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  1. I'm afraid I have to agree with this tooj! I'm...

    I'm afraid I have to agree with this tooj!

    I'm prepping too, but I swear this winter is about to do me in. For the first time I am pretty seriously considering stopping the boarding business.
  2. The feed gurus will chime in, but I can tell you...

    The feed gurus will chime in, but I can tell you COTH likes Triple Crown Senior.

    I sometimes feed that (in addition to Blue Seal Trotter) and when I need a calorie boost I've been using Empower...
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    I am also very cranky with a couple of my farm's...

    I am also very cranky with a couple of my farm's residents having health crises and needing a lot of care and stressful decisions (to put down? to wait?).

    I completely echo what lawndart says --...
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    Get a copy of the contract and make sure it...

    Get a copy of the contract and make sure it spells out what happens when. I also have a horse out on a free lease, and the lessee is responsible for all "routine" vet expenses, and I'm responsible...
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    REmember that thread from a few days ago about...

    REmember that thread from a few days ago about what advice would you give your younger self?

    I wish I could go back and say "spend less on where you live!!!"

    SO many people, myself included,...
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    Really? What about horses that are out on...

    Really? What about horses that are out on pasture year round, including winter??

    All the horses here eat "cold grass" -- and millions of horses do around the world -- without a hint of a problem....
  7. OP, you definitely have more experience than I...

    OP, you definitely have more experience than I with the type of full service/excellent care barns. I will say that around me, many many people with money (willing to pay a premium board rate) do not...
  8. There is no way I would leave a 13 year old and...

    There is no way I would leave a 13 year old and an 11 year old alone all day for four days in a row. You are being unreasonable. Your sister is entitled to make parenting decisions she feels are...
  9. Why are you doing this? I ask in all...

    Why are you doing this? I ask in all seriousness, because you are talking about a huge amount of cash (unless you are in a very cheap area of the Northeast -- northern Maine e.g.). After all is said...
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    I was there 9 years ago and it was as you...

    I was there 9 years ago and it was as you described! However, I suppose a lot can happen in 9 years.
  11. If all you are doing is having a few boarders...

    If all you are doing is having a few boarders along with your own horses, no, you will not make money. However, you may offset some of your fixed costs.

    In other words, if you do it right, you...
  12. So, the only thing I can add to this discussion...

    So, the only thing I can add to this discussion is to consider which trainer(s) have really longstanding clients. That is maybe the best sign that the trainer is good, has the client's and horse's...
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    Cut the carbs!

    Cut the carbs!
  14. Wendy said it better than I could. This is...

    Wendy said it better than I could. This is exactly me. And on a low carb ketogenic diet the fat melted off me pretty quickly. I lost my 53 lb. in 4 months. And have now kept it off completely...
  15. http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2013/09/banana-alm...

    http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2013/09/banana-almond-mug-cake-low-carb-gluten-free.html

    Banana almond mug cake!

    I'm totally with Lady Eboshi -- farm chores keep me fit -- fit *enough*. Would...
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    He was a trader in Chicago when the recession hit...

    He was a trader in Chicago when the recession hit and he was laid off. He couldn't get a job, so he decided to move to NY and do what he really loved, which was photographing people. So he did, and...
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    I love HONY too! I also find Brandon's story...

    I love HONY too! I also find Brandon's story inspirational (how he started and then how things unfolded for him . . . pretty amazing, and a strong argument for following your dreams!)
  18. Thread: House built 1775

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    All right, all right! It is not all doom and...

    All right, all right! It is not all doom and gloom and a fortune in repairs with old houses!!!

    We've owned our house for 26 years and have NOT had a series of expensive repairs!

    (Not that it...
  19. Thread: House built 1775

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    Just wanted to add that not everywhere has...

    Just wanted to add that not everywhere has regulations to protect old houses (which can make it harder to work on them). My house is listed on the National Register and I can do anything I want to it...
  20. Thread: House built 1775

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    PS We used an architect that specializes in 18th...

    PS We used an architect that specializes in 18th c. houses when we added on, and he is super fantastic. Easy to work with and REALLY knows his stuff. He is out of Rhode Island, but travels...
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    Can't add much to the discussion, except to agree...

    Can't add much to the discussion, except to agree with everyone. My house was built in 1790-ish. Yes, it is cold. But we adore it.

    Another aspect of the financial equation is that around here...
  22. All right, a year ago I would have been right...

    All right, a year ago I would have been right there with Lady E. Hoewver, at age 53 I lost 53 pounds relatively easily. I've been on maintenance since Sept. and have not regained any of the weight...
  23. I don't know if it will help your toast craving,...

    I don't know if it will help your toast craving, but every morning, I have a low carb banana mug cake (and some greek yogurt). The recipe is on the blog "I breathe I'm hungry".

    And I also crave...
  24. Exactly this! Thank you, Ghazzu. The day to day...

    Exactly this! Thank you, Ghazzu. The day to day work gives zero insight into how much their taxes are, how much the bill for the year's hay is etc. I had one boarder think I got my hay for free,...
  25. I'll chime back in to say I did do a quick google...

    I'll chime back in to say I did do a quick google search in google scholar to see if there were any papers studying the negative effects of hay nets. Newsflash -- there are none.

    I did find...
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