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Oscar-Owen
Jan. 24, 2010, 04:14 PM
I may be moving to this area and wanted to find out if anyone had any recommendations on good barns in the area. I would like to find a place that has a good amount of turnout. A good pasture board turnout place would be something I'd consider over a full board turn out of only a couple of hours per day. But I do not know what is typical for the area, since I'm not from the midwest. Thanks!

asb_own_me
Jan. 24, 2010, 05:50 PM
Share more information about what you want from a boarding facility (besides turnout) - do you need an indoor arena, a trainer? How close to Des Moines - IN Des Moines, or N/S/E/W of town? Show barn, pleasure/trail barn?

Oscar-Owen
Jan. 25, 2010, 06:58 PM
I do not know what side of town I'll live on yet, so finding the area of a good barn will possibly dictate where I live. For now, my big concern is that I find a good barn that takes care of the horses and they get plenty of turnout and access to hay. Yes, an indoor arena would be nice, and I would say a pleasure/trail barn. I ride dressage and trail ride, but right now my main emphasis is putting trail miles on my horse, and I really dont want to get into a dressage show type barn. A reasonable commuting distance from downtown Des Moines would be OK, but coming from the lengthy commute time you can have in Atlanta, that could be a good distance. Thanks

Druid Acres
Jan. 26, 2010, 12:20 PM
I don't know much about the Des Moines scene, but I think you might get more suggestions if you ask on either the Dressage or Off Course forums. The folks here are mostly private farm owners, I think.

sheltona01
Jan. 26, 2010, 04:24 PM
I am from Iowa. I will ask around to see about some possibilities. Most likely my information will be out of date, but it will give you a starting place.

FYI: Hazarding a guess, any commute you are use to in Atlanta is going to get you a few towns over in Iowa. :D

Oscar-Owen
Jan. 26, 2010, 08:03 PM
Thanks all, I will post on Off-course as well. I know I wasn't exactly sure which heading i should post under. So I will try others.

the wiz
Jan. 28, 2010, 11:09 AM
google: Maffitt Lake Farm

there are several stables "in the Valley" which is Raccoon Valley.

Sparky Boy
Jan. 28, 2010, 11:22 AM
Sent you a PM.

pondpony
Jan. 28, 2010, 12:12 PM
Except for Jester Park, which is owned by Polk County, I have no up-to-date knowledge about the quality of these barns, but for what it's worth:

http://www.jesterparkec.com/

http://www.stillwaterstables.org/

http://www.dittmerstables.com/

http://www.middleriverranch.com/

http://www.biermapaintsandquarters.com/

http://www.valleyparkstables.com/

http://www.dmequestriancenter.com/

http://www.angelfire.com/pro/riverhillsfarms/index.html

http://diane-hagerman.tripod.com/DiamanH/

http://vanwerdenfarms.homestead.com/

http://www.4jshorseranch.com/

From Craig's List: Jennifer Louw Stables offers full service boarding which includes: heated barn, heated 60x160 arena, lounge/viewing room, 2 tack rooms with individual customer lockers, wash stall with hot and cold water, automatic water in stalls, 12x12 matted stalls, trails, atuomatic fly spray system, training, sales and lessons. Please call for more info:515-468-3863
• Location: Cumming, IA

http://www.stopekstables.com/sales.htm

http://www.maffittlakefarms.com/facilities.shtm

http://www.thundervalleyhorses.com/

Sparky Boy
Jan. 28, 2010, 01:54 PM
From Craig's List: Jennifer Louw Stables offers full service boarding which includes: heated barn, heated 60x160 arena, lounge/viewing room, 2 tack rooms with individual customer lockers, wash stall with hot and cold water, automatic water in stalls, 12x12 matted stalls, trails, atuomatic fly spray system, training, sales and lessons. Please call for more info:515-468-3863
• Location: Cumming, IA
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Great List PondPony!! We've actually moved our search to South of Des Moines ;)

I think this barn is on the same Road as Maffitt Lake Farms? If so, we drove past it and it looked pretty nice.

pondpony
Jan. 28, 2010, 07:45 PM
Hi, Sparky Boy!

Maffitt Lake Farms is west of Interstate 35's junction with Highway 5 and is on the same road as the reservoir. Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center is just west of the Cumming exit, which is one exit south of there.

The former is the older training and boarding facility owned by the mother, and the latter is the new show ground owned by the daughter.

The latter is near Jennifer Louw Stables. Louw's place is on a paved road (known as the Cumming Road) and the show ground is maybe a mile off the paving on a gravel road. I haven't been to Louw's place, but I agree that it looks inviting, and I love to see the foals in the front pasture.

I'm glad you're checking out the area south of Des Moines. It offers real country living (and plenty of deer) with the advantage of a real city just up the pike! Des Moines is not as charming as Iowa City, but I believe it offers more than Ottumwa in the way of jobs, shopping, contemporary culture, educational opportunities, entertainment and hunter/jumper and dressage facilities. Iowa State is an hour away and has a vet clinic run by a horsewoman, and there's a private vet clinic on the east side of Des Moines that treats horses. I believe a vet has an office across the road from Louw's place, too.

You and the OP and anyone else headed this way are welcome to get in touch if I can be of any help.

GrayCatFarm
Jan. 28, 2010, 09:02 PM
Oh Boy! Sparky Boy is going to beocme an Iowan! Now, if we can coordinate Sparky Boy and DH, and or Oscar-Owen and SO to come visit at the same time we can have another Iowan COTHer get together - in another small town. We are alway up for that.

Sparky Boy
Jan. 29, 2010, 08:30 AM
PondPony - Yeah, the more southern areas just didn't seem to offer me the jobs and good boarding barns that I'd want so we are compromising and looking south of DM.

GrayCatFarm - I'm thinking we might be back out this summer.