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    01-22-2010, 07:14 PM
What should I do?

Alright, so I have been at this barn (barn A) since I bought my horse Ice six months ago. At the time I agreed to board there, I was in sort of a rush--I had a horse coming to me in 3 weeks, and at the last minute, the other boarding facility I had lined up said they couldn't take him because he was a cribber. I needed a place to keep my horse, and this was a perfectly decent facility...nice grounds, WONDERFUL owner/manager, both the owner and a trainer lived on site, and it was less than a half hour from my house. I signed the boarding agreement after a short look around my area and failed to find anything that was in my budget and was what I wanted.

Now, six months later, my needs have changed. I still love barn A, the people, and the atmosphere (nice and relaxed and open) but my mother drove by barn B....the facility just opened a short time ago and is relatively new. They cater to the hunter/jumper crowd, and they seem to be a big show barn. I ride western, but might be interested in taking English lessons at a later date...who knows. They also have grass! It is on 6 acres instead of 8, and is 25 dollars more a month. I find their "boarding packages" both annoying and oddly comforting....they worm your horse for you (I like doing this, but it would be nice not to have to worry), they feed Seminole Gold Chance 10 and "high quality hay"--I do not know if this means straight alfalfa, or T&A....I'm sure I could have Ice be fed something different, but would that cost more? Their turnout is private, which is nice because my horse is known for instigating fights he can't win. They also don't have double door stalls (top and bottom), which when the top door is closed, keeps Ice from cribbing on his stall door.

Keep in mind that I have not visted this other facility yet, right now I'm just going off of what they have on their website. I really am very torn, I guess I'll be able to make my final decisions once I finally see the place, or maybe even be more stuck. Until then, does anyone have any suggestions for me?
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    01-22-2010, 08:15 PM
I suppose it will all depend on what you think after you see the facility and meet the people there. It sounds good but its all what it actually looks like. The one thing that struck me as so/so is the warm up thing. I suppose its optional but I don't know how I would feel about people riding my horse that I don't know, maybe after being there after awhile and getting to know the people.
    01-22-2010, 08:55 PM
If you still are interested in boarding at the new barn after you have checked it out for yourself and talked to the owner and other boarders, then I think you should take a few English lessons and see how they suit you. You should also fulfill your current boarding agreement. It sounds like you really like it where you are now.....so don't burn your bridges! Then if things don't work out at the new barn and there is a space available, you would probably be able to go back.
    01-23-2010, 02:14 AM
The boarding agreement is open ended--all I have to do is give 30 days notice. Since right now, I'm in the process of working with a trainer with Ice, english lessons are a loooong way off for the both of us; he's still just learning this western thing! (he's an OTTB) I think I might wait till the summer to move (instead of now when everything is dead) but the barn is only 16 stalls, and they have 2 open currently. I like the fact that my current barn is so lax, like when Ice's stall girlfriend was being picky and wouldn't eat her tifton, the trainer gave the extra flake to Ice. I think its also nice that he's finally made friends (a buch of mares that he can't be turned out with though) but I want a barn where he does more than stand at the fence in his dry lot and crib, you know? With grass, he's distracted and just keeps his face in the ground all day.

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