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post #1 of 33 Old 11-03-2009, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Boarding- What you pay for vs what you get

What do you pay for vs what do you get for board??

I know there are price differences along the country and world for boarding. most of the time, the middle of the country pays less then the two coasts (in the US). Myabe if you want to post some other area board prices it could help.

My horses: $150 each

Two pastures, 4 acres and 6acres lots of grass (estimate)
Two run in stalls with a 10 foot overhang, straw bedding
Timothy hay, maybe last years cut, all they can eat
12% grain, but i can request something different of simmilar price
One feeding per day, we also feed the leasors other animals if needed
i feed 3x a week, leaser does 4x.
will probably go to 2x a day once it gets colder
The leasor will do things if i request it, when shes there. she lives about 20 minutes away. The owners are there all the time, but they're in their 80's and not very horse savvy.
The lessor will give any supplements needed, provided i buy them, and blanket if i ask her too.
Its just my two, and another boarders one horse. I dont think the other boarder even visits. The horse is older, so she isnt ridden.
Leasor is VERY laid back, and willing to do what i want with my horses (feed wise).
She has her own farm as well so she does have lots of advice for me if i ask.

If I get sick i need to find someone to feed for me, but if i give notice the leasor usually will switch days w/ me.
No ring, corn fields for trail riding only, but there is a horse park about 20 minutes away.
No trainers allowed, no one rides my horses but me (liability issue)
The neighbor children (from the development) love to go into the pasture ad pet the animals. I have to yell at them alot, they usually get it, but there are just so many of them. All of the animals are very friendly. I only worry about the ram.
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post #2 of 33 Old 11-03-2009, 02:13 PM
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I've never boarded.....And I think it's so worth it having my horses on my property. Of course, it took a lot of work to get out land ready for horses 18 years ago. Like 5 miles of split rail we had to put up, we tore the concrete out of the barn that was their, and added an overhang just last year. The more horses you have, the more having them at your house works to your advantage imo.
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post #3 of 33 Old 11-03-2009, 02:17 PM
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Actually, I take that back--I have boarded. Right after my parents divorced (I was 3 and couldnt help with the horses) we boarded them (we had 2 at the time) at a friends who had full care of them and lived an hour away. 2 years after, when one of the horses had died, we moved Arthur to a friend's house who lives 5 minutes away and needed a companion for her thoroughbred. A few years later, when I was in 3rd grade, I got the barn ready at my house and we moved them back. So I have boarded:)
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post #4 of 33 Old 11-03-2009, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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some people would rather pay someone then do it themselves. and if you keep them at home you cant go away as easily.

if i have to pay more for board in the future, ive decided id rather buy a farm, and pay a mortgage instead of like $800 in board.
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post #5 of 33 Old 11-03-2009, 02:40 PM
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We have to board, atm. There are plans to move soon to a horse property however. I agree it is easier to have 'em in your backyard but with some people that just isn't possible. For us personally it has kept us from adopting/buying anything that isn't well along under saddle, or any neglect cases.

For one horse: 140$ per month, including feed
We are fortunate to have met a most awesome woman and I have complete faith in her horsesense and good judgement. She boards a friend's beautiful 36 yo mare there currently with three other horses of her own. Our guy will have 6,000 sq feet to himself, a nice shelter, heated water tubs, and the grounds are impeccably groomed. Feeding and rugging if needed are not an issue. She also lives right across the street from two dear friends of ours, and in the middle of an extremely "horsey" area, with access to literally massive amounts of desert trails.

Disadvantage: No grass/pasture. ): That is sort of hard to come by in certain areas over here. It is also a wee bit far, but not too much. Of course I would prefer if I could just open the back door and there he was, but oh well. :)
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post #6 of 33 Old 11-03-2009, 02:47 PM
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i dont board but if i wanted to it would be 100 euro a week for full livery, ab lib hay, hard feed, worming, turn out, rugging, use of indoor arena, hacking through castle grounds, half price lessons. parking for box, cross country course. person living on site to check every all day
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post #7 of 33 Old 11-03-2009, 02:50 PM
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I am boarding for hte first time since I've owned horses and thats been 16 years. I would much prefer to have my horses in my back yard of course but boarding has some advantages. I have met some really nice ladies and some really bratty ones too.
My board inlcudues:
feed/hay twice a day ( I buy extra hay since we are n the south we only have access to Coastal hay but me and another lady has been buying timothy for an outragious price to give to our horses in the evening when we are out there)
stall/pasture board-she is not out on pasture though because thats what i wanted.
access to lots of trails, round pen, big arena.
blanketing is $25 extra a month
there is a $5 charge to hold for farrier
all and all I like the place. Wasn't really what i was expecting but hopefully sooner than later we will move back North and she can be back home!
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post #8 of 33 Old 11-03-2009, 04:04 PM
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I pay $300 for pasture at a really fancy dressage barn (I ride western pleasure so I am the minority ahaha) but it's wonderful. Pasture is full of trees for shade since it's in the hills and it gets hot, and feed three times a day... plus...
Indoor arena that is *huge*
covered round pen
2 wash racks
5 cross tie areas
private tack locker
access to hours of trails
24/7 watchful eyes on my horsey
vet and farrier appointments set up for me (I have to pay but they do all the remembering of *when* Bali needs his things, which is nice.. I have a lot to remember with school..)
pasture gets cleaned out every other day (which is amazing, not many stables *ever* clean the pastures...)
and the friendliest people of any barn I looked at!

I want to move him up to the outdoor pens eventually that are $450, which come with daily turn out and supplement feeding.. but we'll see!

No place has prettier views around here, either ;)
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post #9 of 33 Old 11-03-2009, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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holey cow. i love that view.
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post #10 of 33 Old 11-03-2009, 04:41 PM
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Payment: $150 a Month; Pasture Board


Twice a Day Feedings
Whatever Suppliments You Need
People Who Really Care for the Horses ("Your horse got a scratch, so I cleaned it off for you.")
Indoor and Outdoor Heated Washracks
Round Pen (A Little Bigger Than Standard)
Area (HUGE)
Best Trainer Ever
LOTS of trails
Good, Clean Tack Room
Fun Animal Freinds (Lllames, goats, sheep, etc.)
Loveable Horses
Pretty, and Very Clean


The BO Hates Me
Can't Go on the Trails Alone (Good rule, but annoying)
The People There Scare Me
I Don't Like to Ride There When BO is There. (See #1)

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