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        05-17-2010, 04:00 PM
    Check all the feed and tack store bulletin boards, and post some yourself. I don't know what internet searches you have done, but alot of people use Craigslist around here-its free, so it doesn't hurt.
    I think that you are upset because you don't feel you have options. Perhaps if you did, you would be able to make decisions-unfortunately, most horse care involves compromise, and that is really hard as a horse owner.
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        05-17-2010, 04:34 PM

    I would also recommend you talk to the BM/BO before the meeting. Tell him you've heard some rumors and you have concerns about making the new arrangements work for your horse. Ask to discuss some compromises. Mention the point about you using less hay and bedding.

    Based on what you've said, it sounds like they're going to start limiting turnout in order to have better pasture management, which is a plus. There is probably a way to still get your horse turnout and accomplish this goal.

    If your BM announces this changes at the meeting and there's a lot of resistance amoung the other boarders; your chances of getting special consideration are pretty small, particularly if he feels put on the spot in front of the other boarders. Take the opportunity to have the conversation now; and give the BM a chance to think it through.
        08-05-2010, 08:12 AM
    If you do end up deciding to move your horse, try posting an inquiry in a forum like this one asking if anyone knows of good barns in your area. Google searches yield pretty limited results. Someone has to have a website and they have to do whatever it is you do to make it appear towards the top of a Google search in order for you to find it (you're not going to look at upteen zillion search results, are you?).

    I remember last time I was searching for a barn and I'd pretty much looked at everything Google upchucked at me and nothing was really suitable. So I changed my search methods and posted in a horse forum asking if anyone knew of stables in my area. That's actually why I am a member of this. It's a US based forum but when I did a Google search (hah!) it came up in the top for some reason. I had to find a UK-based forum to get a better response to my question, but it worked really well. Quite a few people responded and I got a list of decent barns and also some good advice from locals about which ones to avoid!

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