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  • Boarding in Charlotte, NC

    I have been away at school for some time now (5 years, what?!) and am I finally moving back home to finish up my final pharmacy rotations. Problem is, I have been out of touch with the area and have no idea where to board my horse! Any suggestions? I will be living in Indian Trail, but working out of downtown.

    I am still a student (so close!), so money is an issue. I'm looking for safe, but affordable. I have made all types of facilities work for me, but ideally I would like farm with excellent care, a decent area to ride and some jumps to use.

    Thanks for the suggestions!

  • #2
    The place I am at is one of the only places with lots of great land to ride on, but it is on the expensive side. It's called Oak Hill Farm and you can see some pics of it on my website: http://Lesleystevenson.webs.com

    The other less expensive place that I would reccomend is Kibler Shamrock. They do a really good job of running the place, have rings, jumps, ect, but no real open land to ride on.

    All of the other barns in the southeast side of Charlotte have their issues. Feel free to PM or e-mail me if you need the details on any of them.


    • #3
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      • #4
        Third Charm who posts on here owns a barn in the Charlotte area. Send her a PM, I bet if her place is not match, she would know of some that would be.


        • #5
          M&R Stables

          I board at M&R Stables in Indain Trail. M&R is located right behind the Walmart off 74. I really enjoy boarding there. It is a very laid back and casual boarding barn, and their prices are very reasonable. They have two very nice barns, and a large sand riding ring. About half the boarders ride western, and half ride english. I'm the only eventer and the only person who rides regularly! I'd love to have a riding/eventing buddy! Here is a link to their website.
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          • #6
            If you go to M&R maybe you and BarnBrat could schedule lessons together :-)

            Indian Trail is a hard area to find board...

            Third Charm Event Team


            • #7

              Originally posted by lstevenson View Post
              All of the other barns in the southeast side of Charlotte have their issues. Feel free to PM or e-mail me if you need the details on any of them.
              Have you boarded/worked at all the other barns in southeast Charlotte to experience their "issues" firsthand or will you be relying on thirdhand accounts and gossip? I'm sure we could find someone that doesn't like something about every boarding barn in existence (including yours--not every barn is a perfect fit for everyone).

              While just a boarder at one of those barns, I find this statement hurtful to the 20+ other barns in the area--hopefully it was unintentional.


              • #8
                Okay, I wasn't going to mention my own barn because full board is $400/month, but then I saw that that's what another suggested barn charges for PASTURE BOARD... yikes!

                Granted we don't have tons and tons of land, but we feed free choice hay in turnout and have all the other usual amenities (lighted ring with all-weather footing & jumps, hot/cold indoor wash stall, stadium field, a few cross-country jumps, matted stalls with premium pelleted bedding, Pennfields feed), go off-premises to school a good bit, and somehow manage to muddle along producing nice event horses. I think we're a bit far for the OP though!

                I agree that ANY barn will have issues, it may be perfect for you but for someone else it might be pure h**l, possibly even for the exact same reasons you love it!

                Third Charm Event Team


                • #9
                  Originally posted by lecoeurtriste View Post
                  Have you boarded/worked at all the other barns in southeast Charlotte to experience their "issues" firsthand or will you be relying on thirdhand accounts and gossip? I'm sure we could find someone that doesn't like something about every boarding barn in existence (including yours--not every barn is a perfect fit for everyone).

                  While just a boarder at one of those barns, I find this statement hurtful to the 20+ other barns in the area--hopefully it was unintentional.

                  Wow, truely sorry to have offended you, or the other barns in the area!

                  I should say that there are two other top notch barns around that are on the pricey side, Hidden Springs and Jolie Cheval. The ARK is great too (and less expensive), it's just a hike to get there.

                  Yes, no barn is perfect. And the places I reccommeded have their issues also. I guess what I meant is that I have personally inspected most barns in the area, and find that *for me* they are lacking some in important qualities like: enough land to ride on for proper conditioning, the quality of the footing on that land and the quality of arena footing (both of which are big ones to me, very important in keeping the horses sound), decent grazing grass in the fields (which seems to be VERY hard to find in this area), quality and quantity of feed/hay (so many places skimp on hay or feed very poor quality hay), and knowledgable and attentive staff to take care of the horses.

                  I admit to being quite picky when it comes to choosing a place for my horses. And some people may not care too much about some of the things I mentioned, so they might be happy at places that I would not be.

                  ETA- And sorry Jennifer, I've never seen your place!
                  Last edited by lstevenson; Jan. 1, 2010, 08:14 PM.


                  • #10
                    Welcome back home! Have you checked the ads posted at Waxhaw Tack Exchange and Carolina Country Store. Also, ask the employees that work there. They know everyone and can give you some leads that might work for your situation. Sometimes you can find smaller, family owned farms that are closer to town that aren't advertised in the county directory. You can also pick up a directory at the tack stores if you don't have one. Also, try calling the people who do barn sitting because they often know of availability at farms that don't advertise. Good luck! Feel free to PM me with questions. M