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    Default Retirement Options? (Northeastern US)

    I think my "old guy" is about ready for retirement. He's been practically retired for a few years now, mostly living as a big expensive pet that the barn kids ride a few days a week. But, I think even light exercise is getting to be a bit much for him. So...

    Any suggestions for great pasture board options in the northeast? I split time between NYC and Boston, so it would be ideal to find something that is reasonably close so I could visit. I would mostly be an absentee owner though, so I would need a place where he would get proper care. He's pasture sound and has lived in pasture before (did great in the herd, was fine barefoot, etc.), so I think it will be an easy/happy transition on his part. Not so much on my part.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I did some searching (both here and google) and didn't come up with many options.
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    About what are you looking to spend?

    There are a lot of smaller barns in my area that I would feel 100% comfortable recommending for a retired horse that don't actually advertise themselves as retirement barns.



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    Probably under $500. Our current facility is fantastic (albeit, more expensive), but is really intended for working horses. He's out about 4 hours a day, and in a stall the rest of it. Would love to see him at a facility where he's out all/most of the time with other horses, and where he could be groomed/checked/cared for in general. Thanks!
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    What are your thoughts about Vermont? Too far?



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    I think Vermont is doable. Basically, the further away he is, the less I get to check in. The less I get to check in, the "more stellar" the references and care have to be.
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    I've heard great things about Ayer Mountain Farm in Franklin, CT. It's not fancy, but my friend has her horse retired there and he's very happy.

    I also looked at a barn that I almost boarded at in Glastonbury CT called GMC Farm and it looks like it'd work great as a retirement option. Decided I couldn't board there because I'd never be able to ride in the winter, but everyone was so wonderful and the horses seem so happy!



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    Quote Originally Posted by CAJumper View Post
    I think my "old guy" is about ready for retirement. He's been practically retired for a few years now, mostly living as a big expensive pet that the barn kids ride a few days a week. But, I think even light exercise is getting to be a bit much for him. So...

    Any suggestions for great pasture board options in the northeast? I split time between NYC and Boston, so it would be ideal to find something that is reasonably close so I could visit. I would mostly be an absentee owner though, so I would need a place where he would get proper care. He's pasture sound and has lived in pasture before (did great in the herd, was fine barefoot, etc.), so I think it will be an easy/happy transition on his part. Not so much on my part.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I did some searching (both here and google) and didn't come up with many options.
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    I know of a fantastic backyard barn here in Western NY that boards for around $175 plus the cost of your preferred grain per month. Fantastic care, large stalls, 80+ acres, great vet and farrier. I had my mare there before I lent her out to be a companion horse to my cousin's horse. I would go back in a heartbeat and I'm super picky about my horse's care.



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    My old guy is retired at a farm near Norwich CT. Its not totally a retirement barn, but they have a number of oldsters and offer excellent care with all day pasture turnout for a very reasonable price. I cant offer it as an option because it is full
    However I found it through networking which is something you could do. Ask your farrier, vet, friends etc about the kind of situation you would like. I actually found mine though my awesome former barn owner! She knew I needed a different situation (more turnout, no need for indoor, lower cost) so she helped me find it.
    It seems people I know have been more satisfied with low-key barns that aren't solely retirement farms. Seems like an easier transition for owner and horse. If you go with a retirement farm, make sure you understand all the rules, limitations and controls. It can work very differently and I have seen this change of control not well understood and cause problems.


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