Anonymous (Gainesville, FL): After I came back from China, Zinger was back at my dad's (see Summer Song above). I then made a move to Gainesville to prepare for going back to school. I brought him to Eclipse directly after his second splint bone surgery. My mom came with me when I dropped him off, and did not get a good feeling from the barn owner, but didn't say anything to me about it. Turns out she was right. The barn owner had college and high school kids who were new to horses work off their lessons by working at the boarding barn. Turns out people who have no background in horses make for pretty poor unsupervised labor. Care was super inconsistent, and I left after I found him without water twice.
- I met three of my best friends at this barn
- Access to great dirt roads for trails
- Property did not have perimeter fencing. This was fine for Zing, but my friend's mare objected to her acupuncture one evening, and broke the cross ties and went galavanting down towards major roads for a good 1/2 mile before we could catch her
- Deep, deep sand footing in the ring
|Playing with his pasture mate in their turnout. Grey mare (Spirit) supervises from across the fence|
|Can kind of see his barn set up here - he was in a block of 4 stalls most of his time there|
|Jump field on a frosty morning|
|Sleepy in his freshly bedded stall on a cold morning|
|Bareback trail rides down the driveway|
|The wash rack was right next to the tack room that myself + 4 other boarders used|
- See above, barn owner was amazing
- Pretty decent grass
- Great jump field
- Use of truck/trailer
- Due to the low-lying parts of the property and the woods it was on, the bugs were pretty bad here
- Flooding in the back of the property, but once he moved up front this no longer was a concern
|View down the hill, storm clouds rolling in|
|Zing apparently did not want to get turned out in the snow that morning. When I came to visit he asked if he could come in. FL horse all the way.|
|A few more gentle trails were available|
- Covered arena - the one and only time I've ever boarded anywhere with a covered arena. Too bad it came at the time in my life where I was least able to take advantage of it!
- Peace of mind. I could only come out 2-3 times a week, much less than at any other point in my life, so it was well worth it to know he was being well cared for when I couldn't see him.
- We found THE BEST barbecue place I have ever eaten at on the long drive between our apartment and the barn
- Good trails - a little rocky and steep for Zing at 23-24, but we would have had such a blast when he was younger
- Distance from apartment... welcome to Atlanta
- Cost, although for a covered dressage arena and footed jump arena it really was not at all expensive. It was just between my job and his age, we didn't take full advantage of those amenities. If we'd stayed in the area longer I would have tried to find a place with fewer amenities but just as solid care.
- COLD! Laugh all you want, but it snowed a lot in north Georgia in winter 2017 - 2018, and I'd never experienced horse keeping in the snow. The barn was beautifully set on a hill top, but the wind chill was in the low teens a few days.
- Great care
- Beautiful arena under shaded oaks
- A bank and a few cross country logs
- Barn owner would haul us out to trail ride when she went
- It was a beautiful place to bury Zing
- Yeah... the place where Zing is buried. His two pasture mates actually died/were euthanized in the two months following his death. One was a retired hunter who was only about 18, but retired early due to a heart murmur that was worsening. They were aware sudden death was a risk with him. The other was a freak thing, he was older (26-28 if I remember right) but was kicked by another horse and fractured his skull and was euthanized. The barn owner planted a cherry tree in the field he and his pasture mates were buried in.