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post #1 of 13 Old 01-28-2014, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Large boarding facilities always like this?

Soooooo, long story short, until recently I have had Jack and Pancake at a close friends place or at home when I had a place for them. She is getting up there in years and has serious physical issues so I have been taking care of her place, along with working and going to an accelerated nursing program full time. I was there 5-7 days a week feeding, medicating, watering, fixing fence, etc....Unfortunately just before Christmas I discovered that she had not been making sure that Jack was fed(he is an easy keeper and had to be pulled off the round bale) on the rare occasion I wasn't there doing it myself. Needless to say I was upset and when I confronted her she told me to get over it or move my boys.

So I did. I said a few things on the way out of the door, an increased volume....

We are now at a very large, thriving facility. Guided trail rides, pony club, riding lessons, special Olympics, summer camp, 18+ boarders, the works. Now, I like the fact that it is a successful business and they are very well thought of in the community, and there are always people around to ride with, but good LORD it's like a bee hive! Are they all like this?

I admit, I find the young girls amusing.
"You're the new boarder!! What is your horse's name? Oh, what color is your horse? I love bays! Oooh, I've never seen a Rocky Mountain Horse before! What is a Rocky Mountain Horse? Do you like Clinton Anderson? I love Clinton. Jack is so pretty, can I ride him? What are his colors? Your mini is soooo cute! Why is his name Pancake? Can I brush him? Do they both have the same colors? Does Jack have a strong neck? He looks like he has a strong neck."

Everyone is very nice and helpful so far, when Jack twisted a hock in the muck
they seemed just as concerned as I was. I haven't noticed any of the barn politics I have heard about. I honestly can't complain but I AM in shell shock, lol.
I think the hardest part has been watching the people that obviously have ZERO experience owning horses. I try to mind my own business, but the day I watched the elderly woman walk away from her flighty 4 yr old while tied to a post by it's bit as she was starting to lay back was a bit much.

I suppose it will just take a while to get used to the hustle and bustle, but until then I pretty much feel like one of the Clampett's climbing wide eyed and
slack jawed, out of the back woods into the middle of civilization,lol.
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-28-2014, 09:17 AM
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Yes, some places are like this.

You have many activities involving children, young adults and bustling activity is to be expected.

A barn that has Special Olympics, pony club, riding lessons, going to be busy. On the other hand it is also going to have good practices of safety, cleanliness and care of the horses.

I don't mind "busyness" as long as it isn't drama.
Once you aren't the "new kid in town" anymore some of that excitement will calm down aimed at you.
If you can ride and or do your own thing as you wish...sounds good to me.
Even if you can't get out to see your horses everyday, someone will be there looking to talk to them and give a friendly stroke on the neck if they put their head out for it.
And being it is such a "visible" barn, they should get really good care too.

Good luck.
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-28-2014, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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That was exactly my thought when I decided to move them there, they'll be well cared for. Their horses and boarded horses are in good shape, the facility as well. 55 acres of trails, both beginner and advanced. Huge pastures, indoor arena. It's an awesome facility, maybe that is part of my shell shock, lol. It's much nicer than we are used to!
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I say enjoy it :) most barns aren't that drama free with such great amenities.
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At the end of the day it isn't your horse. You can politely offer advice, but if they don't take it politely respect their wishes and move on. I can't stand "barn bullies" who think their way is the only way (not saying you are one). IMO that is probably the number one cause of drama.

Does this place treat your horse right? If so your going to have to sacrifice tranquility. Of your looking for tranquility you may want to look at back yard barns. Then you may have to sacrifice some "extras" like maybe in indoor wash stall, free blanketing, etc. it's a take and give.
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That day all I did was walk over and ask to pet her horse, letting me distract the mare and save her mouth lol. I agree, I don't want to be a know it all in any way, very annoying!
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post #7 of 13 Old 01-28-2014, 10:41 AM
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Selecting the "right" boarding facility is such a headache. The big ones have all the amenities but you have the headache of dealing with so many other people. Plus the fancy facilities usually cost more.

I'm currently boarding at a very small place, with few amenities but it's the closest to my house & work and the cheapest.

The BO seems really nice but when I checked on Ana yesterday her water had frozen over despite the attached water heater. He immediately fixed it as soon as I pointed it out to him. It bothers me a little that I did have to point that out to him. But then again it's been usually cold; I'm sure other facilities in the area are dealing with similar issues. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I will be checking her water every day.

If that doesn't work out I may need to move her to a beehive, which I was hoping to avoid...sigh.
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I can say from experience that not all large barns are busy.

I recently moved my horse to a new barn, and it's fairly large. It'd guess there are easily 30+ boarders. But I have yet to even see someone riding o.o Maybe I just go out at odd times. xD

Congrats on the move, I hope you enjoy your horsie's new home (:
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So far the only thing that bugs me just a little is that I never have full use of the arena because of all the activity. That's not a huge deal though, I have been going at different times to see when its a bit slower.
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There is always drama, always gossip, always people telling you stuff they don't want others to know.

Be a bottomless pit. People can tell you all they want, but it stays with you.
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