So I am in need of some advice or input on my boarding situation.
First off let me start by saying I have had my horse for almost a year. He has been moved around a lot as when I bought him I was at school and then I came home and sent him for training. So he's been to 4 places so far with me.
The place he is at now is a brand new beautiful facility about 30mins from my house. The barn owner has no horse experience at all. He retired and wanted to do something different so he thought he'd start up a boarding facility. When I went to go see the place no one was there yet as the place was still being built.
I loved it and with the price he was charging for board I'd be stupid not to go there.
Well we have been there since August and things have slowly gotten bad. I hate pretty much all of the boarders they are all older ladies with money and they make sure you know it. No one talks to me really. The barn owner has days where he is rude and even made my part boarder quit part boarding my horse. I have gone in on days and my horse hasn't been fed for a few days. Not that he is in dyer need of food as he is quite a easy keeper.
My horse has had a few marks on him and the barn owner had no idea where they came from.
My horse does seem happy there but I am not. But I love the facility.
My horse and I have come a long way and I still am not riding him as I need to gain my confidence back as when I first got him he grew into this bad habit of dropping his shoulder and dumping me. Which is why he was in training.
So I have no one to ride with at this barn and that isn't the safest as we aren't riding together yet.
So I have a few options on places to move him if I decide that's what I should do.
The first place is another newer facility that is still in the making they have nice trails and outdoor ring however they have a coverall barn which my horse doesn't do well with. The owner is very nice and does not want snobby type people boarding there. This place is like 10 mins from my house.
The other place that I loved when I saw it is a quarter horse breeding farm that has a small group of boarders. He is more expensive then everyone else but the place is peaceful and just gorgeous. He has a trainer on site and said if I ever needed to use her I could. This place is also only 15mins from my house.
The last place is not a nice facility compared to the others it's a small facility and is where I do my lessons. I love the coach she has helped me so much and I know if I went there she would have my horse and I so much farther in our journey we'd be the perfect pair. But it's a little run down and definitely nothing fancy. But she has offered me a great price and like I said my coach owns it and her and her husband also happen to be horse trainers. This place is closer than where my boy is now but still almost 20mins.
I don't know if the cosmetics of the barn are important enough for me to go there for that reason. However I am not someone who wants to pay for something that isn't up to my standards. I just don't want to move my guy until I know the place is right cause I want this to be permanent he has been moved way too many times.
What would you do? Any help or suggestions is appreciated.
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