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gypsymare
Aug. 16, 2012, 01:13 PM
I've searched through many of the boarding threads but I'm just not finding the info that I need. While the Equiry is a great resource, it doesn't offer any info other than a long list and a lot of phone numbers and I've had better luck finding places through word of mouth.

I've been boarding at Holly Hills for the past year and a half which has worked out OK so far but they're starting to drill wells and subdivide the XC field (which was sold off to developers) and the pump trucks are starting to ruin the only area that had good level footing (it was just a flattened area on top of one of the hills that was nice and grassy). The ring works out great for the pony camp lessons they do there but it's rock hard and not so good for schooling big-moving horses. My mare is staying fat on the beautiful grass in her pasture and needs some layup time so it's fine for her, but my OTTB gelding is on a field being overrun with horse nettle and he's not an easy keeper. It's self-care, and I can only make it out there once a day or every other day which just isn't enough for him.

I'd like to find a field board situation where the horses are grained twice a day and there is a ring with decent footing. Not a huge lesson barn, and not a place where you feel forced to compete. The TB weaves terribly in a stall or otherwise I'd consider stall board. He might do well someplace with yoke-style doors that he can stick his head out. I primarily fox hunt but I dabble in dressage and would like to try eventing. I'd like to take some dressage lessons with someone who is experienced in developing green horses, but I can always trailer out. A small, private farm would be perfect. For field board, feed included (including GOOD hay in the winter) I am willing to go up to $400/mo. I'd like to stay within a 30min drive of western Frederick/Braddock Heights.

Any ideas?

ShearConvenience
Aug. 16, 2012, 01:25 PM
Sunset Hill Farm in Woodbine may be slightly over your budget but they're well run and have good facilities.
http://www.sunsethilleventing.com/BoardingServices.html

gypsymare
Aug. 16, 2012, 02:09 PM
Sunset Hill Farm in Woodbine may be slightly over your budget but they're well run and have good facilities.
http://www.sunsethilleventing.com/BoardingServices.html
That looks gorgeous! It's a bit over what I'd like to pay for field board and they only feed once a day. Looks like a great place for a serious competitor.

triggerfoot
Aug. 16, 2012, 02:27 PM
If you can live with a certain amount of self-care, then I would recommend Woodvale.

http://www.woodvalefarms.com/

We boarded there until moving to Montgomery County. Their fields are wonderful, there are plenty of places to ride, it's reasonably priced. But the guy who runs it takes a one-size-fits-all approach to horse care which means you have to wheel and deal to get him to throw the grain you want, you have to buy and throw your own extra hay in the winter (he does hay, just not free-choice, which is my winter preference), and you're doing your own blanket changes. But to me it was worth the hassle. Great barn in other ways.

And there's Hunt Club Equine (i.e. the kennels of the NM-MVH) on Marker rd in Middletown if you want excellent horse care at reasonable cost. It's probably closer to you, too. But they don't have a lighted arena (which is sadly why we left and went to Woodvale... have to be able to ride in the winter, too!). It's nothing fancy, but the care is great. They might be in the equiery, you might have to google them.

retreadeventer
Aug. 16, 2012, 03:12 PM
Try Dedication Farm - new -- Melissa Hunsberger is there and Natalie Hollis. If you friend either on Facebook their place should be linked. It is near Frederick I think.
I have a few other ideas, too. PM me and I'll find them for you.

curlykarot
Aug. 16, 2012, 03:28 PM
These are some places I would check into if I were in your situation:

Plantation Valley Stables in Middletown. http://www.plantationvalleystables.com/

Miles Ahead Farm in Adamstown. www.Milesaheadfarm.net
*may be over your price limit

http://destinationeventing.com/ Dickerson - may be over your price limit.

Playland Farm in Union Bridge http://www.playlandequestriancenter.com/index.html

wcporter
Aug. 16, 2012, 04:24 PM
I keep my horse at a very small, private farm in Middletown, off rt 40 and rt 17 and about 20 mins from Frederick. Called Sweetwater Bluff Farm https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweetwater-Bluff-Farm/212123662199798

Field board is $235/month and includes deworming, blanketing, scheduling farrier and vet visits, and am grain (BO is very accommodating though and could probably do pm grain too for not much extra $). BO is also an Equine Nutrition Specialist - which her day job.

Horses are in large dry lot during the day with a shed and round bale or flakes and turned out to the "back 40" from about 6pm until 9am. Right now field board is my horse and one other gelding. Two other boys, who are stall boarded, get t/o in there as well during the day or night, depending on the season (summer/night, winter/day).

The ring is grass and a bit small - 20m x 40m - but there are also miles and mile of connected trails right behind the farm (multiple horse properties connected, including an Eventing barn, who all share their land for riding).

