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HOW to find a retirement home?? In Colorado?

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  • HOW to find a retirement home?? In Colorado?

    There has been several posts recently looking for retirement homes for older/non rideable horses... I have one of those, and while I am not looking to "ditch him", I have had very little luck finding a suitable place to board him.
    I am in Colorado and most places offering pasture board around my neck of the woods have fencing I would not put my horse in (barbed wire or smooth wire). Or else it's stalls with tiny little runs.
    My horse has arthritis and would do much better where he can move around a lot...

    I posted in the giveway section here, but got no replies.

    I understand the market saturation and bad economy, but I would be willing to pay board to insure a safe, happy place for him. Which also means I don't want to send him far,far away, and end up with a horror story like we hear too often... I'd want to be able to check on him...

    Euthanasia... well, that would be pretty hard for anotherwise healthy, young (13) horse that I've had for over 10 years, and who just happens to have a bad knee...

    So any ideas on finding retirement boarding situations?

    I've looked on Craigslist and actually had a couple of leads, but nothing panned out...
    "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."

  • #2
    I board a couple of horses in the kind of set-up you are probably looking for (I however am in NY!). I don't advertise and have been lucky enough to find people through word of mouth. Have you already asked your vet, farrier, feed store, local pony club, local 4-h, any trainers you know etc etc etc? That's the best way to find someone I think. Good luck!
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    • #3
      Where are you located, how far from you is acceptable and what would you like to pay?


      • Original Poster

        I am less than 2 hours from Co. Springs or Denver - up in the mountains (which is another issue as he would do better in milder climate).
        As far as cost, it would depend on the set up... I used to pay $125 for pasture board (with hay) a few years back, but the place has since been sold and no longer takes boarders....
        "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


        • #5
          I'll keep an eye out. The one place I was thinking of was considerably more expensive.....


          • #6
            We never find the ideal, but if your horse is older and quiet and the pastures are huge, and the fences are in good repair, the wire fences might not be the worst option when you're not finding anything that works otherwise. If the space is big enough, the horses won't really be on the fence line all that much.

            Yes, there's a risk of injury, but it might be a better choice than somewhere you cannot visit regularly.
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            • #7
              bearcat - I sent you a PM.


              • #8
                what's wrong with smooth wire fencing?
                anyways i used to offer what you are talking about (all full now), and there seem to be a lot of private facilities around here doing the same thing. not even remotely close to $125 if you want hay though. my hay was $9/bale this year - that math just doesn't work.
                where are we going, and why am I in this hand basket?


                • #9
                  In CO for large acreage it is going to be hard to get away from wire fencing.

                  I have my two with someone who has 40+ ac broken into various pastures and I forget barbed or smooth wire. My younger mare was raised on 150 ac of barbed. Yes, it can be dangerous but sometimes the choices are limited and I haven't had a problem yet. I feel the risk is much less on a larger pasture size.

                  I'm also not sure you'll find $125/mo here any more with the cost of hay.
                  You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something… S. Jobs


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BEARCAT View Post
                    I am less than 2 hours from Co. Springs or Denver - up in the mountains (which is another issue as he would do better in milder climate).
                    As far as cost, it would depend on the set up... I used to pay $125 for pasture board (with hay) a few years back, but the place has since been sold and no longer takes boarders....

                    I am sending you a PM


                    • #11
                      I don't get what your problem is with smooth wire fencing. Unless your horse is 100% idiot & has never been turned out before, or is completely blind & a bolting maniac, why on earth are you worried about smooth wire? I've seen a HELLUVA lot more serious injuries from board fencing then from smooth wire. In fact, out of all the hundreds of horses I've ever seen put in smooth wire, only one had any injury at all. And she WAS an idiot that gave OTT horses a bad name...though in fairness to the horse, anyone who puts a horse fresh from the track that hasn't been turned out since she was a foal straight into ANY pasture/herd is just plain asking for trouble. (I wouldn't call the mare an idiot for that behavior alone...she was a complete idjit on basically every front. Something was seriously wired wrong in that horse's head) At $125, you're already looking at the absolute dregs of field board...you can barely buy hay for a horse at that price. There were a ton of nice places in the Brighton area when I lived there 6 or so years ago. Quite a few places that specialised in foaling, retirement, & rehab for people who normally boarded at the show barns in Denver. $125/150 would get you an acceptable place only at self-care/feed-not-included places.


                      • #12
                        Is your horse still able to be lightly ridden? There is a farm on the western slope who takes horses and has the appropriate tax designation, but the horse must be sound enough to give, say, beginner lessons. I'm not up-to-date on the exact criteria, but could provide a contact name and number.
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