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  1. I know == when I start riding again, he's exactly...

    I know == when I start riding again, he's exactly what I will be looking for. Alas, launching a new business leaves no time for riding.

    OP, you could post him on the NY/UC Pony Club yahoo group...
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    Yeah, but to find that much turnout you really...

    Yeah, but to find that much turnout you really have to go farther from the City, which means the OP probably can only see her horse at the weekends. I'm all for 24/7 turnout but I'm the only one...
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    Good points, Pookah. I used to offer burial on...

    Good points, Pookah. I used to offer burial on my farm until a) there are a fair number already buried and b) my neighbor sold his backhoe and I no longer can count on someone being there within the...
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    Yay! This is exactly what I was aiming for with...

    Yay! This is exactly what I was aiming for with the Survivor's Award!

    Now let's hope my vodka is wildly successful so I can expand into Area II!
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    Re the name -- I don't like cutesy names, so I'd...

    Re the name -- I don't like cutesy names, so I'd pick a name that makes clear what the business is, e.g. Laurie Smith Farm and Petsitting or similar.

    Strongly urge you to factor in the time the...
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    Weighing in -- again! I don't think it makes...

    Weighing in -- again!

    I don't think it makes sense to make people pay extra for feed etc. I just charge the same, and it pretty much is a wash for everyone. I have one very hard keeper who gets...
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    Thankfully haven't faced this situation. I "vet"...

    Thankfully haven't faced this situation. I "vet" propective boarders pretty carefully and so far that's worked. I love all the horses I board, and would probably be like your friend and have a hard...
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    Agree with this. My owners are much more hands...

    Agree with this. My owners are much more hands off, and some don't know much about horses (e.g. some can't get their own horses from the field with the other (nice!) retirees). They won't know what...
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    Yes, that is what many people looking for...

    Yes, that is what many people looking for retirement board want, but not everybody wants that. Personally I'm a big fan of horses being out 24/7, but I get lots of inquiries from people who really...
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    This thread is making me smile! Especially...

    This thread is making me smile! Especially because I just created, and am sponsoring, The Survivor's Award at four Area I events. It is going to be awarded to the adult rider who finishes, though...
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    I do retirement boarding; my opinion is that you...

    I do retirement boarding; my opinion is that you are offering a lot of service and therefore should charge a premium, like 60% to 75% of what board with an indoor, trainer etc is charging.

    There...
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    Agree! I thought the OP took the criticism...

    Agree! I thought the OP took the criticism constructively; people did feel the need to continue to pile on which was *not* constructive. In fact, my estimation of the OP went up based on how she...
  13. Love your list, and completely agree with it! ...

    Love your list, and completely agree with it!

    Especially the part about assuming the best.
  14. 1 bay 2 chestnuts 2 grays 1 black And 1 brown...

    1 bay
    2 chestnuts
    2 grays
    1 black
    And 1 brown donkey
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    Hey OP kudos to you for thoughtfully considering...

    Hey OP kudos to you for thoughtfully considering the replies and not getting defensive. Those are rare traits!

    As I've set up my farm for the horses to be out 24/7, I agree with you about...
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    My two cents is do not, under any circumstances,...

    My two cents is do not, under any circumstances, move into the new barn without going out, seeing it again, and talking, at length with the BO. Lack of communication is at the heart of much...
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    This is such a great example of what I mean by...

    This is such a great example of what I mean by "when you don't understand why the barn is doing something ASK!" And -- assume the best. "They must have a good reason for doing it that way, I just...
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    I'd just add that if you take on a horse in its...

    I'd just add that if you take on a horse in its twenties planning on paying for its retirement, you should be paying a purchase price of $1.
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    My advice, when in doubt assume the best, not the...

    My advice, when in doubt assume the best, not the worst. And when you don't understand why the barn is doing something, ASK. There is probably a very good reason, and the barn will almost certainly...
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    I held off answering because I can't be really...

    I held off answering because I can't be really helpful. If you widen your search to 2 hours from NYC there are barns in Dutchess county. One is Rivendell Riding Academy in Clinton Corners NY (near...
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    Does your current BO have strong ties to the new...

    Does your current BO have strong ties to the new place's BO? If yes don't expect her loyalty to someone she just met to trump her loyalty to someone she's (possibly) known and respected for a long...
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    I board retirees and my barn is on a strict 6...

    I board retirees and my barn is on a strict 6 week schedule. A trim is $50. The strict schedule is mostly for my super fantastic farrier, for whom I would make many (more) accommodations if...
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    Clanter (and MSJ) I love reading your posts.

    Clanter (and MSJ) I love reading your posts.
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    What kind of run-in? The wooden prefab ones are...

    What kind of run-in? The wooden prefab ones are so heavy they don't need securing.
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    Thanks! The first one would be thousands, not...

    Thanks! The first one would be thousands, not hundreds, in my area, as the only cost savings is in materials, which is not much (a couple of hundred dollars). At least in my area of the country. ...
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