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Re: Question re: equine retirement

If it became unridable, but still pasture sound, why would I pay to have it
somewhere else other than at home grazing?...Waste of money....Cora
----- Original Message -----
From: Amanda Perez <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2000 7:12 AM
Subject: RC: Question re: equine retirement

>   Since the subject of auctions has come up, I'm taking an
> informal survey?
>   If your horse became unredeable but was pasture-sound and not
> in pain, would you pay to baord it at a retirement farm?  If
> so, how much would you be willing to pay?  What level of care
> would you expect (stall baord vs run-in shed, blanketing etc.
>   Would you be willing to ship your horse out-of-state to an
> affordable retirement farm?
>   The reason I ask is that I have friends who own a farm in
> Maine.  Currently the raise cattle but I think they could make
> more money boarding retired horses than they do raising cattle.
> Where I currently board my horse there are a couple of retirees
> whos owners pay $200 and $250 per month to board.  For $200 you
> get pasture and a run-in shed, and hay only when there is snow-
> cover (the pasture is adequate for a non-working horse).  No
> blanketing, excerize etc.  I believe the owners have to arrange
> their own vetting, farriery and worming (I'm not sure). For
> $250 someone will feed your horse twice a day (you pay for the
> grain).  Seems pricey to me but for the area it's dirt cheap.
> I just wonder if there is a market out there for affordable
> retirement boarding.
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