I wonder if any of you would be able to help me. I am relocating with my family from England to the us. We will be leaving in McLean or great falls so looking for a boarding barn in the area. Ideally within 20miles so was thinking McLean, great falls, Vienna etc. Can anyone recommend any. We are moving over about may time and will be bringing out gelding. We will also be looking to buy another shortly after we have arrived. We would like some rings to ride in and some trails. Turnout is also important.
You need to include Great Falls/McLean/Vienna in your thread title. Virginia is pretty big. Also, do a search on threads about boarding barns.
There are a handful of private barns, but you'll need to find the truly local people. There used to be equine trails at Great Falls Park and some at Riverbend Park in Great Falls, but I haven't been down there in over a decade.
It IS an expensive area, but like I said earlier, you probably won't find it hugely different from the UK. Even middle of nowhere UK is as expensive as just outside a big city US. The difference you'll find is no DIY options, few working livery options, and field board is usually available in the states. If you want to stay at a more reasonable price range field board may be something to consider in NoVA as the climate is usually good for horses to live outside 24/7.
Definitely post on VA equestrian. I'm afraid I'm no good with your specific area as I lived in Middleburg when I was up there and got free board where I worked so didn't have to do any research.
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It's a nice little place and the board is reasonably priced. I can't remember exactly what she charged but I think it was around $500/month. Don't expect to pay any less than that in NoVa unless you want your horse stuck out in a pasture with a giant herd