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    08-10-2010, 11:31 PM
Help me make a decision?

I started to write out an enormous post, but I'll spare you guys that and just write a list. I'm trying to decide where/if I want to move my horse. If you want more details, just ask. Any help is much appreciated.

Barn #1
-My current barn and one I've been at for almost a year and a half
-Will no longer be offering stall boarding as of September because BO is moving...somewhere. Communication is not so great.
-Everyone is leaving. The only horses left will be the ones BO is still trying to sell and my horse, as far as I know.
-If BO is moving far, I have no idea who is going to be taking care of the horses. Again, communication is an issue.
-Boarding is free in exchange for feeding/stall cleaning.
-The barn is definitely not going to be sold, as it's BO's parents who own and live on the property. BO has been living next door.
-The fencing is great but there is no shelter in the pastures. Not even trees.
-There are tons of trails and I mainly trail ride with my horse. It's been awhile since the trails were really maintained though.

Barn #2
-Further away than #1 but not too bad.
-Not an actual boarding barn but a girl from #1 is bringing her horse home and wants a couple of boarded horses to keep her company.
-No real trails but plenty of empty roads.
-Boarding price is good for my area but far from free. This is a slight problem as I'm unemployed at the moment. I'm working on this though. And really, paying board might leave me with more time to just enjoy my horse and allow me to be more flexible with hours I can work if/when I get a job.

So, advice? Please?

Oops, I guess I should have put this in Horse Boarding. Can I move it?
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    08-11-2010, 09:51 AM
It seem barn #1 wants out of the business. I would be concerned that theowners would want some $ at some point for pasture board. Why would the allow you to do that for free. I mean why would they want you out on their property all the time without any compensation? I guess I would lean to barn #2. You haven't mentioned how you get along with this person though I am assuming as of now it is fine. Make sure you have a contract and I would be looking for a back up plan in case she decides it isn't working out.

Best of luck!
    08-11-2010, 11:23 AM
Until you actually find a job, I'd be inclined to stay at barn #1. Explain to the owner of barn #2 your situation, and ask if you can move your horse there after you find a job and know that you could pay her. It may be field boarding for a little bit; but if they are going to keep to the free board, even if it is just pasture, I'd stay where I knew I wouldn't be "robbing Peter to pay Paul".

Good Luck!!!
    08-11-2010, 06:30 PM
Rcshawk, their compensation is that three times a week I'm feeding and cleaning the stalls of all the horses there, not just my own. I know BO of Barn #1 isn't interested in having a boarding barn anymore, but I don't think I'm likely to actually be kicked out anytime soon, even if it eventually ends up that it's pretty much self-care.
    08-11-2010, 07:14 PM
Originally Posted by Friendable    
rcshawk, their compensation is that three times a week I'm feeding and cleaning the stalls of all the horses there, not just my own. I know BO of Barn #1 isn't interested in having a boarding barn anymore, but I don't think I'm likely to actually be kicked out anytime soon, even if it eventually ends up that it's pretty much self-care.

I didn't mean to be offensive. My understanding is that it was or would only be you and their horses that they are trying to sell. Once they are sold you wouldn't be providing a service to them. That was my point. Anyway I hope it works out for you!
    08-12-2010, 12:46 AM
Oh, no, I wasn't offended. I was just trying to clarify, but I understand what you mean. I just don't think the other horses are going to be gone all that quickly. The market is really not good in my area.

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