Here's the thing about the current barn owners, they are impossible to communicate with. They are just of the personality where they talk, you listen. And before you can even comment, they are onto the next thought and you are left, mystified. Literally, I have walked away from conversations with them thinking, "What just happened?"
I don't feel they were up-front about their care. They said turnout included, which in their minds means an hour or two in the arena. When I ask, why wasn't my horse out, they say, "He was in the arena, but people came to ride." I always reply, then put him OUTSIDE. They nod and just repeat. They feed a strict alfalfa diet with limited flakes. I in no way am interested in limiting my horses forage. Especially since he so rarely goes outside. And I am not going to let him forage on Alfalfa. So I purchase my own Timothy and 50/50 that with the alfalfa at feedings and advise them to give my horse the forage provided. This never happens (i work full time, or you can bet I'd be there).
I have been there since April 1st. And I believe that going from a free choice environment to this limited diet has played a part in his weight loss. Also, their grain is not that good, only 4% fats and fiber. So I purchase my own 12/12/12 for him to get 50/50 with their grain. So I am paying for my own grain, my own hay, and am being dismayed on turnout. You can see why I have to leave there.
The new barn I like is closer to my house. So I am not sure my trainer would be willing to drive that far. She is hoping to go full time at the other facility. Which is a nice place. But very little turnout. And the other barn turns out all day with round bales. Plus the place is gorgeous! But, I would be back to training myself. Which isn't all terrible. But I really wanted to go beyond my limits a little quicker than I can with my one-on-one trial and error.
Last edited by Wancata; 06-23-2011 at 01:48 PM.