Moving to Virginia, investigating boarding opperations!
I am a new member to these forums but I've heard nothing but glowing things from friends of mine. I read the forum rules and I hope I am putting this in the right place -- I am looking for boarding solicitations on this thread! :yes:
I presently live and board my gelding in Los Angeles, CA. I'm going to be moving to the Fairfax/Herndon area of Virginia very shortly - probably December or early January at the latest and my horse is coming along!
The quick move is for a work opportunity so I'm trying to do as much homework as possible in terms of finding a place to immediately board my horse while not knowing the area at all.
I could always leave him behind in training for a month while I find a barn but I would rather bring him with me as soon as possible because he is my heart and I would miss him terribly.
To keep it simple, here are a list of things I would very much love to find (while realizing I may not get all of them)
- Indoor or covered arena for winter months
- Lighted arena for night riding
- Access to trails
- Blanketing services available
- Daily turn out
- FRIENDLY boarders and owners/trainers
- Well trained, friendly dogs welcome
- Under or around $700/mo
- Professionally managed with horses checked throughout the day for issues or signs of illness/colic
- Show barn not required - I want to just get used to the area and enjoy my horse on the trails for a while and get acclimated.
- Jumps available in the ring and/or out on trail (less important for immediate move in)
My horse is a 10 y/o Swedish Warmblood hunter gelding who is sweet as pie. I've never lived in snow or outside of California (let alone boarded a horse there) so this is all very new to me.
I need a barn flexible enough that I can come visit every day or take a few days to a week off for business travel every once in a while and my horse will be well cared for.
Phew, needy enough for an introductory post? :lol:
And because no post is complete without a picture of my horse: http://distilleryimage0.s3.amazonaws...0a1e9fbc_7.jpg