I lease two stalls, one is my main stall and the other (at another property) is a vacation stall of sorts. Starting with his main, board is about $300 I believe
-very close to home, one mile. I can walk there in 15 mins in the summer.
-12x12 stall with 12x12 attached paddock, shavings and manure dumping provided
-2 turn-out pens
-2 arenas, indoor and outdoor
-3 feedings daily Mon-Fri, 2 feedings on Sat-sun (owners must feed lunch on weekends)
-about 4 trainers available, but they are independent so you don't have to work with them if you don't want to.
-regular vet, teeth, farrier, masseuse, and chiropractor visits (determined by the board members)
-barn manager on property, locks on gates for the night
-small grazing sections available
-small trail park across the street
-lights everywhere, in both arenas and on paths, as well as in the barn.
-lounge and cook shack
-hot wash rack
-jumps, portable dressage arena, barrels, mechanical cow, bending poles, and cones
-the indoor is too small for my liking and the footing often forms a track around the fence, as well as being too shallow in places/ footing could be better quality. It is also far away from the barn and near the woods, horses tend to spook more in the indoor.
-the outdoor has the same footing quality as the indoor but the arena is wider so I can ride off the rail. Doesn't drain well, hard to use when it's wet.
-noisy, there is a road and intersection next to us as well as a country club. A lot of distractions.
-A lot of drama and gossip, things spread quickly and can't be controlled.
-self-care for stalls. I actually like this, but some people are too busy and hire others to clean the stall for them.
-the barn aisle is too narrow.
-Inadequate turn-out, the wood is chewed and old and the pens are small and in high demand.
-the hay can be of poor quality at times, I am bringing my own.
-Not enough grass, and the horses must be grazed in hand.
The other stall, a vacation paddock. A quarter mile from my main barn, I take him there every week or so when I can to keep his mind happy. $200
-lots of space, maybe 20x40 paddock with a small stall I store hay in.
-grass! Grass grass grass grass! The entire paddock is full of grass.
-overall poor quality facility, has no arena. Turn-out is dangerous and the fences are rotting, I had to repair my own.
-completely self-service with everything. Shavings, hay, manure, vets etc.
-I would never keep my horse here overnight because of the low quality. It is also quite isolated, the horses there seem very lonely because they are hidden behind trees.
Last edited by roro; 11-04-2009 at 02:34 AM.