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Boarding in MN around Orono?

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  • Boarding in MN around Orono?

    Looking for information on boarding opportunities around Orono and Minnetonka. I know there are several excellent parks in the area (Sands Dunes state park and Elm Creek Park reserve).

    I am moving to the area in late May/early June with my horse following me when I find a place for him.

    Thank you for any info!

  • #2
    Post your query on the TCCT list (twin cities combined training). It is a yahoo group.

    And I suggest you clarify what kind of place you are looking for and what disciplines.
    DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/


    • #3
      If you're a H/J rider go to Skyrock Farm. They have a website check them out!
      I had a horse in full training with them and was overly impressed! Bill and Diane Nunn were fabulous. Bill truly loved each and every horse in his barn, I always felt my guy got the best of care. They go to alot of shows and my guy really blossomed under their training program.


      • #4
        My show horse spends show season at Centre Pointe in Delano, but it's an ASB show barn. I think the only boarders are one of the vet's other horses. Are you looking for a specific discipline, a show barn, or just a boarding barn? I do know of a large boarding barn in Prior Lake, but I'm not sure if there are any stalls available. It's owned by a friend of mine's MIL. You did mention some parks around the areas you were looking (Orono/Minnetonka) so I'm assuming you're looking for trail riding areas? I do know that there is a group that trail rides quite a bit out of this barn. Feel free to PM me if Prior Lake isn't too far from where you want to be. They are only about 2 miles off of 35W.


        • #5
          If you want to trail ride at Baker Park, I would guess that Alpine Farms in Long Lake would be the most convenient for you. It's mostly dressage oriented, and puts on a couple of h/j shows too.


          • #6
            Thank you Asb, I will pm you about the prior lake barn. I don't know about distance, I will be up in March and can start getting a feel for the area and possibly visit.

            I do apologize, I should have been more descriptive of my needs. I used to ride a great deal (my sister used to tease that my boy could eat coal and poop diamonds, because we were out so much and he was quite fit), I rode dressage and showed eq a bit for fun. Five years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and it's been a long road back. Now I am looking for a barn were I might find trail riding buddies and possibly look into light lessons to retrain my seat. If I could give jumping a shot I would love to. I ride anything, English is preferred to western but PJ and I do like to chase cows around on occasion!

            My preferred barn would be a backyard barn with riders that are easy going and just like to get out and ride together. I did go back to school, I can no longer work professionally with horses, and as a returning student I also "returned" to a student budget. So that is a consideration.


            • #7
              Link for TCCT list. This would be your best bet to find a smaller place.


              There are tons of places in the Orono area.


              • #8
                Another idea for barns is to check the organization sites (even though they lean towards one discipline or the other). Good places to start (that I know of):


                and here:


                But TCCT is still the best bet for a smaller barn.
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                • #9
                  Thank you everyone for the advice. I'm going to look into the links you have suggested and the TCCT list. I am very excited about moving up to MN!


                  • #10
                    One more link--MN Horse Council.


                    Too bad you won't be here in April, the Horse Expo is always fun: