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Old 03-15-2009, 12:14 PM
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Can anyone recommend any stables that are in great condition? We are moving up to Wyoming in Sept and have 2 horses, we are not going to look for a home until we get into Wyoming so in the mean time we are looking at stables. Please share with me your information and/or advice.
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:11 PM
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Would you like to give us a clue as to where in Wyoming you are moving to in September?

Or is finding a reputable stable for your two horses your only requirement? There's lots of them throughout the state ....
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Old 03-15-2009, 05:37 PM
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OMG--Sorry, I totally forgot to put that we are going to Cheyenne (FE Warren)...I am a mess ;0) Incorrect spelling and all.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:13 PM
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The Cheyenne area has a wide range of facilities, ranging from full service w/indoor stalls & outdoor runs and an indoor riding arena, to basic boarding/pasturing, to simple pasture rent, and everything in-between.

So, the question is ... what do you consider a "great condition" barn or facility for your horses?

If you are military, you may wish to look into the FEWarren base stable facility. These are pretty bare bones shelters with outdoor runs, and self-care for your horse. But the advantage is it's close, has the high level of base security, and you get to ride the trails and many acres of land that's exclusively the old army post. A nice place to ride, IMO, and also very close to the Veedauwoo area to the West, just a short drive up Happy Jack Road from the base. The base equine group has had it's up's and down's over the last few years, with some of the old cavalry facilities being torn down a few years ago due to deterioration and no funds to keep them up.

However, there's been an influx of based folks with horses who have tried to keep the group going, and it's essentially a very low cost operation because it's already owned by the gov't. So, this might be a good "fit" for you, if there is space available. There's no indoor riding facility, or other upscale amenities there .... You should be able to get information from the base about this recreational facility.

Otherwise, there's a number of private barn owners who will take in horses, a couple of commercial facilities, and a number of folks who I wouldn't trust with any living creature ... again, we need to have an idea of what you "need" for your horses and your riding discipline. Price range? will also affect the possible choices.

Keep in mind that this is "cowboy" country, and horses aren't pampered in stables with lots of services and indoor arenas and trainers and instructors and folks who "tack up" your horse for you to be ready for when you arrive for your "riding" session and help you with a leg up when you try to get into a saddle. There's not a lot of dressage riders, or hunter-jumpers, either ... although there are a few riders in the area in those disciplines, with their own barns for (mostly) their own riding pleasure ... and some do instruct, and/or compete regionally. Most riders around here are either doing "cowboy" type riding, or trail riding, or hunting with their horses .....

There is a large equine facility at the Univ of Wyoming in Laramie, with several good programs there for all disciplines ... shows, events, etc. Also, an equine progam at LCCC in Cheyenne, with some possible events for your there, along with a lot of equine activity down in Colorado around the Fort Collins area.
Major shows/events are in the Parker area, SouthEast of Denver, at several major equine facilities located there.

As a real "stretch" for a wonderful facility, I'll give a plug for the Cheyenne Riding Stable facility ... 30+ indoor stall, office, tack rooms, storage rooms, 7.5 acres, indoor 180' x 240' (approx) indoor riding arena, outdoor riding arenas, corrals, solid sided wooden round pen for training, outdoor runs/stalls, a 3 bdr/2bath mobile home, another apartment in an older barn structure (which used to have another 12 stalls in there, now cleared out for general utility shop space), and waterers in all the main barn stalls, and a stand-by power generation unit for the barn/stables/arena. Includes heat in the indoor arena. If you can afford it, it's one heck of a deal ... just on the North side of Cheyenne, in the heart of the upscale housing area of the city, and it has commercial zoning. Currently on the market (in a family distress situation, it's a long story) for $385,000 ... which represents a substantial cash loss for the owners. Probably could be bought with a 40% down payment and the balance on a commercial loan. If you're really into the horse business, this could be a moneymaker in the area. The house isn't the main attraction, however ... it's the facility and the amenities that make it work. Possible equine therapeutic riding center, horse instruction facility, etc ... you won't make it cash flow for boarding in the area, but it's one nice place with a lot of potential and local demand for a quality operation, which it hasn't had for years.

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