|By Kyle Malo (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 6:34 pm:|
Hi, my husband & I are looking at houses in Bonaire. Was wondering if anyone has any information and owning horses there. We know there are at least 3 barns/stables and horses can be rented. Was wondering about shipping, feed, vets etc. Looking for horse property but boarding is an option if anyone offers it. Thanks, Kyle in New England. USA.
|By Meryl Virga (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4501) on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 8:06 pm:|
Welcome to BT Kyle!
|By Brian (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1435) on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 5:51 am:|
We know someone who has horses on Bonaire and their hay has to be imported from the US.
|By Kyle Malo (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 9:27 am:|
I figured the hay is imported. Knowing how ya'll don't what more cars there, horses would be a great way to get around. Figured there'd be more. Brian, any chance of getting prices from the person you know? Hay, grain, vet. services etc. Cost of shipping a horse to the island? Any laws to prohibit riding in certain areas etc. How about the possibly of boarding if we can't find property resembling a farm?
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #960) on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 10:27 am:|
Most of the island is undeveloped. You should not have trouble finding kunuku property. Some Antilleans have weekend houses there, and I know an American couple and a Dutch couple who have built their homes there. You would need to generate your own power and drill a well. The kunuku is beautiful. My next door neighbors kindly drove me around for several hours recently. I even saw cattle there, and, of course, horses and some crops. You would find plenty of dirt roads for riding.
|By Kyle Malo (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 12:36 pm:|
Thanks Tish, but what is "Kunuku"?
|By The Ginocchio's @ Golden Reef Inn (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #981) on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 1:44 pm:|
|By Tish (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #965) on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 2:01 pm:|
Kunuku means both a rural area (the country) and the fields and farms in that area.
|By Rona of Black Durgon Inn & Scuba Center (BonaireTalker - Post #37) on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 3:11 pm:|
|By Susan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1454) on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 6:41 pm:|
From what I understood talking to a friend with horses in Bonaire, hay is pretty much a luxury, and very expensive for a quality that my horses up here (also New England) would look at and walk away from. Not mildewy but very dry and coarse.
|By Kyle Malo (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 7:34 pm:|
|By Lorraine Meadows (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #961) on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 5:36 pm:|
I asked my friend Marion, who runs the Kanuku Warahama on Bonaire about bringing horses from the states. She said that it would be a cruel thing to bring them from home because of the change in climate and conditions. She said one would be better off getting one from the island or nearby South America where the horses are aclimated to things in the caribean already. She said it would bring too much stress to them and would not advise it.
|By Kyle Malo (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #7) on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 6:29 pm:|
Thanks Lorraine, that's probably very true with lots of warmbloods but Quarter horses are very hardy & adaptable. I've raised my horses from babies and couldn't leave them behind with just anybody. Bad enough to sell most of them first , then have to pick out which one (or 2) to bring.
|By Lorraine Meadows (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #962) on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 10:48 am:|
Marion has been running Kanuku Warahama for over 20yrs. She is a very knowledgeable horse women and cares for her horses with all her heart.
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