Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
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?