Right now I am at a very fancy barn with my horse. They have two indoor arenas, two large outdoor arenas, tack lockers, automatic waterers, wash racks, cross ties etc. Money is not an issue right now. I am moving my horse by the end of February. I already have a barn I can go to that I know is reputable. I also know people there who are very happy. They are also pretty fancy with tack lockers, cross ties etc. They don't have super high end stuff like at the other stable but that doesn't bother me at all because the owners there are snobs and charge me for everything
The reason I am moving is the training there/the people. The lessons SUCK and they are the most expensive in the city. If you pay for a private they give you a semi-private. I haven't got anywhere with my horse, Lancer, for months. I have had my horse in full training there with the head trainer. Behind out backs they were letting people ride him, jumping him without our permission, and letting people use him in clinics. They were also abusing him and lying about what they were doing with him. They have done absolutely horribly things to him. They tied up one of his front legs for 1.5 hours and let him loose in an arena and then for another half hour they tied up his back leg. Like...???? They've also tied his head up and he has flipped over, they have also turned him out with side reins. If he took off while his trainer was riding him, he'd get is head pulled to his girth and would get majorly spurred. After that he would be scared out of his mind. If he didn't cooperate the would put a metal cavesson on him-he now has scars. They also locked him in a stall for a week-just cruel. I heard this from another boarder who saw it happen, sadly they didn't tell me until now, after the last incident. I stopped the training immediately. I then contacted people for references of this trainer(something I should have done way sooner). I heard a lot of reeeally bad things. I've learned a lot from this, but my horse was abused right under my nose.
Question 1) How do I go about leaving? This trainer has a reputation for stealing things and not letting people leave. They also make rumors and lies. I haven't told them that we are leaving...
Question 2) There is a trainer I really like but they don't have very nice stables. Do you think this stable would work out? There is an 11 stall barn with lots of space and a meeting room. There are no cross ties(doesn't bother me) but also no wash rack
. I might show in the winter...sort of a problem. I is a hunter/jumper/dressage barn and they compete a lot. There are many trails on the property and they may be building cross country jumps. There is also a very large heated indoor arena. They are very outdoorsy and most of their horses live outside-not a problem. My horse could have a stall. Problem #2 is that there are no shelters outside...I live in southern Alberta, it can get pretty cold. I like to have my horse outdoors all summer...is that okay in rain and thunderstorms? Problem #3, their outdoor arenas are not fenced! I may be able to fund fencing depending on the price:_____? These people are very nice, the head trainer is taught by top level olympic riders and treats horses with utmost kindness.