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        11-03-2009, 04:42 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I have to keep my horse at livery as I've no land of my own, and my health isn't great, so I wouldn't be very reliable!

    For 100 a week I get
    • stable
    • bedding - which is whatever the yard owner chooses
    • mucking out - I don't have to do that
    • feed - which is whatever the yard owner [who used to own the horse] feeds him
    • hay - I have no idea how much he gets or how often in the day he's given hay
    • turnout (when the weather is suitable)
    • use of indoor arena (when it's available)
    • horse exercised when I'm not able to ride

    Transport to shows is available, I pay entry fees, and a share of the diesel.

    Shoeing is 50 for a full set of shoes and trimming.

    I buy wormer for him.

    I groom him myself usually, and clean my own tack, I paid for a years membership to the BHS (British Horse Society) and get insurance via that.

    He'll be getting clipped sometime soon, I don't know if I'll be charged for that, someone pulled his mane recently, without my knowledge or consent - and I was intending to let it grow a bit more, so I've no intention of paying for that if they do charge!
         
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        11-03-2009, 04:44 PM
      #12
    Lis
    Yearling
    I don't have my own horse at the moment but I'm getting one in a few months and where I want to stable my horse it will cost me 86 a month for stabling and grazing (not sure if it's winter turnout as well) as well as use of a jumping field and round pen which I don't like very much to be honest since it means I'm very limited on schooling or it makes schooling a lot harder. That's DIY livery but for an extra 1 a day they will bring it in, feed it, check it over then turn it back out again.
         
        11-03-2009, 05:11 PM
      #13
    Banned
    Board is expensive here. I think my barn costs $600 a month, but I only pay $200 since I work off the rest. We're one of the more inexpensive barns, too. There's a barn a little away from us that charges $1,000 per month and it's only on 6 acres I think. Oh, the cost of living in paradise. :roll:

    Good:
    Stall with nightly turnout (large pasture)
    Many, many different places to ride including pastures for trail rides and a racetrack
    Feed is included
    Gets turnout with other horses
    Friendly people that I love
    My own tack locker
    The BO's husband trailers for us
    Awesome trainer/instructor

    Bad:
    Old barn (leased/rented so the BO can't make a lot of changes)
    No real round pen
    Barbed wire fencing at some parts
    Very dusty and dry
    No bathroom in the barn
    No indoor arena
    No warm water

    It's not the most appealing barn, but I and my horse are happy there.
         
        11-03-2009, 08:30 PM
      #14
    Trained
    I pay $100 a month for my two horses. I get a few acres, use of an adorable little barn with a wash rack, locking tack room, and warm water. I pay for all the feed and bedding and everything, it's a private place. Most of the barns in my area are super expensive, and I would have to pay it twice. Plus, the barn I'm at now is a whole 8 minutes away from my house. =]
         
        11-03-2009, 08:57 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    I pay $125/horse/month, it includes a stall, turnout(night during the summer ,day during the winter. , feed (oats) am & pm , hay ...smallish tack room, outdoor ring with footing, access to trails . No hot water or wash rack but there is running water.
    It is a co-op barn so everyone helps , we feed and take care of all horses 1 day a week. The rest is divided up between the other boarders(each horse owner takes a night) I am responsible for my horses stalls , mucking out, wiping down etc...no bathroom :( as of yet, although hoping a portopotty will be installed soon.
    I have to supply any extra feed , supplements etc...and pay for worming.
    Normally I can make it to farrier appts but if I can't someone will offer to hold my boys at no extra charge.
    I really like our barn and for the most part everyone gets a long great, it cuts down on costs a lot because we help out with a lot.
    I live approx 15 min from my barn which is nice , it is also 5 min from my work so I can stop by right after work and check on them.
    It is the least expensive place in my area and it isnt anything fancy but I am happy with it. My only wish is that there was some where to ride under cover as it is up on a hill and gets very windy during the winter.
         
