Went to look at the yard today - WOW! I am def making the move :)
The sheltered pen isn't a paddock like I had thought - it's a pen in a shed, about the size of 8 boxes with straw bedding and all the hay they can eat. Everyday they get at least 2 hours turnout - either in an arena or grass paddock weather permitting. The price includes everything, no hidden extras. When I tally it up in my head, the price of petrol for the drive should come in about the same as my paying for bedding, hay, feed.
Arena 1 is a nice size, with some jumps set up. Arena 2 is an oversized lunging ring but could easily do some flatwork in it, arena 3 isnt as big has good built up walls - will be ideal for kiddie to ride in, but big enough to do a easy canter, ect. Arena 4 is still being built, and is the biggest of the lot. It's not a big busy yard, and he said that if I'm out during the day chances are I'll have the arena to myself. I have use of the tackroom, kitchen, toilet areas. The place isn't immaculate, but it's very obvious he is always making improvements and there is a lot of work going into the place.
Went out to the cross country course *giddy excited dance*, looks fantastic! When Bandit and I are both fit (only rode twice since xmas) we are going to have great fun, depending if I don't chicken out!! lol! The main water jump looks brilliant, I may need a blindfold for that one. He's got full sized fences and also novice fences, which are much more appealing to my eye :)
Major highlight - he has a son the same age as mine. If I want to ride Mon and Wed durin the day for €5 I can drop him in to their minder so that I can ride in peace!!! Hello, quality me time, I've missed you! :)
I am so excited, just to talk to hubby when he gets home - he's going to say "whatever you think yourself" but if I dont talk to him I'll be stuck with "sulking husband" for the evening :)
Stop for a minute, open your mind, learn. You may not agree with what I say, I may not agree with what you say but we will both learn something new.