I just wrote a long message about the problems that we are having with our current boarding facility but we found another one that is close but I want to know what you all think. Here is the story of how our first visit to this place went.
We called this place that was down the street from us. It said boarding, lessons etc on this sign. Huge place. So we called about boarding and the lady is like we do not board horses here anymore. (only there is about 30 of them in the field) But she says well where do you live. We told her and she is like oh. She then says well what kind of horse do you have etc. We told her our situation and she said well I have not had horses boarded here in several years but if you would like to come by and talk I will be home.
Now I already have a red flag up cause I am like why would she tell us she dose not board horses and then ask us to come and take a look. So, we get over there and she takes us through the facility. All I could do is just drop my jaw in aww. 7 round pens, 1 covered round pen with a chain/rope hanging down and you just hook your horse to it.
For boarding the horse would be in a barn that is fully enclosed and the stall is 10x20 with shavings and an automatic water feeder. Also has a wash area where you can lock the horse in. Forgot the name of what you call that.
The lady said it would be $300 a month for full care. This includes feeding, turn in and out everyday and muck the stall daily. She said she would provide training at $30 an hour or if my wife just needs help showing her what to do she would do that for free. Then she said she would drop the price if my wife would come by sometime and help out around the barn cleaning stalls etc. $250 a month.
But I had to ask. Why do you not board horses here anymore. She said well I am a mean old lady. I was like no your not. She said oh yes I am you have not seen me mean. I was then thinking oh great. This place is great but this lady sucks. I said what do you mean you are mean? She said well people would say they did not want full care and the next thing you know they were not feeding there horses and I was having to do it. They have there own wash bay over there in the other barn but they come over to use mine when theirs is occupied and I tell them know and they get upset. But this is my barn and they have theirs that they pay for. I was like oh ok.
So, here is the question. Should we board with this lady at $250 or $300 a month and hope she is not a witch and a pain to deal with? We would be the only people boarding there and my wife would have no interaction with any other boarders and kinda on her own. ( she says she would like that cause she would not have to wait on a round pen etc) 2nd option would be to bring the horse here as we already have a stall and 3 acres. I would have to get a round pin is all. It would save us money and we could just have a trainer come out?