        11-03-2009, 09:11 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I pay 525/month
    I have to feed and bring in all 16 or so of the horses tuesday and sunday nights,
    I get one bag of pelleted bedding included per week
    Hay, grain, water.
    Individual turnout
    Large indoor
    Large outdoor
    3/8mile racetrack
    Soon to be trails
    2 washstalls
    My own stall, and my own barn that has only one other horse in it
    And a lounge with a tv
    I clean stall and fill buckets for my horse daily


    Bad things-
    BO is a pain, and complains about everything, and she hates my horse
         
        11-03-2009, 09:13 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Ok you guys sound like you have luxury lol I pay $235CAN

    Advantages
    -Indoor and outdoor riding arena.
    -Large paddock

    Disadvantages
    -People do not live there come twice a day
    -People there do not talk to me
    - I can't put a blanket on bcause the people there wont strap a buckle if it comes loose
    -They never water arenas
    -Cheap fixes
    -they make rules but they don't follow them
    -more talk less action type
    -there rude
    -They never check water my moms old horse got badly dehydrated.
    - all her friends get deals on the price.

    But the cool thing is in april I am moving him to my grandpas no riding arena but my front yard will work and for winter we use the money we save to go to a really nice barn!!
         
        11-03-2009, 10:46 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    For $250 a month:
    -Fairly large stall (to me it is, but I rarely go to other stables, so I'm not sure what would be considered small or large) with rubber mats, grain bin, water bucket and a open window that lets the horse stick their head out and get fresh air.
    -Feed 3 flakes of hay twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, with a scoop of grain in the evening (along with vitamins if the boarder wishes). I never have to feed- the stable's not on my way to anywhere and I can't drive yet, so this is exceptionally helpful.
    -Sawdust is usually done once or twice a week during the winter (less during the summer since they aren't in as much). Stalls are cleaned a couple times a week (if you're really worried about it, you can go in and do it yourself, they provide pitchforks and wheelbarrows.)
    -The horses are run in at night and put back out in the morning, unless it's raining or snowing badly, or if (during the winter/summer depending on the weather) the pastures are too muddy or frozen over.
    -In the winter, the owners will blanket all 15 horses and in the summer, they will put fly masks on all 15 horses.
    -The horses have nice, large pastures with only two or three other horses with them. Only complaint is no grass- just dirt. But it isn't too bad at all. The mares have two crab apple trees too, so they have some grazing to do. :)
    -All the pastures have water tanks that are filled daily (water buckets in stalls are filled daily as well.)
    -Indoor and outdoor area, as well as four cross-ties and five tiedowns outside the indoor arena that we use for bathing.
    -Tack room with sectioned off area for private tack. Feed room with grain, medication, and vitamins. The owners will tell you if they think your horse might benefit from vitamins or if they need medication.
    -Lessons, private and group, are available.
    -To help decrease the boarding bill, you can pitch in (haha, bad pun) with cleaning stalls and doing chores (feed, water, and running in horses). Also, horses can be put on a lesson board, where the horses will be used in lessons during the week and then a small portion of your board will be taken off.
    -Nice, mantained trails that allow a nice ride without having to be worried about too much difficultness or getting lost.
    ^I do stalls twice a week and chores once a week, and this knocks off about $100 a month off. :)
    Personally, I love my barn.
    *edit- and everyone is very friendly. Of course, being on showteam, there's some competiveness and backstabbing bitchery, but the BO's are so nice and are willing to help you with anything.
    -Electric fencing, since the horses don't respect anything else.
    -Qurantine field, which can be extremely helpful.
    -No warm water, but this isn't very important to me.
         
        11-03-2009, 11:08 PM
      #19
    Started
    We don't have warm water there either, its my first winter there. Im a little worried, since we soak the feed, so Im trying to find an inexpensive electric kettle. How does share boarding work liability wise? I personally wouldnt want a bunch of people handling my horses, especially if I don't have a say who can board there.
         
        11-04-2009, 12:18 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    Ok, so this is what I pay and what I get!
    I pay $120 AUD a month.
    I get
    -A paddock with a run in shed. There paddocks are rotated, so the horse will get a new paddock about every 3 months unless otherwise requested.
    -Water trough filled morning and afternoon. Cleaned every fortnight.
    -Fencing is exceptional. Always fixed if their is a problem.
    -Horse people run the place. They know lots about horses, and will stop and do something if your horse is injured, lame etc.
    -Access to a round yard.
    -Access to a big outdoor arena.
    -A wash bay
    -2 stables which I can use anytime.
    -A feed room which I can keep my feed in
    -A shared tack room.
    -Trainers are welcome.

    Its a very friendly place to board. Alone about 7 boarders, so there's only about 10 horses that the leasor doesn't own. However, the leasor owns about 28 horses of her own, so we all help her a bit to get money off our board.
         

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