My sister and I are new horse owners. We had horses when we were kids but never have boarded until now so we are new to the boarding scene. We bought our horses appx 3 months ago from the barn owner where we currently board. Here is our situation: for 3 months we as well as all other boarders were allowed to use the main barn to groom, bath and tack up our horses using cross ties. We felt very safe using these cross ties. We had free use of round pen to lunge our horses as well as a large arena to exercise our horses...no problems.
Ok...here is the issue we have. Apprx 1 month ago all boarder were sent an email stating that all pasture horses were not allowed to groom, tack up or use the wash area in the barn. (Only stalled horses are allowed to use the barn.) Our horses are pasture only so this means we have to use an area that has only three single tie ups.(these ties up were put up by the barn owner when we indicated that there was only one tie up for all these boarders to use) The problem is they are not really safe....one is right next to a small ditch (this eliminates this tie up) and the other one is not safe because it is at a pen that has a horse that bites on our horse when we are grooming/tacking up. And the other tie up in on a post that is attached to the round pen where sometimes there may or may not be a horse penned in it (not being lunged but placed in there for the day).
Ok, so if we do get the chance to groom and tack up our horse safely (which is a crap shoot) and we would like to lunge our horse in the round pen there is this penned horse in there. We feel we shouldn't have to move this horse since it is not ours to move and we don't feel we should have to go get the barn owner out of her house to move this horse so we can lunge ours.
Ok, if we get to groom/tack our horse safely, lunge them without having to move a horse out of the round pen, then there is the issue of a horse being penned in the exerise arena which again we should not have to move nor get the owner to move.
My sister and I have looked into another barn and they seem to be wonderful and they will come pick up ours for free. Our barn was great until the rule changes 1 month ago and the issues of horses being penned for the day in the round pen and arena which should be freely available to all boarders. Also, 4 boarders have just this week left and they have boarded here for a long time.
If this were your barn would you deal with these inconveniences or move your horse?
P.s) there are some other small issues but these are the main ones.