Thank you everyone for replying to my novel!
Its so nice to hear that people don't think I'm overreacting! My mom keeps saying "we should wait it how, and see how things go." But I was thinking...why should I wait for them to change something, I'm pretty much decided that I'm going to move. :)
I went and visited the other barn, it's pretty awesome! They do not have an indoor yet, and they are still doing a little building work to the facilities (nothing unsafe). But they showed me pictures of what the barn looked like when they moved in in the beginning of the summer, and they have gotten a TON of work done. It was basically a shell, and now they have 9 very nice stalls, a feed room, and a tack room. AND a HUGE outdoor. This is reassuring to me as I have been in places (before I owned a horse) where things were promised (indoor etc.) but nothing every materialized. The fact that they have already gotten so much work done shows (to me anyways) that they are motivated to create a really nice facility and atmosphere. I was shown where the bathroom is going in as soon they can start building again (its hard to do construction in winter here in Maine!). I was also told *tentatively* by a person who rides there about plans to put a covered arena in this summer, but so far I'm treating that bit of information as a rumor, not a fact or promise.
I haven't met the trainer yet, when I visited she was out picking up hay so I was showed around by my brother's girlfriend who rides there.
I think my game plan is this:
Take April to think, have a couple lessons at that barn and look around for other barns (which I am 99.9% sure there aren't any. I'm situated in the exact wrong place in my state for riding, all the good barns are either too far North or too far South
. The only other barns are, at least, a solid 30 min drive, which is just too much to do after school 3-4 days a week). Then, I am doing a little schooling show the first weekend of May, and my school gets out almost exactly a month later. So I will decide by around that weekend, and if I am going to move, give them my 30 day notice so that I will move when schools out.
Regarding the 30 days notice: I think the only thing I have to worry about here is being ABSOLUTELY certain that I want to move when I give it to them. I don't think it would go over well if I changed my mind! I also don't think I need to worry about my stuff. However much I dislike the trainer, the owners are still very professional and show very competitively, I don't think they would do anything to my stuff, too much of a risk as I know (and they know) there are several boarders plus my current trainer who would be very angry.
I am also going to figure what their plans are for further renovations, mostly a covered ring/indoor. They trailered to a local indoor for lessons this past winter, but living in Maine, where most of the year is winter, almost winter, and mud season, an indoor is pretty important part of facilities.
Another really cool thing about that they are just across from my county fairgrounds, where there are a number of shows held. They literally WALK to the shows! So cool! They also say there is an ice cream place nearby that you can ride to!
So as I'm heading deeper into 'research' about this barn, as my mom says (she wants me to be 100% certain and have there be no surprises, understandable) I have a few questions.
I plan on definitely having a few lessons with the trainer. Is there any thing that I should look for other than how we get along? I've never really, I dunno, 'reviewed' my trainers, just sorta went along with things. I've never had like an intense, animated trainer like I am told this one is.
Anything that would be a red flag facilities wise? I want to have a more thorough tour, I sorta only got a glance around. What should I look for in fields, barn, stalls, feed/hay storage, tack storage? Anything that would set off your
Sorry for having so many questions
Like I said, I consider my self an 'experienced' rider, but I'm a complete noob when it comes to boarding as I have only had my guy a year.