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  1. #1
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    Jan. 13, 2005
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    Default Cross-posted: Places to board in Winchester, VA?

    **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!



  2. #2
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    Jan. 20, 2004
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    Boyce, Va
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    Default Bright Moon Eventing

    One place to look into is Karen Conk's Bright Moon Eventing. They have an indoor and an outdoor and good ride out in the area. http://www.brightmooneventing.com/



  3. #3
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    Karen Conk is who I immediately thought of also.
    Janet

    chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).



  4. #4
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    West Virginia
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    Chestnut Oak Farm, Bridgette McHale. She is WONDERFUL. http://chestnutoakfarm.weebly.com/



  5. #5
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    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.



  6. #6
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    Jan. 13, 2005
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    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.



  7. #7
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    Thurmond, NC
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    Check out Sharon White's Last Frontier Farm.
    She is fabulous!
    http://www.lastfrontierfarm.com/home.html



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