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  • #41
    I started lessons at 7. I have one Chincoteague Pony gelding. He's 12 now and I've had him since he was a weanling and I was 10. He's been boarded the whole time. At first he was at a facility less than a mile from where I live. It was quite convenient but when it was time to start getting serious about riding him, we needed somewhere with a decent arena. We've done a little bit of everything, western and english. He was a great 4h pony. I was lucky enough to take him away to college with me and they had a great H/J program. Now we are mostly focusing on dressage but I hope to event next year. He's currently at a nice dressage-centric facility. I'd love to be able to keep him at home one day but I'll need land for that, and he'll need to be semi-retired from the kind of riding I like to do at the moment.


    • #42
      I have one horse, Feronia, a 21 year old Morgan mare, ex-eventer and ex-dressage horse who is now mostly "just a trail horse." She's boarded at a dressage barn with good trails access.

      Theoretically, I could have her at home, but it would require a lot of $$$ to upgrade our facilities to be safe for a horse. (We have an old farmhouse on 3 1/2 acres with a huge dairy barn and a couple of outbuildings that are not in good shape, no fencing, pastures turning into forests, etc.) Also my dominant hand is partially disabled, which makes some farm chores difficult, and she'd need a companion, etc.
      You have to have experiences to gain experience.

      1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


      • #43
        Pet a mini donkey foal at a petting zoo when I was really young, and that was the beginning of the end. LOL. Decided one days I would have a donkey.

        Took English riding lessons for years. Showed a bit but nothing serious. Went to a big donkey and mule show in VA one year and decided I had to have a riding mule. Found the perfect older mule who taught me all sorts of things and was my best friend for over 12 years. Had a couple different mules after that. Along the way I ended up with two mini donkeys. Bought a weanling large standard donkey foal last year with hopes he will get just big enough for me to ride eventually.

        I boarded my first two mules at self-care facilities. Every body else has lived at home with me now that we live somewhere suitable.


        • #44
          I grew up with this virus ... 2 WB at the moment, 1 at huge barn (900 stalls) and 1 at a stud farm.


          • #45
            We have 11 horses at our place. 5 are sanctuary horses. 4 are mine. 1 was abandoned here. 1 has a human covering his costs. 2 are out on permanent free lease.
            Time management tough for you? 42 great tips and support through this course!


            • #46
              Originally posted by Salo View Post
              I grew up with this virus ... 2 WB at the moment, 1 at huge barn (900 stalls) and 1 at a stud farm.
              Holy crap, 900 stalls!?!?! is that common in Europe?


              • #47
                I have three right now --

                4 yo KWPN filly, at trainer's getting started
                5 yo OTTB gelding, at home getting restarted after recovering from EPM
                13 yo AQHA mare, eventer, dressage, trails, kids' horse jack of all trades

                2 are at home, as well as 5 boarders currently.


                • Original Poster

                  I'm amazed at the level of response to this thread. It's awesome! I hope everyone is enjoying learning about fellow forum members as much as I am.


                  • #49
                    1 that I board, 2 that I keep at home.


                    • #50
                      I have just 1, and I board:
                      17 yr old Lusitano x Trakehner mare

                      We have a farm, but no time and travel too much--hence, I am grateful to board.


                      • #51
                        Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post

                        Holy crap, 900 stalls!?!?! is that common in Europe?
                        Hm. I'd say 100/200 is not uncommon. I know a couple of 500+, mostly show barns with a lot of facilities, often combined with race tracks. Part of the stalls/barn buildings often are stalls for shows, so not permanently full, but on weekends.


                        • #52
                          I have been riding since before I could walk properly, thanks to two older sisters. 50+ years later, I'm still horse crazy. We own our own place, 17.6 acres.

                          I have 3 saddlebred x draft cross geldings, aged 11, 10 and 8. I have evented to Novice on the oldest and was about to go Novice on the 10 year old when I switched to the 8 year old, who could have easily done Novice and more, but after 7 years of grinding it out after work and on weekends, I've taken a step back from showing and am just trail riding; enjoying my horses and like-minded friends. The 11 yr old is down and out with what seems to be DSLD unfortunately. But fortunately, his two younger brothers are very lovely, especially the 8 year old who is my main ride.

                          My daughter is 14 and is very busy with Marching Band and all AP classes, and before you know it, she will be off to college. But as she and my husband can spend whole weekends happily indoors entertaining their brains, if not their bodies, the horses are my outlet after a busy week as a paralegal and executive assistant with an excruciating commute.

                          I also have a:
                          2 yr old Norwegian Fjord gelding; and a
                          3 yr old Arabian gelding.
                          Will wait until next year on having the Arabian started, who is the newest acquisition. Didn't need him, but he was a steal of a deal, and he's gorgeous.

