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post #1 of 5 Old 12-12-2010, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Question Comparisons. To move, or not to move?

So basically I'm gonna ask you guys your opinions. I'm not gonna state the reason I, or some of the other boarders are leaving/looking at other barns, just the different facilities :)

The place I'm at/the facilities I'm "allowed" to use/do use.
Field board: $275
Self care stall: $270..? (i'm a little confused there cuz it's less lol.)
Outdoor bluestone ring, 100x200
Auto waterers
No run-in sheds. Only trees and hills
Cross country schooling farm ride-to-able
Garage for a tack room (not sealed from the elements)
Hot/cold inside and outside wash stalls
I feed once in the evening and have to provide the shavings for the "field boarder" stall that I can use. Round bales are put out, not as often as I like, but that's another story. The fields are in good shape, lots of rocks though. Pasture mates situation finally figured out. Uhmmm..GREAT set of boarders.

Only 11 miles from my house.

Other things they have.
New Indoor barn with heated tack room (can't use)
Heated bathroom
Uhmm..there is an older barn that is only 3 sided, has crossties and the garage part connected, decent enough, but would be much happier using the other lol. Without explaining the situation, and making it sound "bad" I guess that's all I've got lol.

Other potential place:
100x200 lighted indoor
200x200 lighted outdoor
Auto waterers
2 indoor washtalls (per barn)
1/2 mile excercise track
40' Circular Saltwater Equine Pool
Large Saltwater Pool for Dogs
New Exerciser
57 stalls
Pastures with run-in sheds
25 miles from my house.
I would still be field boarded, which I don't know what that costs yet, but stall board is $375 and the field board with probably be the same, maybe a little more, or even less, than the current place.
There are no jumps yet. I would still probably be feeding in the evening.

A little backround info on this one. It is a racehorse training facility. The last guy who owned it was forclosed on and it was bought at auction for $6million.
There are no jumps because the other guy took them with him, they are for sale though. There are a total of 3 racetrack people there, but they take up all 57 stalls. They are in 24/7 (racehorses obviously lol) which means I would have pick of the pastures.

The only thing that I'm concerned with at this point is the mileage and whether or not he puts hay out, or if we have to provide it. (As they do not have any field boarders, or horses that go out for that matter) The jumps are also a must, since I show in the Hunter/Jumper circuit. The other lady, who told us about the place, lives literally across the street from them. She boards with us now, and she keeps an eye on my horse, and feeds him for me if need be. If she leaves, another boarder will leave, which will leave me all by myself. Just wondering if you guys would make the switch. All of the boarders have been having problems, I just didn't feel it was necessary to explain the whole thing, since I feel I should be able to make the decision based on that myself. Sorry for the novel! Give me some feedback
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-12-2010, 03:10 AM
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Um...well if I were in your situation it pretty much answers itself. Go to the second barn. The facilites seem outstanding. I'm assuming your allowed an indoor heated tack locker? You can use the pool{not that you need to}? Call and ask about the hay and whatnot. Also ask about the jumps or just make your own. That is what my grandpa did for me. Very proffesional looking. He took a bunch of 4x4's and cut them about 4 feet each and they we put holes in them, put bases on them, bought jump cups and they look awesome! I'll get pictures if you wanna see. It seems the second facility is way better, despite the extra like 13 miles. I'd move.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-12-2010, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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I am pretty sure I would get a space to put my tack. I have been to the farm before when the old owner had it. They used to have shows. It is a beautiful place. I do know that for people who do their racing stuff, have to pay each time to use the pool, but I'm assuming it would be an option for me as well. (Which would be pretty neat ) We are going to call tomorrow and find out about the other stuff.

Believe me lol, the other place sounds fantastic, and to have an indoor? !!!!!!! I've never had the priveledge to board somewhere with an indoor lol. My guy doesn't mind not having a stall, he seems happier outside anyways. I'm just excited/nervous all at the same time. I hate switching barns lol. Most of the moves have been to upgrade to better facilities as my horse progresses, but a few have been because of bad situations he, or I have been put in. My horses safety comes first, and my comfort comes second when it comes to boarding.

And about the jumps, there is a good chance the guy will either buy the other guys jumps, or get his own. Just because it will "complete" the place, if you will. But if worst comes to worst, we've got plenty of landscaping timbers laying around and I could get some of those plastic jumpy thingies till something can be done.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-12-2010, 12:18 PM
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I think driving 25 miles would get old and expensive. If the weather is bad it could be difficult to get there also
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-12-2010, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I agree. But from where I live, 25 miles to go somewhere isn't all that much. The good thing about it though, is even though we might not be able to get out because of the weather, one of our friends is moving there too and she can literally walk there. She is really awesome and one of the only other people that I trust with my horse :)
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