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bcraig1984

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bcraig1984 says:

DIY V FULL LIVERY?

guys can i ask your thoughts.  It used to be DIY was always cheaper.  I'm moving back to DIY but was wondering what your thoughts are on it & any money saving tips you have?

 

xxx

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?

As I've always had my horses firstly in a rented field, and now in our own field, I've never had the luxury of someone looking after them for me, so probably I can't comment in a balanced way.

But as I've now looked after them for 12 or 13 years, I must say I wouldn't want it any other way, so I suppose if I was going down the livery yard line, then I'd go for DIY.

Hope the move goes well.

xx

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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bcraig1984

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bcraig1984 says:

Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?

thats one of the reasons i'm switching back to DIY aswell though as ffeel i dont have any say/control over what happens with my horse & her routine

 

xxx

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?

I really wouldn't consider full livery even if I could afford it, unless I was physically not able to look after my horses.  Mine are at home now, but when they were in livery it was DIY.  You get more control over how your horse is cared for, you get to build a bond with them and at least you know everything is done to your standards and done properly with care.  We did absolutely everything ourselves, I know some places will put them out for you or bring them in for a fee, our old yard didn't do this (it was a working farm and the farmer would in no way go near the horses!) and I don't think I would have used it if they did.  As for money saving, the one thing I will say is shop around for everything from equipment to bedding, and don't forget sites like ebay for a lot of your yard essentials.

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?

I would consider full livery if I could afford it! But I would be very selective about the yard to ensure that the YO understood what I wanted and how much involvement I would have in their diets etc.

 

I currently have mine of DIY but sometimes it feels like I spend all my time at the yard, but not with them. After I have mucked out, filled nets, dragged water buckets around etc, and then gone to catch them, I have very little time of an evening to spend with them. I work long hours and go straight to the yard...it's rare I get home before 8pm and if I have ridden it is later still. My poor husband has very late dinner!

 

I would love to have the time to spend grooming them, cleaning my tack, riding, working on ground work etc. If they were on full livery, I'd have more time to work on Luna's bargy issues on the ground and I'd also spend some time each day de-spooking Dulcie! As it is, I only have time to work one per day and if I wanted to hack through the week after work, I wouldn't get home until well after 9pm.

 

I do like the control that DIY offers - afterall, I love my horses -  but because I love them, I'd like to spend more quality time, rather than running round like a loon trying to get all my jobs done!

 

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?

P.S - Shame this topic is not in The Yard - you'd get much more debate going on

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gemmahorselover2012

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Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?

I have always been D.I.Y. Whats the point in having a horse of your own and then shoving him onto other people. You can never create a proper bond with your horse and you dont truly appreciate or see any form of change regarding behaviour or progression as you are never there to learn or spectate in daily activities. Yes its a privaledge to have someone do all the dirty work. But isnt that 90% of owning a horse? Getting dirty and have to dig your hands in, in order to earn the task of riding so to speak? I love D.I.Y. Will never try full livery.

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soniadevereux

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Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?

gemmahorselover2012 said:

I have always been D.I.Y. Whats the point in having a horse of your own and then shoving him onto other people. You can never create a proper bond with your horse and you dont truly appreciate or see any form of change regarding behaviour or progression as you are never there to learn or spectate in daily activities. Yes its a privaledge to have someone do all the dirty work. But isnt that 90% of owning a horse? Getting dirty and have to dig your hands in, in order to earn the task of riding so to speak? I love D.I.Y. Will never try full livery.


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LOVE this!!!! Thats exactly how i feel too. XXXXX

 

Horses - if God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself. ~Author Unknown

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gemmahorselover2012

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Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?

soniadevereux said:
gemmahorselover2012 said:

I have always been D.I.Y. Whats the point in having a horse of your own and then shoving him onto other people. You can never create a proper bond with your horse and you dont truly appreciate or see any form of change regarding behaviour or progression as you are never there to learn or spectate in daily activities. Yes its a privaledge to have someone do all the dirty work. But isnt that 90% of owning a horse? Getting dirty and have to dig your hands in, in order to earn the task of riding so to speak? I love D.I.Y. Will never try full livery.


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LOVE this!!!! Thats exactly how i feel too. XXXXX

 


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Thanks soniadevereux. You buy a horse to take care of it yourself, whatever the weather, however ill you are. Its like a dog is for life, not just for christmas. I guess some think horses are just to be ridden. You dont think about what amount of money you fork into the horse just so it can be ridden.

 

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?

Mine have always been DIY and of the five we have between us only one can be ridden but I won't pretend that there aren't days when I think it would be nice if someone else had mucked out and filled the haynets before I got there so I could spend a bit of quality time with the horses rather than the wheelbarrow and poo scoop!  I am a bit OCD about how I like things done so I imagine it would never work for me really but I'd love - just every now and again - to have some of it done for me! 

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bcraig1984

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bcraig1984 says:

Re: DIY V FULL LIVERY?

Sorry gemmahorselover2012 i think you are generalising here & quite hutful!

My girl is on full livery because thats all the yard would do & i moved to the yard for the facilities i.e indoor school she is not "Shoved" onto anyone.  Also i am there every single day & all day at weekends.  Every vet, farrier visit etc! Also my original question was in reference to money.   I  was DIY for 15 years & only swirched as i went to a yard with better facilities & DIY was not an option. 
 

Just because she has been on full livery for the past year does not mean I still do not show & pay the same attention & care as i have done in the past!

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