Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
Horses living in urban areas & stalls
This probably doesn't pertain to a good majority of members here, but I am sure it does to quite a few. I would love, love to be able to board my horse in a pasture/paddock, but live in an urban area and board in an urban area (i.e. surrounded by housing on two sides, a park on the other, and a community garden-- with a freeway not too far behind that-- on the other). There is one facility within 14 miles that I know of that has paddocks, but 1 is for retirement, 1 is general population, and the smaller ones are private and full with a waiting list. If you venture out 30+ miles, you can find more pastures/paddocks, as the land is more open and in acreage. In fact, we have our 2 retired horses in paddock 60 miles away. My horse that is currently in work is boarded about 5 miles away from where I live, but is obviously in a stall. I go to the barn every single day and he gets out every single day. On days I ride, he is out of his stall up to 3 hours (riding, then turnout), but on days I don't ride he is out of his stall only 1-2 hours (turnout). Our barn has a "20 minute" limit for turnouts if others are waiting, but the barn is small (30ish horses-- but now there are only 3 turnouts... don't ask) and I try to go when it is the most quiet so I can get him out for as long as possible. Anyway, I hate keeping him in a stall and it truly bugs me. If I moved him 30+ miles away (60+ miles round trip), I would not get out there nearly as often. In a few years, we should be able to move somewhere with paddocks/pastures (when I move out), but it bugs me it will take that long. I wish we already lived in an area like that. Does anybody else feel this way and want to share their frustration?