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        03-29-2011, 07:45 PM
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    tough decision-to board or not?

    I'm not really sure where to put this, but it seemed like it might fit here.
    I've been taken lessons at a stable about 25 minutes away since mid January and it's been going great, I really like the instructor, Val, and the lesson horse I use, Molly Rose. I have 3 of my own horses kept on my moms property, 3 miles from my house, my main focus, as Val knows if my 14year old OTTB mare Bella, She's been off since November(except for one ride on the 18th when the weather was nice) Well today my trainer told me that she has a stall open and asked me if I would be interested in boarding Bella for a month, I wouldn't be paying for lessons but she would work with Bella and I whenever I came up. The board is 200, but I would have to provide my own grain since she is fed something different then what they use , hay is included. Right now I pay $35/lesson and I have one a week, so depending on how often I can get up there it would be like having multiple lessons a week. My biggest concern is that Bella has ulcers and i'm concerned that the stress of moving her to a new place and then moving her back is really going to aggravate her ulcers...not to mention I have never had someone else take care of my horses, I trust Val and I know she would be in good hands when i'm not there, but the whole thought of not seeing her in the pasture with my other 2 is kinda strange...So since my husband is not being of any help, i'm turning to you guys to hope you can give me some pros and cons and if you think it would be a good idea or not, please help!
         
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        03-29-2011, 08:38 PM
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    Why just a month? I think mares adjust to change much easier than geldings, but for just a month I'm not sure that would be worth the risk of aggravating the ulcers.
         
        03-29-2011, 09:04 PM
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    Why just a month? I think mares adjust to change much easier than geldings, but for just a month I'm not sure that would be worth the risk of aggravating the ulcers.
    I'm sure I could keep her there longer if I wanted to, but money is an issue, it's tight with just taking lessons, so to keep her there for more then a month would really be stretching my budget. After a month the weather should finally start getting better around here so having her there would give me that chance to rider her more(they have an indoor) and have me instructor there helping me out. Also it's the drive is quite a bit further so the gas money just to get up to ride her will cost a fortune. If I keep her up there for longer
         
        03-29-2011, 09:12 PM
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    If they have an indoor and it gives you an early jump on riding, try it. Worst case scenario is she doesn't adjust well and you have to bring her back to your mom's. My horse has moved 5 times in 3 years and hasn't given a crap yet! I hear you about gas money. My barn is 40 minutes from me. I easily spend an extra $100 on gas to get there each month.
         
        03-29-2011, 09:19 PM
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    If they have an indoor and it gives you an early jump on riding, try it. Worst case scenario is she doesn't adjust well and you have to bring her back to your mom's. My horse has moved 5 times in 3 years and hasn't given a crap yet! I hear you about gas money. My barn is 40 minutes from me. I easily spend an extra $100 on gas to get there each month.
    right now I have it super easy lol, My mother-in-law(as much as I can't stand her)lives right around the corner and she watches my son, I work for my moms boarding kennel which is 3 miles away and the horses are on my moms property which is next door to the kennel, so I can watch my horses while I walk dogs lol. I'm also a little worried about my old gelding, he is very attached to "his" mare lol and i'm worried he will be very upset when I take her away, he goes crazy running the fence if I just take her next door to work with her. I'm worried he's going to give himself a heart attack lol, I mean he will still have Legacy and Clinton(the donkey) with him but Bella is his girlfriend lol
         

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