Does anyone know of any good stables in Corvallis Oregon area (with in a 30 min. drive) that has plenty of stalls ( me and a group of friends are looking for a place to board our horses when we go to OSU this year- there are eight of us). We need one with an indoor arena that is larger than 120x60- the bigger the better.
I used to live there, but I know there are several other people on COTH that live close to Corvallis so hopefully one of them will see this.
It's going to be pretty hard to find eight stalls in one barn though. I have a friend that manages the OSU horse center, so you might see if they have any openings. Their indoor is HUGE, but they also used to have tons of strict rules about using it. The management has changed several times in recent year, so I'm not sure what it is like anymore though.
There are several nice barns in the area that I could recommend, but I doubt any of them would have 8 openings.
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8 stalls will be hard to find together. You might look at flyingchanges.com in their directory of stables to see if there are any that meet your needs. You might need to go a bit farther out than Corvallis, too.
Start asking, word of mouth will be your friend. Heinz57 on here is from Salem, and is pretty tied in in the mid-valley area. Try calling Inavale-they may help you find a place.
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It depends on what you want. This was the place that I had "reservations," too. It was not as described and the bedding/pee situation is not something I could live with. Their XC course is amazing and rideable year-round if you don't mind getting rained on. You really need an indoor here in the winter. Inavale has a lesson program and theirs is a pretty standard size for the area, maybe 70' x 120'.
But if you do want to get into Inavale, now is the time to start asking. They fill up for the winter and with OSU students.
A lot of barns here do varying forms of self-care/co-op style (because the Oregon Department of Labor figured out a long time ago that barns were cheating on the employee vs. independent contractor issue and put a stop to that). It works well for a lot of OSU students.
What do you want in a barn, what can you live with and what do you want to pay? How far are you willing to drive for the right facility/feed/care?
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Thanks everyone for all the information. The big musts are a big arena we are currently keeping our horses at a place with an arena that is 120x60 and we are looking to expand if its not bigger we will keep them in brooks- which is kind of a long drive... We want partial care and it has to be less than $300 a month.