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        07-31-2012, 08:20 AM
      #981
    nyx
    Weanling
    I love Arabs and Arab crosses they are just so pretty and smart.
    If I could I would have an Arab an appaloosa and a warmblood and of course nyx. :)
    3 totally different breeds but just so awesome in their own way. :)
         
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        07-31-2012, 08:30 AM
      #982
    Foal
    God, all I can think about is how badly I want this...
         
        07-31-2012, 08:48 AM
      #983
    Banned
    I keep Sam at home. We have about 2 acres behind the house that I fenced off and we have a small run-in for him. He doesn't like being stalled, he gets too sweaty/hot because he's a full draft. So that the run-in works for us. He is on drylot though because he ate all teh grass we had and we don't have room to make rotating pastures. He does well on hay and his beet pulp/oil/supplement (EPSM/PSSM Diet) and it's cheap because a bag of beet pulp lasts forever.

    We are moving soon, in the next week or so, and he'll have grass pasture (weaned onto it slowly) so my hay bill will go down and he'll probably get less feed as well... We have to be so careful with his sugar intake... Wouldn't keep him anywhere but home though.
         
        07-31-2012, 09:06 AM
      #984
    Trained
    I wish I could keep gypsy at home !! Too bad I live in an apartment !! But my boyfriend is trying to buy a house right now [he almost just bought one but the people accepted a LOWER offer from someone they knew instead of him !] he wants a place in the country with some land, and then gypsy could live at home =]
         
        07-31-2012, 09:30 AM
      #985
    Yearling
    It is so frickin sweet of him to consider you and your darling horse into his house plans :)
         
        07-31-2012, 09:33 AM
      #986
    Weanling
    Our horses are at home. It's wonderful having them right outside my door, but it has its disadvantages too... I'd LOVE to have access to an indoor arena. Or arena of any kind, lol. We have a 1-1.5 acre dry lot with a run-in shed, and a 3 acre grass pasture that also has a run-in. I don't have stalls at all, but we're hoping to build a shed (half of it will be Kevin's workshop, the other half will have a small tack space and two stalls) sometime in the future.

    It's very aggravating for me because right where we are, it's all VERY valuable agricultural land. We wanted to buy a small field so we could grow our own hay but the price of land is astronomical. Every possible useable inch of land is planted with valuable cash crops, and if I were to crush even one plant by riding on the edge of the field the miserly farmers around here (who are mostly not very nice people, I'm afraid) would NOT be happy. It also means that not very many people 'waste' the land by growing hay, so we have to pay a lot to transport it in. If I want to ride anywhere but my own pasture, I have to ride on the road. The drivers around here are mostly very inconsiderate, refusing to slow down or move to the side. So... yeah. It makes me very frustrated.

    There are some nice parks with horse trails about an hour's drive from here - at the moment we don't own a trailer, but that's the next big item on the list. We're hoping maybe later this fall we can get one.
         
        07-31-2012, 10:02 AM
      #987
    Green Broke
    There is some aspect of having my horse at home that is appealing. But I love boarding. Someone will always be there to feed and water. I can take vacations, sleep in, and not worry about having to be home at a certain time.

    There's always someone to ride with and I don't have to own more than one horse. I have no upkeep of property, or maintainance of barn.

    So I really have no desire to ever keep my horses at home. I live so close and will never move farther away from my current barn.
         
        07-31-2012, 10:35 AM
      #988
    Foal
    Wow, after reading all the posts about budgeting and saving and everything, I see the benefit of being the oldest person in this thread. This is probably the reason that there aren't many 20-something people who are horse owners. Teens still get thier parents to pay for stuff, and people my age or older are more established and settled so money isn't as much of an issue. Don't get me wrong, I still have to budget since I live in town and will have to board my horse. Luckily it's a small town though, only a 12 minute drive from my house to the stable I'll be keeping her. It's a little pricey, but this barn is, in my opinion, the best in a 50 mile radius. I'll be paying $275/month for pasture boarding, but that includes hay in the winter (which are long in central wisconsin) grain, a very large indoor arena, a smaller indoor working area, two outdoor arenas, heated tack rooms, a horse trail that runs along the back of the property, and access to some great trainers who board/train there and are always willing to give tips.
         
        07-31-2012, 11:05 AM
      #989
    Green Broke
    My BO just went up from $60 per horse, to $75 for just MY horses, even though we've been boarding there for seven years. The $75 includes a 10 acre pasture for 24/7 turn-out, three stalls and a shed we built OURSELVES. And that's it. We maintain the pasture, we maintain the fence, we maintain everything. The BO said when we first started boarding there that the pasture would be mowed atleast once every year. That's yet to happen, so there are weeds in the back pasture taller than the horses. We have two horses there, my pony whose been there for seven years, and my paint who's been there for a month. My paint, and my new baby coming in, are the only horses she's upping rent on. Nevermind the fact that I've been paying the rent for that pony for the past year, and we've been there for seven years. She believes she can get $75 easy. She could, if she actually maintained the fence and the pasture herself. She had the gall to point out that a lot of trees were growing in the pasture. Hm, I don't know, maybe it's because you haven't mowed it in seven years? Needless to say, we're trying to find somewhere else to board. It's difficult finding a place with 24/7 turn-out and decent acreage. Which you think wouldn't be that difficult in coastal Texas. :/
         
        07-31-2012, 11:52 AM
      #990
    Green Broke
    If it only cost $75 a month we would have a second horse. That is extremely cheap for what you get. Renting land isn't cheap.

    WIRider - $275 for your area seems quite steep. Around me that would get you stall board with indoor/outdoor arena. And I live in a very horse populated area. Around me board can go from 150-over 1,000 a month. And that is in the same town. I pay significantly less than most people here and I'm happy sacrificing arenas for price. They feed (hay provided) and water my horse and provide a safe fenced area with shelter. What more do you need? I blanket my horse in winter myself. And supply all extra feed. I also help with chores, so that helps.

    Most trails are within walking distance, if your horse in in shape. My little rescue arab that needs weight and muscle can go farther, longer than a lot of "healthier" (read: fluffy) horses on property. Arenas are on adjacent property when there isn't a show or something going on.
         

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