Care is awesome. There about about 6 boarders (half of which aren't around much) and BO has 4 of her own horses.

They do fox hunting around the property behind the farm as well.

You can PM me for more details if you'd like :)

Action42
Aug. 16, 2012, 04:37 PM
Maybe also check out Goodness Ridge farm? They're in Mount Airy. The farm is beautiful, the horses are well cared for and the arena footing is AMAZING!

www.goodnessridge.com

gypsymare
Aug. 16, 2012, 05:16 PM
If you can live with a certain amount of self-care, then I would recommend Woodvale.

http://www.woodvalefarms.com/

We boarded there until moving to Montgomery County. Their fields are wonderful, there are plenty of places to ride, it's reasonably priced. But the guy who runs it takes a one-size-fits-all approach to horse care which means you have to wheel and deal to get him to throw the grain you want, you have to buy and throw your own extra hay in the winter (he does hay, just not free-choice, which is my winter preference), and you're doing your own blanket changes. But to me it was worth the hassle. Great barn in other ways.

And there's Hunt Club Equine (i.e. the kennels of the NM-MVH) on Marker rd in Middletown if you want excellent horse care at reasonable cost. It's probably closer to you, too. But they don't have a lighted arena (which is sadly why we left and went to Woodvale... have to be able to ride in the winter, too!). It's nothing fancy, but the care is great. They might be in the equiery, you might have to google them.
Thanks so much! I didn't know that there was boarding available at the NM-MVH kennels. I was planning on taking the TB hound walking this Sunday so I'll have a chance to check it out and ask if there's room. That certainly couldn't be more convenient! And what a way to get him used to the hounds' "music"! Woodvale looks beautiful but I'm very leery after hearing you say you have to wheel and deal for special feeding. I had a very bad experience with a farm in MO where the manager thought I was giving my mare too much grain. I didn't understand how she was losing weight until I found out he was shorting her grain rations. A half TB hunting coyote twice a week needs lots more calories.

gypsymare
Aug. 16, 2012, 05:26 PM
Try Dedication Farm - new -- Melissa Hunsberger is there and Natalie Hollis. If you friend either on Facebook their place should be linked. It is near Frederick I think.
I have a few other ideas, too. PM me and I'll find them for you.

Thanks! It took me a minute to find the farm... Destination, not Dedication. Whoops! Looks great! I have to drive past it tomorrow to take the mare to Monocacy for an x-ray so I'll check it out. Definitely affordable. At least I think so. Hubby might have a cow that my board expenses are doubling....

gypsymare
Aug. 16, 2012, 05:28 PM
Maybe also check out Goodness Ridge farm? They're in Mount Airy. The farm is beautiful, the horses are well cared for and the arena footing is AMAZING!

www.goodnessridge.com

Thank you! I considered this one for a place to take lessons but it's a bit far for daily visits.

gypsymare
Aug. 16, 2012, 05:33 PM
I keep my horse at a very small, private farm in Middletown, off rt 40 and rt 17 and about 20 mins from Frederick. Called Sweetwater Bluff Farm https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweetwater-Bluff-Farm/212123662199798
Great! That's only 15mins from me. I'd love to check it out!

MontanaDun
Aug. 16, 2012, 06:13 PM
Another possibility is our place, a small private boarding barn near Libertytown, NeverBlue Farm. http://www.neverbluefarm.com/ Board is $300/month.

Horses come in twice a day to get fed and are kept in for really foul weather. Turned out evenings on grass - pretty decent - and dry lotted with plenty of hay during the day. (switches to day turnout in the fall)

The farm backs up to nice trails, and there is a small arena with lights and decent footing.

And we have a farrier on the premises! (but you are welcome to use your own)

One of our boarders just moved to Wyoming and took her horse, so we have a stall open.

PM me if you want more details. (or email - link is on the web page)

Divine Comedy
Aug. 16, 2012, 06:45 PM
Gotta throw in another plug for Destination...well, at least for one of their trainers, Natalie. I was a working student for her half a decade (OMG) ago, and she really takes (and insists! :D) on great care for the horses. I've seen photos of her new place on FB and I'm pretty much drooling. If it was closer to M-burg, I'd be all over it.

yellowbritches
Aug. 16, 2012, 07:26 PM
I think it would be hard to beat Destination! I've always loved that facility (always thought it was a waste of space for DQs!!!), and was thrilled to hear that Natalie and Melissa are now running what looks to be a great operation out of it. The facilities are VERY nice (my former boss and I considered renting it a couple of times), fields are nice, I'm sure the care is good, instruction should be great, and there is incredible hacking from the farm.

