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post #1 of 7 Old 05-22-2011, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Barn Moving Much Further Away ... What Would You Do?

I recently found out that my barn is moving to a new location that is approximately 40+ minutes further than they are now. My new travel time will be about 2 hours a day as opposed to the current 30 minutes that it takes me to get there.

The problem is that they are leaving lesson costs the same, and they are already rather high compared to other barns around me. Some friends actually think I'm being overcharged to begin with. The new location will not have an indoor ring nor any winter lessons. I'm not sure what will happen in the rain, but I assume lessons would be canceled.

I'm a very loyal person and I feel like I owe it to them to continue going to the new location as they have worked hard on developing me, and I appreciate every moment that I'm with them. The obvious problem is that it's going to cost me a lot more in gas money to get there for what will be less in my opinion. The whole thing doesn't make any sense from a business standpoint...

My instructor told me that most people are not going to the new location which only makes me feel worse. It really is a ways out there, and the barn doesn't have as good a reptuation as other barns that I can go to that are closer and cheaper... but I feel very welcomed there, which meant the world to me as a horribly shy person and now I feel like I have to start over.

What would you do? Should I put loyalty over money, or graciously part ways and go to another barn and see how things go? I'm just so conflicted here... it's honestly consuming me to an unexpected level. :(
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-22-2011, 12:10 PM
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They are choosing to move knowing full well that not all of their clients will be able to travel the extra distance to take lessons with them.

I would find a new barn that's close to me.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-22-2011, 12:25 PM
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I would say, "Sorry, but with the current price of gas, it would not be within my financial interest to stay at this barn."

I felt bad leaving my first barn because I was their only real boarder (it was more of a family's farm), but it was a half hour away and cost me more in gas a month than the actual boarding fee. And then my mare got ulcers and needed to be brought in and given medication twice a day, which they were going to charge me extra for the grain, whereas another barn about 10 minutes from me was a little bit more in boarding, but she was grained twice a day and generally given more attention.

Then the new BO got a different barn, much like your situation. Thankfully that's only another 5 minutes or less from me and much nicer.

Good luck!
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-22-2011, 01:11 PM
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I would find a barn closer to you. It is great that you feel so loyal to them, but keep in mind that they were not thinking of their current clientele when they made the choice to move that far away. If you stay with them you will only get to ride half the year (no lessons in winter) and you will probably want to find a new barn for then anyway instead of taking that much time off.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-22-2011, 02:10 PM
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Yeah, I wouldn't worry about loyalty. At 4$ a gallon, you're well within your rights to stay closer.

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post #6 of 7 Old 05-22-2011, 06:19 PM
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I agree with everyone else. It's really nice that you feel loyal. You've given them your custom so far, but the move isn't viable for you. They have to understand that. I would find a new barn close to you. Keep things friendly with them and tell them if you ever move closer to their new place you'd be happy to board with them again. Thank them for their services. That's all you can do to be polite. It doesn't make sense to put yourself out just for their loyalty. They run a business. I'm sure they will get new boarders, and there won't be hard feelings. I think they'll understand.

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-23-2011, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

I'm glad everyone agrees that moving to a new barn is the best thing to do in a situation like this. I was worried some people would think I should stay loyal, but since everyone has the same opinion it definitely makes me feel better. As someone mentioned, they knew they would lose customers and it's no longer economical or even practical for me to go out there... time to change barns I guess! :)
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