I've been trying for the last few months to find somewhere else to board my horse and pony.
The yard I'm at is frustrating me more and more every day. It's on a DIY basis, and for the last month I have no access to water for the horses at the times I am there.. so I am bucketing water from the far end out of filled drums to where my boys are. The only turn out I have is what was meant to be an arena but they never put the footing down but there is NO grass and only pure muck.. and they are sharing it with a teaser pony who makes it dangerous to bring the boys in. I'm further annoyed that they have shabby electric tape up as fencing and EVERY morning there are loose horses. I'm from the mentality that if your going to do it... do it right! Anyway.....
I've been viewing yards, talking to other people and am getting NOWHERE. I had viewed a yard 2 months ago, price was fantastic, I would have the use of 2 arenas but I didn't get a "vibe" from it. The "tack room" was all the saddles thrown in together.
I went to view another yard a few weeks ago, and she was a lovely lovely woman. She had a riding school and offered me a "do-able" price for the pony, which would include lessons for my little girl. Problem? She wouldn't take Bandit as she doesn't have the space for a large horse. Her solution was her neighbors, who also have an arena. They wanted to charge a fortune - as much as I know some racehorse trainers charge on a weekly basis. I wouldn't be just doubling my current expense, I'd be tripling. It just isn't do able at the moment.
Another place I had previously kept a pony at have given me a reasonable price.... which included lessons for both of us. My issue? The quality of lessons is very very poor - kids jumping before they know what a diagonal is, people falling off daily. They have nice enough facilities, including an indoor (almost unheard of here) but the horses are used to death and I've known of a few to actually go down in the arena during lessons.
How hard can it be to find somewhere, who is reasonably priced and NOT have the place falling down? Why do people think it is ok to have botchy electric tape stretched everywhere and in all directions and think they can charge you a pretty penny for unsafe paddocks?
I'm just beyond frustrated.. at the moment my best option is the place I had went to but didn't get the vibe from I'm just beyond frustrated with the conditions the boys are in at the current yard, I pay for 2 stables, only have one and don't have access to water?!??!
Am I just insanely fussy?? Do I need a good slap and to be told to get my head out of my backside? Is it too much to ask for, to pay somebody to have safe turnout that I know my horses will get a pick of grass and not end up in some other part of the county after squeezing through some tape?