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post #1 of 10 Old 03-09-2011, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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New Barn Choice Dilemma...advice wanted

Hey guys-

I wanted to put this here so that hopefully I would get more input.

Backstory (sorry if this gets lengthy):

I am moving barns, period. I need to leave where I currently am due to personal reasons.

I have been looking for a solid month for areas close to me (within about 15 miles if possible). There are only a handful of places that are close and only a couple in my price range ($450/month max).

I went to look at one barn that is just out of my distance requirement (17ish miles) and I really liked it. Its more of an adult amateur barn (I am 27) which I like and is tailored for Eventing/Cross Country. They are consistent in going to competitions and they have a trainer on site which I also like. Indoor arena and huge pasture with cross country jumps, etc. The going rate at this barn is $380/month for a covered run and daily pasture turnout. The two issues when I looked at this barn 3 weeks ago was that they had no availability and the drive would be about 20-30 minutes every time I wanted to go to the barn (which I like to do 5-6 times a week if possible).

I looked at another barn that is less than 10 miles away. They are a smaller barn that doesn't compete or anything. Its individual people with their personal horses. No trainer on site (although you can bring in whoever you choose). SUPER nice people and I feel very comfortable with keeping my horse here. There just wouldn't really be an option for me to Event through this barn, it would just be on my own. It's very close to my work, so wouldn't be as much driving and visiting every day wouldn't be an issue at all. The going rate here is $450/month.

Up until an hour ago, I was moving my horse to the second barn at the end of this month.

Dilemma is that the first barn just called me and said they will have an opening as of April 1st...

What would you do?
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-09-2011, 03:29 PM
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I honestly think in the long run you would be happier at the 1st place. It has every thing you want there.
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I have had my horse at 2 different barns over 15 miles/ 20-30 mins away from my house. The most important thing to me is that you and your horse are happy. I moved from a large, very nice barn with a huge pasture to a small, 2 stall barn with a friend and it made all the difference in the world. My horse is being fed as often as he should and he is so much happier.

I would probably go with the first barn. It is further away, but you would still be able to compete and do what you love, and that is important.
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Thanks guys. It's definitely my gut feeling to go with that barn just because it was my "first" choice.

My husband just keeps harping on the distance thing though. The barn is on the "wrong" side of the city, not meaning bad part of town, but meaning bad traffic wise. During certain parts of the day, it would possibly take me longer than 30 minutes to get there.

On one hand I think it would be totally worth it because I feel that once I was there, my time would be more quality time spent. On the other, I am kinda looking at it like a gym. I know that if my gym was too far away and more "inconvenient", I wouldn't go as often and would lose my workout "steam".

Does anyone else have any experience with this?
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i personally, find that if i'm happier at a place i'm more likely to go regardless of the distance. the place my horses are at now is more than three times the distance they were at with the last barn. i'm much happier and feel safer having my horses where they are now therefore i don't mind the extra distance/drive time.

with that in mind, i'd say go with the first barn. you'll be happier in the long run especially if you trust (in your gut) the quality of the care and the ability of the people working there.
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I also drive very far to get to my barn. It's a 40 minute trip for me. Even at $3.73 a gallon, it's worth the trip. It has everything I want and my horse is happy. When it all comes down to it, what good is a barn if you can't do what you want when you get there? Try barn #1. If the trip absolutely stinks, you can always try barn #2 as a fallback.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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I just moved myself, and I couldn't be happier! I drive 30 - 45 minutes to get to the new barn, but as MBP said, it is well worth it!

Go with your gut feeling and what that little voice in the back of your head is saying - I say go for it! I like how barn #1 sounds.

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I was in a very similar situation to you. I also was looking at a few barns, and the one I liked best was a little further than I liked. I ended up going to that one though, because I liked it the most, despite the distance.
It sounds to me like you would be happier at the first barn, so that's what I would go with. My drive is about 30-40 min a day, and I can still make it work most days (I'm a full time college student). Anyway, hope you figure it out. Good luck!
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Thank you sooooo much guys! I called my mom and talked to her about it!

Basically she asked me what my goals were with Santana. After thinking about it, this makes total sense! I mean, I eventually want to Event and compete. Not upper level or anything, but that IS the goal.

I would be able to easily accomplish that at barn #1, but not really at barn #2.

So I went with that barn. I called the trainer yesterday and I am meeting with her on Saturday to go over the contract, etc.

So excited!!
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-10-2011, 10:25 PM
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I recently moved my guy farther away from where he used to be, and I love it.

You will be saving $70/month on board costs, and will be happier at the first barn as far as it sounds. I'd go with the first one.
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