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post #1 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Horses at home or boarding? What do you think..

As discussed in my previous thread

Moving from the UK to Alberta - a cry for help!

(don't know if that link works)

I am moving with my family to Alberta. Lots of things to be sorted out, but one biggie question is - do I find us a home where I can have my horse and my son's pony at home, or do I find us a home near to an ideal Boarding Barn / Livery Yard?

Currently - I use a yard that is 5 minutes drive away from home. Advantages are:-

they can do all the work if I can't
It's a really nice sociable place and I have friends there
Facilities (school, instructors, etc etc) are top notch
Help / advice is on hand if I need it.

Disadvantages are:-

I have to fit into the yard 'routine' and rules.
I can't see my horses out of my bedroom window

Here in the UK it is a long-held dream of mine to move to a place where we can have the horses at home. So now we're making a big move, it seems like the ideal opportunity. But, will I be doing the wrong thing?

Here is what I'm concerned about:-

Having the horses at home; will I find and meet a new set of horsey friends?
Being in a new country, will I be able to explore/hack out with the same confidence I do at home?

And a million other thoughts going round my head, but those are the big ones. I think if I understood the horsey culture around the outside of Edmonton a bit more, I'd feel a little bit more enlightened!

Thoughts anyone??!!
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 03:59 PM
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Hi Rosie Nice to meet you I liver in the province west of you in BC
I live near Vancouver BC
if it were me I would want my horse to be at my home
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post #3 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 04:08 PM
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I would definitely want my horses at home but I understand that you have to make an adult decision about things. Finding a house with enough land could be an expensive endeavor. Obviously I don't know, nor do I want to , your financial situation but I'm sure you have considered this already.

You have valid questions. If you are worried about finding "horse friends" I'm sure there's some sort of riding club or something in that area that you could possibly become a member of. In fact, poke around here long enough and you just might find some people here on this forum. I'm in the states myself or otherwise I would offer to ride with ya!

I'm sure you will probably be nervous the first few times you go out exploring but if you are a confident rider, which you sound like you are, you will eventually learn the terrain and I think you and your horse will get along just great.

I know that me, personally, I would much rather have my horses right where I could just walk out my back door and pet, groom, ride, or whatever else I wanted to do with them!

Congratulations/Good luck on your move. Like I said, I live in the states but I've visited Alberta on more than one occasion and it's a lovely place to visit, can't be all that bad of a place to live!
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post #4 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 04:15 PM
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I think my experiences might help. My family had to move from the Philadelphia, PA area to the Chicago are in 1967, due to a job change. My parents rented for one year, and prepped and built a house in 1968. They did fly out and look at places, but not finding just what they wanted, this worked very well.
I kept my horses 7 miles from my (city) home for 14 years--NOT the best situation. I started looking for my own place 2 years in, but it took 12 years to find the perfect place, size, cost$, distance from town, etc.
I dont' think you'll need to look for over a decade for your own place, BUT, I don't think you'll find it quickly.
I think you need to find some PLACE to move to, then find a place to board, THEN consider a place to have your horses in the back yard, in that order. Hope this helps! =D
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 04:27 PM
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Hi Shropshirerosie!
Good luck with your move. I've always had my horses at home with me but have done some training at barns.
I used to live around several horse farms and there was usually someone to ride with. We could also go in together and get the vet out so the farm calls/farrier visits were cheaper. I miss riding around a horsey community, have you looked into an equestrian neighborhood? I think you can find the best of both worlds there! Most of my local setups have 15ish acre plots with riding trails, arenas, trainers etc... in Arkansas though!
I now live waaaaayyyyy out in the middle of nowhere and it gets lonely. Cost for services are doubled, and the only riding group is an hour drive away and they all ride TW's so I can't keep up with them, nor do I want to! I am also pretty tied down because there aren't any neighbors or friends to take care of my horses and keep an eye on the place if I go on vacation. HUGE downfall. (I have to find a housesitter/horsesitter/dogsitter/chickensitter LOL!) The pros are numerous though! I have endless miles of trails to ride, peace and quiet, no neighbors, I am home all day so I can go take a break from work and fiddle/groom/feed them any time I like. I also don't have to worry about accidents happening on someone else's watch, it's my own fault if something goes wrong!

Hoping for a smooth transition for your family and a safe move!

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post #6 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 04:54 PM
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you are really gonna be in for a culture shock. Many of my European friends simply can grasp the concept of size in North America. Alberta is HUGe Seriously our states and provinces are larger that entire nations, You can fit 3 UK's (243,000Square KM) into one Alberta (661,000) It also has far fewer people, So there is lots and lots of land, and very few people, so dont expect the crowds you had in the UK, life will be very different.
saying this noone will ever take care of your horse the way you will, the money you spend on a barn, you could use to buy a place with enough room to have your own stuff. If your son is old enough to ride a horse he is old enough to do alot of the work. There's your help right there.
Question, you do realize its colder than a well diggers bum in Alberta. They only have two seasons in them parts. Winter and a week in August.
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 05:04 PM
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Ha, ha, Joe!!
You might want to tt Courtney
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She lives in Edmonton, Alberta. =D
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Thank you all. Keep the replies coming
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post #9 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
If your son is old enough to ride a horse he is old enough to do alot of the work. There's your help right there.
Well, my 6 year old son is a hell of a lot better rider than he is worker
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-02-2012, 05:24 PM
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Welcome to the forum :)

I have my horses at home, and I love it. BUT there are some drawbacks.

If I want to go an vacation with my family, or even have an overnight somewhere, I have to find someone to care for my horses. Stalls,turn out, and feeding. I have to usually PAY someone to do it.

In the event of an emergency and I am in the hospital or something like that, it's a lot harder to find someone last minute to care for them.

I don't have an indoor riding arena. I have actually considered boarding one horse out so that I can use an heated indoor arena in the winter

If I am sick, have a back ache, have a toothache, anything- I STILL have to go out to the barn and take care of the horses.

Sometimes it's VERY cold. The coldest this year so far has been -5 F. And I am in the barn mucking stalls. It's my job, as I am a stay at home barn bum. There aren't many excuses not to go out the barn, especially when it's in your back yard!

BUT, I LOVE LOVE having my guys in the back yard. I love being able to spend my days with the kiddos
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