Not to be a huge downer, but in our area of Oregon (I'm from, and keep my horse, in Gresham) I have less than high hopes for you finding a better place. If you do, I'd LOVE to hear about it! Around here we really seem to have more than our fair share of sketchy trainers and every facility (cheaper places on the east side and Corbett, one in Eagle Creek) I've been at has been not so great. I've basically resigned myself to only trail riding and not getting access to an indoor because I just haven't been able to find a good place with an indoor...
I mean, it's sad, but I'm totally jealous that you even have some sort of footing other than mud! Haha
But anyway, on the bright side, if you can live without having a trainer on hand, you may be able to find somewhere perfect for your horse by just asking around. Currently I keep my horse at my neighbor's house (pasture board) and it's really the best situation I've been in yet. There aren't any "facilities" except for a run in/barn sort of deal, but I'm the only boarder, my neighbor lets me keep my horse there for free, there are miles of trails around, and he's really nice, so I'm pretty happy with it.
I've heard that there are some really nice, classy barns in Lake Oswego, if you want to go the $$ route, but I haven't had any hands-on experience with them.
On the mud front, I think, in Oregon, in any sort of pasture board situation, there is going to be a ton of mud. I hate it too, I totally understand! At my neighbor's house, even with just my horse and two llamas being the only traffic on a 3 acre plot, it's muddy, especially outside their run-in. I almost lost a boot outside the run-in yesterday! Haha Last year she was kept in a 1/2 acre paddock with 6 other horses and that thing was pure mud (I actually did lose a boot!). However, she really wasn't any worse off for it, if that makes you feel better at all. She did get a little thrushy in her hooves but that was quickly solved with some AVC and even though she was fed off mud, she survived.
Anyway, I'm still super envious that you have an indoor to ride in! Haha Good luck! It's hard choosing to leave people you love, I totally get it. However, if you're able to end up leaving on good terms and go to a new barn that you love and you feel benefits you more, you can have the best of both worlds! You'll still have your friends but you'll feel tons better about what you're doing. :)
Fabio - 13 year old Arab/QH gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Last edited by Wallaby; 01-01-2011 at 02:10 AM.