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    12-06-2011, 09:23 PM
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Foal
What does everyone think about "Natural Boarding?"

I am thinking about switching my horse to a Natural Boarding facility and am wondering what peoples opinions are about Natural Boarding. This facility does have covers for the horses and brings them in at night. I just want to hear some opinions! :)
     
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    12-06-2011, 09:26 PM
  #2
Weanling
My first question is WTH is "Natural Boarding"?
     
    12-06-2011, 09:26 PM
  #3
Trained
I am assuming if they bring them at night, that means stalls. How is that Natural Boarding?
     
    12-06-2011, 09:28 PM
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Green Broke
Anything with natural in the name in the horse world is usually bologna.
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    12-06-2011, 09:31 PM
  #5
Foal
Well the Boarding Facility doesn't like shoes on the horses, they allow the horses to be together as one heard in a huge field, The "stalls" aren't normal stalls. They're big and allow the horses to still interact with one another. Most of the horses only eat grass and hay. Here's their website if you want to see what i'm talking about. Its explained better on there Home
     
    12-06-2011, 09:35 PM
  #6
Trained
Looks like a nice place, I don't get natural part though. Seems reasonably priced as well,.
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    12-06-2011, 09:36 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots    
Anything with natural in the name in the horse world is usually bologna.
JMHO
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That's what I thought at first also! Lol ;) But as I started reading about it and visited the facility I actually started to like it. Its called Abiding Acres and its the only boarding facility of its kind in Oregon. The only things different about Natural boarding is that all the horses together in one giant field where there are trees and things for the horses that is similar to the wild I guess. Most of the horses there don't wear shoes either...if you look it up it explains it more thoroughly.
     
    12-06-2011, 09:38 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
Looks like a nice place, I don't get natural part though. Seems reasonably priced as well,.
Yes I agree. When they first started out they were a lot more natural than they are now.
     
    12-06-2011, 09:39 PM
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I have my doubts. It's a really pretty place and it looks well kept, clean and safe. Putting the horses out in a large herd setting though can give you certain issues, such as having the horse be hard to catch and injuries from fighting or playing rough. The feed situation wouldn't work for at least two of my horses as one has no teeth and is prone to colic while the other would drop weight quickly without the extra source of protein. My other three would probably be ok. I have two that must have their hooves done regularly because of certain issues.

I don't like the stalls because they can play fight over them or crib if they are bored, etc.

Looks like the trainer is a parelli type person which is fine as long as you "don't drink the kool-aide" and keep your eyes wide open.

I don't see MAJOR issues with the place and it is really pretty. I think it's a matter of what will work for you and your horse.

Good luck in your decision!
     
    12-06-2011, 09:42 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by KaylaMarie96    
That's what I thought at first also! Lol ;) But as I started reading about it and visited the facility I actually started to like it. Its called Abiding Acres and its the only boarding facility of its kind in Oregon. The only things different about Natural boarding is that all the horses together in one giant field where there are trees and things for the horses that is similar to the wild I guess. Most of the horses there don't wear shoes either...if you look it up it explains it more thoroughly.
That is not entirely true, about 10 years ago while attending college and living in Bend I boarded my horse in a place like this with the same "Philosophy". I boarded there because it was cheap and owning a ranch horse that wasn't used to be stalled.
     

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