Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Eight years ago, we got our first horses and lived in the city. We first boarded them just outside of town since they were the only one that didn't charge excessive for the wife's horse still being a stallion. After 3 weeks, we moved them to 30 miles out of town to where we wanted to go first.
We boarded our horses for about 6 years until we found the place we are at now. It wasn't terrible living in the city and boarding until we acquired more horses. The travel time was used to leave everyday hassles and headaches behind and actually enjoy the time with the horses. Only being able to see the horses on the weekends, we actually rode more than we do now. Having them on site and having to do their care, leaves less time, energy, and desire to ride.
We only have 6 acres and the dirt/gravel roads are where we ride. We can trailer to trails less than an hour away.
It just depends on what you have or are willing to deal with. Having your horse(s) boarded can leave you with less cash but more time. You can leave and not have to line up a horse sitter. Taking care of your own horses leaves you with less freedom of being able to take off on a whim for extended periods.
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