Okay ~ I am going to try to address alot of the questions asked.
Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie View Post
I agree with the others. Your horse will not be stressed by 8 weeks of renovations, though you may be.
If you can ride after 7:30 in the evening and 2:00 at weekends, then stay and find out what it's like once the dust has settled. I assume that your parents think those times will work with their/your schedule otherwise they'd probably want to move too.
So as far as I can see, your problem is that the new owners want to do the place up a bit. Yah! Investing in a business is a good thing and it is going to give you a better barn.
Oh - and why on earth would they kick the boarders out? You are Income!
I was thinking of giving it a try, and then go from there about how it works. At the moment, I am riding 6-7 days a week. 3 times a week my grandparents drop me off, or stay and watch me ride. Then the other 4 my parents go. About the 7:30 at night part, I am there from about 3:30 to 7 anyway, and just barley get done with what I need to. Also, my horse is really colicky and I hate riding him after her eats, I know the risk isnt much, but it just worries me!
With them doing the place up a bit, It is already a great barn as it is, the things that they want to do, really dont affect us, it is just re shaping the ends of the arena for their equipment, paving the isles, ect. So it is mostly for there needs.
For the kicking the boarders out, it was just a thought. I have just heard of it happening and it has always just been a worry of mine!
1. Your parents are footing the bill, what they say goes.
2. Don't borrow trouble.
I wanted to put out, my parents just pay board and vet. I pay for most of my tack, my parents got me started with the basics along time ago. Now I pay for it myself. If I had a job that could pay my horses full board, heck yes I would pay for it. But I just have a small part time job that pays me $80 a month, and I use that to save up or to by tack when needed.
IMO-you are way more stressed by this than your horse. Remember-they feel your reactions. They will pretty much take things in stride as long as you do.
The restricted hours would be difficult for me, but I have no idea how much you are paying where you are as opposed to the $425 at the place you posted that you like. Remember-unless it is your house and you are the only one there-you may always be competing for time in the arena. just a fact of life, and riding alone is no fun. When you get a job, if you still want to move-subsidize what your parents pay and move. But while they are paying-they get the say. Just a fact.
I know I am super stressd about it!
We are paying about $100 less than the $425 place, but I already have a small part time job that pays me $20 a week, so they would only be paying $20 extra. For the times, it is really hard for me to, riding 7 days a week, at 3:30 or 4:00, I hate riding my horse after he has eaten since he is colicky.
Sorry I forgot to include my small part time job...
I think you have a couple of different issues here. I doubt remodeling the barn will stress your horse so much, certainly not more than moving to a totally different barn with new horses would. I would hope most of the noisy stuff could be done when they are turned out and not subjected to the noise.
That said.. the hours being so restricted is a much bigger issue. THAT I could not live with. I assume that is because they need to arena for the lessons, and maybe once they have a schedule down, they will find they are not as busy as they expect and you would have more options. Are there trails etc you could still ride on? Or do they mean you just plain cannot be there, riding or doing groundwork at all during 'business hours'? If I could not ride till 7:30 at night, I would never see my horse!
Perhaps tho, the reason your parents are reluctant to move is the finances. And unless you are the one paying, I dont think there is a lot you can do to make your parents move barns. ( I see a lot of younger riders on here saying "they can afford ( different barn, new boots, different horse, more lessons... you name it) But I think young riders need to realize that giving you a horse, lessons, and all the costs that go along with a horse, is a sacrifice they choose to make, but do not HAVE to make. That is a bit off topic but.... )
For the moment, you can ride it out, see how things change, and maybe make sure the new owners will put something in writing about giving you notice if you have to find new boarding? ( they may want to keep boarders since that is a consistent source of income for them...)
I really hope the noise stuff would be when they are outside too! With the arena times I hate it to, I ride 7 days a week at either 3:30 or 4:00 and really like my schedule! My horse gets worked well and has plenty of time to cool off before they feed. I dont like to ride my horse after he has eaten since he is colicky and have always been like that. They actually are already at a barn and are using those hours, and when they come in to this barn and have the barn "to them self's" plan on adding alot more programs to there list. Which means, longer hours. They already told us that may happen.
With the paying aspect. I already have a small part time job that pays me $80 a month. So I pay for my own tack, if I want lessons, I pay. If I had a job that payed me enough so that I could pay my horses board heck yes I would. My parents have gracious enough to let me have a horse since I was eight. I would love for every month, or every other month for them not to get the board bill, but for me to. So they can do things they like.
Anyway, I hope to be able to keep you guys updated! I found another really small barn in town I like, we are going next Saturday to look at it, it has small pastures, but everything else seams pretty nice! My dad is reluctant but my mom is atleast willing to take me to get a good look at it!
If you have any other questions, please, just ask! :)