I need a retirement farm. Cleveland is no place to try to juggle horse board and school and work. I need to find a place that will take my money, and remember to feed my horse. Can anyone suggest a retirement farm? He is draft X and does better in cooler locations.
I moved up here this spring from Richmond VA. The barn I have been with for 8months is closing, I have around 60 days and I want to find a location before the snow makes it more difficult to transport him.
I don't ride him anymore. He has issues with his hocks, and is blind on his left - I have had him since he was a colt, so I am one of those suckers...
Anyways. Not trolling, just trying to find a place to retire my horse. When I entered Google + Retirement farm, I got Crossed Sabers in all of my search results. If you can recommend a retirement or full care barn that includes feet picking and daily checks, etc. that would be great.
All those I found just by googling "Horse Retirement Cleveland," if you do the same I'm sure you'll turn up many more options.
I would also check out the local craigslist. I have just a small, private barn with a few stalls for retirees....on the rare occasion that I don't have a waiting list, the only ads I place are on craigslist. I've also had good luck with posting "Wanted" ads on there as well, so that might be another way to go about finding a place for your boy. "Wanted: Quiet backyard location for one well-behaved, retired gelding."
As a side note: Although I'm not sure why he needs his feet picked daily (I certainly don't, and no one has lost a foot yet), even if that's not stated on a list of services, most barn owners are usually more than happy to do little things like that for an extra monthly fee.
Thank you for the links, I did call some of them. Some aren't full retirement, but I know I could talk to them about additional daily care at a fee. So I will keep looking for the ones that are a little more involved.
I have tried to find a location up here in Ohio, and I am not having as much luck as I would like. I am disappointed. Coming from VA to OH, I thought OH would be full of hay fields and boarding barns..... what a shock.
I am currently at a small 4 stall barn, full care, $400, but they will be shutting down at the end of the month. I hate barn hopping Because my horse is only a pasture ornament I feel it is time to start looking at locations that cater to the retired horse. (I don't need indoor arenas, and miles of trails)
I did see a listing for the crossed sabers facility on a current real estate web page. The property is listed as vacant and actively for sale. I'm not slinging any mud, but I'm glad this all surfaced before I shipped the horse there. I just assumed they had been in service for so long, and the retirement board listed as one of their services was still active. Weird, just weird...
I received a lot of PM's about boarding... let me get back to all of those. Thank you for sending me messages.
If I run into another hiccup, I'd like to post again... I don't want to troll, but finding board for my gelding is a real pain. He is big, he has warmblood diva additude, he burns hay even in the summer, and i seem to be the last person on earth that wants him around. (did I mention I hate barn hopping)