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post #11 of 17 Old 06-18-2011, 05:12 PM
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I board at my siter in laws house. My horses are fed and watered for me, but that's it. In a way it's kind of nice because I don't have to worry about whether or not they're fed but really I would much rather take on that responsibilty myself if it meant having them in my own backyard. I also have to deal with the drama that comes with family doing you a "favor". As I understand it, boarding facilities usually come with their share of drama too.
As a new horse owner though, it's nice to always have someone around and to never feel stranded when I need help. My ultimate vote would be to have them at my own house though.
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post #12 of 17 Old 06-18-2011, 06:04 PM
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I have always had mine at home and I can't imagine it any other way. I like being able to know when something is off with one of mine instead of depending on someone else to notice that they are limping or colicky or have a bad cut. I can go ride at 3 in the morning in a pair of shorts and a sports bra if I so choose LOL. Plus, all my horses are on full turnout all the time and never have to be stuck in a stall.

On the other hand, I'm sure it would be very nice to have someone that could do chores on a day when your sick or just don't feel like going to the barn or if you want to take a vacation. I would love to have someone to do chores on days when it's 10 below zero and the wind is blowing 50 mph and days when it's 115.

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post #13 of 17 Old 06-18-2011, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for some solid opinions! I think I'm going to finish off self-care for the rest of the year (which is nice because there's always horse people around if I have questions/need help) and then we're going to keep her with us. Don't think I'm quite ready to take on two horses, so maybe I'll look for a goat Thanks again, you guys gave me some great things to think about!
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post #14 of 17 Old 12-28-2011, 10:28 PM
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After 17 years at a barn as a self-care boarder and currently 1 year as a full-care boarder, I have decided to build a barn and fence a pasture because nothing is more rewarding than self-care in your own back yard! Those little Zen masters are a delight even if itís just to stare at first thing in the morning. Hard work and a solid schedule can sooth the soul. It takes due diligents and tenacity but the calluses on your hands will be worth it!
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-29-2011, 01:20 AM
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In my backyard 100%. I know that my animals have the best care, they have hay 24/7, grain once a day and alwasy have water. I have had problems with severl diff places. I have too bored my percheron as we dont have enough land for him and it sucks. He is 30-35 mins away and dont get too see him as often as i would like. We are trying too buy the 4.5 acers behind us and the day that happens he will come home! lol
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-29-2011, 02:59 AM
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I've done boarding and having them in the backyard which is what I currently have. Right now, we do breeding and boarding for others and we own 3 stallions of our own. We're not getting any younger, so at this point, I have to say that full care boarding and or training is sounding better and better, as is having fewer horses.

Having said all of that, I would not change a THING about what we've done and turned into a business and the satisfaction it's given me over the years. But as I get older and creakier, I'm liking the thought of being able to just go out and spoil them, feed treats, groom and ride and let someone else worry about feeding, deworming, picking stalls, etc etc.

The idea of being able to actually take a vacation and go somewhere without a cell phone for emergencies sounds lovely too. I haven't had a vacation that didn't involve a horse show in 20 years.

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post #17 of 17 Old 12-29-2011, 03:59 AM
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My horse was in my friends backyard for about 5 months. I thought it was great until things went south and I decided to move him... I didn't deserve the treatment and and he definately didn't. I now have him at a self care barn and LOVE it 10 times more than even the best times at my former friends house. I love that the barn is full of people all of which can share knowledge and stories, no matter what there is alwasy someone avalible for a trail ride, and the arena. The arena is a perk compared to the backyard (unless you have one lol) I love that no matter what weather we have in such predictable western washington, I can ride. I love my self care contract... they supply one feeding day or night, and will either turn them out or bring them in... bascially no double driving... oh and the bedding is included. I have to say I lucked out with my barn majorly.
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