Board in the Seattle/Tacoma WA area
i'm taking a trip up to Tacoma/Seattle in a few weeks with the intent of looking around to see if i want to move up there. unfortunately i'm not finding a lot of information on AFFORDABLE boarding options.
i have two horses - a 16yr old TB gelding who is, like many TBs, a hard keeper and he has specific needs. nothing that i find to be difficult but it seems some people may feel they are. my second horse is a coming 16mth old stud colt so that's an issue in itself.
any information about boarding options/prices/etc. for the area would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.
thanks in advance! :D
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I'm new to these forums so I hope I'm doing this right! I know a bunch of barns in the Seattle-ish area and can help you at least narrow down what you should go visit. I would need to know more about you and your riding though. Trails? Dressage? Hunter Jumper? Do you like more laid back facilities or more regimented facilities? I currently board in the Seattle area (though technically it's Woodinville which is outside of Seattle) and have been to numerous barns!
well i did make my trip to seattle last month to look around but, crazy as this sounds, i literally came down with chicken pox the third day of my trip so suffice to say i didn't get to see much! :(
at any rate, i'm quite particular about how my horses are cared for - at least my TB as he's a bit of a special case. he must be blanketed in the cold, he must be fed all of his grains and supplements and he must have more hay than most people want to give him. finding a place that will accommodate him which won't break the bank is key. i also have a stud colt who has fantastic manners and no "special" needs to speak of. he still hasn't realized he's a stud so that's a plus and i'm hoping he stays that way.
as far as riding goes, i ride dressage and trails so an all-weather arena and access to trails would be fantastic. i sold my trailer when i got divorced a few years ago and have yet to replace it so being able to ride to trails would be great. hopefully i'll have purchased a trailer before i move but i'd rather not bank on that. :P
Do you have any idea what area you would be living in? A lot will depend on if you're in *actual* Seattle or south or north of it.
I think the hardest part will be the stud colt. I don't know many barns that will take studs, no matter how well behaved.
Let me know where you think you might be living and I can give you a few to go look at or at least to look at their websites!
to be honest, if i could find a place/house to rent on horse property that would be the best option. if i transfer with my current job i will be working in the city on 1st street and my boyfriend will be working up by capitol hill if that gives you an idea.
It's pretty challenging to find horse property rentals in the surrounding areas these days. But here's the neighborhoods you should check out.
30-45 minutes from Seattle (with no traffic) are Redmond, Woodinville, Bothell and Renton.
You could also look in Issaquah and Snohomish, though with traffic they can take a little bit longer to get to. There are a ton of boarding barns, most have indoors and a few have access to trails also. Prices are usually between $500 and $600 for full care (you can find ones without an indoor for lower and there's a ton of fancy barns that are higher).
If you find a barn and want to know about it, send me a message! I've either boarded at them, taken a lesson or visited. :) Good luck!!
Full care can run you 400-600 a month depending on what you are looking for. Partial care might be hard to find but I was paying 250 a month and I had an indoor arena (but now sadly this place has changed hands several times). Self care will cost like 100-200 a month.
I know there are a few affordable barns in the May Valley area in Renton (this area is a little weird, some of the addresses are Newcastle and Issaquah as well) but I don't know if they will take studs. I also see house for rent signs that look like they have horse property in this area all the time if that's what your looking for.
Edit: It also depends on how far you are willing to drive/spend time commuting to Seattle.
i currently commute 50mins each way for work so the drive really doesn't bother me any. i'm more concerned with the care of my horses as i've had some less than pleasant experiences with boarding before. i'd rather not have that happen again if i can help it.
the plan at this point is to find a cheap apt for the first 3-6mths so that we can really get a feel for the area and look for horse property to rent or determine what boarding facilities will work. then i'll bring the horses up so i won't feel rushed to put them somewhere and then hate it.
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