Seeking Affordable Board/Pasture Board in SW MI...suggestions/recs/warnings?
As always, I figure someone around here will be in the know! First, no horse (yet) and I am still in the process of moving, so I don't need a stall or pasture OMG NOW. But I *am* interested in getting a horse again (and I confess I've been browsing ads.)
I'm in Dowagiac, MI, in Cass County, near the Indiana state line, and I'm ideally looking for a place to keep a horse that's not more than an hour's drive away and isn't more than my mortgage payments (so <$400/month.) This would be primarily a pleasure/trail horse. MAYBE I'll do open/fun shows someday. Just some place I could keep a horse that's safe, affordable, and has some place for me to ride. Really close (less than a half hour away) and I'd consider some self-care. Trails nice, not a necessity.
Any suggestions? Places you love? Places I should avoid like the plague? All the boarding horror stories on here and my own experiences have me spooked, so I figured COTH has enough reliable horse people someone should have some leads.