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  1. #1
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    Default Need help finding a reputable retirement boarding facility

    How do you find one when there are none advertised in your area?

    I'm looking for something on Delmarva, reasonably close to where I live, that has been established long enough to have a reputation. Any ideas?

    I have already checked the equiery, equine marketer, horse of delaware valley, and googled.



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    Default Word of mouth

    I'm sure you'll hear this many times -- word of mouth! I have a small retirement farm and I only have operated this way. I've had a couple of different trainers refer people to me, and some have come through friends of friends. So I'd send an email to everyone in your address book who is at all horsey in your area asking if they know of anywhere, as well as asking vets and farriers (although I know my farrier doesn't like to recommend places or people in case it doesn't work out). Also, if there's a pony club email list, tack shop etc. those are good places to post your query.



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    perhaps a location in your title or post would help
    "My shopping list is getting long but I will add the marshmallows right below the napalm." -Weighaton



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    If you are in the midwest, I can't recommend Wyngate Equestrian in southern WI highly enough. It's a classy H/J/dressage barn but they have room for a few retirees. The BO treats my old boy like he's one of her own. He's so happy there - they helped me deal with the transition to being out on grass, and he's doing great. Tell me if this isn't the most contented creature you've ever seen:

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1291/5190691816_57e90493a3_o.jpg

    (I love that picture!)

    ETA I found this place when I put a query on a local forum (IL Horse) and the BO responded.
    Don't wrassle with a hog. You just get dirty, and the hog likes it.

    Collecting Thoroughbreds - tales of a re-rider and some TBs



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    Quote Originally Posted by meaty ogre View Post
    I'm looking for something on Delmarva
    I think Delmarva is an area where DELaware, MARyland and VirginiA meet.



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    I'll second word of mouth, I also have a small retirement farm and I never advertise. I just go through people who know me or my husband. So ask other horse people you know. Good Luck!



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    I found a place for my old guy by titling a thread here on COTH "Looking for retirement farm in [General Area]." And included a little about the horse in the OP.

    Got several leads in PM's, including one from a happy boarder. I went to visit, and choose that one.

    So hopefully you'll get some leads here too.



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    Meaty Ogre- sending you a PM.



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    rigbie farm in s. darlington, md



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