                          Then I have 3 minis; two geldings and mare, who are adorable little things of evil. Plus two llamas and a Shetland sheep; not to mention a whole herd of cats and a pack of dogs.

                          Happily Insane in GA
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                          • #53
                            I have two horses. I used to board, but have had my own farm for three years now.
                            1998 OTTB gelding, owned since Feb 2007, retired (navicular disease)
                            2009 OTTB mare, owned since Jan 2014
                            Custom tack racks!


                            • #54
                              I have one horse that I board 20 mins away from where I live. She is six years old, grade.

                              I ride Western, just pleasure for now, hoping to show in some ranch, cow and other western classes in the future! Also hopefully barrels and poles.
                              Originally posted by katarine
                              I don't want your prayers, tiny cow.
                              Originally posted by Pat9
                              When it's time for a horse to go to a new person, that person will appear. It's pony magic.


                              • #55
                                I have only ever had one horse at a time - always boarded. Currently, I have a Hanoverian filly who is just around 18 months. She's kept at a quiet place, pretty much just retirees and young horses so we're enjoying growing up a little for a while yet.

                                That said, I bought her to be a dressage horse. My first horse (thoroughbred) I purchased to event but due to some, uh, intransigent personality conflicts, we ended up taking a hiatus from eventing and worked on refining our dressage skills. I fell in love, and we had several very successful years of competition (and training) before I lost him unexpectedly at 17. So while the goals with my current girl, once she grows up a little bit more, to go back to dressage, she's pretty much doomed to be my "oh that sounds fun, let's do that too" companion. On the short list of course, trails, cross country schooling, a combined test or two. Bucket list is also to go out with the local hunt to which a few members have very generously invited me out with..

                                But for the time being, I'm enjoying hanging out with the yearling herd and just slowly making the world a bigger place for her. It's a nice quiet part of my life that brings me peace and joy.


                                • #56
                                  Currently I have three horses at home, all warmbloods, all bred by me. 1- 13 year old retired broodmare, 1- 4 month old filly, and 1- 6 year old gelding ridden dressage and trail.


                                  • #57
                                    I currently have a 13 yo Arab/Hano mare, owned for 10 years. I board her now. At one point I had 3 horses- daughter's Pony Club/eventing percheron cross mare, my retired crazy chestnut mare and my current horse all boarded at different barns. For a time they were at home for the summer then boarded in winter as I could not manage water and hay storage in my home set-up when it was -20 C. Daughter's horse was sold, retired mare died, we moved and life is much simpler! My mare is boarded 10 minutes away in a "hybrid board" situation with excellent facilities and great hacking available.
                                    (Hybrid board is a new option around here- horses are out 24/7 with shelter but a stall is available in really foul weather, illness or showing. Best of both worlds.)


                                    • #58
                                      I love talking about my horses!! Buckle up.

                                      (Sort of throwing in my whole family's horses too.)
                                      Previously, I have owned a medium welsh pony and a large bay QH, a large arab pony, a thoroughbred ancient school master extraordinaire, followed by a selle francais and 3 standardbreds. Then I had a paint mare, a quarter horse mare, and a solid paint gelding. Currently I have the worlds calmest tb and a warmblood 17hh wuss with cute lips.

                                      The welsh and the QH were on my parent's farm, some 20 years ago. We moved from ontartio to bc and I got my arab pony when I was 12ish. We boarded him at a few different places, board was around 600. my thoroughbred needed extensive care and love- he could drop 100 lbs without thinking about it. He was at my then coaches place which was a hell of a drive for me but he was in such a good condition. That was around the 7-8 hundred range. We got my mom a standie and we self boarded it at a barn near our house (my dad and I took care of everything so my mom could just enjoy the horse.) I then got my big timey show horse and he was great- had him at some places in full training, some places that were full board, etc. He was an easy keeper but a "s" disturber. I saw him flip over another horse once by charging at their barrel. He wasn't allowed out with other children.

                                      We picked up two standies when my mom's standie decided to be sour constantly, and went to be retired on an apple orchard where someone's grandkids would love on him. The standies were an insanely talented jumper and a long long tall tall scarecrow of a 5 year old. Put a lot of training into them, they were both self boarded as well but at this time it was at the same barn as my warmblood which was nice because yay not too trips anymore! The 5 year old scared my mom too much and money dictated I chose one horse and not have two so they got re-adopted out.

