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        08-15-2013, 06:56 AM
    Green Broke
    Thanks for all the compliments on how improved the wounds look. Hope everyone has a good day.
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        08-15-2013, 08:17 AM
    Hi all..peekin' in & catchin' up. Nicker,I love that purple blanket! Yesterday ignored the dining room & attacked the kitchen instead,every inch of it. Now don't want to touch it,it's too pretty..but will have to if I want to eat!

    Wish me luck today. I want to have a really good lesson, as a chance of a lesson w/out mucking first may not come around again for a long time. Am so keyed up for it, I woke up @ 4:30 this morning. Hence,time to peek in...

    I'll remind Janice again today about the pics of me on Tommy.

    Koolio, negative people wear me out (one reason I am "bleah" about going back to work this coming,here we go again..) I try to ignore them,but have to stand there & listen anyway; I try to "ignore" in my head.

    Stan, sure hope you're starting to feel better.

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        08-15-2013, 09:24 AM
    Good mornin'!

    Nm- love the blanket but looks like your going to have to buy one for the doggy to match! How cute would that be?

    Stan-Hang in there! Man flu? I'm so using that one next time hubby is sick. That's almost as funny as manopause.

    AlexS- You crack me up!

    Well, the trainer came yesterday morning (the one considering moving 4 horses here) with very little notice I was in a panic at first but then thought you know this is a barn and well just like my house it gets dirty and I clean it, it gets dirty and I clean it, (repeat) it's a vicious cycle, we all are aware of that and if you come during the dirty cycle and not the clean well, that stinks but what can I do?? I would love for everything to be clean, mowed, finished, painted all at the same time but that's not reality is it? Anyway you get it. Back to the trainer, he was surprisingly a nice guy and not at all snotty LOL not sure what I expected. I think he is probably use to much nicer barns than ours but we have a really good location and are only about 10 min from his home. He texted me this morning and asked about bringing a couple of them next week just to see how it worked out. He has some issues with our sounding boards that we use to train our Paso's being in the arenas and I totally understand but I need those boards. He's going to see if he can work around them. He seemed like he would be pretty easy to work with even though our set up is not ideal for what he needs. I'm not sure where this is going I just taking it day by day. The only red flag I'm seeing so far is that it seems he moves the horses around a lot and I can't figure that one out. Why not just leave them in the same barn? I just keep thinking the extra income would be really nice, after all with homeschooling the kids I can't really go out and just get any job, plus hubby would die without me here all day taking care of his business LOL and this is I'm sure more income that I would ever make at a min. Wage job. I'm afraid of making a wrong decision but also don't want to pass up a good opportunity. Any advice will be warmly welcomed
        08-15-2013, 10:08 AM
    Quick reply to Sherry, before I head out the door to SkyView:maybe just give the trainer's horses a try & see what happens? If there's an issue w/him &/or the horses (& maybe the reason he moves them around..worst case scenario is that he gets kicked out) it'll show up quick & you can always give him the boot.

    Your Paso set-up reminded me of Janice's horse Callie, that I saw in action last Monday. She's Paso/Quarter Horse; interesting to see that gait!
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        08-15-2013, 10:13 AM
    Green Broke
    Is it unethical to ask for references for him? Check with his present and previous barns to see what they have to say about him?
        08-15-2013, 10:23 AM
    I was thinking the same thing, I would love to get references but not sure about how to ask for them. I'm also going to have to find a boarding contract. I'm sure there are tons on line, may just have to make a few adjustments.
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        08-15-2013, 10:53 AM
    Farmchic - I would ask for references too. The moving horses a lot is a bit disconcerting. If not references I would ask him about that but contextualize the question in a way that shows your concern for the health of all the horses on your property. Horses moving in and out a bunch increases the incidence of worms and disease and it puts stress on the herd as they re establish pecking order each time.

    Make sure you write up a good clear contract with lots of details such as:

    - when is board due (beginning of month is better)
    - daily rate if he moves a horse before month end
    - how much notice is required
    - is he paying for 4 horses or 4 specific horses
    - what vaccination or worming is required and who does it
    - what feed, supplements, blanketing is provided
    - barn and arena hours
    - who can call the vet in an emergency and when
    - insurance and liability in case of accident

    There are lots of boarding contracts out there, but many don't address a lot of important things that come up and this is where problems arise. If he is a professional, he will appreciate more detail. This is also your home and livelihood so you need the contract to protect your quality of life too. If you don't already have one, get a copy of the local livery laws and post them clearly in your barn. Also be sure to update your insurance as necessary if you bring on these extra horses.
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        08-15-2013, 11:05 AM
    Roadyy- I forgot to mention you are doing a fantastic job doctoring those injuries. Glad your got your fence fixed up. A 20 mile fencer must give quite a zap!

    Still undecided on the tractor. We can get by without it, but it would make chores much easier. Instead of 8-10 laps to mow the grass around the perimeter of our property we could do it in about 5-6 with the tractor and mower. We would also be able to move snow around the barn and yard much easier with the tractor, bucket and snowblower than we can with a quad and a blade. I would be able to scrape away the "winter poop" from the feeding area and pull a larger set of harrows over the field to maintain my pastures and plow a trail down to feed the horses in winter rather than wade down on the narrow horse trails. Plus, it is red and awesome...
    It is also still a pile of money that I don't really want to spend. Basically DH has left the decision up to me. Sometimes it sucks being the department of love, war and finance.
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        08-15-2013, 11:13 AM
    Originally Posted by Farmchic    
    I was thinking the same thing, I would love to get references but not sure about how to ask for them. I'm also going to have to find a boarding contract. I'm sure there are tons on line, may just have to make a few adjustments.
    would you like me to scan a copy of one of mine and you can change it to suit you?
        08-15-2013, 11:21 AM
    Green Broke
    I say go for it if you see you can afford it while not putting emergency savings in jeopardy. You will wonder why you waited so long after the first big snow job.

    I'm looking at putting together a financial plan to purchase the property my horses are using behind me. This is the same property I'm putting fence posts and hot wire on. There is a total of 11.67 acres, 2200 sq ft brick home built in '79 on slab, 25'x45' shop with roll up door on both ends, 2007 1970 sq ft 3/2 dblwide with it's own septic system and power, 2 barns,,,well I have posted pics of the pasture and barns in previous posts..

    I will be looking at purchasing a minimum 32hp 4x4 tractor with bucket, finishing mower, bush hog and hay spear come next couple of years to save me alot of work. May not be a new one, but those are the minimum requirements I'll want.
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