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    12-01-2011, 11:19 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Yup, me again...Switching barns?

So I'm extremely sorry for all the recent threads lately. I just honestly need another horsie persons opinion and since I have barely any horse friends it's really hard to get opinions! do again I apologize.

Well I know I made a thread a few days ago about suspicions that the girl did not feed the horses in the pasture where my horse is kept. If you didn't read here is the link.

Http://www.horseforum.com/horse-talk/what-would-you-do-104693/#post1247287

Anywho another boarder (Who I am the most attached to at the barn) also has had problems with this girl. No big deal. But she gets paid to do her job and let's just say she doesn't do it well. Not the reason for my thread though.

A friend of mine just recently got a horse and was telling me about her barn she will be boarding at. It also happens to be the same barn I bought my first horse from and I almost boarded a horse there but ended up not getting the horse. This place is decent. By no means perfect but it's in working order. There is one lady there who feeds and does morning chores. She owns 7 horses who are in a huge paddock by themselves. Then there's my friends horse who has to be on stall rest for awhile and then there is her friends horse who is in the front paddock by himself (since the other gelding is on stall rest) and there are two run in sheds in that paddock. (There's also a barn with about 10 stalls and a feed room, trails, and a ring which isn't great but it's something.) mind you this farm is on about 100 acres. There are 9 horses on the property, 3 boarders, and the farm owners live on the premasis but the lady with 7 horses cares/runs the barn. It's small and nice.

Where I'm at now isn't my dream but its suitable. There's a round pen, nice sand ring, 87 acre farm in all. 12 stall barn for the indoor boarders and my pasture which has Moose and 2 other horses with a pond and is on a hill. Super nice family run farm. Alot of the horses are retired and alot of the boarders are alot older which kinda stinks because I'm 17 and there is no one my age. I like where I am and the BO is super nice to me and very helpful. I wish there were more kids my age but hey, ya can't have it all. ;)

Now, I want what's best for my horse so if it isn't the right situation it won't happen. The place where my friend is bringing her horse is $150 a month including a stall, hay, and being grained in the morning. I would have to provide my own grain which I don't mind because I will know for sure my horse is getting grained. He would be aloud to stay out with the horse that is already out by himself and I would have a stall just in case the weather gets horrid. There would be my friend, her friend, and me who would be rotating who feeds what days during the nighttime since the lady who feeds in the am doesn't feed at night. Which would be good so I know hea gettin grained. He would be out 24/7 like he is now. Get brought in his stall for feeding, then back out all night.

I would also have my friend and another buddy to ride with if I move to this new place which is a huge +++. I am paying $275 currently for unlimited hay and grain 2x a day. Which is rough board.

Now I need opinions here. What would you do? I like the idea of moving because I would be feeding myself or someone I definitely trust would be, and I would have my friends to ride with who are around my age. And id have a stall. I would just have to provide my own grain. I'm going to the other farm tomorrow anyway to see my friends new horse so I will be able to look at everything again but what would you do? And thanks for reading this novel!
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    12-01-2011, 11:39 PM
  #2
Banned
I would switch....what you described sounds like a great set up, and much less stressful than having to worry if someone, anyone, is feeding your horse.....
     
    12-01-2011, 11:51 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I mean ever since I noticed that the girl didnt feed the horses in my pasture (still not 100% sure but the horses were waiting at there buckets, whinying, running around like crazies) im sure they werent doing it because they got fed...but she only feeds on sunday mornings and sunday nights to give the BO a break and she gets PAYED to do it....

The only downside is the ring where I would be moving is like mud when it rains (unless they fixed it since the last time I've been there) and ices over in the cold...where I am now is nice sand and a round pen..
     
    12-02-2011, 12:09 AM
  #4
Banned
Is there any way you could do your own feeding on sunday, that way you would know it is being done and you could stay at the barn with the best arena......

If this woman only feeds on sundays, then it seems a shame to have to leave the barn with the better amenities .........
     
    12-02-2011, 12:19 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Well I work early on sunday mornings and I would only be able to feed at night time. Where as the new barn I would either be the one feeding or someone I know and trust would be feedings.

Current barn has: land to ride but no trails. A sand ring, and round pen.
Other barn has: trails to ride as well as 100 acres. Grass ring, no pen.

So many things to weigh out.
     
    12-02-2011, 12:41 AM
  #6
Started
Sounds like the first place I kept my horse with land, no trails, hardly ever anyone to ride with, but an arena and round pen. And the other is like where my horse is now, on 100 acres, tons of trails, plenty of people to ride with, but no round pen or arena (which I kind of miss). To me, having people to enjoy riding with and the trails made a big difference and I'd rather have that than the "fancy stuff", but that's just me. I also like not having to worry about my horse's weight, health, etc at the new place like the first place. He lost weight even on free choice hay, but now he is gaining weight and looking better than ever :)
     
    12-02-2011, 02:28 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Thank you! Anyone else?
     
    12-02-2011, 08:31 AM
  #8
Started
It's nice to be able to ride with people you enjoy, so I would probably switch. Just don't burn any bridges if you leave!
     
    12-02-2011, 08:49 AM
  #9
Showing
To me it's a no brainer. Being with friends/riding partners, trails, and nearly 1/2 the cost + comfort in knowing my horse is being fed properly. To me, the ring is pretty much worthless so having it be muddy after a rain isn't of any importance.
     
    12-02-2011, 01:04 PM
  #10
Showing
I would switch. Friends, horse is being fed, sense of security... worth way more than a nice pen.

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