Good or Bad Idea?
I just wrote a long message about the problems that we are having with our current boarding facility but we found another one that is close but I want to know what you all think. Here is the story of how our first visit to this place went.
We called this place that was down the street from us. It said boarding, lessons etc on this sign. Huge place. So we called about boarding and the lady is like we do not board horses here anymore. (only there is about 30 of them in the field) But she says well where do you live. We told her and she is like oh. She then says well what kind of horse do you have etc. We told her our situation and she said well I have not had horses boarded here in several years but if you would like to come by and talk I will be home.
Now I already have a red flag up cause I am like why would she tell us she dose not board horses and then ask us to come and take a look. So, we get over there and she takes us through the facility. All I could do is just drop my jaw in aww. 7 round pens, 1 covered round pen with a chain/rope hanging down and you just hook your horse to it.
For boarding the horse would be in a barn that is fully enclosed and the stall is 10x20 with shavings and an automatic water feeder. Also has a wash area where you can lock the horse in. Forgot the name of what you call that.
The lady said it would be $300 a month for full care. This includes feeding, turn in and out everyday and muck the stall daily. She said she would provide training at $30 an hour or if my wife just needs help showing her what to do she would do that for free. Then she said she would drop the price if my wife would come by sometime and help out around the barn cleaning stalls etc. $250 a month.
But I had to ask. Why do you not board horses here anymore. She said well I am a mean old lady. I was like no your not. She said oh yes I am you have not seen me mean. I was then thinking oh great. This place is great but this lady sucks. I said what do you mean you are mean? She said well people would say they did not want full care and the next thing you know they were not feeding there horses and I was having to do it. They have there own wash bay over there in the other barn but they come over to use mine when theirs is occupied and I tell them know and they get upset. But this is my barn and they have theirs that they pay for. I was like oh ok.
So, here is the question. Should we board with this lady at $250 or $300 a month and hope she is not a witch and a pain to deal with? We would be the only people boarding there and my wife would have no interaction with any other boarders and kinda on her own. ( she says she would like that cause she would not have to wait on a round pen etc) 2nd option would be to bring the horse here as we already have a stall and 3 acres. I would have to get a round pin is all. It would save us money and we could just have a trainer come out?
Its really hard to tell without meeting you and this lady to tell if you'd get along or not. Myself from your other thread about wanting a horse blanketed at 26 degrees and going on about a little ice on a water bucket I doubt we'd get along but she may be altogether different.
Geeze, what i wouldn't give for that price on board! The lowest I have seen near me is $500, and where I take lessons it is $800/month.
I think the "mean" old lady seems reasonable. She only wants people to be responsible and upfront. I don't think it is much to ask.
Perhaps you can board your horse there and think about building the roundpen.
I'd go with my gut instinct if your good at reading people.
ask her what the rules of the barn is. Find out what the other boarders did that drove her nuts. If it's reasonable and she seems ok then I'd move the horse there. Or you could just move the horse back to your place, you can find plans for a round pen. It would be cheaper that way and your horse would have the kind of care that you want it to have. If I had the land or if the city would let me, mine would be in my backyard. You have to go with your gut. You could always give it a trial run and see how it goes. Or ask if one day you could come by and help her around the barn, see how she is when it comes to the horses.
I am a little confused, are there other boarders there now or not? you say she has 30 horses, are they all hers? Most horse people are eccentric so its not surprising. She may do fine with someone who is responsible and really careful about their horse and not annoying other people. Still for such a young horse and it being dead of winter why not keep your horse at your place for the winter and look for training/board in the spring? I mean keep up ground work at home. Didn't you say the horse is barely 3?
Yes, she is barley 3. My wife only works her once a week and that is just lunging. (don't want to look up spellin) Thats all she does. I am trying to get her to bring her home.
At the other stable that we were looking at you are correct. She said that there is no one else that boards there. This place is nice to. Covered in trees etc.
Oh that reminds me. There is one reason she does not want to bring her home. It is because she is mostly white and sunburns. (she is a print brown and white) She said that will not look good when showing it is not comfortable to the horse. I don't know that much about horses so I just told her to keep putting that sun screen stuff on and she will be fine. (She does turn real pink though during the summer)
So, if we do bring her home she wants me to create a small turn out connected to the stall so the horse can go in and out of the stall as she pleases. Also make a round pen. Anyone know where to get a round pen cheap. I can weld so anything would do. Also can you do a round pen out of wood because I can get used good wood cheap.
Before you bring her home, you need to ask yourself if you are up for the work involved. Mucking at least twice per day if you stall her, cleaning up the pasture she will be in, a companion horse, feeding and watering twice per day, arranging farrier visits, rudimentary vet care such as (shots, worming, simple cuts, rain rot, etc), going for/finding hay and then storing it, the flies in the summer, hauling away the manure and shavings (you have too little land to just move it to a different place), just to name a basic few.
3 acres including your house and living area does not leave a lot of room for a horse and her companion (pony, goat, 2nd horse).
All of the above which does not include the training.
I would almost believe that 50% or more of round pens were made of wood so you should be OK in that department.
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