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Need help - immediate short-term boarding for two horses on MD eastern shore - ideally Salisbury, MD, Denton, MD, or inland Delaware.

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  • Need help - immediate short-term boarding for two horses on MD eastern shore - ideally Salisbury, MD, Denton, MD, or inland Delaware.

    My sister and I have two retirees (late 20s) on retirement board in Berlin, MD, just outside of Ocean City, MD. I live in Arlington, VA (about 3.5-4 hours away); my sister is on the west coast.

    While Florence is projected to hit significantly south of where our horses are, there is the outside chance that it might turn north, and that Ocean City and Berlin will be evacuated. If that happens, our barn owner has told us that she will not be able to evacuate all the horses on her farm, and so she has advised boarders to make their own plans now.

    I would like to move both our horses NOW to a location more inland, but still on the eastern shore of Maryland/Delaware. Places like Salisbury, Denton, Laurel, etc. I am not looking to move them further because I am worried about their ability to handle a trip of more than 30-45 minutes due to their age. I also have to find someone to haul them on short notice, and I think it will be easier to do that with a shorter trip.

    So...does anyone have recommendations for barns on the eastern shore, but not right on the beach or the bay? I'm not looking for charity - just a safe place to board short term. Wouldn't mind references for someone who can haul two horses on short notice either.

    (note 1: yes, I know this sounds a bit alarmist, since the storm is currently threatening the Carolinas. But...if it does turn north, I will not have time to act, so I'd rather spend time and money now to be safe)

    (note 2: yes, I should have had this already planned out months ago in case I ever needed to. But I didn't. My failure, and I own it. All I can do now is try to handle the situation as best I can)

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    Originally posted by Darkwave View Post

    (note 2: yes, I should have had this already planned out months ago in case I ever needed to. But I didn't. My failure, and I own it. All I can do now is try to handle the situation as best I can)
    thanks for including this... it is best to have at least two evacuation destination plans

    hope you find a place very soon


    • #3
      Hey, check out the Equiery's of stables for Caroline County- there are a bunch of places listed, but I'm not familiar with any of them, as my pony lives at home.

      It's a little farther west (towards the Bay) than you were hoping for, but you might call Carey Miller over at Caperlea - she's set up for short term boarding, and I'd recommend her in a heartbeat:

      ETA: Harris Paints in Fed'burg also does short term boarding (scroll down a bit):

      Good luck!


      • Original Poster

        Thank you very much. We just found a place (now just looking for someone to haul). But I really appreciate the suggestions and they are helpful in case this place falls through for some reason.


        • #5
          Glad to hear you found a place - hopefully you'll have moved them for no reason, but better to be safe than sorry.

          As far as local haulers, I can't remember the name of the folks outside of Denton (they lived on Thawley Road) who used to do that, darnit. I think that Shim Graham (she's also in Denton) might do short/emergency hauling as well, but I can't find contact info for her anywhere (I think I've seen her card at my vet's office).