10-17-2009, 11:33 AM
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When I first moved here, I was a Working Student at a fabulous barn for 2 years, which was a half hour drive away. I drove an hour a day and my Hubby and I swore that we'd never board a horse again, that far away. Lol.
When my Hubby lost his job due to the economy, I couldn't conintue to be a working student and had to get a job, so that meant, no more working for board and lessons - so I had to move my guy.
I moved him to a farm that was 5 minutes away. My MIL's farm to be exact. It was great at first. He was quite happy though, being out in pasture 24/7, but we were missing out on lessons, access to other riders and we both got depressed. We went from a huge barn where we rode everyday, trails, lessons, schooling, activities and were surrounded by tons of other riders just like me - to nothing.
So I moved him to another facility, that was about 15 mintues away I think? Wasn't at all as advertised and I was better off at my MIL's farm. Regreting the move, I started to search for somewhere else.
LOL - where are we now? At another very large barn *now that both Hubby and I are working full time, plus I work another part time job on the weekends* I was able to afford to get back into the swing of things. Love my new barn, absolutely fabulous and amazing to be back in the social aspect of riding and the barn atmosphere - which is...... 1/2 hour drive away.
HA HA HA HA!
But the drive doesn't matter. I am so happy at my new barn. I LOVE the people, I made friends right away and was warmly welcomed. They have so many shows/acitivies going on, and amazing coaches, and I absolutely love it.
The moment I show up at the barn and walk into the isle way, I have people shouting my name and kids running up to me to hug me. It doesn't matter what time of day I go out, there is always someone there who is riding as well and that makes it nice.
Someone is always willing to help, I'm always reaching out to help others and it's great.
It is well worth the 1/2 hour drive.