I'm moving a few hours from where my horse is currently boarded and am desperately looking for somewhere else to put him. It has become abundantly clear that there are intensely limited options when it comes to places to put him nearer to me. As in, I've only found two potential boarding facilities within a half an hour radius and only one had the decency to return my messages.
I went to look at the only one who'd email me back yesterday and I was overwhelmingly excited about it. They are only about fifteen minutes away and have an indoor as well as a few outdoor arenas and they're whole property is fenced incase of a horses escape. Walking around the facility there were a few red flags but nothing that would have been a reason not to trust them with my horse.
I was up front and completely honest with them about my needs and about my horse's issues. I explained that I am not interested in showing and that my horse does have some behavioral quirks. I explained in exactly what ways I'm a pain-in-the-ass-boarder and everything seemed to be going alright and they seemed excited about having me.
This morning I get an email that says "I'm sorry we are not best suited for you, good luck."
I can not help but assume that this is a weight related. Being a plus size rider I've come to realize some discrimination in the equine field is not only tolerated but also completely encouraged. They dropped a few comments about my size and asked specifically about my horse's build in such a manner that I'm reasonably assured that they're turning my boarding application down because of my weight.
Like I said, I had a few huge red flags about this place my self and it's probably for the better that I'm not going to be boarding there but it's literally the only boarding facility that is close enough to my new location that I could keep working with my horse during the business week. Now, not only do I have to find a place to put him I need to either have him in full training or find a half leaser.