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post #1 of 14 Old 11-17-2010, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Should I stay or should I leave?

So, my horse is at a barn thats about an hour away from me.
They have an amazing trainer, a smaller indoor, cross country course, huge outdoor, and its at the very low rate of $200 a month. But I have found a barn closer to me. Its $300 a month and I have to clean his stall but it has a HUGE outdoor and 2 indoors, very nice stalls and rolling hills of pasture. It's about 10 minutes from me and I could be out there every day. Where he's at now I only see him twice a week. My choice would've easily been the one closer but;
He's went from my moms, to a barn 15 minutes from me, to a barn 20 minutes, to where he's at now. It was not my choice to move him from the barn he was at before but I couldn't afford the $400 boarding fee when my hours at work got cut. I feel bad from moving him from place to place. Also, the trainer is helping me get his confidence up with jumping. I want what's best for him but I'm also going insane from not being around him. I could really use some words of advice. I feel like I'm a bad owner for wanting to move him when he's already settled.

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-17-2010, 12:26 AM
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I bet he'd enjoy the attention. :)

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post #3 of 14 Old 11-17-2010, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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I bet he'd enjoy the attention. :)
Yes indeed! Me and him have such a strong bond it is heart wrenching to be away for so long ):

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post #4 of 14 Old 11-18-2010, 06:03 PM
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Personally I would move him. An hour is a long way, my old barn was 45 mins and I thought that was bad. Now my barn is 20 mins away so that means I get to spend more time with my horse than travelling to see him :0)
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-24-2010, 10:42 PM
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I'd probably try the move. Explain the situation to your current trainer and BO and if you guys have a good solid relationship they'll understand. If the new place doesn't work out and you leave your current place on good terms and them knowing why you left I bet they'd gladly welcome you back.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-24-2010, 10:54 PM
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I would definitely move. The closer the better, IMO.
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-25-2010, 06:54 AM
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Go Green!!! Drive less ride more :)
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-25-2010, 07:02 AM
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Exactly Wicked! The extra 100 bucks more is worth it if it means you get more out of it! Spend the money on the closeness not the gas. Just like Nike said "DO IT"!
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-25-2010, 10:04 AM
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It's also possible you could pay the trainer to come to you for lessons, if that is your main reason for not moving. Maybe not as often as now, but some trainers will travel.

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post #10 of 14 Old 11-26-2010, 03:00 AM
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Adios, amiga. I'm surpised this is even a question.

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