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    07-07-2012, 12:57 PM
Question Should I Move Barns?

I'll try to keep this short as I can-
I've been riding at the same barn for about 4-5 years. Last summer, I got my first horse (I'd leased before then) and I've boarded him at this barn since then. It's a small 'backyard barn' style barn, and $500/ month is inclusive of feeding, stalls for inclement weather...the basics. The barn and everything are in pretty shabby condition, but it's not too bad. And there is an small arena and jumps available. I've been riding with a trainer about once every other week as well, but the problem is that I'm not sure she's as experienced with hunter jumpers as she's led the people at the barn to believe. Don't get me wrong, she's a really great trainer, but I think her expertise is in areas like paint shows and western pleasure. I don't really like the headset that she has my horse working in, and I feel like she's pushing me more toward paint shows when personally I'd rather do hunter jumpers.

Anyway, my sister was trying to sell her horse at the beginning of summer (she's going to college and can't take her), and one person that came to see her was from a pretty fancy show barn in the area, for their lesson program. My family was going on a month long vacation, so long story short, my horse ended up going with this lady to the fancy show barn for the month to work in their lesson program as well. They're not paying me and I'm not paying them, so I'm pretty pleased with how it worked out.
HOWEVER, after seeing the facility... I'm really wanting to start boarding at this new barn. It's really nice, PLUS they go to a lot of shows and are equipped to transport horses (that was a constant problem at my old barn).

Here's the problems with switching to that barn though-
1. The board is $1000, which includes 4 lessons a month as well. This is the most glaring problem, but I feel like there's a pretty good chance we could make an agreement for him to be used in lessons 3 days of the week, and for me the other 3, in exchange for the board to be dropped to $500. If it turns out this wouldn't work, this move isn't something I'd even consider- but for the purpose of answering this question, let's pretend that they do agree to it. ;)
2. I don't want to break relations with anyone at the current barn. There is another horse whose owner is paying me commission to sell him, and he'll be staying at the barn where I'll continue riding him. I really don't want it to be awkward when I see my old trainer or barn manager around the barn. They're currently pretty low on horses as it is, so I don't think they'd like me too much if I took my horse away too. I also need my barn manager for work references, since I've worked there for several years and she's my go-to person for references or recommendation letters. Plus I would like to keep my job there!

So there, hopefully that wasn't tooooo confusing. I guess the problem is that I feel like my horse and I could be more competitive at the barn where he's staying right now- but I wouldn't be able to ride him as much and it might make things weird with the people at my current barn. Please let me know what you guys think, it would be enormously helpful!
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    07-07-2012, 02:12 PM
Unless the riders at the new barn are more advanced than you it's difficult to progress with your training. The horse can also wind up arena sour and reluctant to listen. Are you obligated to stay with the trainer at your current place or can you have someone else come?
    07-12-2012, 02:52 AM
I think you should go for it. If they drop to 500 a month like you're wanting it would be worth it! It sounds like the place you are at right now isn't taking you to where you want to go. I know the feeling. I would talk to everyone at your current barn about your move so that things end on a happy note. You wouldn't want things to be awkward. If your horse is happy at the new place, and you are happy there, then don't let anyone hold you back.Good luck with whatever choice you make!
    07-16-2012, 12:57 AM
I'm sorry. I'm still trying to wrap my mind about those boarding costs. Where I come from they charged $285 for full service boarding with stalls, turnout, and feed and hay provided.
Back to your question, if you are comfortable sharing your horse with people in lessons (I, personally, never would) and that barn will fit you much better then, go there and just discuss with the old barn what is up, and hopefully they won't go crazy on you.
    07-16-2012, 01:22 AM
Green Broke
Well first I would talk to your trainer you currently have. Have a nice chit chat about where you want to go, why you arent really satisfied and see if she wwould do more with you...maybe she isnt as experienced with it and if that is the case she should be understanding in the fact that you are looking to move up in your skills and want someone that can go the distance.

If she indeed cannot help you progress any more I would go for it. Its not like your trying to completely cut off from your current said you were still going to go there, I think they would be understanding...

Im just trying to wrap my head around $500 board...we charged $150 when we boarded peoples horses, and that included stall/turnout/ full feed and clean 2ce a day and me exercising their horses for them 3 times a week.
    07-16-2012, 01:46 AM
Green Broke
I'd go with the new barn. It sounds like the old barn is holding you back and trying to take you and your horse in a direction you don't want to go.

When you tell your current BO about your decision, try not to make it sound like her barn was inadequate- focus on some of the things they don't offer at her barn, like transportation to shows, etc. that you need in order to move forward with your goals. Let her know that you appreciate what she's done for you in the past several years and that you'd like to continue working there.

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