Help me decide: Self care vs. Full care vs. Pasture
Hey guys. We just moved my horse and my fiance's horse to the city where we bought our house, and they are now in a great boarding facility 5 minutes from our house in town. We are planning on selling my fiance's horse, and have a lady who is very interested in her coming to see her/try her out on Wednesday. However, with my horse, I had originally planned on putting her on pasture board, as she has had a bad experience with being stalled (her stall was right by a lot of traffic, only 8' X 8', and she is a hot horse, so she paced enough to wear her hooves down to the white part and lost a LOT of weight).
However, when we brought the horses in last night, we stalled them both, and this morning, my horse was calmly standing there. So, now I'm wondering if I'd be able to stall her this time, since there is less traffic and it's a much bigger stall.
My thoughts are that it costs $140 a month for pasture board, and I can use the facilities the same as a person with a stall, but pastured horses tend to get really muddy, and in the winter it's a pain in the butt. I don't think the pastured horses have a shelter either. So, I was thinking that since I live so close to the farm, I could get a stall for her and do self-care (meaning I'd turn her out/bring her in, and supply and take care of all her bedding, food, water, and all other needs) instead of full-care. Self-care is $180 a month, and if they turn your horse out/bring it in for you, it's $205 a month. Full service board is $275 a month.
My big question is, how much would I actually be saving by doing self-care board over full-service board? I don't have a problem driving to the stable twice a day for turnout/bring in, since it's so ridiculously close, and I would feel better knowing if it's really nasty weather, she will stay nice and dry in a stall. Plus, for our shows, it would make it so much handier to have a stall.
So how much does it cost per month for hay (grass or timothy preferably...she's hot enough as it is...no alfalfa!) and bedding? I have all the other supplies for her I think.