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        05-10-2008, 03:45 PM
    Green Broke
    LOL KT party at Appys woot woot LOL
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        05-10-2008, 03:57 PM
    I know Vida. Tom left his cell in the car overnight, and as we were driving to the house, he called his voicemail and got the message. I asked him if he wanted to drive by in the daytime while the sun was out (we wnet yesterday around 7 and it was raining) but he said "no point" I would have driven by the house numerous times!

    when's the bbq/ pool party?
    Honestly, we're going to have so many BBQs and pool parties if we get it! The deck looks HUGE from the pictures, so that's just a huge plus. Not to mention there will be no more "Tom, when can we go by the horses" All i'd say is "I'll be out back" OMG i'm so pumped for Monday!!!

    Anything I should really check out in the barn? Like what should we make sure are in tip top shape? I'm also going to check the fencing and stuff, but considering they have 2 (rather chubby) horses, i'd assume everything is in good condition.
        05-10-2008, 04:19 PM
    Green Broke
    LOL I love how you saud chubby!
        05-10-2008, 04:24 PM
    Lol thanks!
        05-10-2008, 04:26 PM
    Green Broke
    They are big horses!!
        05-10-2008, 07:38 PM
    That looks pretty nice.
        05-10-2008, 08:38 PM
    Green Broke
    Yeah I no! :)
        05-10-2008, 10:20 PM
    That's so exciting!!

    As for the barn, there are a few things to look for:
    - Drainage!!! Make sure the drainage is good - there's nothing worse than water pooling in the barn for whatever reason
    - Make sure there is a place well away from the horses to dump manure, because you should clean out the paddock and stalls, and you want to be able to dump the manure someplace fairly far away so the flies don't get really bad
    - Is there still water on the property? Is it sandy? (I'm sure you know that a horse ingesting sand is bad, can cause colic.. also still water can mean mosquitos in the summer
    - Is the barn sturdy? Is it well-ventalated? Is it safe (ie. Enough room to turn around, no nails sticking out, etc)
    - Is there a place to store hay (a few months' worth) and shavings/straw/other bedding if you're going to keep Gem and Vega in the stalls?
    - Is there a place to ride and/or work the horses? (This isn't too big, when I was at my other barn I just rode in the field and kept the other horse tied up while I rode, but having an arena is good!!)
    - What kind of fencing is there?
    - Waterers - where are they, are the convenient to fill up etc?
    - Is there shelter for them when they're turned out?

    Sorry for the long list, I just know that these things bug the heck out of me if they're not available at my barn...

    Ahhhhh I'm SO excited for you!!!!! I'm keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for you!!
        05-12-2008, 12:02 PM
    Well it rained Friday, and it's kinda raining today, so if there isn't good drainage we'll know.

    Considering those are large horses (ie not ponies) i'm hoping the stalls are big enough to turn around.

    Shelter when they're turned out would be their stalls, i'll just leave the doors open.
    From the looks of the pictures, the paddock seems to be dirt, but i'll definitely check to see if it's sand or not.

    We'll have to ask where they dump the manure. I was thinking about that last night. With almost 5 acres, i'm sure they have a place.

    From the ad and the aerial view, I don't see another building. I'll definitely see if they have another shed to store everything. I do believe they have a room next to the last stall to store stuff, but I have no idea how big/small it is.

    From what i've seen, only one place that's fenced off. But it won't stop me from doing stuff outside the paddock :) I'm sure we'll be able to work something out though

    The fence looks wooden. I'll definitely make sure it's in good condition. Not sure if we'll be allowed to change the fencing if we're just renting, but if we do buy the place down the road, I would want to change the wood fence.

    I can tell ya one thing. If I have to carry 4 water buckets from the house to the barn, i'll die The ad does say the barn has running water, so I just hope its right there and not like 100ft from the barn.

    Tom and I are going there today around 5 (the owners aren't morning people) and we're going to check everything out. If everything checks out (which we are hoping it all does) we'll ask to lease it for 1-2 years with an option to buy. I don't want to get my hopes up if the place doesnt work out, but I just have this feeling that it will.
        05-12-2008, 12:14 PM
    Good, I hope it all works out fine.

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