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2/20/12 9:50 A

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I can't wait!

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2/19/12 6:37 P

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I live in Maine so winter riding is a big issue here since winter can last 6 months. I gave up and boarded 1 horse this winter at a nearby facility with an indoor and it is wonderful! We have our second horse out for a free lease so have had a nice break from barn chores for a few months. In previous winters, riding options were limited to careful walking or investing in really expensive winter shoes if we wanted to do any trail rides. Hang in there, spring is right around the corner.

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2/17/12 12:47 P

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That is a great idea, Birgit! I actually have a friend involved with that group in my area that I bet could give me some input. Thanks for the suggestion!


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2/17/12 12:06 P

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I think our area of Eastern WA is on the low end: $300-350/month for full board with access to indoor arena/round pen and outside arena. Just board with some shelter can be as low as $120/month which may still include hay. This could go up if hay goes up. A place with very nice riding and great turnout yearround may be more. If your horses are used to 24/7 turnout like mine is I would hesitate with any boarding that does not allow that, they are so much healthier not being confined to a box stall. Any teenagers around your area that would like to help you out? Just advertise and you may get a great choice of people. I know from experience that many homeschooled kids love these types of jobs and they have much more flexible schedules. Contact your local homeschooling group. This would be much cheaper than boarding for more than one horse.
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2/17/12 8:33 A

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I love the sign idea -- might have to give that a try! Our place IS pretty cool and we actually chose it because it was close to town plus had room for the horses. Of course there's non-stop work with a house this old, but we are getting there! Believe me, there are issues when all your rafters are trees and original walls are lathe and plaster (horse hair mix!). Lots of crazy history, though. The kitchen used to be a one-room log cabin schoolhouse that they relocated and attached to the original 2-story. At one time the place was a stagecoach stop and prior to that there was a cemetery here.

I've actually been thinking lately that I should look into the price of boarding the horses. Seems the older I get, the more physical issues I have (torn rotator cuff, arthritis, fibromyalgia). I can barely throw hay bales out of the loft without days of "payback" anymore. Unfortunately, I get very little help from the very fit and able husband, I might add! Grrrr!

What does everyone see for boarding rates in your areas? (I'm in northern Illinois.)


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2/16/12 11:48 P

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We've posted one of the horse X-ing signs in front of our house and then another one a little further down for duck crossing. I think it helps to slow people down a little. Funny, but I think it works better than a "Children playing" sign.
Sounds like you have a very cool place. We are renting some pasture a couple of blocks away which is great but sometimes I wish I had a couple of acres.
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2/16/12 10:51 A

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I have occasionally thought of relocating, but we have such a unique property that it would be hard to find something as ideal. I't's one of the original homesteads here so has a lot of character and history, on 5 acres, 3 miles from town but and surrounded by cornfields. If it weren't for the traffic that's discovered our road is a shortcut to head toward the suburbs, it would (still!) be perfect. Ah well... things to think about.

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2/14/12 4:35 P

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Julie,
I think there are a lot of people in your situation. Maybe here is one benefit of the economic downturn, there are not a lot of new developments going up for a while.
Have you considered relocating? In this market you may be able to get a quieter property in a more rural area for less money. For me being able to ride and spend time with my horse is such a huge quality of life issue...
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2/14/12 9:04 A

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That's awful! I'm so blessed to live in the "Last Green Valley" in CT, and as much as I'm all for progress, it pains me that people are developing so much. I don't know if I could ever live in a city, I certainly wouldn't want one to spring up around me! :(

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2/13/12 7:55 A

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Bad news with the "skating rink", REENY! At least I do have good pasture areas for the horses. Our house actually WAS in the boonies until about 5 years ago when they made "improvements" to the road. It used to be a "washboard" and unpaved with a 90 degree curve. When the subdivision went in 3 miles away, they paved it and straightened the curve and now there is non-stop traffic. So much for my little piece of serenity!

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2/9/12 2:46 P

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Julie ~ I'm sorry to hear that! :( There are people on our road who drive me nuts with how fast they drive, it's a 25 mph road all the way down with a lot of blind corners and several farms and people will still do 50 past you while you're on a horse. I swear people don't have common sense. I'm sorry that your options for riding are limited and that you had a bad trailering incident. That's awful! As much as it can be a pain, I'm grateful my barn is in the boonies if only because of less traffic. If it makes you feel any better, sometimes I can't even bring my horse outside in the winter because the drainage on the farm isn't that great and it's an absolute ice rink. Plus it's freezing here from November to April

Birgit ~ I'll have to try that! I've gotten into the habit of walking around the ring to warm both of us up before I mount and it sometimes takes the wind out of me. Maybe doing more ground stuff and going for a jog with him would help!

Cheers to both of you!

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2/7/12 1:55 P

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I don't ride any faster than a walk when it's icy. I also take my horse for walks and if there's no ice for jogs and work on sideways cues from the ground. Moving shoulders and haunches over (both away from me and towards me) on cue will translate well to riding later in the year. Jogging with my horse increases my core strength and overall fitness level and that of my horse. Very fun. emoticon

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2/7/12 12:42 P

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I'm jealous that you have ANYWHERE to ride in the winter! My pastures aren't suitable for riding and I have no indoor arena anywhere close that I could use. Even in the summer, my only option for a CASUAL ride is on the road. We're rural, so that wasn't too bad until a couple year ago when they built a subdivision 3 miles up the road and all those people have figured out our road is a shortcut to the suburbs and they can drive past at 70 miles an hour because it's never monitored. And they have no regard for horses on the side of the road, so it just isn't safe. Makes me crazy! Our only option for NICE rides anymore is to trailer the horses somewhere else. But, of course, that has it's own set of issues as I won't trailer by myself after a bad incident in the past. Frustrating!

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Hey everyone!
Just wondering if any of you have any tips for keeping your equine busy when outdoor riding conditions aren't the greatest. Our barn doesn't have an indoor: there's one down the street that we can use, but I'm still working on getting the beast used to it, so we're not riding there yet. Luckily it's been relatively warm enough to ride in the ring, but some days it's so frozen that all we can do is walk. What do you do when the weather is bad?

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