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Moving to Worcester, MA...need ideas!

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  • Moving to Worcester, MA...need ideas!

    My husband was just offered and accepted a position in Worcester, Massachusetts. We will be moving there with our 2-mares, 1-large dog, 1-cat, later this summer.

    We are looking into 2-options:

    1. Rent a small farm: need 2-stalls minimum, fenced property, wouldn't mind living in an apartment above the barn, but pets must be allowed etc.

    2. Board at a facility that provides full care, beginner lessons (western for hubby), clinics, broodmare care etc.

    (I was going to add "at a reasonable price" but already know we are facing much higher prices up there... unlike the $150 pasture board for each mare we now have in TX... )

    Any advise from my fellow CoTHer that are familiar with the area is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to PM me with your recommendations of reputable realtors and/or boarding facilities to consider, and/or realtors and boarding facilities to avoid.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by TexasRose; May. 26, 2012, 08:25 PM.
    Life is short. Hug your horse!

  • #2
    Realtor--Ginette Brockway.
    Fantastic person to work with.

    If you go a little west of Worcester, you'll find places suitable for horses.
    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


    • Original Poster

      Thank you, Ghazzu!
      Life is short. Hug your horse!


      • #4
        Welcome to MA! My daughter attended college in Worcester (College of the Holy Cross, a beautiful school) but the city on the whole is pretty rugged and has some very depressed areas. Once you get out of the city, though, the area is really beautiful.
        You might find some great local suggestions on the Bulletin Board at this site:

        I think you will love the area. Worcester is just an hour from Boston, two hours from great skiing and hiking in the White Mountains and the gorgeous coastal area on Boston's north shore. Good luck with the move!


        • #5
          on list of needed items.... winter coats, insolated gloves, snow plow, snow tires for car, and possibly a mid-winter vacation to topical island... as you have less daylight up north during the winters

          The horses should be moved as early as possible so they can adjust to the longer winters.


          • Original Poster

            chai, thanks so much for this info and website link. We are very excited to be heading north again, to visit many of the sites in the MA, NH, VT, ME areas, and away from the ungodly HOT temps we have here in TX.
            Last edited by TexasRose; May. 27, 2012, 06:44 PM.
            Life is short. Hug your horse!


            • Original Poster

              Oh yes, clanter, great suggestions. Although we have never lived in MA, I was born/raised in PA, my hubby in NJ, he went to university in RI and visited Boston often. We are use to snow and blizzards but this move north will be a new experience for our horses and want to make sure their transition will be as smooth as possible.
              Life is short. Hug your horse!


              • #8
                Texas Rose, good luck with the move. PM me if you need anything. I teach at a barn about an hour east of Worcester. We had a very mild winter this past year which in New England means get ready for payback next year, so heed Clanter's good advice!


                • #9
                  Welcome to the neighborhood! I would look west of the city or south along route 146. The Uxbridge area has some really nice properties.


                  • Original Poster

                    Thanks, chai. Oh yes, we are most definitely heeding Clanter's good advice; making lists of everything we, horses and pets will need for the move and surviving a winter in MA!
                    Life is short. Hug your horse!


                    • Original Poster

                      Thanks for this additional info, IFG.

                      I have been off-line for a few days and just now getting caught up. Also appreciative to those who have sent me PM's (I'll reply soon)... thank you!!
                      Life is short. Hug your horse!


                      • #12
                        Keep in mind that while MA is a small state, it can take HOURS to drive a short distance, unlike, say Arizona, where you can drive across in 4-5 hours.


                        • #13
                          Sutton is also a decent commute south of Worcester and has plenty of horses.

                          Beware if you are living west of Worcester that you typically come in on Rt 9 with stop and go traffic and sun in your eyes - and in the winter it is just no fun at all. I would not live west of Worcester unless it was somewhere I could hop on the Mass Pike and come in and then that puts you pretty far out and you have the expense of tolls. Where is Worcester is he working because that might play a role in which direction you search.

                          BTW, Princeton is nice town north of Worcester and there is a place for sale here that the owner might rent. There is also a lesson barn close by that hubby can take lessons on. It is relatively rural and there are tons of trails. One caveat...we are up a little higher than the surrounding areas..often we have a little more snow than those around us. On the plus side, we are a bit cooler in the summer. It's a nice town.

                          Address is 340 Ball Hill Princeton, MA $315,000 MLS number 71306940. The Realtor in this area to call is Joe Lee. joeleeway@juno.com. He is not a horse person, but is very familiar with the area. I've never been on this property, just have seen it listed. It has been on the market for a long time and I 'think' someone told me he would rent it but that is rumor..


                          • #14
                            I'm about an hour west of Worcester so no help when it comes to boarding, etc. But do agree with getting the horses here asap so they can start growiong their winter coats! Worcester is the 2nd largest city in MA and is very grotty in parts. You will also want to explore my area - especially the Northampton/Amherst area, and the Berkshires. Just gorgeous country, fantastic restaurants, lots of nature-y things to do, great shopping.
                            What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!


                            • #15
                              Give Tammy Barton at Integrity equestrian a call, very short drive from Worcester she is in Jefferson right off of I-190, very good boarding farm with a good safe lesson program.
                              508 829-5265


                              • #16
                                What do you mean by "broodmare care"? If you have a horse in/with foal, you're not going to find a regular boarding facility for that plus training plus lessons. There are some farms that are for broodmares but 99.99% of the time that is ALL they do.

                                If you just mean that you want pasture board for a mare that isn't being ridden, you can probably find somewhere that is a training facility but will also do pasture board for a horse that's not being used.

                                There is not much Western riding out here and you will have an extremely difficult time finding a facility that offers *both* Western and English instruction. I'm not sure there even are any.

                                There is a New England horse board called http://www.equinesite.com/ that would be a good place for you to start looking. Good luck!
                                I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                                • #17

                                  Have you checked out Hardwick? About 35 mins. NW of Worcester. Horsey, lots of land and cheaper than Princeton or Sutton.


                                  • Original Poster

                                    @LittleblackMorgan, sketcher, oliverreed, nextyear, Guin, and Leprechaun, thank you so much for this valuable info... many areas to check out!

                                    Yes, we need to find a facility ASAP to allow time for our mares to adjust and grow their winter coats and have been working towards that goal.

                                    I also realize we may not find a facility that caters to all "our wants" right now, but it's more important that our mares' needs are met and everything else for us will fall into place.

                                    "broodmare care"... I should have worded that better. We have 1-broodmare that is not being used for riding/breeding, but still want to find a facility that offers full-board, stalls with good pastures etc. for both our mares.
                                    "western lessons"... something my hubby was asking about. We realize it will be hard to find but at this particular moment it is also not a high priority on our list.
                                    Life is short. Hug your horse!


                                    • #19
                                      Contact the folks at The Horseman's Yankee Pedlar in North Oxford, MA.Great regional equine magazine and they may be able to give you some advice. Ask for Joan she knows just about everybody and every place. 508-987-5886



                                      • Original Poster

                                        Thanks for this info, pds!
                                        Life is short. Hug your horse!