                                      SF got sold when I went to university and my family got a paint mare who loved to jump! boarded her out near a trail park which was really cool. That year i ended up getting very sick, and she carted me around the trails super delicately. She turned out to be in foal! Ahhhhh!!! Had the colt, he was lovely, sold him at 6 months old since I really did not want a baby at that moment (he's beautiful now- the lady is my fb friend and I can't get over how lovely his life is-they're rich and crazy about him.) Paint mare was in my family for 8 years before my mom went back to school so we sold her at 13year old- I'm still keeping an eye on her, I'd like her back to retire with me one day, and have said as much to her owners. Yay facebook, seriously.

                                      Decided to get out of horses for a while(LOL) I then met a dirty downtrodden horse living off pig pellets in a muddy paddock 300lb underweight with a crazy in his eyes. Brought him to a boarding barn, and my mom got an ancient QH for her to ride around on once every two or three months. This place was relatively cheap but the owner did weird things like let the horses out to their paddocks by opening the doors and letting them walk there themselves. Moved them to a super cute place and did partly self board (responsible for two days a week).

                                      I moved for work and took my nut solid paint with me, and ancient QH decided to buck off my dad and break a lot of his bones. It was really weird, none of us are sure what happened, and she was fine after the fact. He needed surgery and then both my parents became afraid of her. We gave her back to someone who had owned her as a youngster and so she's retired giving pony rides to tiny kids on a lead line. She onyl ever actd up that one time, and it was my dad- maybe not into guys?

                                      My solid paint became more and more unstable. Even brushing him in the cross ties was hard for him. Moved him from a small outdoor barn to a full training indoor barn and gave him loads of attention, and he never settled down. Neither life style worked for him. I'm an ammy. I like to pat and coo and give treats and brush my little pony's tail out, not get bitten and ran over four times a session. We vet checked him to hell and back- nothing wrong. One of my acquaintances has him now as a pretty field ornament. I honestly think he was just done with people. Weirdly enough he was a great fox hunter- something about being with the other horses and having a goal made him happy- but he had a hell of a buck, toss, run home so I didn't want to sell him as one and would have put him down had I not found this place for him.

                                      Took a few years off just leasing and then got my ottb, who is wonderful and calm but a hunter 100%. I'm into jumpers so I have him up for sale now, but only to the perfect home as he's the sweetest thing ever. To save money he's at a cheaper boarding barn now, where I provide all my own grain because I'm picky about what ottb's eat. He's indoors and properly cared for and it's clean, just no indoor ring (Im in ontario) so the price reflected that.

                                      Have a baby 3 year old for myself now, who I'm hoping will be my horse of a lifetime. He's at the expensive fancy barn that I really should have stocks in considering how much dough I give them per month, but thankfully lives out which saves me some 600 odd dollars.


                                      • #59
                                        I finished college and I said 'guess what honey' (married at 22) my life dream is coming true, I'm getting my (first ) horse!

                                        Now 19 horses (my best count), and 4 breedings, later (and so grateful that the family was putting up with me) - I'm old and wise.

                                        During my 20's I kept 3 at the old wonderful 'general' boarding barn situations. Not breed or discipline specific, no trainers on site - just a whole bunch of horse crazies that had midnight harvest moon rides and 4 a.m. breakfasts at the House of Pancakes, real fun shows and cook-outs. #3 was an OTTB that took me eventing, I was clueless but had FUN.

                                        Then I moved and started family life in my mid 30's. We set up the backyard for horsekeeping and have had them home ever since. You really know them when you're around them at home, not at all like visiting them. The kids were raised riding bareback, halters and lead ropes. My big ole yellow spotted Appy/Tb cross packed them around; then we had an awesome little W/T Palomino Quarter mare that did kids for several years. Had to sell her to a friend with kids and move my kids educations along. That started the series of breeds and disciplines that carried them through their teen yrs - trail, reining, horsemanship, dressage, jumping, xc they did it all.I trained a Quarter horse, and the kid, from scratch that won 2nd at the state fair in reining, up against the pro's kids. Since I knew dressage it was easy to observe and learn. Same kid won Trail and Hunter Hack on 2 other horses. That was the variety we worked with. They learned to restart OTTB's. Takes a year to turn them around and a year to make them. Youngest daughter is still riding, my homebreds, in eventing.

                                        Now reality has sunk in and we are downsizing. I sold my mare and my last homebred baby. We have DD's competition horse, her old retired TB mare and my old gray Welsh driving pony. I've about reached the just show-up years and am happy to volunteer and maintain the connections of friends. The crazy friends. And I'm counting all of you in that category!
                                        The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton


                                        • #60
                                          One BLM Mustang (owned 16 years) who is now retired due to arthritis, and 2 donkeys, just because. All three are at home.