 North and one on the South of the property. During the Spring/Summer months the broodmares who are expecting are in the Top North pasture, the non Expecting broodies and mares that aren't getting rode go in the Bottom North Pasture. The geldings who aren't getting rode and youngins go in the South Pasture. And the Performance horses who are getting rode are in their own pens up front by the house.

In the Fall/Winter we move everybody around and get situation for the yucky weather to come. The broodmares and horses not getting rode get both North Pastures (connecting) so they have all that. Then the Youngins (2-3yr olds) and older geldings go in the drylot and arena (connecting). Then the weiners go in the main drylots (by house) in a pen to get weaned. After a few weeks they get opened up into the small grass lot with the dry lot pen (connecting). And the performance horses stay in their pens.

That way we only have to self feed in 3 spots and they have all the room.

The only thing I wish we had is a power source to the South Pasture....that way we could put in a Stop N Waste there and have water....but with no power means no tank heaters so frozen water.

But when the snow holds off like it did the last couple years, we didn't have to start feeding the horses in the Pasture till January because it is LUSH with grass because we don't really use the Bottom Pasture much because we turn all the youngins and non broodmares out to our 350+ acre mountain pasture for the spring/summer so less horses around the place to worry about and can put more in the south pasture.

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post #24 of 28 Old 10-27-2012, 03:49 PM
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Oh my god. .Im moving in with you BarrelRacingLvr... Make room.. Not that it would be that hard with 350 acres.. Please:)\

My horses are on like 5 acre pasture right now.. but let out to the back 40 come summer and spring time.. but since it's been so dry.. we already are having to feed hay:/ not gonna be a fun winter
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post #25 of 28 Old 11-16-2012, 03:15 AM
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I hope to someday have my boy at home with me, and buy him a buddy ;)

Right now he is in a stall with a 40' run. There is a hogs fuel round pen and a sand outdoor arena. Both of which can't be used due to rainy weather. They are absolute slop. He was living in complete mud but thankfully the BO got some new footing and drainage going in the runs and now he is a lot better. He loves having a stall. I have partial care, I provide feed and cleaning, BO feeds for me when I am not there. $150 a month.

I am moving him to a place where he will have a 10x16 stall with a 40x400' run. There is an indoor arena and an indoor round pen. Plans for an outdoor arena and outdoor round pen are being drafted and they should be built this spring. His run is a little bit of mud just up near where he enters and leaves the stall but the rest is grass. This place also has an insulated viewing lounge so my poor boyfriend doesn't have to freeze when he comes to the barn with me. I am moving to this new place in a couple weeks. It is also partial care. Some hay and bedding is provided but I will be providing extra hay as well as grain and any extra bedding I might want. I take care of cleaning as well. It is $200 a month. I figure it is worth it for $50 extra to be able to ride.
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post #26 of 28 Old 11-16-2012, 04:44 PM
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Just north of the house.
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post #27 of 28 Old 11-16-2012, 05:12 PM
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My 5 girls live at our home, we have a 5 stall barn with hay loft and tack/feed store, 7 acres of pasture and a menage. I would love an indoor school as the summers get hot and sweaty and from mid December to March we are mostly covered in snow so have to trailer to an indoor to work them a couple of days a week.
My horses do not appreciate the natural life at all - they are begging to come in as soon as they feel too hot, too many bugs, too cold, too wet. They tend to spend the afternoons in during the summer and are in at night in the winter - we dont have heaters in our field water tanks so they would have nothing to drink once it freezes - solid block in not very many hours - and hay soon gets blown away or buried. When they stand in I know each one gets there fair share and as they all have different feeding needs I dont have to stand around making sure they arent swapping buckets. Mucking out has never bothered me as I've always done it and we have less horses now than we've had for a long time, gives me incentive to get out of the house so helps keep me fit!!!!
I wouldn't want more land as it would mean more work to manage it and as we already have to restrict grazing for laminitis prevention I would only need it for maybe making our own hay
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post #28 of 28 Old 11-16-2012, 06:11 PM
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i used to have my horses at home with me but as i've just moved to a new state i'm officially a boarder. :/ and on that note i'm moving all three of my horses to a new barn at the beginning of December which i'm pretty excited about.

the new barn is on 21 acres with three timothy grass pastures, round pen, 80' x 130' covered arena, 10 stalls in the barn (12' x 20' each), 4 with 12' x 50' runs and another five outdoor stalls with 12' or 24' x 75' runs. the ladies who own/run the barn seem like real honest horse people so i'm pretty confident my horses will do well there. they'll go out on the pastures from morning until night (so at least 8-10 hours a day) and will come in in the evenings. boarders get lockable individual tack lockers (3' x 5') and plenty of room for grain, etc. there are also plenty of grooming areas and a hot water wash rack along with a full bathroom for boarders. :)
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