Alright, so now that I've got my 6 month old baby, I need to find a place to keep him. My trainer's facility is full, and its not well equipped for a baby as we do turnout the horses everyday, but it is only for a few hours.
I'd like to find him a place where he'd be turned out everyday, all day, then brought back in for night. Or has the option to come back into his stall.
I found a place where the owners turn them out all day, and bring them in at night.
Now my only concern is that the stalls are all wooden. They would be standing on wood. Granted, there will be shavings. But from what I hear of this stable, they are skimpy on the shavings.
I've always liked my horses bedding to be full and thick, I am very careful with my horses' legs.
But if he is going to be out all day, and only in at night, would it be too much of a concern then?
What is everyones take on this?
Also... I found a stable which would be perfect for a really great rate.
He would have his own stall, and have access to a 2 acre pasture, to come and go as he pleased. I would have the option of having the BOs bring him in at night to his stall, or leaving him have free reign 24/7.
They only have two other horses, so it is a small place. They are buidling an outdoor ring, as well as setting up a round pen. I would have places to work with him still. However, the fall back on this is that it is about 20 minutes from the stable I am riding/training the four year old at. Then its about 25 minutes from my house. It would be a big circle, pretty much.
Granted, I would only go out every other day or so just to keep refreshing the little guys memory of the things we're working on, as I can't do too much else than that at this point. And at least I know he'd be in a nice environment and be able to still be a baby & be outdoors.
What is your advice?
Sorry for the novel. :) I am good at that.
Or I could just suck it up and pay about $100 more and keep him at the stable right around the corner from my trainer's farm, where there is tons of turnout and the horses get turned out all day, then brought in at night.
I'd just have to clean his stall everyday, or whenever. I'm sure he wouldn't make it too messy if he was only in it at night.
UGH. I'm getting so frustrated. This horse market is turning to complete crap.
I can't wait until a year from now my husband and I have our house and build our pasture, so I can move him into my backyard.
If it were me, I would want to be as close to a baby as possible for daily visits, so I'd pick the last one.
There's nothing wrong with wooden floors, they are more forgiving that cement with mats and I suppose you could supply your own additional bedding if you felt there wasn't enough.
That is what I am leaning towards. I am hoping maybe the BO will bring the price down even more for me if I supply his own grain. I don't want him on sweet feed, and I'm sure thats probably what they feed.
I think I'd go with the 24/7 turn-out at the small barn. Sounds like that's the perfect low-key place for a baby. You can't do just a whole heck of a lot with him now...so since he's farther out maybe only see him 3 or 4 times a week. That would keep training super low stress. Then when he's 2 I'd move him closer for more training time.
Now about your boarding situation. The first place you listed sounds like it would work out nicely. I would not worry to much about the shavings being an issue. Generally speaking, shavings are there to clean up after your horses mess. If the stalls are getting cleaned out everyday, then I would not find this to be an issue. I would not worry so much about your horses legs if he/she is standing on a wood floor, now if it were concrete I would be more concerned. However, if it is an issue you can always purchase a stall mat to put down over the wood.
Other then that, if you like everything else about the stable then perhaps that may be a suitable option for you. Like you said the market is crap, so saving money is a huge thing right now. Either which way, do what you feel works best you, and makes you the most comfortable. Hope I helped a little, happy hunting!
I would go with the small barn that has 2 other horses.
From my experience with a larger barn and a smaller barn, I was able to get more accomplished at the smaller barn in a shorter amount of time than I was at the larger barn. And since you're working with a baby, that would probably work out the best for you. (short training sessions and all)
With your last choice, i wouldn't go there, just the fact that its $100 more and you'd have to clean the stalls.
Thank you to everyone who replied.
I have decided on a location tonight. It is only a very short drive from my current trainer's facility where I am training the four year old. It is about a 5 minute drive.
It is $225 a month (Was $250 but she took it down by $25 since he's so young) and she only has a couple horses, it is a smaller place. It has a nice sized indoor arena, and very nice big stalls. She has quite a few very large pastures, as well as a few smaller ones as well. Very nice pastures! She turns the horses out everyday and leaves them out until night. They are only in their stalls overnight. If she can't turn out during the day for any reason, she said she will make sure to get my baby boy out for a few hours at least in the arena.
She also feeds pellets instead of sweet feed, which I am super grateful. I will put him on Gro'N'Win as a supplement to it as well.
She is going to make sure he always has hay infront of him while in his stall, which is really great as well, as horses graze 24/7 in the wild as well. Not to mention the fact that he's a growing boy =P
I am very excited to move him here, it is a great price considering the pricing of stables around here. And she belives the same thing I do, that baby horses should be outside as much as possible, free to run and play & just be a horse.
Thank you all for your responses!
Once I get him moved I will get new pictures of his fuzzy behind.
That seems like a great place!
I hope the move goes well!
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