**Cross-posted from OffCourse because while good care is most important, I really really want to make the jump to the Darkside. Maybe this move will be the beginning **
I just accepted for a job in Winchester, VA! I know it's supposedly horsey country, but I'm not familiar with the area. Anyone have any suggestions for a place to board my mare?
Quality care is my primary concern. She's only ever been stall-boarded, but she might be a good candidate for pasture board. I think she would love being out 24/7, but I have never pasture-boarded a horse before and I'm nervous since she's just recovered from a ligament tear.
Before she got injured, we were doing jumpers but my goal is to event eventually. She's only just coming back into work and I dont think I'm going to push her much over the next year, so discipline and lessons are less of a deciding factor. Trails would be awesome! I don't know if an indoor is necessary in VA like it is in PA.
Also, what sort of price is common for the area? I'll be living off a stipend, so I need to figure out how much to budget for my mare's rent vs my rent
Thanks in advance for any advice/recommendations. I'm really excited about the opportunity I have professionally; being able to take my horse along with me is a cherry on top!
i cant recommend a specific place but i would not pasture board my horse in VA especially in the summer - very hot and humid and the bugs can be insane. i feel bad for horses standing out in the fields all day. just my opinion.
I appreciate the suggestions. I've never field boarded a horse before and I'm unfamiliar with the area. Are humidity and bugs really insufferable? I ask bc the majority of places I've looked at so far offer field board. I'm paying around $500 in board now. If I can pay less, the money could go towards lessons/clinics/save until after my residency is finished.