Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alberta/British Columbia Canada
I know how you feel... I moved my horse from my sisters place about 4 months ago, to a place about a mile away from me (my sister lives about 20-25 minutes away, not that far away , but an inconvenience). I was really scared about moving my horse, as I know my sister took good care of her, but I felt I would be able to spend more time with her and enjoy her more if I could be closer.
IT WAS THE BEST THING I EVER DID!!!!!!!
I love my new barn (just one other horse there). I am only a couple minutes away, so sometimes I visit twice a day. Even when it's miserable and rainy outside, it doesn't feel like a hassel to go and spend 15 minutes visiting and getting the feed ready. I know I'm really lucky, because the lady who owns the place is amazing, and treats my horse like she was hers. Also, she loves to ride, so I now have a full time riding partner (my sister has two little kids, and rarely has time for a ride these days).
I'm lucky, because the board is very inexpensive, but even if it was more, it would be worth it (just the gas that I'm saving not having to drive so far makes a big difference).
Anyway, I think knowing that if it didn't work out, I could move her back to my sisters made it easier.
As for your worry about your horses stress... I would use Bach Flower Rescue Remedy when you move her. Give it to her before you load her in the trailer, and put some into her water when you arrive at the new barn. Use it for a couple days, and it should help a lot (if she has stress issues). FYI, I was worried about my mare getting beat up by the horse at the new barn, but turns out they LOVE each other... always cuddling up to one another, it's very sweet!
Last edited by palominogirl; 01-11-2009 at 03:01 PM.