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Skye is coming home!! +boarding and winter riding woes

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  • Skye is coming home!! +boarding and winter riding woes

    Skye is coming home and I could not be happier. This feels totally right and I deeply regret sending her "away" in the first place. Next time around I am for sure going to do a half-lease.

    However, what I didn't bank on is how HARD it would be to find a boarding barn!! Most places around here either are full or doubled their board rate. I looked at my neighbors place, and I am not 100% sold. She doesn't have any area to actually ride in, and wants what I consider a lot for pasture board, but its looking like that is where I will end up.

    UUUUGHHHH.

    Since I have given up for the most part on finding a place for under $350 with an indoor, I am now looking whole-heartily into places without. What does everybody do in the winter to keep themselves and their horse sharp?
    Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
    The Blog

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    We survive the winters without an indoor. But my horses are near NYC so we probably lose a few weeks over the entire winter when the ground is frozen/icy. NYC is a long way from Michigan!

    You probably considered it, but you could go to a place with an indoor just for 2-4 months, then move somewhere cheaper.
    Born under a rock and owned by beasts!

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    • #3
      What do you consider a lot for pasture board? I charge $225/month for pasture board. Hay/water/shelter. And we just have an indoor round pen pretty much. Do have trails, and jump fields, but only a place to ride in a circle in bad weather. And at that price the only thing that happens is that it helps pay for my horses. If I had an actual "real" indoor I wouldn't charge less then $285 outside and $350 inside. Between feed, work, insurance, etc it just doesn't pay.

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      • #4
        So you were too impatient to find an appropriate lease horse even though you'd only been looking for a couple weeks, so you decided to end your mare's lease even though you complain about how she doesn't bring you the results you want at shows. On top of that you were too impatient to wait to bring your horse back until you could find a suitable boarding barn.

        This is why I said in my last post to you I was done offering you advice. You make decisions based on pure emotion and impetuousness. I find nothing more irritating than people who ask for advice and then completely disregard the consensus over and over and over again to do the thing they intended to do all along.

        Your horse, your life, your decisions of course and I hope everything works out the way you want. Ultimately what you do is on you and the consequences of what your choices don't even have a horrible worst case scenario - just you might not get out of riding what you say you want and/or you might be stuck in nursing school with a horse you have no time for and can't afford. So I don't know why I feel so annoyed by it because I shouldn't.

        Mostly just rambling.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by showhorsegallery View Post
          So you were too impatient to find an appropriate lease horse even though you'd only been looking for a couple weeks, so you decided to end your mare's lease even though you complain about how she doesn't bring you the results you want at shows. On top of that you were too impatient to wait to bring your horse back until you could find a suitable boarding barn.

          This is why I said in my last post to you I was done offering you advice. You make decisions based on pure emotion and impetuousness. I find nothing more irritating than people who ask for advice and then completely disregard the consensus over and over and over again to do the thing they intended to do all along.

          Your horse, your life, your decisions of course and I hope everything works out the way you want. Ultimately what you do is on you and the consequences of what your choices don't even have a horrible worst case scenario - just you might not get out of riding what you say you want and/or you might be stuck in nursing school with a horse you have no time for and can't afford. So I don't know why I feel so annoyed by it because I shouldn't.

          Mostly just rambling.
          I mean.....yeah, kinda what I thought.

          Not that it's my business, but I'm kind of wondering about the people who leased Sky to begin with? Hope they were treated fairly, and didn't just have a horse they loved yanked out from underneath them...

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            Originally posted by Couture TB View Post
            What do you consider a lot for pasture board? I charge $225/month for pasture board. Hay/water/shelter. And we just have an indoor round pen pretty much. Do have trails, and jump fields, but only a place to ride in a circle in bad weather. And at that price the only thing that happens is that it helps pay for my horses. If I had an actual "real" indoor I wouldn't charge less then $285 outside and $350 inside. Between feed, work, insurance, etc it just doesn't pay.
            Can I come board with you? That sounds awesome. I called a place that sounds identical and am hoping and praying I hear back. They also have a FEI Grand Prix trainer that comes in to give lessons a few times a month. I understand about having to at least break even, most pasture board places around here are $175, this one is $275 with no place to ride other than the horse's pasture.
            Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
            The Blog

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              #7
              Yes they were treated fairly. This wasn't a spur of the moment decision, this has been a deep desire of mine for the past three months. Plus there is some other stuff going on now that would have lead to me breaking the lease anyway. Yes, I am in a hurry to find her a place. We are quickly approaching bad weather, the UP has already had snow. My truck is not a 4x4 and my trailer is a stock, nor would I want to haul for only my third time in bad weather anyway.
              Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
              The Blog

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                Does $175/month include anything other than the pasture? That seems scary cheap.

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                  Originally posted by trubandloki View Post
                  Does $175/month include anything other than the pasture? That seems scary cheap.
                  I hope they don't expect the horses to dig through the snow for forage, but at that price you just might. In MO had some people down the road from us who had 6 quarter horses on a big pasture. They got grossly fat by fall, but needed it because they had to forage all winter for themselves. I was tempted to feed them, but they seemed to hold up well. They were happy to see grass in April though.....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Skyedragon View Post
                    Yes they were treated fairly. This wasn't a spur of the moment decision, this has been a deep desire of mine for the past three months.
                    On October 15th you posted that the horse had only been gone one month. Easy to get confused, I guess, while continually swirling around in self-induced drama.

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                    • #11
                      I'm confused. If you live on 150 acres, why is there no where to stick a horse?

