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post #1 of 23 Old 11-21-2012, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Should I move barns...again?

So since I've had my gelding (got him last October) I have moved him a total of 3 times. First place we were at for 2 months and long story short he was forgotten about and not fed which I didn't take kindly. The second place we were at for the longest and I loved it. Had a stall and he had a huge 60 acre field but it had barb wire which I was promised would be take down and it wasnt and of course he got nosey and jumped it. Nothing serious but that wasnt going to work so I moved. While I was there I got a mare.

I moved in July and took both my mare and gelding. Here I do complete self care. I have my own 3 acre field with a run in. It's my own private pasture. I do all my own work and buy my own hay and grain, supplements, etc. He was charging me $225 a month per horse. Shortly after I moved he raised it $25/per horse. So now for self care I pay $250 per horse and now I currently have 3 (and a mini which all I pay only $25 for)
At the place I moved from that had barb wire I had a stall and someone fed in the Am for us and hay was supplied. All I bought was grain and shavings. I was charged $175.

The barn I'm currently at is about a minute from my house which was another plus to moving them.

Yesterday I was browsing Craigslist and found a place about a half hour away (through town) that is offering self care with stalls for $150. I would supply and do my own work as I am now. I haven't been there yet but I have seen it from the road. It's an older place and there's 60 stalls and only 5 horses on the property. The down side is that it's 30 mins away but the upside is that it's cheaper. I know I would have my own paddock(s) am of course stalls. But not sure if it would be worth it?

Also, at my current place they charge an extra $5o for the water heaters.

I know board would be cheaper, but I know I also have to factor in gas money as well. I think I may go see the place Monday.

Just in this situation, what would you lean more towards? (Assume the cheaper place isn't a total dump)
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post #2 of 23 Old 11-21-2012, 10:25 AM
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You'll come very close to eating up your "cheaper rate" on the 30 minutes in gas it takes to get there.

I board my horses about 20 minutes away. And I'm filling my gas tank about once a week, as a result. At $40 to $50 for a car tank, let's even err on the side of only filling 3 times that month, you're looking at a miminum of $120 in gas, up to $200.

Which again, eats up your lower boarding rate, and also costs you an hour of travel time.

But if you like the other place better, it may be worth it.

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I'd stay where you are. Cheaper doesn't necessarily equate to better, especially if you're farther away. What happens if there's an emergency situation? Wouldn't you rather be a minute from the barn instead of half an hour?

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I'd stay put. You have your own little haven right now, and who knows what would come with moving again even if it is cheaper.
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30 minutes away is a lot further than you think...I keep my mare at a full service barn, it's 30 minutes away and I see her 3 times a week. I used to see her twice a day when she was 15 minutes from my house.

If you put your horse in self care that far away, and have to feed just twice a day, you are not only driving 2 hours a day, but also add in the time you need with your horses and you are giving up 4 hours a day or more!

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post #6 of 23 Old 11-21-2012, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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I use to board that far away at the last place I was at. I just like the fact id have stalls and where I am I don't hve any. Makes it harder to feed my new gelding who literally gets chased away from his feed by my mini. (And is in need of weight because he is so low on the pole that they all steal his feed. Even when I guard him they try to, and I don't have an option of a stall unless I want to pay more $$)
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post #7 of 23 Old 11-21-2012, 12:11 PM
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Should your car have a breakdown, how would you get to the farther place. You also need to factor in the wear and tear on your car. What people should realize is that running a vehicle works out to over 2/3 what a taxi would cost. That is your real cost.
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Cowgirls, I was able to overcome a horse being chased off it's feed by putting out more piles than horses. I put a bale on the back of the quad and throw off whatever I grab as I move slowly around the pasture. A little chasing will take place but there's always another pile to move to. The horses settle down with a few minutes. A bale, doing it the way I do, makes a dozen piles, some bigger than others. Five horses can't hog a dozen piles if well spaced.
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If you feed grain, maybe a "feed"/ grain bag will work? The kind that fit on the horse's halter...?

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post #10 of 23 Old 11-21-2012, 12:31 PM
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Or if you're there guarding him anyway why not throw a halter on him and take him outside the field and let him eat in peace.
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