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MoonlightEm 04-24-2009 09:43 PM

What's fair for all at a boarding facility?
O.K. Here's my issue. I pay $800 a month for board. It includes all day turnout, blanketing, feeding twice a day. I work all day and only get to ride from 3:00 to 5:00. When I get to the barn, on most days, 6 to 7 teenagers (I'm in my 50's) are tacking up and jumping/lessoning in the major riding ring. If I want to ride (western) I have to use a much smaller ring that has tree roots coming out of the ground. These trip the horses, and the ground is uneven - up and downhill. I love the trailriding at this barn and the care, but when I want to school my horse and work on new skills, I find it difficult to get time in the good ring or in the indoor during bad weather. As a boarder, do I have a right to expect equal time at the facilities (as the kids get)? This is really getting on my nerves. Unfortunately, where I live there are no other options for quality boarding.

Jubilee Rose 04-24-2009 11:27 PM

Hmm... that sounds like a tough situation. Is there any way you can talk to the barn manager about it?

eventerdrew 04-25-2009 10:05 PM

totally depends where you are. Some areas have way lower board than others. In the midwest, anything over five hundred would be outrageous for a place like yours.

is this major ring an indoor? that automatically adds to the price.

just out of curiosity, why can't you ride in the ring with them? I know they are jumping, but if it's a big enough ring you should be able to scooch around them safely

eventer89 04-25-2009 11:09 PM

My board is $425 for a 15 x 13 stalll in a well ventilated concrete barn with a fan in the stall, automatic waterer, 12+ hours of turnout a day. Nutrena Vitality Ultra Grain 2x/day and T&A Hay 3x/day. Supplements are no extra charge. There are concrete wash racks, air conditioned tack room, trail access, HUGE lit arena, a 60 foot round pen, jump course, dressage ring, and a hot walker.

I own a dog grooming business, and I bathe the owners great dane once a month, a chinese crested every 8 weeks, and a 50 lb medium length hair mixed breed dog every 8 weeks for free, so I only pay $360 a month for board.

There are kids there because they run an afterschool program, but most of them are gone after 6 pm, and I typically ride in the early afternoon or evening, so I usually miss the kids.

lovemyponies 04-26-2009 07:59 AM

I have to agree why can't you ride with them? Also if there is a good ring and an indoor why can't you use whichever one they aren't using? Board sounds pretty high to me but I guess it depends on the area. I am in Florida... for that price you would get a pretty fancy place

EternalSun 04-26-2009 12:59 PM

If you're paying $800 dollars a month for board, then why do the rings have tree stumps in them? If I was paying that much I'd expect top notch facilities. I live in CT, where boarding is astronomical. However, I currently pay $425 a month to board at a beautiful small barn with 6 other boarders. We have all day turnout, grass pastures, trails, and a huge lit arena with white vinal fencing and crushed rubber footing. Plus the horses get excellent care and all of the boarder get along. Of course, we have no indoor, but if we did I still couldn't see the board at much more than $600 a month. If I were you, I'd take my horse to a barn that more suits your needs. You should be getting what you pay for.

MoonlightEm 05-01-2009 07:54 PM

I really appreciate all your responses. Why can't I ride with them? A very good question. Well - they are teenagers! They zoom around every which way with no pattern. I need to focus and concentrate as I am training my guy and getting to know him. I have to put all my concentration into just keeping out of their way so there isn't a crash! I wonder if any of you have every really been in this situation.
So, just today, they were all riding in the big sand rind. I went into the "tree ring", the smaller one and was cantering when he almost went down from tripping on a tree root. For $800 a month I think we should have a better experience. The problem is that this is the best place in the area. I would have to drive an hour each way to have a really superior facility. With my professional life, that would be difficult. I can't believe that so many out there have such cheap board - you are lucky!

Stepher 05-04-2009 09:37 PM

If I was you, I would be speaking with the owner/manager about getting the trunks removed, tell them it is dangerous and you do not appreciate your horse being tripped in a riding arena. Riding with people who just zoom around is no fun! $800 tho, you deserve and should expect to be able to train your horse in a safe environment.

xilikeggs0 05-08-2009 10:34 PM

I can't believe you pay $800 a month for board and you can't even use the arena. I pay $300 a month for full care board with feeding twice a day, turnout 5 days a week, even though my horse has a 12'x12' stall with a 35' run on it, so she doesn't really need to be turned out.

There's a 150'x300' arena, 2 round pens, a hot walker, a dressage ring, about 6-8 jumps, and over 1,000 acres of trails.

StormyBlues 05-09-2009 05:45 PM

Just an FYI in rings(most) jumpers have the right of way. And why can't you ride in the indoor while they are in the outdoor? But in their defense, they are borders their too, and are allowed to use the facilitys

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