JumasMom
Aug. 16, 2012, 07:41 PM
Hi there, i don't like to bad mouth anyone but I was not happy with Woodvale. It's the only barn in 25 years that I've pulled my horse because of the care. If your horse doesnt need any special requirements ( ie, grass restriction, allergies, etc), you might be OK. But the owner isn't interested in honoring any previously agreed upon management if it adds any inconvenience.

gottagrey
Aug. 17, 2012, 02:38 PM
Ditto what yellowbritches said. 3 good professionals banding together is going to be hard to beat, plus a nice facility & pretty much can't beat the location. It's in Adamstown right near Loch Moy. Another place you could try would be the Lytles, which is in Dickerson; Lytleshowhorses.com - leans H/J. but Cindy has plenty of eventer clients. I don't think she has field board; another field board option would be Moon Rising Farm... in Boyds.

triggerfoot
Aug. 17, 2012, 03:56 PM
Hi there, i don't like to bad mouth anyone but I was not happy with Woodvale. It's the only barn in 25 years that I've pulled my horse because of the care. If your horse doesnt need any special requirements ( ie, grass restriction, allergies, etc), you might be OK. But the owner isn't interested in honoring any previously agreed upon management if it adds any inconvenience.

Exactly my experience. But in my case, my horses didn't need anything too special, and I looked at it as affordable partial-care in a facility with rings and hacking and (back then) an xc course. It worked well for me.

OP, do check out the NM-MVH kennels. Really fantastic.

AKB
Aug. 17, 2012, 09:10 PM
Playland Farm is lovely. It might be too far away, depending on where in Frederick you live, but the facilities and the people are great.

upgiddyup
Aug. 23, 2012, 09:24 PM
I agree that Playland Farm is excellent and if it is not too far away I would go there. Also Breezy Hill Stables in Thurmont is very nice. The barn owner pays attention to the horses and is very accommodating to special needs or requests. The only down side is it can be a bit crowded in the indoor particularly in the winter which is the reason I list it as second choice to Playland even though it is probably closer. Like others have said Destination is great too. Woodvale was mentioned and I have to say be prepared to provide the majority of the care if you go there but the facility is nice. Motters Station Stables has a beautiful facility but be warned that if your horse is colicing or dying no one will notice or if by some miracle they do notice they won't think to call you or a vet.

DoubleM
Sep. 17, 2012, 02:44 PM
I don't know where the above poster is getting their information, but I have been a boarder at Motters Station Stables for 2 years now and it is by far the best boarding facility I have ever been at.
The care of the horses is exceptional and we have a veterinarian neighbor and friend who rides there every day. The facility is world class and the trails are awesome. I would not hesitate to recommend Motters Station Stables to anyone looking for first class boarding and care. Feel free to check this place out.
http://www.mottersstationstables.com

NBFarm
Sep. 17, 2012, 04:51 PM
I don't know anything about the care at Motters Station so I can't speak for that, but I do know their resident dressage trainer Christine Betz is great with students and young horses.

gypsymare
Sep. 18, 2012, 06:21 AM
Thank you everyone for your input. My two are happily being serenaded by the hounds every night now. Having a caravan of trailers to follow in the morning to the hunts has been an added perk as well!

gottagrey
Sep. 20, 2012, 01:27 PM
You could also try OUR FARM in Mt. Airy - not sure if they have field boarding or not. Cute place; cool outdoor ring where they had some small banks you could jump in/out of and xc course. Its not a huge operation so if you are looking for something on the small side I would def. give this place a look. I think the boarding rates are quite reasonable (used to be anyway); seem to recall they might grow their own hay as well which would help keep cost down... I had looked at boarding there several years ago but the drive was too far for me as am closer to Bethesda. They don't have a website but you can probably find their ad on the Equiery. Owner/trainer is Lora Kutteroff (sp?)

Alter2008
Sep. 20, 2012, 05:54 PM
Please PM me if you are thinking about boarding at Our Farm. The folks who own the property are quite nice and well intentioned but certain aspects of care may not live up to COTH standards.

gypsymare
Sep. 20, 2012, 07:40 PM
I already found a place... The NM-MVH kennel. Thank you to everyone who posted. I'm thrilled with it!

Chip Sylverne
Dec. 5, 2013, 12:54 PM
I realize this is a bit of a necropost, but it has just come to my attention and as part owner of Our Farm, I can't let it go unchallenged. Our level of care compares favorably with any other professional barn in the area! We have brought young horses up to and competed successfully at the advanced level. We also endeavor to do whatever it takes to meet the needs of our client's horses.

If this poster would care to contact me to discuss whatever issues she may have, the phone number is 301-829-0008. If she would prefer to remain anonymous, she can contact me via email of through the website.