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MangoRoX87 01-13-2012 12:08 PM

Rental..Worth it?
So, I will be going to a community college for 2 years to get my basics, then move on to Oklahoma State University. I am wanting to be able to take two of my horses with me, even if I don't get to ride all the time, to get them off my parents hands so they only have to take care of Dream and Rosie.

I know I cannot board my own horse at the OSU Horse Barn, and one of the students there that I talked to suggested this:
Horse Boarding | Trails End

Does it seem like a good idea? I haven't boarded a horse in quite awhile, and it seems to come even if I was to board and stay on campus. Plus, I'd feel much better with my horses right outside my window instead of across town. I'd have my best friend Kasey live with me, so splitting the cost down the middle.
I currently work at a western wear store, and they have another branch of the store up there, so getting a job to help pay would not be too hard.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 01-13-2012 12:24 PM

Have you found out what they are charging for the monthly rent on these? They're not too far from me, I drive by them pretty much any time I go to town. They don't look bad from the outside and it looks like a pretty cool rental idea, if they aren't too expensive on the monthly rent.

By the time you're at OSU, I might have openings in my boarding too, so give me a holler when you are looking for a spot for your horses. Also, if these horsey places don't work out for you, check with Harry Marton, he rents to a LOT of college kids and is very ethical and nice to work with. If I had a rental property to manage, I'd have him do it. Marton, Harry - Harry Marton Realtors, Stillwater, OK : Reviews and maps - Yahoo! Local

MangoRoX87 01-13-2012 02:33 PM

Alright thanks!!!:) the 3 room is $1500 a month, not sure yet what the duplexes rent is.
How much is your boarding? (at first I thought it said boarding school and I wa like "my horses manners are not THAT bad!!" lol)
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CLaPorte432 01-13-2012 05:19 PM

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I wish we had something like that here. I've never seen such a thing. It looks like a cool place, nicely taken care of.

I guess it would depend on what you would be able to afford. I know board for two horses around here would be at the minimum of $300 per horse. Apartments are expensive and can be around $600 minimum. So your looking at $1200 minimum for an apartment and 2 horses, but like I said, I've never seen anything like that where I live. So the convince of having the horses right there would be awesome.

Very cool. I would definitely do it.

MangoRoX87 01-13-2012 07:08 PM

I also like it because with dorms you have to pay for meal plans and such, but here i could just make a sandwich everyday!!:P lol and I'd also have to think about the electricity bill etc.
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pepperduck 01-13-2012 10:54 PM

Make sure you check with your school regarding living off campus policies. Some places require you to live on campus for a certain number of years unless you commute. Also its not always cheaper to live off campus. When I was in college I considered living off campus, but after working out the exact cost, it would have been about $2000 more to live off campus in my area if you didn't want to live in the worst run down awful place. Also would you be in a dorm, or in an on campus apartment? If you have access to a kitchen or stove in your place youa are not always required to pay for a meal plan. I went two years without a meal plan and still lived on campus. Just some things to think about :)

Dreamcatcher Arabians 01-13-2012 11:56 PM

It's not unusual for rentals here to include your basic utilties like electric, water and gas (if it's available), so check on that too. I don't know if OSU would make you live on campus after going to a JC and coming in as a Junior. I know that as a Freshman they do have to live on campus but after the first year, I think you can move off if you like. I had a Freshman living here one year because she got there and found out they'd messed up and had too many freshman for the dorms and didn't have room. So, she rented a room from us and had a huge bedroom 1.5 baths and free use of the kitchen if she wanted though I think she had a meal plan and just ate on campus, I don't remember her ever using the kitchen. Not something I do often but for a real good kid who wasn't a partier, it worked out fine.

For the board, right now because of the drought I'm at $300 for 'pasture' though the only difference between my pasture boarders and full boarders at this point is the stall. Everyone gets free choice grass hay round bales, Strategy 2X/day and bermuda grass at night if stalled over night. I have enough stalls that even the pasture boarders go inside in really nasty weather. And if I'm short a stall or 2, I have a couple horses who are mellow enough that they can play "aisle monitor" and give up their stalls to someone else if need be. (MY horses only, obviously, if you pay for a stall, it's yours.)

I'm hoping the drought will quit pretty soon and grass will be plentiful again so I can lower my prices. Right now it's almost like boarding in So. CA or AZ because I have no actual pasture anymore. I'm also full right now, so not taking in any new boarders until I either sell a couple or someone else moves a horse.

MangoRoX87 01-14-2012 12:36 AM

I talked to the people at OSU, and it is required that you have the meal yeah..and yes, since i would be entering OSU as a junior, i wouldnt have to live on campus. my parents won't have to worry about paying for horse feed, I can easily feed two on my own. And I'm working super hard for scholarships and such, so that would make it easier.
300 isn't too bad!!! Nothing compared to the 800 we used to pay O.o
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caseymyhorserocks 01-15-2012 04:14 PM

Here is a few boarding facilities around Oklahoma City..
$450 or $500 stall boarding, $250 pasture boarding equestrian horse boarding in Oklahoma city oklahoma
$575-600 stall, $350 pasture
Welcome To Cadence Equestrian Center - Cadence Equestrian Center

MangoRoX87 01-15-2012 06:11 PM

Thanks, but OKC is about an hour and a half to two hours from Stillwater. I'm really wanting my horses with me.
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