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                      • #12
                        *headdesk*

                        OP, for the horse's sake, I hope you find a decent barn to keep her at...
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                        "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

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                          #13
                          Around here $175 includes hay, usually grain, sometimes a stall, and always a run in if its pasture board. $250 for sure gets you a stall, usually an outdoor arena, hay and grain. $300 gets you an indoor arena, stall, hay and grain. Around $350 on up you start getting in-house trainers, but not always nicer barns I have found.

                          The reason I am having so much issue finding a place to keep her is because I am being picky, but I am exhausting my options and trying to decide what things I can live without. I was also trying to stay under 30 minutes away, but I am having to drastically broaden my horizons.

                          She left end of August, so I guess it has only been two months, sorry.

                          The reason I can't have her at home is more "self-induced drama."
                          Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
                          The Blog

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                            Originally posted by Skyedragon View Post
                            Around here $175 includes hay, usually grain, sometimes a stall, and always a run in if its pasture board. $250 for sure gets you a stall, usually an outdoor arena, hay and grain. $300 gets you an indoor arena, stall, hay and grain. Around $350 on up you start getting in-house trainers, but not always nicer barns I have found.

                            The reason I am having so much issue finding a place to keep her is because I am being picky, but I am exhausting my options and trying to decide what things I can live without. I was also trying to stay under 30 minutes away, but I am having to drastically broaden my horizons.

                            She left end of August, so I guess it has only been two months, sorry.

                            The reason I can't have her at home is more "self-induced drama."
                            Wait, so...you have a perfectly good place at home for her yet you won't keep her there due to drama at home? Dude if you've got drama at your own barn I don't want to imagine what a boarding barn would be like...

                            Suck it up and keep her at home. You'll be grateful you saved the money when you get to nursing school. I have a sister who is going through it now, so trust me, I know what I'm talking about.
                            "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
                            "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Event4Life View Post
                              Wait, so...you have a perfectly good place at home for her yet you won't keep her there due to drama at home? Dude if you've got drama at your own barn I don't want to imagine what a boarding barn would be like...

                              Suck it up and keep her at home. You'll be grateful you saved the money when you get to nursing school. I have a sister who is going through it now, so trust me, I know what I'm talking about.
                              Yeah...drama or no drama I'd be keeping her at home and socking that monthly board money away in a hands-off account for when you're in nursing school.

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                              • #16
                                Honestly, OP, you need to learn how to make up your mind and COMMIT. Good grief, you are always changing disciplines, changing horses, changing goals, changing whether you want to keep your horse or get rid of her, lease her out or not, and so on.

                                It's not good for the horse to keep jerking her around like this...moving from barn to barn, switching from discipline to discipline.

                                Make. Up. Your. Mind. And. Stick. With. What. You. Decide.

                                SERIOUSLY! This kind of flip flopping around will not serve you well in any career, either...particularly something like nursing, I would imagine!

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                                • #17
                                  Where in the UP are you? I use to go up and teach at a few different places there that board.

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                                    I don't have a barn at home, just a lot of land, however as of right now it is technically owned by my uncle and mother. They won't allow me to have my horse at home or I would have turned the garage back into a barn and put up fence long ago .

                                    My first choices were the places I had boarded at before, but no such luck there. Even the person that I learned to ride from and would never turn away a boarder said she couldn't do it this year.

                                    I am not actually in the UP, that's where my family lives now and they have been reporting snow. Sounds like snow by Tuesday here.

                                    I have changed barns twice with her, once when I wanted to move to an indoor for the winter and then again with that BO decided she was going move to Texas.

                                    Skye has a very special place in my heart. She came into my life the exact same day that my grandfather passed away. When I got that call I had just finished trying her out. I spent an hour crying into her mane and she didn't move a muscle. She really endears herself to anybody around her, she is one of a kind. I know I have explained this before, but I guess I will explain it again. I got her to be my eventer, but quickly discovered her lack of skills in the jumping department. So I went on a quest to try to find something she and I could both enjoy. I tried a couple different things and finally settled on dressage with her, but kind of wanted to show hunt seat too. Now that I have ridden the type of horse that excels in the stock horse stuff I for sure know that dressage is the thing for me.
                                    Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
                                    The Blog

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by FineAlready View Post
                                      Honestly, OP, you need to learn how to make up your mind and COMMIT. Good grief, you are always changing disciplines, changing horses, changing goals, changing whether you want to keep your horse or get rid of her, lease her out or not, and so on.

                                      It's not good for the horse to keep jerking her around like this...moving from barn to barn, switching from discipline to discipline.

                                      Make. Up. Your. Mind. And. Stick. With. What. You. Decide.

                                      SERIOUSLY! This kind of flip flopping around will not serve you well in any career, either...particularly something like nursing, I would imagine!
                                      Well aren't you just special that you knew exactly what kind of riding and what your goals were going to be from day one. I guess I didn't relies that playing around with things was so frowned upon now. Maybe you have never had a horse that didn't excel in what you thought it would, and never had to sit down and try to figure out what you wanted to focus on with that horse instead. Oh, and I don't keep changing horses, not sure where you got that from. I rode my friend's horse a little bit, and take lessons.

                                      So back to the original question, I was wondering what people do with their horses in the winter.
                                      Maggie Bright, lovingly known as Skye and deeply missed (1994 - 2013)
                                      The Blog

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                                      • #20
                                        I just have to say...I know Skyedragon a little bit, and while it looks like she's floating around, this is truly the first time she's stayed committed to one horse, and while I also coached her to wait a while longer before deciding on taking Skye back, I am also impressed she didn't just sell her. I also think she listened when I told her not to expect much above training level with Skye, but that's where SD is right now anyway (just shows local shows). And with her work and school, I don't see much more than just enjoying her horse.

                                        I know I am an hour away, but if the weather really turns nasty, I can manage a stall for short term for Skye here until you find a place closer to your house. No riding area, but an option at least

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