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post #41 of 71 Old 06-22-2020, 08:09 AM
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However disappointing it may be, I would be grateful that the barn owner (field owner?) was honest about lack of space (or whatever their reason may have been) rather than take on another horse into an unsuitable situation just to make a buck. You were actually lucky in this instance.

Also, 3000 British Pounds? What?!
I could keep 10 horses over here on that money (Eastern Europe).
We live on different planets, it seems like...

I would be really interested in seeing what kind of service and facilities people get for that kind of money. I get a feeling I would be disappointed, I'm guessing it's the space that's at a premium over there.
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post #42 of 71 Old 06-22-2020, 08:16 AM
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Well, slightly discouraging...

However...........
The push now is for you to find, truly find a property to live on and your horse can call home forever...no more yards, no more shuffling, no more others riding her, no more, no more...
Motivation to start the look, seriously start that look.
You don't even need to be so careful going in search as you've had the darn virus chances are you have good immunity now....


And just think of the savings of hundreds of pounds a month not needing to pay board...
If the farmer was charging his boarders $30 a month and a extra, you said $40 think, for winter forage delivered... you can put a lot of money in savings to get you through the winter nasties where you need to feed forage and feed if Katie needs...
"Hello...I'm looking for a small home on 3 - 5 acres of land...." would be the next few phone calls to realtors. Do you have any listings?

I don't give up so easy, and again...one door closed and another is peeping open.

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post #43 of 71 Old 06-22-2020, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. Am still gutted and weirded out by her response.

I wish I could move asap but I need to sell - can't risk having two houses to upkeep. Unfortunately it's in an expensive area and people aren't buying. I am still 100% trying though, in selling and moving.

There are some other DIY yards but I would need to arrange a companion horse (unlikely things like goats or donkeys be allowed). I have seen plenty politics and wrecks about horses left alone. Oh the drama... I couldn't deal with it. I'd need the comfort of knowing Katie has company and for other horse as well. I couldn't just take Katie and leave one alone either...

ATM it looks like I'm stuck. Am still searching though.
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post #44 of 71 Old 06-22-2020, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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However disappointing it may be, I would be grateful that the barn owner (field owner?) was honest about lack of space (or whatever their reason may have been) rather than take on another horse into an unsuitable situation just to make a buck. You were actually lucky in this instance.

Also, 3000 British Pounds? What?!
I could keep 10 horses over here on that money (Eastern Europe).
We live on different planets, it seems like...

I would be really interested in seeing what kind of service and facilities people get for that kind of money. I get a feeling I would be disappointed, I'm guessing it's the space that's at a premium over there.
Everything looks immaculate but even when I went to view (they wouldn't tell me price until I went down... so was curious) they were just living in another world. It has ZERO turnout. Each horse got an hour in one of the arenas a day. They do have fields but it's even worse than where I am - you pay for your horse to be transported to the field, which is 30mins or an hour away and thats where they stay put for a month at a time. At current yard its a weekly affair at minimum. The expensive place had three arenas one indoor heated/air con. Hacking is nice but same level of roadwork as current. As for services... as many as you can think of lol. But because of the city... everything is cramped and tiny. It's really depressing.
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post #45 of 71 Old 06-22-2020, 12:05 PM
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ok, only dwell on it for a second. Start thinking about what you want and how to get it. Don't dwell on what you don't want.

Just start poking around, I know something good will come up.
It's yours and waiting for you.

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post #46 of 71 Old 06-22-2020, 12:19 PM
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Your vet and farrier may be excellent places to inquire of different boarding situations.
They know barns, private barns who may want another animal for a companion to theirs if they just lost one for example but no longer want to own a second or third...
Both professionals they know good care and where animals are taken care of or not...
Most would not suggest a bad location...
Inside details of good, bad and awful are like wildfire in the industry...before you could sneeze your current barn will also know you are looking to move so do be aware the first inquiries you make.


With all that is happening, is the other place where the horses use to go for R&R time now your barn no longer leases...is there boarding their?
Would that be better for Katie to at least have freedom to meander around the pasture free-will yet still come in to a stall as needed and be checked for injury daily on the pasture??
Throwing out anything that would allow you to see her more often...what you are doing is nuts, and the barn is too for charging you board as they do then using your horse like she is a lesson horse belonging to them...she is privately owned, period.
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post #47 of 71 Old 06-22-2020, 12:42 PM
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I just wanted to say I'm really sorry it didn't work out.
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post #48 of 71 Old 06-22-2020, 02:04 PM
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Don't get discouraged. Keep forging ahead with your eventual goal of buying a place in the country for you and Katie. Of course you have to sell your current house now, and I get that it's not a good time to sell. But keep at it. You just never know when all of a sudden, a door will swing wide open!

In the meantime, keep looking for a better boarding situation. I like hlg's idea of looking at private barns. Knock on some doors if you have to - explain your situation. You are paying very good money for a horse you do not get to see! Don't give any details about where she is so you're not going around bad-mouthing your current stable, just explain that you would like to be more involved in your horse's life. Someone with a small, private barn might welcome the extra income and/or the extra help around the barn! Offer to do chores, to look after their horses so they can take a vacation... and if nothing comes up for a while, you know Katie is ok. When you see her at your appointed time, tell your you're working hard to make your dream come true and that someday, she will come to live with you in the country where she will wake up to the birds and spend her days walking down country lanes instead of busy city streets.

Chin up, you will find a solution eventually. You've had a rough go, but you got a glimpse of what might be... keep reaching for it.
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post #49 of 71 Old 06-22-2020, 02:37 PM
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Try not to get discouraged. Something better is in the works for you. :) There is a better boarding place for you out there. Private, small, lowkey barns would really be ideal for you. I personally love being at a private barn. I never really liked bigger boarding barns - I feel like drama was just all over those places, even though I kept to myself, it's just peaceful being at a smaller place.

Fingers crossed you find something soon. Just keep looking, the perfect place for you and Katie is out there.
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post #50 of 71 Old 06-22-2020, 03:02 PM
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Look, crazy things happen. I had to move my horses because where I was keeping them they were not feeding them correctly. The guys were really nice and all but I couldn't tell them anything. I even provided my own feed and they still insisted on giving them sweet feed. Laela was getting obese and my Bella was getting skinnier and skinnier. So I moved them to a farm which looked fantastic.

I had advertised that I was looking for a field to lease as I wanted to care for my own horses. A guy answered the ad and I went and looked. It looked great from the outside. I moved. within the month I started seeing stuff that wasn't cool at all. I really don't want to go into details but not only did I want to move my horses again but I needed to run and get them out of there now.

I was standing in line at the local feed store and when It was my turn to pay for my stuff, I asked the lady to let me know if she hears of anyone who is boarding horses and has room for three. A little voice pops up behind me saying "I board horses" I turned around and a little lady and her husband were standing there. "Do you have room for three?" "Yes" "Can I come look today?" "Sure". I've been there for seven years now and they have become family to me.

Yes, there have been a couple of issues. Yes, I've gotten upset over a thing or two but I fixed those issues that I was having because I really liked the people. I never worry about my horses there and I can see them every day if I want to. There is a couple of days of the week that I travel and I don't have to worry about them, they are taken care of. All because I was at the right place at the right time opening my mouth and asking.
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