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kezz_86

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kezz_86 says:

livery yard vs renting a field

ok so theres lots of bitchiness going on at the yard i'm on now and I was already thinking of moving my horse away from there anyway due to lots or reasons unrelated to the bitchiness....

so where so you keep your horses and having been in a livery yard do you think I'd find it weird if i were to rent a field/stable alone?

my horse will still have a companion as i'm thinking of getting a second horse/pony anyway.... an ideally the place I'd rent would have access to fab off road hacking and perhaps a school somewhere near by.

I like to keep my business my business and not keen on people sticking their little noses in so what do you lot think?

PS. if any of you know of a nice field with/without stable near Westbury Wiltshire I'd sure like to here about it! OR a livery yard thats not over priced and bitchy!!!!

'no hoof no horse'

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kezz_86

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kezz_86 says:

Re: livery yard vs renting a field

please excuse the mega typos for some reason I'm having issues tonight I thinkits past my bedtime!!!!!

'no hoof no horse'

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adele1008

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adele1008 says:

Re: livery yard vs renting a field

I rent a field and we have a huge 15 acre field split between us and 3 friends, its great because i can do my own thing, keep my horses how i want and keep my field how i want but i still have loads of company and on the whole we all get on great, we have brilliant hacking and very good ground but in the winter or when the ground is solid i do miss having access to a sandschool but its a small price to pay and if i had transport theres one not too far away.  Its perfect for me but think hard about it first as bitchy as livery yards can be im sure there are times when you like to have company too.

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Emma86

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Emma86 says:

Re: livery yard vs renting a field

Im not an experienced horse rider, but have been around horses along time.

I understand what you mean about some yards being bitchy and always making other peoples buisiness their own..I used to work at a riding and training centre, and there was never a dull week there, alot good, but alot of witnessing arguments, so not so good.

 

So not sure if my advive will benefit you in any way, but this is what I would do :

- Write two lists of positives and negatives..one for the place your already at and one for the new place, and then look through your lists working out which will benefit you and your horse more.

 

- Work out costs for both places, what your paying now to what you will be spending if you move.

 

- If I was set on moving and there was space for another couple of horses, I would maybe see if a friend wanted to bring their horse too for company for both horses and yourself. As you may find it a bit too lonely from what your used to, and sometimes would be nice to have someone to hack out with from time to time. 

My advice prob wont help much, and you have more than likely already done all those things or thought about them all. I dont have a horse myself at the moment but thats what I would do in your situation before making a decision.  

 

as there will be positives to being at a livery yard, always having a helping hand if needed, advice ( although this forum is great for that )

But being on your own will have benefits too especially as you mentioned above your not so keen on other people wanting to know your business..and you will prob feel alot more relaxed, which can only be good for you and your horse..

 

Do you not know of any other yards in your area that are a bit more friendly and relaxed about things..? ( I saw you also mentioned above for any advice on other livery yards in your area )  

 

Hope you manage to get it all sorted..and happy again soon.

 

** people come and go but horses leave hoof prints on your heart **

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abbieandfiona

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Re: livery yard vs renting a field

I now rent some fields from a local farmer its cheaper for me to keep my 3 girls have 2 stables as well and a field shelter in one of the fields. However have no school, set up markers to practice my dressage with. Have running water and brought something to store my stuff in. But if my mare didnt hate being on a yard then i may well still be on a yard, but she hates noise and children!

So far i havent missed not having people around but have friends nearby who i still hack out with only problem having just two horses in a field the other horse may not like it when you hack out x

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: livery yard vs renting a field

hi, I recently moved on to a livery yard whereas before I rented fields and stables so here are the pros and cons as i see them.

When I rented the fields I did as I pleased no one watched me, harassed me, got on my nerves, butted their noses in or in any way what so ever interfered with me.  I was straight onto fantastic hacking but didn't have a school.  I had to secure the fields which cost quite a lot, I also had to maintain the fields, hedges, fertilize, re-seed, poo pick etc (which is also quite expensive)

I am now on diy livery (because looking after my horse is much of the reason i have him (and his little mate) we have a small sand school, its secure the fields are no longer my problem and i dont have to poo pick.  The people there have been friendly and nice so far but to be perfectly honest if i could find decent fields to rent where i am now (I haved moved house) I would rent privatly again.  BUT big BUT they would have to be good fields, with good hacking and being really greedy a school or suitable outside area to school in.  Its not about money, i would happily pay more to rent privatly but they would have to have more than at the livery yard - i'd pay a lot of money for fields, stables, school and good hacking that i could have to myself and my friend, just for the freedom to do as i please. 

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Shazzam

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Shazzam says:

Re: livery yard vs renting a field

Other plus side of a yard is that if you need to go away, there is usually someone who will keep an eye on yours.  I hanker after my own paddock and my next house move will have to have one but will miss all the help and advice I get and the laughs.  Am really lucky that I am on a good yard and all get on.

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ggray1502

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ggray1502 says:

Re: livery yard vs renting a field

I have owned horses for 18 yrs and have always been on a livery yard and to be honest Iget soooo fed up of people having n opinion bout my horses however they do provide a support system if somethingis going wrong and I have been signed off work due to probs with my hands they have helped out mucking out for me and carrying my water.

My hubby is desperate to get me a field and has offered to build stables tc but it does worry me that if i get ill etc there is noone really to help, and i work full time so things like farrier etc would be trickier.  It is a really difficult one and think if you price both out and look into all scenarios it will be easier to make a decision. I am stayig at my yard at mo my old boy is being pts and my mare bout to give birth so want to wait and c

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Micki

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Micki says:

Re: livery yard vs renting a field

I have experience of both. I've been very lucky with the yards i've been on. All except oner has been very friendly and not really any bitching going off. I have been on one yard where i hated going to see to my horses because 2 people on there were very bitchy, i soon moved to another yard. On yards you ususally have someone to hack out with and somewhere to school and help if you ever need it.

I know have my horses at home. I have no one to ride with, but i'm trying to find a rider to ride one of mine so i have someone to hack out with. I have no school but i use my field to school in. I don't have any jumps but i can rent somewhere very near me and use their jumps.

Personally i wouldn't go back to being on a yard if i can help it. I would like the company of others to hack out with but being able to do as i please without anyone bitching far out weights that.

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PhilippaG

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PhilippaG says:

Re: livery yard vs renting a field

The share horse I ride lives at a private field.

 

One problem that no one's mentioned yet is that if you have a youngster, then it won't mix with other horses if not on a livery yard.  My share horse is home-bred and only 6, and gets ridiculously over-excited when in company of strange horses - sponsored rides, hunting etc.  She's getting better but something to think about.

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abbieandfiona

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Re: livery yard vs renting a field

PhilippaG said:

The share horse I ride lives at a private field.

 

One problem that no one's mentioned yet is that if you have a youngster, then it won't mix with other horses if not on a livery yard.  My share horse is home-bred and only 6, and gets ridiculously over-excited when in company of strange horses - sponsored rides, hunting etc.  She's getting better but something to think about.

 

One of mine is a youngster! And were in our own field and she mixes with others at shows and i walk her with other horses fine no issues at all x


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