Musical Boarding....Am I just being picky?
Ok, so, I got my horse out of the stress and drama fest of her old barn. However, I kind of jumped before looking and moved her WAY TOO FAR AWAY! It takes about 30 minutes just to get out there, then another 10 just to get down the OMG rocky mile long drive way. The driveway is so bad that it litterally ripped an oilpan off of someone's car!!!
The place is very....I don't even know lol. The people are nice but honestly, I haven't been out there since the first week I moved her due to the distance and road condition (I own a pos car that's falling apart as it is. Trying to get something better)
They say they have miles of trails, which may be true, but again, since I can't get out there, I can't even enjoy what they DO have!!! (And yes, I know this is not their fault and this is NOT a thread of blame!!) Not to mention that the cost of just one horse is what I was paying to board two horses where I was...not that it's saying much however....However, upon closer inspection of the place, it's also rather...unsafe...There are rocks and ditches in the pasture and while walking the pasture a friend of mine found a 5 inch rusted screw just laying around!!! Also, while the fencing is up, it's got gaping holes in it that a horse 'could' put their head through and get caught...Though I feel like I'm worrying over little things that just AREN'T little to me!
So I have been toying with the idea of just taking my time and finding a place closer.
A few weeks ago I was looking at getting a second horse and went to go look at a rather pretty paint gelding. The owner was asking too much for his training level and it just didn't work out for either of us, but she had nice property and since I knew I was looking to move anyway asked her about boarding with her and I could just work/train her horse up a bit for board (she was ok with it but knew she had too many horses on her property really board another) but she said she'd keep an ear out for me and let me know. I kinda shrugged it off since people generally don't keep their word to me about such things....
Surprise!!! She emails me out of nowhere and tells me of this place just a few houses down from where she lives (which is only 8 miles from me) and they are charging very little. The place even has a barn!!! She's paying the upfront cost of bushhogging since she's going to put 1-2 of her horses out there as well to let the grass on her property grow back a little, so my horse wouldn't be alone.
Now, this is just a 'back yard' type place, and while I went to go look at it, I noticed a few things that are EASILY fixable, but because it's so over grown I couldn't really see the condition of the fence, so I'll probably go out there again once it's all bushhogged to make any repairs that are needed.
On top of this good fortune, the woman has a truck and trailer and all I have to pay is gas to pick up my horse and move her!!! Another thing is, is that she 'over paid' these people to help pay for the bushhogging, so technically she's paid for 3-4 horses for a month anyway, and since she only plans on putting 1-2 of hers on there, she said that she's technically already covered first month's board!!! My head is spinning with 'too good to be true'!!!
On top of that the woman has a nice round pen I can use to work horses and give lessons with and has also offered me use of her property alongside the property that my horse might be staying at...so that's like....15 acres....and, while she lives in a bit of a houseing comunity, she knows the back roads and where some nice trails are too!!!
I just can't believe how nice and helpful this woman is!!! I'm just afraid that I'm going to move my horse again and something else will happen...
Another plus is also that there are several people she knows wants riding lessons and horsemanship lessons (including the people who own the pasture property) AND I'll get a chance to work with the horse of hers that she was trying to sell/lease out!!! (who I really love!!!)
Ok, so...pros are that it's close, I'll have use of a round pen, someone to ride with and trails, and she'll share the work of feeding during the winter (if I can't get out there every day and so on)
Cons....It's litterally someone's back yard...and it's just ANOTHER move...
Those are what I can think of, but I'm pretty sure I'm being blinded by all the 'too good to be true' that's flying around in my head.
So, any insight would be helpful....
(notes, my horse has her 5-way, rabbies, and coggins, and the woman's horses haven't left her property in 2-3 years and all came with shots and coggins as well. And she has a farrier that lives just down the street as well)