So I've been at this boarding facility for over 5 years (Since I was 13). The mare I own currently (Who is 4 1/2) was born on the property when my trainer was still living/breeding and working as the barn manager at this place. To say the very least, there is ALOT of history with the people at this facility and I know everyone (They all really like me... It's kinda weird, but they do.). So in the last year or so, the place has gone down hill. There is a really terrible trainer training at the facility along with 7 other, YES, 7 other trainers. It's ridiculously scattered and Saturday mornings are horrible now. The bad trainer is, in my opinion, abusive to the 2 horses in the barn she's allowed to touch and she also leaves all her lesson horses manure for someone else to clean. I've mentioned this to the owner repeatedly but all she says is, "She's getting better!!"... She's not. Nope. And when I mention it to the manager, she nods and says she'll take care of it and never does. You see, the owner has just gotten over treating cancer and the manager just had a baby... So, literally, no one is running this place.
The facilities aren't great. There is two round pens, one 45 foot one (It's tiny) footed with sand, and a 60 foot one footed with hazelnut shells. There is one indoor arena, that I cannot stand but am forced to ride in all winter long that is 60x120 and footed with basically small gravel. There is a huge outdoor but it's only useable in July and August because the base sucks and cannot stand up against the Oregon rain.
There is daily turn out, which I like, but in the winter months they put 6 or 7 horses in 3 acre pastures that are just mud and muck. The horses are literally up to their fetlocks in mud all day every day and they're fed their hay on it, which freaks me out.
So what I'm wondering is, even if I'm leaving for college next Fall anyways, is it worth it to move? Everyone would be shocked that I would be leaving, but I'm really getting fed up with being brushed aside and having horses I care about being mistreated. My trainer would teach me anywhere I go and is super supportive (She bred my mare and has high hopes for her in the evening cicuit too.). What do you think??