Looking for an ideal pension:
As I mentioned here: article on moving
I’ve changed my pension a lot.
I always visit before I make my decision, what am I looking at?
-The state of the place in general
-The condition of the horses
-The State of infrastructure (box/pre/quarry)
-If there are courses, and how they are given
-The place on the material is stored
I always go unannounced to see how it happens in normal time, and if I can chat with a rider or the owner of the places I do not hesitate.
The pensions I have chosen:
(Rates have evolved since I went there, change of VAT etc…)
The Haras de Mignaloux (Mignaloux Beauvoir 86): 15min from my home. Pension, equestrian centre and breeding.
A saddlery for the owners, with a bus stop not very far.
Full of ballad path, a quarry and a big round of long. (Since I left there is a merry-go-round)
Human side: Open riders, listening managers and a really great group spirit.
(Thanks to the riders who took care of my mare when I wasn’t there)
Time spent down: 7 months the first time and 5 the second
I made almost all the options at home: Pre All alone, pre Group and box.
Rates: €190 pre-solo, €160 pre-group, €220 Eco Box
The Stables of the Bouiges (Fontgombault 36): 10min from home, horse boarding and hiking. A saddlery and a career. Great ballads.
Human side: A great owner, I trusted her eyes closed to manage the transport of my mare.
A little super friendly place!
Time spent down: 4 months
She was at the box as well as in the meadow alone.
Rates: €200 for everyone
The Equestrian center of Sauveterre (D’olonne sur mer 85): 45min from my home, as its name indicates an equestrian center, (breeding also), with many a lot of rider.
A huge career, two small quarries, a round of lanyards, a carousel and access to the beach. Lockers for the owners, a waiting list so long that I didn’t get it in the end. Many tourists so you feel watched when you are in a career.
Human sides: The family that manages the place is really nice, a marshal on site. By cons level riders, never a hello…
Time spent down: 5mois
She was at the meadow all the time of her passing down
Rate: €210 au pré
The meadow of Beaulieu sous la roche (85): 20min from Me, a meadow (1 hectare fully fenced) rented by a landlord more than adorable! Who made him a shelter, enlarged the opening in the hedge so that she had contact with the horses beside and who managed the water. A hangar to store my equipment. Walking trails everywhere.
In short a little corner of paradise
Time spent down: 1 years and 1mois
Rate: €30 But it is no longer for rent
The meadow (79): 7 min (yes it is accurate) 1 hectare 3, I rent it to an owner I have never met because it is not from the corner. With fences that leave to be desired, the meadow full of brambles and waste left by the former « tenants ». All that without a water point. I managed it alone at the beginning before finding another owner with whom I share the meadow. Our horses are inseparable! Unfortunately the meadow becomes swamp in the winter…
Time spent there: Arrival end September 2015 departure mi Mai 2016
Price: €55 for the meadow that I divide with the other owner
Equestrian pole Saint Maixentais (79): Since May 2016 Sirène has joined the stables of the hill. She’s in the meadow with girlfriends and is doing very well. There is a lot of installation and people are nice. The good atmosphere reigns between the owners, the Dp and the club riders.
Time spent there: arrival mid May 2016, still there:)
I visited a lot of equestrian center when I was in Vendée:
What was breaker:
-a discussion with the owner of the premises, which only makes pre/box because the horses are not made to live outside all the time.
-Pass in a this on a Saturday afternoon, cross a lot of people but not have a single Hello
-Fences that even I could step over the roadside…
-A completely empty one on Saturday
-A constantly screaming instructor
For those who remain that I did not choose it is mainly compared to the price
I did not visit when I was on Poitiers for all the things done before (or almost) and I did not necessarily have a good memory in those. Although I would have been with pleasure at the EC of Poitiers which unfortunately did not propose pre-pension.
I think you understood it well if you read everything, the pre rented currently is more than zero (as car I have a Micra so I let you imagine the transport of water cans).
I currently have a very small budget and anyway I do not see myself paying €400 pension per month even though I had the means (off health worries of the mare of course).
I would love a big meadow, with beautiful wooden fences + electricity (one is never too careful), a large shelter, good walking trails and a career to work. And if possible in view of the house.
And what is your ideal pension?