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post #1 of 16 Old 02-03-2013, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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To move barns or stay put? That is the question.

So, I use to board at this barn and moved to my current place back in July. I had boarded there for roughly 6ish months and moved due to barb wire and my old gelding being too nosey. It ended up being more of a risk then I was willing to take and I ended up moving somewheres closer to my house. I was also told the wire was to be taken down shortly after I had arrived there last January but it never happend...so I ended up moving in July after my gelding thought he could "jump" the fence. Thankfully he walked away from that one with a cut but nothing bad.

I payed $175 a horse when I was there and I had 2. I supplied grain and shavings because I had a stall. The BM fed for me in the Ams and I would feed in the Pms. Hay is supplied for you. This barn is about 15-20 minutes from my house.


I moved back in July to a nice barn closer to my house. (about 3 minutes away from my house to be exact) Its a bigger place but very low key. Barely any drama, everyones horses are in there own paddocks, nice barn and sanded arena. My horses have a huge 3 bay run-in and a 3 acre pasture all to themselves. I do all my own work and supply my own hay, grain, etc etc. The BO does nothing for me other then let me use his paddock and he lent me and my fiance his extra Gator that he doesnt use so we don't have to walk up the hill to my paddock. Its also a PITA trying to haul grain and shavings by hand up the hill. So basically we use the Gator for free as well, we just put gas in it.


I love where I am currently. Its such a nice place but to me its never had that "homey" feeling. Im 19, everyone at the barn is much older (30s or up) so I feel like I don't 'fit in' as much. I have one other person who I talk and ride with alot whos 47. I enjoy riding with her but its just not the same as riding with people my age. No one really rides here besides me and 2 other people. I rarely ride alone anymore because for some reason I don't feel as comfotable riding there as I did at my old place. (i know im weird, haha!) I think it may be because I've had more bad expierences at this place while riding then at my old place.

When I first moved here in July I was paying $225 a horse for self care and it has since been raised to $250 a month per horse which is alot because I can get rough board and someone to feed for me for $250. I currently have 2 horses and a mini donkey. Right now me and the fiance pay $550. (Extra $50 during winter months for a water heater in the trough) So come summer we would pay $500. Both prices arent including the hay, grain, etc etc we buy either.


Lately me and the fiance have been going through some rough spots and I've decided that I want to start being more independant with my horses. (IE; affording and paying for them myself instead of having to depend on if he will pay for his share this month, etc. We split board now but id just rather pay for it myself so I know it gets payed on time) Problem is, I cannot afford what we pay now at our current place by myself and I definitely will not be able to afford to pay for all the hay alone, either.

This is why I've questioned going back to my old barn. I've been speaking to the owner of the barn and my good friend who helps run the place and he is willing to let me bring my two horses and mini for $300 per month to help me out. (My friend told him that me and the fiance broke up and I can't afford to keep the horses at my current place alone which is true but me and the fiance have sence gotten back together so not sure how great that would look having my fiance show up at the barn and him kinda be the excuse as to why I need cheaper board.... the owner is only there on weekends but some of the other boarders are a bit too nosey for there own good...)

Anyway he told me that my guys can go in the big field (which is about 100 acres of grass and mostly fenced in barb wire) and I explained to him that the last time my mare (who has one eye) was turned out there she was attacked badly by another horse and my other horse cannot be on alot of grass because the vet wants me to really keep an eye on his weight as he has a degree or two of rotation so we definitely do not want him foundering. He mentioned to my friend that we can maybe make a temporary paddock for my guys out of electric fencing in one of the front corners of the big paddock until they get around to permanently sectioning off the big field which in all honestly probably wont be done for awhile. (the front is fenced with boards and not wire so my guys would be in with boards and electric fencing) The 'paddock' would only be about an acre give or take and will probably end up pretty muddy in time. And being that theyll probably be in there permanently for awhile I feel terrible if theyre going to be standing in mud and slop. Which also means no grass will be growing there. There also isnt a run-in there but they were discussing that further. This place has always been 'homey' to me and I miss it alot because I always had people to talk with and hangout with..but theres two people in particular who are very drama filled people to say the least...Theres no bathroom here, no hot water (there was only cold water there last I knew but they were doing something with the water lately so not sure if theyre getting hot water) no heated tack room, a grass ring.


My current barn has a heated tack room and heated bathroom, an outdoor wash area and an indoor wash area with hot/cold water (that noone ever uses for some odd reason), a round pen and huge sanded ring.

So, im kinda torn on what to do. I want to be able to afford these guys on my own but at my current place it aint happening. Im not getting rid of any of my horses as my gelding is my 'riding' horse and my mare is kinda with me for life. Donkey is a companion for them currently. So, what would you do? All my friends are at my old barn so ill always have people to ride with who're around my age. Im finding at my current barn im not as happy as I was at my old one. I think its because I always find myself alone with nobody to ever talk to and discuss 'horses' with.


What would you doo??


