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post #1 of 30 Old 02-26-2012, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Cool How far would you drive to board your horse

I know there's a bunch of different reasons you board at the place you do. BUT, how far would you drive to board your horse at that perfect place? A lot of people I know and that i've talked to generally say to stay within about 20 miles of a population that can sustain your stalls. I guess I was just curious to how far you would drive to keep your horse at that awesome place????


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post #2 of 30 Old 02-26-2012, 08:35 PM
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Hi, welcome to the forum. Since I live in a rural area, driving to anything with an indoor arena would be at least a 1/2 an hour, so the horses stay home & I ride when I can in the winter. If there was a boarding stable close by (10 minutes max) with an indoor arena I would board them during the winter. I hate commuting to anywhere, work is neccessary, riding is optional.
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post #3 of 30 Old 02-26-2012, 08:44 PM
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I currently drive 20-30 minutes (depending on traffic). I don't have a place at my house for my horse yet (looking for a new house). There are other boarding places closer but they are more expensive and I am so so on there care. Where my mare is now she is loved and care for (she is at her old owners house so the love is there ;-P ) and I have plenty of room to ride :)
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post #4 of 30 Old 02-26-2012, 08:45 PM
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I love that I can board my horse right down the street from I wouldn't want it any further because it's perfect in the brother, cousin and I ride our bikes or walk over there whenever we feel like it :)

Also, we can go trail riding around the neighbourhood and I know exactly where I'm going because it's home :)

So basically, I would want it no more than 15 minutes away but I would prefer it as close as 5 :)
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post #5 of 30 Old 02-26-2012, 11:11 PM
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40 miles from my home (and 70 from work) to the barn which has indoor and outdoor arenas, trails, and open fields.

Yes, I'll drive 70 miles from work to the barn, then 40 to go home after riding and grooming.
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post #6 of 30 Old 02-26-2012, 11:26 PM
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About 35 miles when my horses are in training. It's about 45 minutes total.

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post #7 of 30 Old 02-26-2012, 11:30 PM
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I would drive 30 minutes but I only have to drive 20.
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post #8 of 30 Old 02-26-2012, 11:32 PM
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I boarded one of my horses for a few months because they had an indoor arena so I could ride during the wintery weather. It took me 35-40 minutes depending on traffic.

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post #9 of 30 Old 02-27-2012, 01:02 AM
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I used to board my horse 45 mins. from home because a friend was boarding there and I was unhappy with my current boarding situation. The owners were nice, but the other boarders and owner's kids not so nice. They would just use my stuff and not put it back, which I'm not a big fan of other people using my stuff anyways. If u buy the horse buy your own tack. I would come and couldn't find my bridle, my halter would be on a different horse, my lead rope would go missing. The last straw was mid summer when I came out to find that my horse had no water. Luckily found a place closer to home. The care is better, but I think they could be a little more generous with the hay sometimes. If it's the perfect place probably 30 mins. away max being far away cuts down on the number of visiting due to skyrocketing gas prices!
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post #10 of 30 Old 02-27-2012, 01:12 AM
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For approximately six years I drove 50 mins to get to the barn. I switched disciplines to dressage and now board 15 mins away at the best barn I've ever been at. Unfortunately they don't have full outdoor board so my other horse who has always been a pasture horse is 30 mins away and at a perfect place too.

If I need to in the future I would be willing to drive an hour to the barn every day if the coach and the care of my horse was worth it.
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