Horsey scene around Herts/Bucks

chaps89

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Idle musings. Horse is currently down in Surrey, I currently live in Bucks. For various reasons thinking of bringing horse closer to home, but if I do so it makes sense to also move ourselves closer to my OH work in north London (primarily mill hill area, but also barnet and finchley) it's just whether all the logistics work together or not and we stay put.

Watford is looking most likely but open to ideas - currently live near Heathrow just off m4/m25 junction

So if I were to move her either up to where we are currently or a bit further north, what's the horsey scene like, is there a good range of yards (not a lot is coming up on Google- priorities are being able to accommodate a good doer (this is vital) and preferably good hacking. All else is negotiable) a good choice of quality farriers and some feed shops?
I'm very spoilt where we are currently and hadn't previously wanted to move but recent changes in circumstances are leading me to re-consider.
 

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There are a good variety of yards round the Brickett Wood/Radlett area with lovely hacking. Close to junctions 5 and 6 I think of the M1 so good access but not a cheap area. It's one of the few bits of Hert that doesn't have the deep clay soil you get in other parts.

I used to be round there but now a bit further east so my info is a bit out of date possibly but yards I am aware of

Hill farm
Netherwylde
Little Munden Livery only but do clinics so good to be near
Model Farm/Blackbirds Farm
Smug Oak

Think only the last 2 do DIY

Lots of small yards around too, ask on Hertfordshire horse riders on facebook

Feed shops - Titmuss in Wheathampstead - a bit further but good selection and prices
Elstree animal feeds - I think they are supplied by titmuss so a bit more expense but closer

Or maybe look round Shenley, Potters bars, North Mymms if that's not too far out of your search.
 
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So are you thinking about the Chiltern Hills area between Aylesbury and Hemel Hempstead?

The Tack Haven/TC Feeds in Kensworth is a good tack shop. http://www.tcfeedsandtack.co.uk/

There is also Denne Country Stores near Leighton Buzzard. http://www.dennecountrystores.co.uk/

I have never kept a horse there but Hastoe Hill Livery is in an area with good hacking. https://en-gb.facebook.com/hastoehillliveryyard/

ETA this livery yard (again I've not liveried there myself). https://www.hillgreenfarmlivery.co.uk/

A local Riding club. http://www.dacorumridingclub.co.uk/
 

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Thanks both :)

I don't think we could afford to live in Radlett (if only!) But if we were to move to Watford then it's certainly within easy driving distance so those suggestions are useful, thanks.
Although of course the feel you can get for a place or reality can be different to what's shown online and then of course you're dependant upon them having a space if you do like it but it's good to know there's options out there for definite!

I would love to go more rural Faracat but I'm not sure my OH would go too far out (we may as we stay put where we are if it still means a long commute for him too) but if we were to go Watford direction then Hemel/Bourne End/Chorleywood/Chalfonts/Kings Langley would be viable (so just on the edge of where you've suggested)

If we don't move then I guess Gerrards Cross/Chalfonts/Cookham/Windsor/Datchet direction work but I understand Cookham/Windsor are very prone to being wet!

I will still be going down to Surrey 3 times a week for work (at least initially - I've been job hunting - unsuccessfully- in the Surrey area intending to keep her there but if I bring her closer to home then I can refocus that search)
If I could find somewhere in Surrey I'd not be opposed to keeping her down there but if I say EMS/good doer/track/restricted grazing but not limited turnout I get the feeling I'm labelled difficult, when really being able to manage her weight aside, we are very low key and hassle free!
I do understand I need to go with the yard set up/majority and I'm of course ok with that, but I was told this morning I'd made up EMS as in 60 years of horse owning YO had never heard of it so it's a bit tricky sometimes and it's just more of an open attitude that I'd like to be around really.
 

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The people on the yards in Radlett when I was there tended not to be local. Some lived up towards Watford but lots of north londoners too as yards were easily accessible.

I think there are some smaller yards round there that would suit you.
 
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