04-16-2010, 04:38 PM
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I think I have narrowed it down to 2 choices. One is a stable where the owner also keeps their race horses so there are actually racing thoroughbreds, some are studs. It appears it used to be a racing farm but he now takes on boarders for money, but I'm not sure...just what it looks like. There is an 1 indoor arena and 1 outdoor and direct access to a park with trails. No on site trainer, and the winter they turn off the water and use buckets. My choices are both barn stalls with daily turn out...either I do full serve where they feed and turn out or self serve where I feed and turn out. Full serve you also get your own tack locker but the horse is boarded in the same barn as the race horses and is pricey so I would have to go with self. Self serve the barn looks a little run down and there are NO tack lockers you just share a 6X6 tack room with everyone else. It's pretty much a mixed discipline stable.
Option 2 is a slightly bigger equestrian center where they often hold nationally recognized shows and clinics. They are primarily an Dressage/Hunter stable which is hard to find in NE and yet what I am used to. There is NO Trail access but they have two site trainers and a contracted vet. They have many options including sharing a paddock and round bale (which is what my horse has done his whole life). There is a grass dressage arena, an eventing field, several small-ish turn outs and an indoor lighted arena plus a really nice lounge. The price for the paddock with the bale is in between the other two options at the other stable.
I'm mostly going to be using him as an all around pleasure horse and maybe showing, so not sure I should spend a little more for the equestrian center and yet, it's nice to have all that in hand if I choose to use it. Yet I also really really like going on trail and without a truck/trailer I am pretty much stable bound...so the trail would be nice. I am really torn.