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  • Barns around Boise, ID?

    Are there any decent barns/good trainers in the Boise area? It looks like there may be a job opportunity there and so the most important research must be done.

  • #2
    I'm four hours north of you, so not a LOT of help, BUT:

    Here is a list of trainers that might have dressage contacts...and a list of stables there too.

    Id Dressage & Eventing

    Kuna, McCall, Emmett, Meridian, Eagle, all are reasonably close as well, and cheaper, depending on where your commute is.
    I am not allowed to look at breeding stock.
    Or babies. Or CANTER, et al.

    ESPECIALLY not CANTER, et al.

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    • #3
      My friend and her husband moved to Boise, ID (well, technically Eagle, ID) earlier this year. She boards her horse here - http://www.prairiefoxfarm.com/. Her standards are pretty high, so I feel confident posting the link. I believe she pays around $450/month for full care.

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      • #4
        Cathy O'Donnell is in Emmett mckrodonnell@msn.com

        Cathy was Head Rider under Gerd Zuther at November Hill Farm

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        • #5
          Once Upon a Horse is the largest dressage specific facility in the area (maybe the largest show barn of any english discipline). They have 3 FEI trainers (head trainer is a judge and teaches regular clinics around the region). They have an indoor 20x60 arena, two outdoor dressage arenas, and a large (seperate) outdoor jumping arena. There is a jumper trainer that uses the facility as their "summer barn" but they don't share the dressage area or main barn. However, there isn't always space available (around 40 stalls) and almost never spaces available for pasture only board (additonal 30 horses). They are an active show barn that shows around 5-6 shows a year and a spring trip to california. Some people never show, but enjoy dressage, so there are all types of dressage people there. It's a low drama barn (the bet part). They are not listed in the IDEA listings (don't need to be )


          If you don't want a trainer or fellow dressage riders, but still want a great facility then I'd also look into Lucky Run. I have boarded there in the winter (because I don't have an indoor at home). They have almost 50 stalls in a heated (around 55 degrees) barn. The indoor is the size of a football field with excellent footing. The care isn't as personalized at the above barn, but still great for an involved owner. They seem to be really hard to get into also... sigh. I guess full barns is a good sign of the care and facilities

          Prarie Lane is a hunter/jumper barn with lots of kids. The people are really nice though if you aren't looking for a dressage barn. There are LOTS of options in all price ranges if you aren't looking for a dressage barn. If you want suggestions on more of those barn, let us know.

          Expect to pay $400-500 for the "best" barns in the area.

          PS McCall is 2 hours aways, so would be a bit of a commute.
          Last edited by flyracing; Dec. 14, 2010, 11:51 PM.

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          • #6
            Almost forgot an important part of your research: we are spoiled with great vets and farriers (something you appreciate when you leave).

            www.idahoequinehospital.com

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            • #7
              I live in Eagle, just outside of Boise. I can't add much to what has already been said. Once Upon A Horse is probably the biggest dressage-only barn in the area. They are spendy, though, since you have to be in training to board there.

              There is a small place I pass on the way to my barn, and I drool over their covered arena every time. It is called Serenity Ranch (I think, I am not sure). There are maybe 6 stalls, so it is on the small side. But it is very clean, the horses do get turn out and I believe Kathy Jordan is based there.

              We have some of the best equine vets around. And there are several very, very good farriers. There is a state organization:
              http://idahodressageandeventing.org
              There is a new dressage trainer in town, Nadine Schlonsok, that is offering a wonderful clinic series. I attended the first one, and am excited about what she is bringing to the area.

              Feel free to PM me and I'll share phone numbers with you.
              Sheilah
              P.S. Not only is McCall 2 hours away, but during the winter it is sometimes impossible due to road closures.

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                [QUOTE=IdahoRider;5283722]I live in Eagle, just outside of Boise. I can't add much to what has already been said. Once Upon A Horse is probably the biggest dressage-only barn in the area. They are spendy, though, since you have to be in training to board there. [QUOTE]

                Who ever told you that was mistaken. Their contract does say they can require 4 lessons or rides per month, but I'd hardly call that training board. They are also flexible to the situation. I had my horse there for 6 months last year and I took 1 lesson the entire time due to the circumstances. They never mentioned it and were going out of their way to help me get my horse back on track. That said, I imagine you can not board there as a boarder only and haul out to ride in someone else's program (I haven't asked that specifically, so is speculation.) Best to just speak with the trainers specifically about the situation if there is any interest in the barn.
                Last edited by flyracing; Dec. 15, 2010, 05:54 PM.

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                  #9
                  Thanks so much for all the info.

                  If this ended up panning out, I wouldn't actually move until summer. I am also currently horseless which adds a bit of difficulty to the picture as far as getting plugged into the horse community. Hopefully that horselessness will change but I'm hoping to find a way to make everything work.

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                  • #10
                    [QUOTE=flyracing;5284089][QUOTE=IdahoRider;5283722]I live in Eagle, just outside of Boise. I can't add much to what has already been said. Once Upon A Horse is probably the biggest dressage-only barn in the area. They are spendy, though, since you have to be in training to board there.

                    Who ever told you that was mistaken.
                    Ernie told me himself. He owns the place, so I guess his information would be correct. They do not take on boarding only horses, and you must take lessons with them in order to board there. That adds $200-$300 on up to the monthly board, which makes them spendy, relative to the other barns with similar facilities. I know a couple of people that currently board there and they pay in excess of $700 per/month.

                    That being said, they have a great program and a loyal following. They teach a lot of haul-in lessons as well, so it isn't like you have to board there to take lessons there.
                    Sheilah

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by EaglesWings View Post
                      I am also currently horseless which adds a bit of difficulty to the picture as far as getting plugged into the horse community.
                      I can honestly say that the local horse community is very welcoming and supportive. You could be plugged in from the minute you crossed the city limits! And being horseless would not last for long if you didn't want it to.
                      Sheilah

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                      • #12
                        [QUOTE=IdahoRider;5284262][QUOTE=flyracing;5284089]
                        Originally posted by IdahoRider View Post
                        I live in Eagle, just outside of Boise. I can't add much to what has already been said. Once Upon A Horse is probably the biggest dressage-only barn in the area. They are spendy, though, since you have to be in training to board there.
                        Ernie told me himself. He owns the place, so I guess his information would be correct. They do not take on boarding only horses, and you must take lessons with them in order to board there. That adds $200-$300 on up to the monthly board, which makes them spendy, relative to the other barns with similar facilities. I know a couple of people that currently board there and they pay in excess of $700 per/month.

                        That being said, they have a great program and a loyal following. They teach a lot of haul-in lessons as well, so it isn't like you have to board there to take lessons there.
                        Sheilah
                        Sorry friend! I didn't mean to be so aurgumentitive! You are right they are very expensive and I mistook what you said to mean horses all have to be in the full-training program. Our versions of "training board" are a bit different

                        OP, Sheliah is right that the horse community will welcome you with open arms whether you come with a horse or not. We're a great group of people (wow, that sounds self-centered ) and we hope you can come visit and stay!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by flyracing View Post
                          Sorry friend! I didn't mean to be so aurgumentitive! You are right they are very expensive and I mistook what you said to mean horses all have to be in the full-training program. Our versions of "training board" are a bit different
                          Well, since horse and rider MUST be a part of the lesson program in order to board there, all horses are part of the training program in one way or another. Flyracing, maybe we have run into each other before and didn't know it! I have volunteered at some of the schooling shows held at OUAH.

                          Prairie Fox Farm is one of the "go to" barns for h/j riders. There are some nice places here, that is for sure.
                          Sheilah

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