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post #1 of 10 Old 07-05-2019, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Six month boarding to get best faclity for the season?

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I do read every response to my questions, I just don't always type out responses to them if no one asked a pressing question, so I do thank you for your time!


I live in Wisconsin. I work part time doing morning chores at a facility and I board at another. I know how the horses are cared for by staff and owner at the one I work at . I will never find a better place. I could explain why, but its simple, everyone treats each horse it sees or comes in contact with as their own. Plain and simple. Any changes in them, even slight, are reported. We've caught so much so early its fairly impressive. Each horse is thought of every morning individually if it should or should not be turned out. We do extra things that not all barns will do and most at no additional cost.


The place I board is okay. It has pasture grazing in the summer after getting used to free grazing. The place I work doesn't have grass in the paddocks. However, I feel like the horses are taken care of better in our cold cold winters.


I don't fully own horse until December of this year, right now I make payments to buy him and lease payments while paying him off. The two facilities are two miles apart, one is 1.2 miles from home and one is 3.2 miles.


Would it be crazy to board six months at one, and six months at the other? I don't want to take his grazing away during the summer. And he is okay where he is for winter, but I think its even better at the other place.


I asked where I work if she would consider it, and yes, depending on stall situation of course. And I haven't asked where he is now, and I would of course prior to it, but I do believe it isn't a problem to get back in come late spring and keep a six month rotation between the two barns. Is that crazy? To get him the best care/conditions for the season? If it is, I'd keep him where he is so he has the grass in the summer, I truly think he'd prefer it and put up with wet spring paddocks and being turned out when its real cold. I can always go out there and take him back inside if I want to.


It got really really wet this year, its terrible. Affecting hay for sure. And of course no one knows for sure as I see horses that are stalled 100% and they get them, but I think he got an abscess this spring because of daily turnout without regard to footing, day after day. Which doesn't happen at the other barn. I'm aware he could get one never leaving the barn too, but I do think this one had to do with the wet conditions. And I feel bad if I could prevent such things by moving him twice a year.


I also think he came out of winter with too much weight loss. Not reportable or anything like that, but I think he would have kept more weight on had he been at the other place.

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Being you work in the industry you see firsthand differences in care, food quality and amenities offered.
As long as you are upfront, honest with both facilities on what you want to do...those facilities are agreeable...go for it!
Many, many people move to a facility for winter boarding and use of things like indoor arenas.
Where I use to work, "seasonal boarders" paid a up-charge, known before they arrived they would pay a difference in price and agreed to that.
It allowed the barn to anticipate stalls full and stalls vacated so proper amounts of food were on hand...
It allowed budgeting of $$ for both parties.
Both parties need to know up front though what the plan is.
Regardless of occupying a stall or not ready to move in, the first of "??" month agreed upon, board was due to be paid. If the horse was their, fine..if not the stall was waiting for you when you came and except for water buckets needing filled with fresh water, bedded thickly and invitingly waiting for the new occupant to arrive.
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Seems like the summer boarding owner would get the shaft as they lose their revenue in long winter seasons. I can also see where it would mean someone would lose out somewhere along the way and be shopping for boarding come winter. Like playing musical chairs. Or as with child care you pay whether you are there or not to reserve your spot. Why would any in the cushy barn with no grazing but great care want to leave their spot for a barn with no indoor arena and accommodations just to make sure there is summer grass on the menu unless there is an ironclad contract in place that guarantees a spot is reserved come winter? I assume there are only so many stalls available. I bolded the BOs out because I promise it will come to that unless you pay up front for both year round or have someone that is guaranteed to trade because they don't ride in the winter and would guarantee both BOs revenue for the full year.


"I asked where I work if she would consider it, and yes, depending on stall situation of course."



Here if you leave a spot it won't be held for you to come back to but instantly filled with no guarantee of another open spot when you decide you want to come back.
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Moving him twice a year isn't going to prevent an abcess as there are more reasons than just that that cause them. It wouldn't be a reason I would consider for moving a horse unless the abcessing was chronic and could be attributed directly to the care or lack of in the situation your horse is in.
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Being you work in the industry you see firsthand differences in care, food quality and amenities offered.
As long as you are upfront, honest with both facilities on what you want to do...those facilities are agreeable...go for it!
Many, many people move to a facility for winter boarding and use of things like indoor arenas.
Where I use to work, "seasonal boarders" paid a up-charge, known before they arrived they would pay a difference in price and agreed to that.
It allowed the barn to anticipate stalls full and stalls vacated so proper amounts of food were on hand...
It allowed budgeting of $$ for both parties.
Both parties need to know up front though what the plan is.
Regardless of occupying a stall or not ready to move in, the first of "??" month agreed upon, board was due to be paid. If the horse was their, fine..if not the stall was waiting for you when you came and except for water buckets needing filled with fresh water, bedded thickly and invitingly waiting for the new occupant to arrive.
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I am so lucky to live where I do. There are even two more nice places within about five miles. All have indoor and outdoor arenas. The one he is at butts up to a trail system in the state. There aren't any trails at the 'winter' place but they also wouldn't be needed. It just really makes sense in this case I think to try it. I'd definitely be up front with both. As I want to see what they say his chances are of getting back in six months later. At this time, neither offer the option, its a one off situation. 'Winter' one does a lot more summer training of horses who do board just for the training and leave. But they also close down two stalls in the winter being they are nearest the big door and even though measures are taken to keep it a minimum temperature, sometimes its just real difficult in Wisconsin. And they are smaller places, about 35 horses, its tight knit and open communication.


Sometimes I spoil 'pets' a bit much. Go figure. I think its part of my job though. But I really do think I have valid reasons to disrupt him and move every six months. Better weight over the winter, looked after better in dangerous cold, out of the mud in the early spring, people to determine daily if they should or shouldnt go out whereas other place they basically 100% go out. He doesnt seem to mind a stall at all even after a few months of rough board originally before I started leasing to buy. I would think after the first year he would get that there is a routine to it. He is low in the pasture, I'd have to make sure he isn't stressing about it I imagine. But both places have decent pasture mates. He is pretty close to two horses where he's at but I think he'd adjust. He walks out of it just fine from them.
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Here if you leave a spot it won't be held for you to come back to but instantly filled with no guarantee of another open spot when you decide you want to come back.

This! Once you leave there is no way to be sure you will still have an empty spot half a year later...
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Seems like the summer boarding owner would get the shaft as they lose their revenue in long winter seasons. I can also see where it would mean someone would lose out somewhere along the way and be shopping for boarding come winter. Like playing musical chairs. Or as with child care you pay whether you are there or not to reserve your spot. Why would any in the cushy barn with no grazing but great care want to leave their spot for a barn with no indoor arena and accommodations just to make sure there is summer grass on the menu unless there is an ironclad contract in place that guarantees a spot is reserved come winter? I assume there are only so many stalls available. I bolded the BOs out because I promise it will come to that unless you pay up front for both year round or have someone that is guaranteed to trade because they don't ride in the winter and would guarantee both BOs revenue for the full year.


"I asked where I work if she would consider it, and yes, depending on stall situation of course."



Here if you leave a spot it won't be held for you to come back to but instantly filled with no guarantee of another open spot when you decide you want to come back.
Cshy barn mainly does training/boarding, so the horse leaves after 1-3 months. She only has so many just boarding stalls. And its harder to get people that want to do much in the winter, like come in and keep up with their horses training.

Summer barn has multiple barns but stick to their main barn. They seem to be able to find a stall when its needed.

That might clarify how it might work out.
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That makes more sense. So she trains horse and rider together not just the horse or she also doesn't expect to be out doing much training in winter due to cold. Very different from the barn I worked at in Pennsylvania where horses were worked year round no matter the weather or temp as the trainers lived on site and your horse was worked whether you were there or not. We were expected to be there unless roads were impassable but that only happened once when a moving van high centered on the road and that was the only way to get to the barn. Had two days to wait for that to get sorted.
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At the last barn I boarded, there were several “seasonal” people who were there for 6 months and not the rest of the year, year after year. My BO was the type that if she took you as a boarder, you were family, now and in the future. My horses are home now but if I needed a place to board again I have no doubt she’d figure out out to get them in (she offered full care outdoor and indoor board, and mine were outdoor, so a little easier to make that work).

We had a few people who would keep their horses at home for the summer and bring them back to board in the winter since they only had “primitive” set up at home that would be hard in our winter.

And one teen girl I can think of boarded there in the summer but had to move to another boarding barn closer to home for winter b/c her parents didn’t want her driving as far on the snowy roads.

So I think it really depends on the BO and what s/he is willing to do, but in the cases I’m aware of, you actually did know you had a spot waiting when you were ready to switch back.
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That makes more sense. So she trains horse and rider together not just the horse or she also doesn't expect to be out doing much training in winter due to cold. Very different from the barn I worked at in Pennsylvania where horses were worked year round no matter the weather or temp as the trainers lived on site and your horse was worked whether you were there or not. We were expected to be there unless roads were impassable but that only happened once when a moving van high centered on the road and that was the only way to get to the barn. Had two days to wait for that to get sorted.

Yes. Her and her Assistant do some training in the winter but not as much. Most are there for full time training and owner doesn't have to be there, but they generally come in a few times a week for it.
The person I'm leasing to own from is actually her assistant. Her horse is where Reno is, and we both work at the other barn. And she will continue to help me after I fully own so either barn works for that as well. The only thing I'm actually worried about it asking where he currently is if she would have a problem with it. I'm confident the stall is there (of course I'd look into that aspect more) but its a bit rude of me. On a scale of 1-100 he's at about an 80 there whereas the other place I'd give a 95 in the winter. Plus I'm there five days a week for morning chores and winters are rough here.
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