Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Canadensis, Pennsylvania
So I love the barn I'm at, not so much the facility, but the people and the atmosphere. I've been with them for 13 years.
I purchased my mare from this barn. We're supposedly moving barns (slowly)
to a much nicer barn, and we'll have an indoor when we're there, access to plenty of bridle paths. I'd love to go there with them, BUT, I have bills to pay while being a full time student.
My board right now is $300 a month, plus her joint supplement at $40. So it's not bad compared to other places, but I really can't afford it.
My bo said she would take my mare back or try to work something out until I can take her back. I feel sick doing that though, I've put 5 years of work into her and she's come so far. I couldn't stand to see her go back to the way she was. She's 16-22 years old so if she went back into such a poor shape again, I'm afraid bringing her back up might be too stressful.
She's really very fit and healthy now, from consistent and proper work, I wish I had someone to lease her, but the face that she's a Standardbred and possibly on the older side, no one advanced enough is interested in her. Even though she's great, she has been going through combined training with me and she's just absolutely brilliant and so athletic. She's really a gem and I can't even think about losing or giving her up without tearing a little bit. She's my baby and my first horse, though I don't think it would be any different if it was a different number.
School and my mandatory bills (my car insurance, payments, gas, and health things) obviously need to come first. I know that. I'll hopefully be working after my classes at my current job, and on campus. I'm commuting, so I have plenty of time between classes to work, rather than waste the gas to go home and sit around.
What would YOU do? I don't feel right just leaving my horse as her (my bo) responsibility. So many people take advantage of her, I know that isn't my case, but I still feel like it would be adding stress on her.
I'll see if maybe she would do a half lease on her, so she can use her for her business (lessons and trails) without me just paying nothing. She can't afford to have ANOTHER horse. When I brought up the half lease she kind of seemed like she didn't want to. She said "we'll figure something out so you don't have to lose your horse." but she really wouldn't speak any more on what we should do.
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