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post #2 of 16 Old 02-03-2013, 08:20 PM
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Personally, I'd look for something different. If your not happy at your current barn & it's hard to afford, why stay. If you horse has already gotten hurt at the first barn & the fencing hasn't been fixed. I personally wouldn't go back. Never know what you might find if you look around a bit.

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that's the problem, I live in NY and barns are charging upwards of $800-$1000 per month. I've looked around alot. Even a "working off board" type deal. Nothing. My horses wouldnt be in the barb wire if I moved back, theyd be in a sectioned off area with electric fencing. And I love my current barn but its just not "home" for me. I think alot of it has to do withim the only younger person and at my old barn I had all my friends.

I've also moved barns twice in alittle over a year. The first place ended up forgetting to feed my horse once and that did it for me and then I moved to the barn im thinking about moving back to now. I moved from there cause of wire but if I went back my horses wouldnt be in wire.

I hate moving barns, it stresses me out. I just want to stay put permanently for awhile!!


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$250 a horse for self care and no feed supplied is a lot, in my opinion. I guess it depends on what part of the country you live in. A friend of mine gets full board with a stall, feed supplied, and all the extra for that amount.

Your old BO is trying hard to work with you and you're not happy with his solutions. Beggars can't be choosers. Even if you don't like his solutions, you should respect his spirit in trying to help because not everyone will give you that break and even go so far as to section a pasture out specifically for your horse's needs.

I would go with the old barn. The BO seems to understand and wants to help you, and you might need his understanding here in the near future. Its not ideal, but it'll give you that freedom away from your boyfriend and you'll be able to afford your horses. You have to lower your standards for the lower price. That's just how it is. Better places and better set-ups will cost more.

Do you really need that donkey? Have you looked around for other barns? There has to be someplace else out there, but boarding 3 animals is going to be costly no matter how you slice it.

But in reality, you have to understand that you can't afford all 3 animals on your own. And if you still want to, you have to lower your boarding standards to something you might not like, but something that's still safe and something you can afford.
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sounds like you have already decided. But you should clarify that you and bf got back together but he is not helping w/board
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Your old BO is trying hard to work with you and you're not happy with his solutions. Beggars can't be choosers. Even if you don't like his solutions, you should respect his spirit in trying to help because not everyone will give you that break and even go so far as to section a pasture out specifically for your horse's needs.
Oh, I totally respect him for helping me out. No one ever said I wasnt happy. Id love to move back but I don't want to jump into anything. Im very appericiative. I was just stating everything out to lay it down. Was in no way bad mouthing it.

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Do you really need that donkey? Have you looked around for other barns? There has to be someplace else out there, but boarding 3 animals is going to be costly no matter how you slice it.
I just recently got the donkey for companionship. I don't need the donkey but he isnt much more in terms of feeding. He just gets hay and he wears down his feet so its not an extra trim, either.

I have looked around. Im in NY about an hour outside of NYC (although it is the country) board is rediculous.

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But in reality, you have to understand that you can't afford all 3 animals on your own. And if you still want to, you have to lower your boarding standards to something you might not like, but something that's still safe and something you can afford.
I am honestly just more worried that my horses will be happy and safe. I know its not ideal that they probably wont have much grass for awhile and possibly the mud but theyre horses so I don't think theyll complain as long as they get fed! (which they will obviously, lol)

This is all still in the thinking stages. Nothing was set in stone, either.


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I'd pick the cheaper option... LOL, anyone can always use a few extra bucks... I doubt gas, hay, or food will be going down in price anytime soon.

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Tough situation...but I'm a little confused. If the man you are with is your fiance, it means you have made a commitment to marry one another, right? I'm being nice when I say this, but I think trying to divide monies when paying the horse expenses is going to create another rough patch, as it looks as if you are trying to distance yourself and find a way out. Just an outside observation, you don't need to respond to it.

So, regardless of why you need to move, my question is this: Will the less safe environment start creating vet bills due to injuries? Would probably end up paying way more in the long run if so.

Also...give us oldies a chance...my favorite people to ride with are in their teens, and even though I've moved barns, we still keep in contact and visit one another and plan shows to be able to ride together. Nothing gives us older riders more confidence than riding alongside you younger riders :)

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Tough situation...but I'm a little confused. If the man you are with is your fiance, it means you have made a commitment to marry one another, right? I'm being nice when I say this, but I think trying to divide monies when paying the horse expenses is going to create another rough patch, as it looks as if you are trying to distance yourself and find a way out. Just an outside observation, you don't need to respond to it.
Not trying to distance myself or anything but I think its just better if I do my thing with the horses. Kinda less drama that way in a sence..

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So, regardless of why you need to move, my question is this: Will the less safe environment start creating vet bills due to injuries? Would probably end up paying way more in the long run if so.
I don't need to move but it would make me feel better if I could pay for them and not depend on someone else and worrying if board will be payed on time and such. I havent been to where theyre thinking about sectioning it off in awhile but I don't think its really that unsafe. I mean the fencing is old but not dangerous.


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