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    07-31-2012, 03:34 AM
Yep, its decided saranda, you are moving your whole entire barn to my town :)
We need something like that here. Correction me and nyx really need at least a place to board here.
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    07-31-2012, 03:45 AM
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Well, I have to go 40 minutes by bus and then 40 minutes by feet to Snickers, that is, if there is nobody that day who could give me a lift, so I can't visit him every day, but sometimes it is really worth some sacrifice to provide the best care for a horse.

Nyx, there is always the possibility to make something like that yourself - over time, of course. :) I'd love to start this type of facility myself someday, so that there are more such places. 99% of boarding facilities in Latvia include obligatory stalling (you can't choose to leave your horse pasture boarded) and there are many setbacks regarding the mindset of the BOs' and other aspects for example, you can be frowned upon for not blanketing in winter or shoeing your horse, or for doing trail riding not dressage, or for believing your horse has real emotions and is not just a senseless, although beautiful beast, or for not feeding him commercial feeds and supplements only, etc., etc., etc.
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    07-31-2012, 04:14 AM
Originally Posted by cirrutopia    
How do you guys afford it, at twenty-something... I dream of having my own horse, but we struggle to make ends meet even with a weekly lesson... plus all my icky student loans.
Budgeting like crazy! Student loans don't help. I'm lucky that my parents are handling that... but Sky is 100% my responsibility and so far we've been golden!
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    07-31-2012, 05:35 AM
Its def not easy. I am currently working 2 jobs at roughly 60 hours a week and saving like crazy so I can provide enough cushion for hunny and I. The only reason I currently can afford her is because most of my college expenses are paid for by scholarships and government grants (and very loving grandparents), but my horse is all my responsibility
    07-31-2012, 05:37 AM
Once I am able to afford land that is definatley one of my dreams! :)
Id love to start up a boarding facility offer lessons and have a few nice stud stallions.
If only I could win the lotto
    07-31-2012, 05:43 AM
Running a boarding facility would be kinda fun :) would you be able to reject people you didnt like though? Or would it give your barn a bad name? I've always wondered that...
    07-31-2012, 05:53 AM
Id guess you could just say your barn is full, maybe..?

I always wondered if a horse hurt itself or a person hurt himself who would be responsible or could there be a waver form?
    07-31-2012, 05:57 AM
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We (the boarders) have a part in our boarding contract where it is aggreed that the BO is not responsible for a horse or a person hurting himself, but only if it isn't because of the BO's neglect in any aspects of the upkeep of the facility, or because of direct maltreatment.

If I had a barn it would be very private and new horses would be boarded only if I received recommendations about their owners from people I know. In all other cases, I'd say that the barn is full.
    07-31-2012, 06:10 AM
Well that's good that way there is not as much liability as long as you keep a good barn.
That's true, you would have to be careful who you allow in as like for example if someone neglects their horse at your barn it could give you a bad name.

It would be a huge responsibility.
    07-31-2012, 06:50 AM
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True... But I have understood that I'd very much enjoy being a barn manager/owner and own at least 2 horses of my own. Snickers as the first one, and for the second one I'd look for an Arab or a Welsh Cob (section D) gelding. I love these breeds! :)

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