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post #11 of 17 Old 06-15-2014, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by squirrelfood View Post
Wow. I'm sure glad I live where I do. My farm payment AND upkeep for 4 horses is about what you pay to board one. And you still have your housing on top of that.
Board at a commercial barn is slightly less then a studio apartment. I wish I could say I was joking.

This one is $900 + $60 a month for turn out. Full Boarding Facility - Thomas School Day Camp and Long Island Ride School - Summer Day Camp & Riding School in Melville, NY

This one is $795 a month... and they nickel and dime you for everything, including feeding and cleaning your horses stall on holidays (That will be $10 extra every holiday)
Stanhope Stables

I really hope to move off the island in a few years. I would like to be about two hours away from Long Island so I can still day trip it down here. Who knows how realistic that is, but its worth a shot!
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post #12 of 17 Old 06-16-2014, 01:15 AM
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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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post #13 of 17 Old 06-16-2014, 08:24 AM
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I have 26 acres, payments at $230 a month, yearly taxes less than that. Monthly average for feeding 4 horses is $200. You people live in the wrong neighborhood.
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post #14 of 17 Old 06-16-2014, 11:27 AM
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Imagine how congested it would get there if we all moved into Squirrelfood's neighborhood though!!!
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post #15 of 17 Old 06-16-2014, 11:34 AM
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Got THAT right! Stay away!
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-17-2014, 12:49 PM
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If something is important enough, you just figure out how to deal with the inconveniences. I grew up in the country and worked on a huge horse ranch before evolving into a city girl (who still wants her horses, lol.)

My boarding situation isn't perfect - it's a drive, I have limited availability to actually go to the barn, and there are amenities I wish I had - but it's safe and my horse is thriving. I just deal with the inconveniences because it DOES allow me to have a horse, and that makes my life feel complete.
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-17-2014, 01:26 PM
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I'm surrounded by farm land but am still unable to find a barn with decent turnout. A lot of the barns have insufficient land for the number of horses they board so they limit turnout when it's wet out (9 months of the year ) There are some places that pasture board, but every one of those I've looked into are places aren't places I'd want to keep my horse (poor quality care, no covered riding area, etc)

Right now my horse only gets 2-4 hours of turnout daily, and pastures aren't opened up yet (they will probably open them up in the next couple of weeks) I do think my horse suffers for lack of turnout, but it seems like I'm stuck until I get my own horse property one day...
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