Originally Posted by iDressage
This is a really specific and random question but...
I am looking into donating my horse to a program for a duration of at least 6-9 months (if not longer) in which she can be used for riding, training, or teaching. I want a program in either the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast area, or somewhere around there. (I'm from the southern PA area).
The best offer I have found so far is Meredith Manor Equestrian Center. I would pay $250/month for board but she would be used and worked constantly in the program, and then when the program was complete I would have her back once again.
I considered donating to an equestrian team at a college but that is so permanent and I'm not looking for something that permanent. I would like to have my horse back after I graduate from high school (next summer) and show her at that point, but I want to focus on my equitation and showing this year so I want to lease this upcoming year.
I rode at the University Of Findlay's western program for 3 years. They are #1 in the nation for what they do. They are costly, but can be worth it.
From the other end of these programs I'd like to offer you some advice. Don't send your horse to one
I can't speak for these other programs, but you don't know who will be riding you horse. You don't know what they will be doing with your horse. You don't know the care they will get, you don't know anything about what is going on.
Sometimes you get lucky and get a really good rider who does a world of good for your horse. But understand something, 90% of people in these college programs are not the best riders.
That is why they are there. Out of my class of 75, about 6 of them were decent hands.
I've personally seen so many people's horses ruined because they sent them to these kind of programs. So so many horror stories. Seriously, don't put your horse through that.
Have you considered leasing her?