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What would you do?
Ok, I have a dilemma! I guess I should give you guys a little background so y'all can give me some advice... my husband and I have recently purchased two horses as I've stated in other threads, and we've been looking for a place to live that allows horses as our current landlord changed his mind about us keeping horses here... when we first moved in here and for the last three years, we have told him that we eventually would be wanting horses and he had agreed that with a little extra rent we could keep horses on the land behind our house (he owns a total of 10 acres broken up into different parcels and we live on about 2 of those acres). When we asked him exactly where we could put the barn and fences he told us that he didn't want horses on the property because they "tear up the grass" and are just as destructive as cows!! Needless to say we were quite upset...
Anyways, after a couple months of looking at the very limited choices here we have been considering just boarding the horses as it would end up being about the same price to board as it would be if we were to find a place to live with our horses. So my question is this, would you move out of a property that is otherwise a great fit and away from a landlord that you get along with quite well, or would you stay at your current place and board your horses?
I've tried weighing the pros and cons of each possibility and I haven't expanded on the whole situation that much but you have the basic info... I'm not sure of which way I want to go though as I really didn't want to board and if we had of known our landlord wasn't going to allow us to have horses on our property we would have never even looked into buying any but.. we can't go back on the purchase contract now and so we have to make a decision... so I'm asking for y'all to give me some advice from an outside perspective.
I would at least board temperarily. Have you offered your landlord more money? Not just a little bit but enough to make it seem enticing.
Maybe he will change his mind later.
I wasn't quite sure I understood correctly; do you have a purchase contract with THIS landlord, the one that won't let you keep horses on the property? Are ou leasing his house to buy? or do you have some sort of contract elsewhere? please clarify.
If you are relatively new at horses I would recomment boarding them anyway.
There are many advantages to boarding. You will have them at a place where there may be a trainer on site to give you assistance; someone on site to catch a midnight colic, or at lease maybe an early morning one, other folks to ride with and other folks to share the joys of horses and to learn from (and teach, as we always have something to teach others, and learn from others)
SO, get the horses, board them enjoy them and keep your eye peeled for the better home. You landlord will be soooooooooo sorry he let you go. Buyers are not that easy to find these days.
Good luck, you two!
You're right about the learning/teaching thing too... there's ALWAYS something to be learned no matter how much experience someone has and it's always nice to have someone else around to bounce ideas off of when it comes to training.
Thanks for the replies and advice!
I have Hunter boarded at an awesome stable but if I had the option of having him at my house I would jump at it. When we take him up country to our property it is sooo much more fun having him there every day when I get up. I only get to see him 2 - 3 times a week when we are here.
I think we're going to be boarding them temporarily, at least until spring. In the interim I am hoping that I can change my landlord's mind.. otherwise we will be moving.. and yes, just to be able to keep the horses on our property :D
Thanks! I hope that I can find a barn like you did that I can trust to look after my new babies.. We're going to visit one this weekend. From what I can get from talking to the BO on the phone she seems real laid back and the barn and it's residents sound like it'll be a good fit. But we're making sure the place is up to our standards first... plus we'll be able to talk to people too.
I honestly think there are a lot of benefits either way. At a boarding place there is almost always someone on site, and when you go on vacation, you don't have to worry about paying someone to come out and feed. A lot of barns around here do clinics, they have the vet come out and do all the horses at once which cuts down on costs for the individual boarder, same with the farrier. There are people you can hook up with and go riding, talk to, hang out with ect. On the flip side though, having them at the house you can be so much more particular about what they are fed, exactly how much, how their stalls and/or pastures are cleaned. They are just a short walk away, if something goes wrong, you can generally catch it early, and you don't have to drive 10 or 15 miles down the road just to get to the horse. And the biggest one for me, is that you get to know your horse so much more intimately than you would with them at a boarding facility.
If I had the money, and the stability, I personally would move to have them at my house. I would probably board for a bit as I looked around, partially so that I could meet the horse people in the area, but ultimately I'd want them at home. For me, I would feel better knowing that I know my horses extremely well, and if something happened like colic, I would be able to tell so much sooner that the horse was even a tiny bit off, than the BO at a boarding facility would, and just those few minutes can sometimes mean the difference between being able to treat the problem, and having to put the horse down. Hopefully you can find the perfect place with an awesome landlord if this one doesn't change his mind.
This all could have been avoided if our current landlord had of just told us that he didn't want horses from the beginning! We wouldn't have bought them yet.
I want to say thanks to everyone who replied for your advice as it's always great to get an outside opinion on these matters.
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