To move barns or stay put? That is the question.
So, I use to board at this barn and moved to my current place back in July. I had boarded there for roughly 6ish months and moved due to barb wire and my old gelding being too nosey. It ended up being more of a risk then I was willing to take and I ended up moving somewheres closer to my house. I was also told the wire was to be taken down shortly after I had arrived there last January but it never happend...so I ended up moving in July after my gelding thought he could "jump" the fence. Thankfully he walked away from that one with a cut but nothing bad.
I payed $175 a horse when I was there and I had 2. I supplied grain and shavings because I had a stall. The BM fed for me in the Ams and I would feed in the Pms. Hay is supplied for you. This barn is about 15-20 minutes from my house.
I moved back in July to a nice barn closer to my house. (about 3 minutes away from my house to be exact) Its a bigger place but very low key. Barely any drama, everyones horses are in there own paddocks, nice barn and sanded arena. My horses have a huge 3 bay run-in and a 3 acre pasture all to themselves. I do all my own work and supply my own hay, grain, etc etc. The BO does nothing for me other then let me use his paddock and he lent me and my fiance his extra Gator that he doesnt use so we don't have to walk up the hill to my paddock. Its also a PITA trying to haul grain and shavings by hand up the hill. So basically we use the Gator for free as well, we just put gas in it.
I love where I am currently. Its such a nice place but to me its never had that "homey" feeling. Im 19, everyone at the barn is much older (30s or up) so I feel like I don't 'fit in' as much. I have one other person who I talk and ride with alot whos 47. I enjoy riding with her but its just not the same as riding with people my age. No one really rides here besides me and 2 other people. I rarely ride alone anymore because for some reason I don't feel as comfotable riding there as I did at my old place. (i know im weird, haha!) I think it may be because I've had more bad expierences at this place while riding then at my old place.
When I first moved here in July I was paying $225 a horse for self care and it has since been raised to $250 a month per horse which is alot because I can get rough board and someone to feed for me for $250. I currently have 2 horses and a mini donkey. Right now me and the fiance pay $550. (Extra $50 during winter months for a water heater in the trough) So come summer we would pay $500. Both prices arent including the hay, grain, etc etc we buy either.
Lately me and the fiance have been going through some rough spots and I've decided that I want to start being more independant with my horses. (IE; affording and paying for them myself instead of having to depend on if he will pay for his share this month, etc. We split board now but id just rather pay for it myself so I know it gets payed on time) Problem is, I cannot afford what we pay now at our current place by myself and I definitely will not be able to afford to pay for all the hay alone, either.
This is why I've questioned going back to my old barn. I've been speaking to the owner of the barn and my good friend who helps run the place and he is willing to let me bring my two horses and mini for $300 per month to help me out. (My friend told him that me and the fiance broke up and I can't afford to keep the horses at my current place alone which is true but me and the fiance have sence gotten back together so not sure how great that would look having my fiance show up at the barn and him kinda be the excuse as to why I need cheaper board.... the owner is only there on weekends but some of the other boarders are a bit too nosey for there own good...)
Anyway he told me that my guys can go in the big field (which is about 100 acres of grass and mostly fenced in barb wire) and I explained to him that the last time my mare (who has one eye) was turned out there she was attacked badly by another horse and my other horse cannot be on alot of grass because the vet wants me to really keep an eye on his weight as he has a degree or two of rotation so we definitely do not want him foundering. He mentioned to my friend that we can maybe make a temporary paddock for my guys out of electric fencing in one of the front corners of the big paddock until they get around to permanently sectioning off the big field which in all honestly probably wont be done for awhile. (the front is fenced with boards and not wire so my guys would be in with boards and electric fencing) The 'paddock' would only be about an acre give or take and will probably end up pretty muddy in time. And being that theyll probably be in there permanently for awhile I feel terrible if theyre going to be standing in mud and slop. Which also means no grass will be growing there. There also isnt a run-in there but they were discussing that further. This place has always been 'homey' to me and I miss it alot because I always had people to talk with and hangout with..but theres two people in particular who are very drama filled people to say the least...Theres no bathroom here, no hot water (there was only cold water there last I knew but they were doing something with the water lately so not sure if theyre getting hot water) no heated tack room, a grass ring.
My current barn has a heated tack room and heated bathroom, an outdoor wash area and an indoor wash area with hot/cold water (that noone ever uses for some odd reason), a round pen and huge sanded ring.
So, im kinda torn on what to do. I want to be able to afford these guys on my own but at my current place it aint happening. Im not getting rid of any of my horses as my gelding is my 'riding' horse and my mare is kinda with me for life. Donkey is a companion for them currently. So, what would you do? All my friends are at my old barn so ill always have people to ride with who're around my age. Im finding at my current barn im not as happy as I was at my old one. I think its because I always find myself alone with nobody to ever talk to and discuss 'horses' with.
What would you doo??
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